Great Places to Eat in Scotland
- No 3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh

The Location
Royal Terrace is a long, gracious sweeping Georgian Terrace, just off Leith Walk and therefore very central and a short walk from the east end of Princes Street. With the Playhouse Theatre only three minutes walk away, No 3 Royal Terrace is the perfect place for a pre-theatre supper. The Howgate Bistro, near Penicuik, Midlothian is a sister restaurant, serving a similar menu, in the heart of the countryside.

The Restaurant
No 3 Royal Terrace On entering the rather grand vestibule of this elegant townhouse you might have the impression that No 3 is a very formal and sophisticated dining room. While the cuisine could be described as sophisticated, the mood is relaxing, casual and informal. The design is a clever blend of modern furnishings with a long cocktail bar down one side, polished wood tables and chairs, tartan carpeting, all juxtaposed with original Georgian architectural features including elaborate ceiling cornicing, glittering chandeliers and fireplace.

On a Sunday evening in early spring, the restaurant is full and the atmosphere, jolly and jovial with happy diners.

The Food
The menu offers something for all tastes - fresh local fish, meat and game as well as a wide selection of vegetarian dishes, pasta and salads.

Starters include large bowls of home-made soup, served with a basket of crusty bread, huge bowls of Steamed mussels (definitely recommended) and salmon and dill fishcakes with pesto dressing (scrumptious).

No 3 Royal Terrace For main courses the choice is appetisingly extensive ranging from Pan fried venison, Confit leg of Barbary duck, Seared loin of Tuna with salad nicoise or a Filo pastry parcel of vegetarian Haggis with oriental vegetables and Teriyaki sauce - much enjoyed by my dining partner. The chef seems to enjoy inventive creations, selecting unusual accompaniments such as Spicy herb crusted Salmon fillet with saffron potatoes and a lime, coriander and plum tomato salsa. That got the taste buds working.

The house speciality of No 3 is the Charcoal Grill for the best cuts of Scotch beef, lamb cutlets, veal, and South African Boerwors sausage. Depending on your appetite, select from a 10oz Scotch beef sirloin or beef fillet or push the boat out and indulge in an 18 oz T Bone steak. All grills are served with mushrooms, tomato and handcut chips.

Desserts include a tempting Raspberry and Drambuie creme brulée, Luca's ice-cream (creamy and excellent) with chocolate sauce, or a platter of local Scottish cheese.

The Bill
Starters: £2.95 - £4.95. Mains: £8.95 - £ 19.95. Desserts: £4.95. House wine: £9.95.

An elegant town house in a convenient location in the centre of Edinburgh, No 3 Royal Terrace offers an appetising range of inventive creations that get the taste buds going.

Vivien Devlin

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