We recently visited the restaurant to sample the tasting menu which is normally priced at £150. Admittedly we had a 5pm,com offer which was cheaper but the experience was not a very good value for money. We were disappointed by the experience for several reasons.
1. The culinary skills are certainly below average and the price does not reflect the quality of the food offered. Some of the dishes arrived very cold as if they were standing in the kitchen for some time. This certainly worked against their flavour.
2. The combination of the wines with the food (which was included in the price) was certainly bold but not always successful. For example the chocolate mousse was served with a dry Lebanese red wine, which was not a very palatable combination. Similarly the chicken liver parfait was offered with a Chenin Blanc, whereas it would have been much better suited to a sweet white.
3. The staff was pretty un engaging to the point of being disinterested. There was no effort made to explain for example the choice of the wine for the food offered and they were pretty disinterested in our departure. We had some problems to locate our coats, which had been moved during our meal and they made no effort to help us with this.
4. The restaurant is pretty small and the table are too close to each other. This works against the supposedly intimate atmosphere.
On the basis of the experience I would not rush back to the restaurant. My understanding is that the restaurant has not been open for very long and that they make an effort with the 5pm.com to fill the tables. I do not expect that the restaurant will tsy long for too long, given what it has to offer. Edinburgh has several excellent restaurants that offer a tru culinary exrince at the price charged by Purslane.