The Observatory at The Glasshouse Hotel
Visit The Observatory for an experience you’d be hard-pressed to ﬁnd anywhere else in Edinburgh. Aptly named, the restaurant is part of The Glasshouse Hotel and boasts ﬂoor-to-ceiling windows. In addition to the spectacular city views, the restaurant also looks out over the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Calton Hill, making visitors feel as if they’re in the middle of the countryside, rather than in the heart of the city centre.
Utilising local produce is important here, and head chef Daniel can be found foraging for nettles and herbs himself. Choose to begin with the pea salad, which comes complete with bacon, crackling and an egg. Afterwards, you’re sure to be impressed with the venison accompanied by carrot purée, tenderstem broccoli and baby Scottish potatoes. The steak is also a big hit: a 32-day-matured sirloin cooked to order and paired with a variety of scrumptious sides. To ﬁnish, indulge in the unique teacake. Emulating the style of an Eton Mess in appearance, this dessert is a delicious meeting of chocolate ice cream, hazelnut sponge, marshmallow and jammy crumb. The drinks menu is equally varied, offering an international selection of wine, and ale hailing from local breweries.
After dinner, head up to the two-acre roof garden, forget the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in a truly beautiful setting.