Lovingly converted into a restaurant and music venue, The Lot provides a respite from the alcohol-fuelled shenanigans of the Grassmarket area. The high-ceilinged interior is painted in creams and blues, the wooden dado more reminiscent of cosy seaside cafes than sleek urban eateries. Paintings by local artists hang on the walls and the staff are friendly and enthusiastic. All these features create a relaxed environment, and the most stressful part of eating at The Lot is deciding what to choose from the menu. Comforting Scottish dishes like mussels, haggis and Ribeye steak jostle with more contemporary favourites like Thai green curry and mushroom risotto. While there is variety, there is a certain lack of imagination which can lead to a feeling of culinary déjà vu (goats cheese and caramelised red onion tart anyone?). However The Lot isn't about pushing back dining boundaries, it's about providing a satisfying feed with big and tasty portions. The Thai green curry is particularly spicy and substantial, and the asparagus and Parma ham starter is a delicious combination. The puddings are the perfect way to finish, with the spongy chocolate brownie and huge sticky toffee pudding coming particularly recommended.
Prices start at £15 for two courses, £20 for three and around a tenner for a bottle of house wine. (Laura Esslemont)
Mon-Sat: 11am - 9.30pm
Sun: noon - 6pm