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Sublime Seafood at Ondine’s Crustacean Bar

Sometimes life is more lovely than usual. Returning from a fabulous ski holiday in Mayrhofen to an invitation to try Ondine’s new bar menu was one such time. After a superb lunch at Ondine recently I was salivating at the prospect of a return visit.


As you may know Ondine has an enticing dinner menu for those occasions when you want to indulge and have enough time to enjoy the theatre of the full dining experience.

The launch of the bar menu offers diners the chance to enjoy that Brett magic over a couple of glasses of wine pre-show, post-shopping or whenever you want to really. It’ll be one of my go-to places for between show sustenance during the Fringe. But I won’t be waiting until August to return!

I do Ceroc dancing and went to the launch with one of my favourite dance partners, who has asked to remain incognito. I’ll call him Johnny because he’s tall, dark, handsome, would look fantastic in tight trousers and boy can he dance!

So to the food:

The menu has options from £2.75 to £10.50 and includes classics like oysters, potted shrimp, mussels and squid. There is also enough to keep non-seafood-eating friends happy with roast pigeon, duck eggs & wild mushrooms and honey and coriander lamb cutlets among others.

We ordered tapas style and here it is in pictures for your delectation…

This is the oyster rarebit. Deliciously moist and buttery. Very moreish. A quirky twist on a old favourite that really works without overpowering the delicate flavours of the oyster.


Fishcakes with dipping sauce. Very fishy, fishcakes beautifully seasoned. So different to many of the potato filled ‘fishcakes’ I’ve had.


Ah one of the highlights of my evening the roast pigeon with wild mushrooms. Isn’t it beautiful? Don’t you want to reach in and taste it? I quite fancy one now, perhaps I’ll pop in this evening… I digress. It is difficult to describe to you the magnificence of this wonderfully fresh, perfectly cooked, succulent bird served with a gravy I wish I knew how to make.


The chips, double fried I think and very tasty.


And another favourite of mine the salt and pepper squid.


We had planned to order more but were very full after 6 dishes between the two of us (potted shrimp not pictured).

It was a most entertaining evening and not just because of the food. We were sitting next to Jo Morris of Edinburgh institution and must-read ion magazine who was utterly hilarious and just as compelling in person as in print.

Yes a most wonderful evening with excellent food, great company, friendly service and lashings of champagne. All enjoyed in the busy, buzzy environs of Ondine on a Wednesday evening.

Loved it and will definitely go back.


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2 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD
0131 226 1888

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Ondine seafood and fish restaurant has been causing a stir since in opened in September 2009.  This is the first restaurant from award-winning chef Roy Brett and on my hitlist for this year.

I went with my friend Ann who parties with Helen Mirren, travels the world, always looks fabulous and ought to write a book. Ann is a blogger, she writes Capital Adventures about her new life in Edinburgh.

Ondine is nestled between Missoni Hotel and Pizza Express on George IV Bridge. The ground floor entrance leads up to the restaurant which is on the first floor. We choose a table for two with views out to people hurrying by below. The restaurant has beautiful light as there are windows right round on two sides.

We had intended to order from the lunch menu – at £19.95 for 3 courses. However, after perusing the lunch menu we decided to share a the roasted seafood platter from the main menu (£38).

The platter was a seafood lover’s dream with crab, lobster, scallops, mussels, cockles and clams. The garlic butter was divine too. Seafood, bread and garlic butter, I get excited just thinking about it.

Seafood Platter at Ondine

Seafood lover's delight

 It was all beautifully cooked. Scallops are a particular favourite of mine and these served ‘in shell’ were superb. Good seafood is fresh seafood and you could taste the freshness. A real joy to eat. 

Seafood Platter at Ondine

The close up

Afterwards Ann went for a chocolate mousse served with alcohol-infused cherries and hazlenuts. As she says, she would have offered me a taste if only it hadn’t been so very, very, very good. This all said in breathy fashion. You can go off a person…

Chocolate mousse at Ondine

It was very, very, very good

Service was lovely, the restaurant itself is pleasing and the food was fantastic.

So what was the damage, you may be wondering? Those of a nervous disposition please look away now. We shared a bottle of wine, the seafood platter and Ann had a chocolate mousse. We paid £45 each including 10% tip.

Was it worth it? Yes, every penny.


Ondine on Urbanspoon

2 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD
0131 226 1888

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