30 North West Circus Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 6TP
For an authentic taste of the Mediterranean in the heart of the Scottish capital, be sure to visit Merienda. This contemporary and stylish restaurant strikes the perfect balance between relaxed and fi ne dining, providing a space that’s elegant yet welcoming – the perfect place to enjoy a romantic date night and a great venue for a celebratory evening meal with friends. It’s also the ideal size for private parties of around 20 guests, with exclusive hire available. Inside Merienda, the restaurant is light and airy: soft stone and cream tones make the space feel spacious while gentle lighting and candles add a feeling of cosiness that is guaranteed to make you feel right at home. Of course, the jewel in Merienda’s crown is their outstanding small plates menu that utilises the finest artisan Scottish produce and features a tasting menu that diners build themselves. This offers foodies the opportunity to sample a huge variety of rich fl avours, vibrant colours and textures of seasonal ingredients, all inspired by modern Mediterranean cuisine. Since its opening in August 2018, the restaurant has built an extraordinary reputation for its fantastic fare. The kitchen team has established a great working relationship with local producers and artisan suppliers. Each dish looks just as good as it tastes – the exquisite presentation is both elegant and appetising. The evolving menu has up to 30 dishes, all visually stunning. From tasty staples like sundried tomato focaccia and bresaola with dressed artichoke hearts, to indulgent desserts like rhubarb Pavlova and rice pudding with white peach, there’s plenty to choose from. For vegetarians, the fields- and garden-inspired plates provide a creative selection of light and refreshing dishes: the goat’s cheese mousse with salted walnuts, roast beetroot and tarragon emulsion is delicious and satisfying. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a rich and indulgent plate, opt for the herb-crusted lamb with confit ratatouille and red wine jus from the farms and pastures section or try the beautiful Tobermory oak-smoked trout with scorched cucumber and gel and a spiced crème fraîche from the rivers and seas selection. Of course, a journey around the Mediterranean wouldn’t be compete without sampling some of the region’s finest wine, and Merienda boasts an impressive array of Old World wines to choose from, including crisp whites and deep, fruity reds.