Ondine Restaurant, Edinburgh, 9/21/17

front door

Ondine is on the second floor of building that has a hotel and some fast food restaurants. It is fairly large with a very modern decor and windows on two sides overlooking the street activity below.  Tables are on the small side but not too closely spaced and soft music plays in the background.  The walls are decorated with seafood art, which also adorns the menus, and photos of the various staff members.  Service is attentive and friendly.  Our waiter was helpful in directing our choices and spot on with his advice.  At lunch they offer a 2 or 3 course fixed price menu (which they also offer for an early dinner) with a couple choices for each course.  We chose to order off the regular menu.   Continue reading

Timberyard, Edinburgh, 9/20/17


Timberyard has a rustic feel with well spaced, good-sized wood planked tables, brick walls and candles everywhere.  Small lights hang from the ceiling but it a fairly low light level which makes the photos a bit grainy since I won’t use flash.  A wood-stove and seating area are in the middle of the long room.  The background music is eclectic in the dining room and rain sounds accompany you in the bathroom.  The building had been an actual lumberyard and hardware store up to 5 years ago, thus the name Timberyard.  Service is friendly but not overly engaging.  However the pacing was quite nice.  They offer 3 different tasting menus, 4, 6 and 8 courses with optional drink pairings. Portion sizes are well controlled so the 8 is not too much food.   Continue reading

The Honours, Edinburgh, 9/20/17


The Honours is a good sized place with a modern interior design.  The entry half is a large bar with lounge seating as well as counter stools.  The dining room half has bench seating along one wall and well spaced free standing tables fill the rest of the room.  Some tables are fairly small while others are better sized.  I found it odd that when we were seated there were not many in the room yet, and it never did fill, yet they sat us at a small table right next to the noisy kitchen door.  They definitely are trying for an elegant atmosphere and service was fine just not terribly polished.  At lunch they have a special 2 or 3 course fixed price express menu, a couple fixed price 3 or 5 course menus and an a la carte menu.   Continue reading