Cardinal – New fine dining restaurant for Edinburgh

Cardinal_Tomás_Credit_ Stephen Lister

Tomás Gormley to open Cardinal in Edinburgh this March

Scottish chef Tomás Gormley will launch Cardinal; an intimate, fine dining restaurant on Eyre Place, Edinburgh where Michael’s by Chef Michael Neave was located.

Gormley will present his elevated take on modern Scottish dining, with a 13-course tasting menu served in the evening and a shorter, offering for lunch. Each dish on the regularly-changing menu will highlight the bounty of Scotland’s natural larder, with the team working closely with local suppliers and producers to celebrate the best of the seasons.

Chef Gormley, who was awarded a Michelin star at Heron in 2023, is also chef-patron of Skua.  Cardinal will be his first solo launch. He will be joined by Ben Mansour, who will take the reins as General Manager from his former role as bar manager at Skua. James Aikman, also of Skua, will take the role of sous chef.

Cardinal_Tomás_Credit_ Stephen Lister
Credit -Stephen Lister

Gormley said: “Cardinal gives me and the team an opportunity to showcase something we don’t think anyone in Scotland offers people yet. It’ll be fine dining for sure, but we want things to feel exciting and fun at the same time. Expect a lot of the same energy you experience at Skua, just in a longer, more detailed tasting menu format”


14 Eyre Place




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