Restaurant 21212

Restaurant in Edinburgh

Michelin Star Restaurant with Rooms

A debate is raging on the Edinburgh dining scene. Restaurant 21212, named for its unique menu, which runs over five courses, starting with two choices of starter, then one soup, two choices of main course, then one cheese course and finally two choices of dessert, has altered its menu.

Visit today and you’ll get three choices where previously you would have had two. So should they rename themselves 31313?

Frankly, who cares when it comes to food this good. This Michelin-starred dining room, opened in 2009, is one of the city’s leading lights when it comes to high quality dining. And so they can pretty much get away with whatever they like.

It turns out that what they like – or rather what chef Paul Kitchin likes – is inventive, modern cuisine.

 It is easy to see why that Michelin star was awarded with dishes like Lamb “Waldorf style”, served with walnuts, celery, prunes, swede puree and chickpeas, and Corned beef fillet special, with mustard, olives, brown rice, cabbage and corned beef puree, on the menu. And having three choices for each course only allows for more possibilities – something that could make all the difference to those with allergies or dietary dislikes.

And anyway, an evening spent in the comfy confines of this Georgian townhouse is hardly about the numbers. We settle in to our window seat instantly and spend hours there, hardly noticing the time pass as we switch skepticism for sheer enjoyment as Paul’s bizarre-sounding menu combinations are brought out from the open kitchen. Pancakes and caviar? Pink trout with pineapple? Tomato in a dessert? Why not?

Eating here is an education in food pairing. Forget everything you think you know about what goes with what and just enjoy being proved entirely wrong. And forget about those numbers too. After all, the food speaks for itself.

Helen Ochyra is a freelance travel writer and editor based in London

Restaurant 21212 on Urbanspoon

Reviewer's Rating
Cuisine British
Need to book Yes
Clientele Couples & small groups
Restaurant good for Couples, Romance, Doing business, Meeting up with friends
Cost per head High
Dress Code Smart Casual
Dining Options Lunch, Dinner

Additional Ambience Information

A 38 seat restaurant with an open kitchen, two private dining areas, drawing room and four luxury bedrooms.

Additional Price Comments

The menu changes weekly. Lunch Tuesday to Friday: 2 courses from £20; 3 courses from £28; 4 courses from £38 and 5 courses from £52. On Saturdays they only off 3, 4 and 5 courses. Dinner Tuesday to Thursday: 3 courses from £48; 4 courses from £58 and 5 courses from £68. Only serve a 5 course menu on Friday and Saturday.

Last updated on 02-08-2013

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