Edinburgh Restaurants: The Magnum Bar And Restaurant

Edinburgh Restaurants-The Magnum

The minute I walked up to The Magnum, I could tell I was walking up to a casual spot that people from the neighborhood stopped by to eat at on their way home from work. It felt like a restaurant for regulars.  I liked that feeling. They’ve done a good job of mixing up the casual feeling of a bar with the more upscale feeling of a restaurant all in one space. Classy yet comfortable, is how I would describe the atmosphere.

Lots Of Choices

I loved that I could order off both the restaurant and the bar menu.  They had a lot of Scottish specialties mixed in with seafood and burgers on the menu.  I had studied the menu ever since being asked to review The Magnum, but with so many choices, deciding what to order wasn’t easy.

Edinburgh Restaurants-The Magnum

The Starter

For a starter, I chose the scallops with green apples and a maple syrup glaze. There was also a chestnut purée and crispy prosciutto on the plate. The scallops were cooked perfectly which is hard to do.  I also loved the combination of the seafood with the apples and maple syrup. These flavors were made for each other. This was a great way to start my meal.

Other starter options were a goat cheese mousse, duck salad with rhubarb purée, or the traditional cullen skink. It was definitely a hard decision!

Edinburgh Restaurants-The Magnum

Main Courses

I had the slow-braised lamb shank with a mustard mash for my main course. It could have been braised at a lower temperature for a bit longer, as it was a bit dry and not as tender as I like, but the flavor was great.

The table next to me raved about their fish and chips. The Magnum also served things like sea bass with surf clams, a rib eye steak, and guinea fowl.

Dessert at The Magnum-Edinburgh Restaurants frdd

A Sweet Ending

Dessert couldn’t have been better. The lemon meringue shortbread tart combined with the homemade basil sorbet perfectly. I ended dinner with a flat white which was perfectly made and made me just want to linger in the comfortable space and watch the evening fade into night.

The Magnum-Edinburgh Restaurants

Service at The Magnum was perfect, and I adored sitting next to the large window that looked out on the street.  The wood interior gives a feeling of comfort, but there is also an outdoor eating area for warmer weather. If you are looking for a cozy restaurant in which to dine with the locals, then this is your spot.


Address: 1 Albany St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 3PY
Phone:0131 557 4366
Valen Dawson at The Magnum

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