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European, British, Scottish, International

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Modest little suburban restaurant whose name means ‘ember’ or ‘spark’. Well-balanced, skilfully prepared dishes are, in effect, a surprise, as the set ...
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Reviewed October 8, 2020

We never went to the previous location but now situated in the Garden room at the Kimpton Hotel Aizle is perhaps slightly let down by its surroundings as a fine dining venue. Currently a six course tasting menu is only on offer at dinner and...staff are on their mettle to get everybody out by the ten pm curfew! It is good quality and for us was good value at £70.00 for quite a complex meal. The small starters were lovely but we felt the second course of Scottish mushrooms, pumpkin and black truffles slightly too rich and could be simplified. Wild halibut main course was terrific and the second main course of Inverurie lamb had terrfic flavours but the cut was a little too fatty for my taste. The two deserts (raspberry, betroot and sorrel then michel ciuizel, praline and beurre noisette) were both magnificent. The wine list is quite short but there are some interesting options including our Jura Chardonnay at £60 which matched the whole meal. Wine pairings are available at £50 but we did not fancy the choices. Staff are all young, friendly and informative and describe the dishes in detail. All in all it was an enjoyable evening but some reservations about the setting but we would give it another go when next in Edinburgh..More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 7, 2020 via mobile

First time visiting here. The decor of this restaurant is beautiful! Staff are very Efficient and attentive. Very knowledgeable and friendly. The food was amazing we had 7 courses

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 26, 2020 via mobile

Having booked this a number of months ago, we were both looking forward to this especially reading the reviews. However simply did not deliver . Location / decor is very nice, and makes a good first impression. We both had the tasting menu, without wine...pairing. This is £70 ahead. Not the worse price if meal delivers, however at the top end. I will start with the drink, £12 for the smallest glass of wine my partner has ever received in Edinburgh. Moving on to the meal six courses, with some being very tasty, however small portions, which I found to be over salty and in some instance lukewarm. You do have homemade bread, which they list on the menu, although in addition to the six courses, and an optional cheese course. ( £12 for a bit of brie ). Total bill came to £180, which I do not consider to be value for money. I have had better tasting menus for less cost. Overall disappointed, and will not be back.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 25, 2020 via mobile

The price is the first thing. This is high end dining and we had to think long and hard about blowing our whole month’s budget for eating out in one night. Aizle (rhyming with Hazel) serves a tasting menu - so no choice in the...food dishes - and they offer paired wines if you want the whole experience. We decided to go for it. It was terrific. The setting in the Garden Room of the Kimpton is gorgeous. Plenty of space between tables, lovely decor, great ambience. The staff are very friendly, efficient, and considerate. The food is superb. Prepared with flair, care and the best seasonal ingredients. Put it all together and you have a unique kind of dining adventure. Do it if you possibly can!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 22, 2020

We enjoyed the tasting menu and the accompanying wines very much. In particular, the lamb was excellent and the pairing of the additional cheese course with mead was very interesting. The staff were helpful and the restaurant was well laid out with space between tables....Two minor quibbles - one of the six courses turned out to be bread which, no matter how well baked it is and the taste of two butters, I do not consider to be a course; bread is an accompaniment. I would have preferred to have paid a little more for the six courses and to have had the cheese included. The other quibble is that the menu was in miniscule print although our helpful member of staff printed off a larger format version but please just make it easy to read. Overall, a very good dinner.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 20, 2020

Aizle was a must on our tour to Edinburgh and to get a table, we had to go early evening on a Thursday but it was worth the trip. Its simple and straight forward, just a tasting menu and the theatre began. The food was...sublime, intricate, delicate and awakened the palette. All, being served by a knowledgable and friendly team, who treated us like old friends.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 6, 2020 via mobile

Expertly executed tasting menu with great drink pairings. The food was inventive, perfectly presented, and above all, delicious! The service was also to a very high standard and the staff were knowledgable about all aspects of the food and wine. One of the most charming...restaurant interiors I’ve seen recently, basically being in a large orangery, with lots of hanging plants and almost garden style furniture.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 5, 2020 via mobile

Wow. What an amazing experience. Would definitely recommend Aizle to anyone. Nice venue, great staff and amazing food.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 3, 2020 via mobile

What a wonderful experience. A gastronomic experience. Served promptly and with a smile. Six small courses. Extremely filling. The servers explained each dish. They knew their business. When we had finished our meal and asked for the bill. They were prompt and professional. A great...team with outstanding food. Possibly the best meal we have ever eaten in Edinburgh.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 1, 2020

This was our second visit to Aisle having previously dined at the old location. The food on both occasions was exceptional, delicious and visually pleasing. The waiting staff were attentive and knowledgeable. However our whole dining experience was ruined by the restaurant being in the...open plan central atrium of the Kimpton Hotel. There was a steady stream of hotel guest walking by the restaurant and also through it to the hotel bathrooms. It was noisy and distracting and difficult to hear the waiting staff explain the dishes. We had booked the restaurant a month in advance and had been looking forward to the occasion but I was really disappointed. The venue doesn't suit a fine dining experience.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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You definitely need to book - it’s a very popular place! They will adapt menus for dietary needs - my wife is Pescatarian and they did an option for each course. They will also do veggie menu but you will need to tell them... More
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We don't have an official dress code, but most people go with smart casual. Hope to see you soon!
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