When it comes to keeping up with modern cuisine Edinburgh is up there with the best of them. From creative cooking to using locally sourced ingredients, the food industry is always trying to grow and develop to give diners fresh and exciting new experiences and any visit to the Old Town Chambers or Merchiston Residence should include at least one visit to one of the following restaurants.

Here are 5 modern dining restaurants in Edinburgh by Edinburgh born food lover stacebuds.com. Stacey reviews Edinburgh restaurants giving an honest food lover’s opinion of the food, service and atmosphere. Check out Stacey’s blog for more food and drink ideas in the city.

Timberyard

Timberyard

Timberyard restaurant is in a 19th century building, converted from an old Timber yard into a warming, contemporary restaurant. The transformation has still retained the building’s industrial heritage but manages to maintain a warm rustic feel to produce a memorable setting. The use of space has allowed the family run restaurant to have an in-house butchery and smokehouse. They also grow their own herbs & edible flowers. Furthermore the team uses local artisan growers, breeders, producers, suppliers and foragers to create exclusive dishes.

Timberyard not only provides a great restaurant to eat in, you can also relax in the bar area where you can enjoy some top quality imaginative cocktails.

10 Lady Lawson St, Edinburgh, Midlothain EH3 9DS
timberyard.co

Aizle

Aizle

Aizle is Scotland’s first neo-bistro offering diners a unique dining experience. What makes this restaurant different is that there are no menus; just a list of ingredients. The chef chooses four courses from the list of ingredients and, with creativity and skill, transforms them into a surprising tasting menu for the diner. The partnership of chef Stuart Ralston and mixologist Krystal Goff share an abundance of experience to showcase the fine ingredients in their best light. Aizle is definitely worth a visit.

107 St. Leonard’s St, Edinburgh EH8 9QR
aizle.co.uk

Purslane

Purslane

Run by head chef and owner Paul Gunning, Purslane in Stockbridge serves quality produce packed with intense flavours. 2015 has already proven to be successful with the restaurant winning Scotland’s Best Fine Dining Restaurant from the Scottish Entertainment and Hospitality awards. In my opinion the food at Purslane is of Michelin star quality. This is a restaurant where the food is definitely the star and in terms of value for money it is an absolute gem. The restaurant is very small so booking is definitely recommended.

33A St Stephen St, Edinburgh EH3 5AH
purslanerestaurant.co.uk

Blackfriars

Blackfriars

Blackfriars Restaurant and bar aims to create a place which is ‘relaxed yet professional, with food that is unfussy and tasty’. The bar and restaurant, which are next door to one another, share a garden space which can be used for alfresco drinks and dining. The restaurant offers a 4 course set menu which captures quality seasonal ingredients and executes them at a high standard while the bar offers up trendy craft beers.

57-61 Blackfriars St, Edinburgh EH1 1NB
blackfriarsedinburgh.co.uk

Mark Greenaway

Mark-Greenaway

Mark Greenaway uses a modern and creative approach with his dishes. By using only the very best local, seasonal produce, he transforms them with modern techniques. A special mention goes to Mark’s desserts. He is renowned for these and they not only look fantastic; the flavours are to die for! The 3 AA rosette restaurant provides an intimate, formal atmosphere where you can enjoy modern cooking at its finest.

69 N Castle St, Edinburgh EH2 3LJ
markgreenaway.com