Food is better when it’s served with a dram. Trust us on this.
It’s hard to believe that there could be a hidden gem for dining just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh Castle, but Amber restaurant, nestled beneath the Scotch Whisky Experience is just that.
As you take the stairs (or lift – they are very proud of their accessible credentials) passing the stripped back stonework of the 19th-century building you expect to be entering a cellar restaurant, but Edinburgh’s old town is known for its surprising architecture, and this unexpected space is no exception.
Amber restaurant is flooded with daylight and faces south, sitting high above above Johnston Terrace. The open plan restaurant and bar take their character from beautiful half moon windows cut into the traditional pink sandstone walls (perhaps reminiscent of a port cask finished whisky for the enthusiasts amongst us).
Amber restaurant was the founder of ‘Scottish Tapas’ based on many visitors desire to try haggis without committing to an entire plateful, and was followed by the ‘Taste of Scotland’ menu, a culinary journey around Scotland.
Whilst you’ll find copies elsewhere it’s not match to trying the original versions in their birthplace, especially as the experts at whisky bar can pair up a specially selected dram to perfectly complement from a choice of almost 500.
Amber’s chefs draw on a larder from Scotland’s rivers and glens, mountains and seas; specialising in estate-bred beef and lamb, prime game and salmon.
If all this sounds too gourmet for your taste – never fear – they also serve beautiful smoked salmon and local cheeses in tasty sandwiches along with fresh homemade soups.
With a mix of visitors, tourist groups and locals, there is always a buzz to the place, and a wonderful sense of old Edinburgh in the heart of the world heritage site.
If you want to experience a taste of Scotland, Edinburgh and scotch whisky under one roof, then this is the place to come.