The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage is possibly one of Edinburgh’s most anticipated restaurant openings. It’s the first ever restaurant on Calton Hill, and will be one that promises breath-taking views across the Firth of Forth and the city skyline.
From Saturday 24th November, the public will be able to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner surrounded by floor-to-ceiling views of Edinburgh and beyond. Built on a cantilever so the restaurant is partially suspended over Calton Hill’s northwest slope, the restaurant will open 5 days a week, offering an approachable, relaxed dining experience.
Chef director Dale Mailley said: “Edinburgh is a vibrant and bustling city with a thriving food scene.There’s already a wonderful array of restaurants in the city, and I believe The Lookout will offer an exciting new option. We’ll be serving a modern take on the food we have evolved over the last six years at The Gardener’s Cottage to complement The Lookout’s modern architecture, and of course, those spectacular views.”
The lunch and dinner offerings will be centred on a seasonal and inventive a la carte menu, complemented by a prix fixe menu. Breakfast will also be served from 10am.
Diners can expect to see dishes like Douglas Fir-cured sea trout with sauerkraut, seaweed and rye bread; Gigha halibut, butternut squash purée, golden sultanas and brioche and clam vinaigrette; lobster smoked over oak with seaweed butter; Tweed Valley mallard roasted on the crown; and spiced pumpkin and chocolate tart, star anise and molasses ice-cream with pear, honey and walnut crumble.
The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage is a partnership with Collective, the organisation that has redeveloped the City Observatory site on Calton Hill into a new home for contemporary art. As well as the purpose-built restaurant, the world-class development incorporates the restored City Observatory and City Dome, along with new purpose-built exhibition space The Hillside.