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What some of our customers had to say about Purslane...
“The best fine-dining restaurants in Edinburgh ”
This Stockbridge restaurant specialises in "casual fine dining", and while the atmosphere and service are relaxed, quality is never in doubt. The menus are arranged under simple ingredient headings which expand into terse but tempting descriptions: crab bonbons with saffron aioli and a crab bisque; fillet of sea bream with a squid, confit pepper and fennel compote; prune and armagnac rice pudding with candied rosemary. Personally, I cannot help but admire a chef who combines beef faggots and foie gras in the same dish, to the detriment of neither.
The Telegraph, 16 May 2014
“One of the most enjoyable meals of my year! ”
I’ve had several recommendations for the place, and word has clearly already spread because when we arrived at Purslane, on a bog-standard Wednesday evening in March, the place was heaving. The other thing that was unmistakeable was the extent of the makeover the place has undergone since Redwood called it a day: instead of hippy reds and endless cushions, throws and other bits of year-off chic, the decor is now stylish, contemporary and unobtrusively classy.
There was virtually nothing about Purslane that jarred. The service was home-spun but friendly, the wine list represented very good value (including a dessert wine for £2.75), and the place has the sort of low hum of enjoyment that constantly and subconsciously reaffirms your decision to eat there. Best of all, though, was the price. With two courses coming in at £22 and three courses at £26 at all times of the week, Purslane is not one of those luxuries that needs to be reserved for special occasions. For that, we should all be extremely thankful.
Scotland on Sunday, April 2012
“It is restaurants like this that give Stockbridge such a good name...”
Recently opened on St Stephen Street in Stockbridge, Purslane is exactly the kind of restaurant that you want to visit on a chilly winter’s evening as it is cosy, full of atmosphere and sheltered from the elements.
Headed up by Paul Gunning, previously of Balmoral No 1, La Garrigue and Marco Pierre White’s River Room. Gunning’s take on casual fine dining is a great addition to the Edinburgh food scene. The menu is continually changing and uses the freshest Scottish produce. As a reflection of the chef’s experience there is some interesting updates on classic French cooking, for instance, the tuna loin on a bed of borlotti beans is a light-handed take on a traditional Cassoulet.
My dining companion and I opted for the full three courses, it would have been rude not to given that the price of a three course meal on a Saturday night, is a very reasonable £25.95 per person. The menu offers five choices per-course so we opted for the crunchy salt and pepper squid and the sticky honey and soy glazed pork to start. For main, we couldn’t resist the fish dishes so it was tuna loin for my companion and sea bream with plump and juicy mussels for myself. Each dish is well judged and the fish was cooked perfectly and complemented each of the elements on the plate. Picking dessert was a tricky task as they all sounded delightful but we balanced sweet with savoury and opted for the cheese plate and a tremendously satisfying apple and pear crumble with lashings of crème Anglaise.
It is restaurants like this that give Stockbridge such a good name. Purslane is cosy and intimate, the staff are well versed and friendly and the food is well cooked and well priced. With Valentines Day just around the corner, this little spot is an ideal place to take someone special and you certainly won’t be short of options, should you be looking to round out the evening with a tipple, or two.
Informed Edinburgh, January 2012
“Lovely food at an affordable price”
My partner and I had a lovely meal here just after Christmas. A nice intimate restaurant, tastefully decorated and a welcoming atmosphere.
The menu had a wide choice of seasonal dishes and as I am pregnant it was no problem for any dietary requirements to be met as the chefs were very accommodating, which can often be a worry while choosing somewhere to dine.
My partner had the smoked duck to start with the hake for main followed by the chocolate marquise. I had mackerel,followed by the pork belly and lemon meringue to finish - all beautifully presented and tasted delicious.
The price was very reasonable especially for Edinburgh area and the service was excellent. We will definaltely be returning again next time we visit the city.
01 January 2012.
“Perfection on a plate”
Having just spent a lovely evening with friends over dinner in Purslane I can say I was honestly impressed.
