Purslane, 33a St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AH, T: 0131 226 3500, Website: www.purslanerestaurant.co.uk, Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday: 12-2, Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday: 6.30-23.30
RATINGS: Food: 5, Ambience: 4, Service: 4, Drink selection: 4, Toilets: 4, Web site: 4, Total: 25/30
Purslane – named after a small family of succulent leaves, all but one of which is found in the British isles – was packed on the midweek night we were there. That is a testament to the chef’s undoubted craft and artistic flair. His dishes are eye-catching as well as mouth-watering. This cosy restaurant is well worth visiting and not just for the charming location, tucked in among an eclectic mix of sometimes quirky shops – and a few charity outlets – plus a plethora of welcoming restaurants and pubs. Competition is tough. Historic Stockbridge, where the restaurant is situated, is named after the wooden bridge which used to straddle the nearby river. Painter Henry Raeburn used to live nearby and it has a rich sporting history. The first rugby international between Scotland and England was held at Raeburn Place while, across the road, The Grange Club is the home of Scottish cricket. Indeed, the ground hosted games during the 1999 Cricket World Cup. Food is part of the lifestyle here. A game butcher, a wonderful fishmonger, local bread shops are features and the area includes a distinctive cheese shop just around the corner. The menu is constantly evolving. We felt at home at Purslane.