A smashing room in Leith
Slightly hidden away on Dock Place in Leith opposite Teuchters Landing you will find A Room in Leith. It used to be in the same building as Teuchters Landing, just like A Room in the West End and Teuchters are together on William St in Edinburgh's west-end, incidentally, are all owned by the same people. EDIT: A Room in Leith is now known as Teuchters Bothy Bar.
Entrance round the back at heavily plant-potted area off the main road.
Smart but casual inside with line drawings of Edinburgh adorning the walls. We were quickly greeted and taken through to the back of the restaurant and seated with menus. The lunch menu changes everyday providing something different for each visit and also provides a guarantee that all the ingredients are fresh. Tap water, if requested, is served chilled in a bottle. A decent selection of local beers from Knops, Innis & Gunn/Melville's as well as beers from all over Scotland such as Black Isle, West, Williams and Orkney was also listed. Mmm. We decided to try both of the Melville's fruit beers on offer (Strawberry and Raspberry).
White and brown bread were brought to table. Both lovely and with spreadable butter!
Aubergine roulade rosti
The vegetarian option sounded interesting so we went for it - soft, delicate and "airy" tasting but with a "nippy" tang from the artichoke and cream cheese centre. Served with a soft dollop of sweet potato and some lovely basil pesto.
A great meat-free veggie dish that would be ideal for summer.
Chunky, smooth and meaty with a sweet and tender relish.
Trout and hake
Two types of perfectly-cooked fish resting on a bed of samphire (which we love) and roast potatoes with a thick but Smooth parsnip mash. Lovely dish!
Fish 'n' battered scallops
Almost a traditional fish 'n' chips but not quite, in fact, something better! Plump scallops and fluffy fish covered in a fluffy batter, served with proper hand-cut chips and sides of garden peas and creamy tartar sauce. Very tasty and a very filling portion.
We also had a side of veggies but we were totally stuffed and wanted dessert so regrettably we had to leave some veg...
Iced ginger and black cherry parfait
Light and smooth parfait with a subtle ginger and cherry taste, served with pipped tart cherries, raspberries and strawberry chunks. Sweet, light and fruity - another good summery course.
Big chunks of banana and a large layer of cream. It could've done with an extra layer of caramel to break up the cream and provide more gooey sweetness but it was still a decadent and filling slice of cake.
A great wee restaurant with fine Scottish-cuisine on an ever-changing menu, guaranteed fresh ingredients, excellent food and a pretty good drinks selection. Decor is pleasant and staff were friendly and helpful throughout. And don't forget the free WIFI! There's also an outdoor seating area for summer.
Downsides? Cramped but importantly clean toilets - imagine toilets on a narrow ship (perhaps that was the intention to add to the experience?)! Scottish fine soap liquid hand-wash and moisturiser were both provided which we always like to see.
A room in Leith is a 2013 certificate of excellence winner on Tripadvisor and currently has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 and don't forget that Teuchters Landing is next door for whisky and more beer.
Lunch Open 12pm – Mon-Fri last orders 2.30pm Sat- Sun last orders 3.30pm…tables back by 5pm
Dinner 5.30pm – 10pm (last orders 10pm)
Find out more about the restaurant here.