107-109 St Leonard's Street | Edinburgh EH8 9QY
Phone: 0131 662 9349
Aizle is an Old Scots word which means ‘ember’ or ‘spark’ (and rhymes with hazel).
It's also a unique Scottish restaurant on Edinburgh’s South Side, so far removed from Scottish restaurant traditions that it doesn’t actually have a menu. Instead, you'll be provided with a list of ingredients, sourced from the very best suppliers, which form the basis of the four-course meal that follows. The list of ingredients changes every day, providing a constant source of intrigue for diners and allowing the kitchen to experiment with high quality and exotic produce.
There is also a cocktail menu for your perusal, ingredients for which are also freshly sourced and/or foraged. In reality, Aizle is less a restaurant and more a dining experience – one which certainly will stand out in the crowd.
Although it's a little polarising, Aizle seems to have won over the voters in The Skinny's annual Food and Drink Survey. In 2015 it was voted Best New Place, along with co-champions Ox and Finch, Lioness of Leith, Drygate Brewing Co. and No Way Back. In our 2018 Food and Drink Survey, it was voted in the Best Restaurant category, along with the likes of Harmonium, Ting Thai Carvan and Trenchtown. Ain't nothin' to be sniffed at there, other than the smell of good cooking of course.
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