Taking my car for a service and its annual MOT in Leith at the end of June, I noticed a new restaurant, Borough, in the space that was previously Norn and before that the Plumed Horse. It’s great that spaces don’t stand still long in Leith, an area fast becoming a foody destination that is worth seeking out. Sadly it wasn’t open but it wasn’t long before an invitation dropped into my inbox to come and see what it was all about.
Rubbing shoulders with Michelin-star restaurants, gin distilleries and coffee roasters, Borough Restaurant officially opens its doors today. Guided by Head Chef Darren Murray, formerly Head Chef of award-winning restaurant, Norn, who is joined by Archie Kyle, formerly of Fishers in Leith as Restaurant Manager.
Serving a relaxed neighbourhood atmosphere, this 38 covers restaurant serves a menu that is laidback comprising small and large plates, with an extensive selection of wines, many of which can be enjoyed by the glass.
Conversation was flowing, as was the sparkles and beer and there was a really interesting mix of people including a fellow chef, Tony Singh.
We got to sample just some of the delicious dishes that they will be serving up, including a courgette tart, beautifully decorated with nasturtium and black olive; beef tartare; fish croquettes (please make it with black Iberian pork next time and I’ll scoff the lot!); oyster, tomato and bone marrow; and a light and refreshing strawberry, goats milk and sorrel to finish.
The price points of all the dishes are really good value and many are £6-£8 so I suspect you might be encouraged to order a number of the smaller plates to share and perhaps a bigger one for a main. I’ll just have to return, if it’s only to sample the broccoli, hay and chicken liver, which I spied on the menu. Chicken liver is my favourite offal and not something you often see, other than used in a pâté, although it was a family staple in our house growing up and I love it. I’m looking forward to returning already.
50 – 54 Henderson Street
Edinburgh EH6 6DE
Tel: 0131 629 2525
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Facebook: www.facebook.com/boroughleith / Instagram: @boroughleith
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday – 17.30-21.30
Thursday – 17.30-21.30
Friday – 12.00-14.30, 17.30-21.30
Saturday – 12.00-14.30, 17.30-21.30
Sunday – 12.00-17.00