The restaurant itself is very intimate, warm and welcoming. Tastefully decorated with friendly staff who met us at the door and took our coats.
On being seated and given the menu we were faced with some tough choices. It is an uncomplicated menu and extremely well priced. Everything on it sounded good. We only had the 2 courses as some of our party were not very hungry (their loss, the starters looked amazing as they were being sent out) The pork belly with celeriac fondants was divine. Plenty of flavour and visually pleasing, I could easily have eaten that 3 times over and I am pretty sure I will since I plan to make Purslane a place I visit regularly. The salmon was stand out as well in every way. Every one of our party thoroughly enjoyed their mains.
For dessert we had the chocolate marquise, I cannot describe the pleasure eating it gave me. As a chocolate lover I was sure to enjoy it but I think I may have found a new favourite dessert, it was a bit of an enigma to me, rich but light at the same time, sweet, smooth, just blissful.
I will happily be back in Purslane very very soon. I think it's going to become a very popular place soon so be sure to book a table before you go to avoid disappointment.
18 December 2011.
“A hidden gem”
Tucked along this street is a wee gem of a restaurant. Wanted to try some where new, and my friend recommend this place. As we entered we were greeted to a warm welcome by the waitress who took our coats.
The menu is simple, it changes each week to make use of local seasonal produce. Its a set menu, two courses £21.95 or three courses £25.95.
I decide to have the Wild Boar Carpaccio with red cabbage to start with. First time ever tasting boar, I was pleasantly surprised the meat was tender. The sweetness of the red cabbage complemented the boar well. Dressed Salmon with Pommes noisettes was my main.
This is the 1st ever place that i have been to that cooks salmon just the way I like wiith out me even asking. Normally i find restaurants over cook salmon, turning it dry and flaky. Not here it was moist and so soft. So beautifully presented on the plate it seemed a shame to ruin it.
So good that hubby wanted to nick some of mines. There was subtle tastes of butter and lemon, not enough to over power the sweet natural taste of the salmon. Truly a taste of Scotland on a plate.
For pudding i had Chocolate Marquise with vanila ice cream, i had to ask the waitress what it was. She was only too happy to explain the desserts to me, and recommend the Chocolate Marquise which was like a chocolate mousse. I was not disappointed.
I have never tasted any thing like it. It melts on your mouth like butter, and not too sweet. Its a must try! I would happily eat this all day. Once again hubby tried to nick some. Hubby was pleased with his meal, for once he can be quite fussy.
The waitress was very friendly and made us feel very welcome. And was only too happy to answer any of our questions. A small intimate place , which i think would fit about 20 ppl. I shall be returning here again, beautiful food in a unformal setting.
I would book before hand to avoid being disappoint.
13 December 2011.
“At last fine dining at an affordable price!”
We visited this very new restaurant in Edinburgh's prestigious New Town in its third week and were hugely impressed. It is hard to find, hidden away in a small basement below street level just round the corner from the former Stockbridge market and there are very few seats so booking is advisable.
We had wild boar carpaccio as a starter and found it delicious, followed by confit pork belly with celeriac fondants and apple sauce for me and roast duck breast with duck liver pate and creamed cabbage for my wife - again both superb, but the real delight for me was the pig's cheek cromesquis which accompanied the pork but was not mentioned on the menu. Every last morsel on our plates was delighful and full of flavour.
We finished off with a selection of cheeses and home made biscuits which were chosen with care and full of flavour - a very mature brie, dunsyre blue and a lovely Orkney cheese called Grimbister which we had never heard of before and which presented the charming Antipodean waitress with a few problems pronunciation-wise!.
Even the house wine was well-chosen and reasonably priced. We were delighted that we had at last found fine dining at a reasonable price in Edinburgh - the sort of food you usually only see on Masterchef Professionals. Best reserve a seat quickly as this restaurant is sure to build a loyal following.
33a St. Stephen Street
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Tue - Sun
12.00 - 14.00
18.00 - 23.30
“Purslane is one of the finest places to eat in Edinburgh”
Tom Smith, Edinburgh
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