The latest addition to Peter Knight and John Tindal’s burgeoning line of Scottish bistros and whisky bars, A Room In Leith is, well, a bit more than just a room in Leith. A room in Leith, indeed, where one can can sit down to sample what it is that makes Scottish cuisine great: fresh, local ingredients, seasonal products and culinary nous. Head down to Dock Place, just yards from the Water of Leith, to find out for yourself.
Leith is famed for many things, some more salubrious than others. The docks and port that served an Empire, the ‘characterful’ pubs of Leith Walk, Scotland’s most consistently useless football team – against strong competition in that regard – over at Easter Road. This combination of maritime prowess, a dubious relationship with alcohol and gloriously predictable sporting failure is Scotland in microcosm, and at A Room In Leith, one can enjoy Scotland on a plate. Their ingredients down on Dock Place are fresh and local, their whisky selection is among the best in Edinburgh and their knowledge of Scottish cuisine is unparalleled.
When we say that A Room In Leith have a superb knowledge of Scottish cuisine, we weren’t lying. Their menu is packed with dishes that exemplify the breadth of flavours in Scotland: from the north, Stornoway black pudding and Shetland scallops, from the south, Borders steak; from the west comes Ayrshire pork belly and from the east coast, North Sea monkfish. The whole of Scotland comes to Edinburgh – specifically Dock Place in Leith – to dine.
Although generally the food and services is good. Saturdays lunch was excellent and we had a fabulous time. Unfortunately the Rugby result was disappointing Graeme
Excellent food and atmosphere. My Canadian friends were most impressed! This is a fantastic place to entertain visitors from aboard so they may try traditional Scottish food at its best!
Fantastic food both in flavour and quantity. Attentive staff, speedy service and value for money. No hesitation in recommending or visiting again as if the fish platter is as good as the meat platter then I will be visiting every time I am in the area.
Been to this restaurant a few times now and as usual the standard of the food and the staff was outstanding. I will be going back in the future and would recommend it to anyone for a pleasant dining experience.
Sunday evening dinner - menu could perhaps either do with being more varied or slimmed down, as there is something not quite right with the choice available. However, aside from that, the mussels are absolutely the best in town and must be ordered. It's great that they're included in the set menu, and they really are delicious. We had both the mariniere and the blue cheese, both superb. They can also be got from the Teuchters pub opposite. The service was not as good as I had been expecting. It was a little careless, and we definitely didn't feel like we were getting the staff's full attention. I liked the informality of it, it just would have been nice to have a bit more energy and confidence. I was pretty disappointed and, as a waitress myself, feel like service could improve a lot without a change of style. Maybe we went on a bad day, although that really shouldn't happen in a restaurant like this. Overall, we had a nice time and a good meal. It just could have been great, and that's what is disappointing.
Another great meal at "A Room in Leith"! I have never been disappointed with the food here. Spoilt for choice with the menu, but finally decided on Shetland scallops with asparagus and garlic butter for a starter, plaice fillets on a bed of smoked salmon and chilli quinoa for mains, and a delicious salted caramel and chocolate mousse for dessert. Service was prompt at the beginning of the meal but slowed down a little towards the end, but the restaurant was getting busier. I brought my parents here, as I knew they would enjoy the food and the ambience. They loved it!
We had a really great dinner here. The food was very nice and the location is superb. Also, the service was incredible---efficient and friendly. My husband and I split the vegetarian platter, which was plenty of food for two people, and our entire table shared all of the desserts, including the cheese course. Don't skip dessert here. The banoffee Sunday, passionfruit mango custard, and chocolate raspberry tart were all really nice, and the cheese slate was lovely. I would love to go back soon.
A Room in Leith was absolutely superb!!! We arrived 15 mins late, and needed to leave again in 1 hour 30 mins to make a show - staff did an amazing job of keeping us to our schedule without being rushed at all. Staff were brilliant, Manager has excellent customer service skills in his meet and greet. Food was just brilliant, and very well priced. BYOB is a bonus. THANK YOU a Room in Leith - we had an excellent evening.
We have eaten at this restaurant before and enjoyed it .Service is very good and friendly and much of the food with concentration on seafood is very good.Lower rating is for three reasons: one main course just did not work -tattie scones with wild halibut could have worked as a starter but should not have featured as a main sweet course had three choices none of which appealed to any of us and very strangely they advertised a range of exotic teas on their menu but when we ordered a variety of different teas the waitress came back to say only one was available-very odd and unprofessional That being said nice people and other dishes were enjoyed by my party
Lovely restaurant very original and different. Unfortunately we were sitting for over 30 minutes before we were offered drinks and that was only because we summoned one of the waiting staff so perhaps we could have waited longer if we had not asked a waiter to serve us. We eventually received our drinks and then it was a further 30 minutes before our food arrived. Service very slow but the staff were delightful. Food delicious and hot when it did arrive. We opted for the 2 course set menu of steaks and dessert and this was very good value and very tasty. Would I return? Yes I would and would I recommend this venue yes I would.