Delighted to announce that The Scottish Cafewas HITLISTED in the Art Venue section of the List Eating & Drinking Guide 2017. In addition we were also TIP LISTED for our fabulous Afternoon Tea. Huge congratulations to Lucian and his team. Very well deserved.

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Scottish ingredients showcased with the Contini’s high class in picturesque Princes Street Gardens.

Overlooking Princes Street Gardens, and housed in one of Edinburgh’s top attractions, it would be easy for The Scottish Café at the National Gallery to rest on its laurels. Happily though, it certainly doesn’t. The menu has Victor and Carina Contini’s recognisable creative and accomplished twists on traditional Scottish fare. Aberdeen butteries are artfully combined with spinach, crowdie cheese and roasted plums and an open sandwich of hot smoked salmon is elevated by a rocket salsa verde and served with a citrus and carrot salad. Local and seasonal produce is the genuine article here and extra fruit, vegetables and flowers are supplied by the Contini’s own kitchen garden. The menu covers all bases and mains from fish pie to venison are well conceived and competently cooked. Suppliers are intelligently sourced with staff clearly enthused and on-board. Afternoon tea at a table beside the expansive windows is a definite treat. A chewy white chocolate macaron is memorable and everything from bread to jam is made on the premises.

  • High point: Creative food in a picturesque location
  • Low point: Those seated at the back will be jealous of those feasting on a view
  • Notable dish: Afternoon tea


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