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National Gallery of Scotland Edinburgh

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant at the National Gallery

30 Jul 2010

Dining Review

National Galleries of Scotland Restaurant Review

We ordered Aberdeen Butteries, scones, ice cream with meringue and tea, hot chocolate and beer. The feel of the place is good, light and airy with great views east over the gardens.

Service was ok, a little curt, and the two Butteries orders were forgotten until our reminder. The portion of scones was measly, and they had no character. However the butteries were fantastic, very tasty with ham and cheese and a well-oiled rocket salad. Having spent a summer at an Aberdeen architects office, doing the daily butteries order involved remembering who had plain, butter, jam or butter and jam. I was worried an Edinburgh restaurant run by Italians would not be able to do the buttery but they exceeded my expectations!

The hot chocolate and the ice cream with meringue were both generously proportioned making my daughter very happy, the summer fruits from the ice cream being enjoyed by the parents!

The Old Engine Oil beer (porter, dark beer) was great though at £4.50 for a small bottle one would expect it to be.

Overall impression is good with a pleasant environment, rather pricey but to expected in this location, and decent food and service. If they could improve the latter two elements this could become a regular recommendation to our visitors to the city.

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant at the National Gallery

30 Sep 2009

The National Galleries of Scotland announced today a new collaboration with Victor and Carina Contini, the hugely successful partnership that brought the restaurant Centotre to Edinburgh.

The Scottish Café and Restaurant at the National Gallery.

RSA Restaurant
photograph © Adrian Welch

Celebrating the very best ingredients from Scottish producers and growers, and offering delicious, yet affordable food in a wonderful setting.

The restaurant, which, for the first time, will serve breakfast every day from 9.00 am, will open on 19 October 2009, in the National Gallery Complex, on The Mound. The restaurant will also now open for dinner on Saturday evenings.

Following the same principles of fresh, simple, good value food on offer at Centotre, the concept for The Scottish Café and Restaurant will focus on local produce and Scottish cuisine.

Michael Clarke, Director of the National Gallery of Scotland said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with such a high-profile and successful company as Centotre. At the National Gallery of Scotland we feel it is particularly appropriate that the cuisine will have a distinctly contemporary and Scottish flavour – to be enjoyed by our visitors from home and abroad! “

Carina Contini said: “We are thrilled to have won the contract with the National Gallery of Scotland and are looking forward to showcasing the best of Scottish producers and suppliers in The Scottish Café and Restaurant.”

The restaurant interior will have a new look, devised by Annie and Lachie Stewart of ANTA, a family-run Scottish design and architecture firm. Individually commissioned, hand-woven fabrics, Scottish oak and Caithness slate will feature in their planned redesign. A number of original oil paintings by the celebrated Scottish artist Sir William Gillies will also be on show.

The Café will serve great coffee and traditional Aberdeen Butteries, made to its own special recipe. Lunch will include hearty homemade soup, old-fashioned tasty open sandwiches, beautiful salads and lots of irresistible homemade cakes.

Traditional Afternoon Tea and the classic Scottish favourite, High Tea, will be served from 3pm to 6pm every day. The Restaurant will be open from Monday to Sunday, from 9.00 am until 5 pm, with dinner being served on Saturday evenings.

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