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Three Birds
3-5 Viewforth,
EH10 4JD
0131 229 3252
Mon-Fri 12 noon - 2.30pm, 6pm-10pm; Sat & Sun 12 noon-10pm


What is the first thing you do when you move into a new neighbourhood? Go for a walk? Cut an extra set of keys just in case (and leave them with your neighbour?)

I personally look for the alpha and omega of all neighbourhoods. The three pillars that your life will now stand on. A cosy drinkery, where you can have a glass of pinot after work, the coffeeshop, where you can get that essential morning latte, and your caffeine fix after dancing (and maybe drinking) a bit too much on a Friday night. And lastly, a restaurant that fits any time, any day, any occasion; quick bite between meetings, Friday catch-up with the girls, lazy Sunday 3-course lunch.

For Bruntsfield, ‘that’ restaurant is Three Birds. 

Tucked away on a side street  it sits comfortably between all the Bruntsfield big guns but, thanks very much, it is doing great. 

The interior is simple, but warm, and the place fills quickly, even on a slow Monday midday. The menu is short but sweet but has everything you need. The blackboard informs of the daily selection of fish, meat, cheese and of course desserts. I choose from the regular menu though (after debating whether I could eat the 2-person cheeseboard by myself) and go with the curried sea bass fillet as a main, and the cheesy bites from the starter menu. 

The bites arrive in a white bag ?lled with rocket, and a small pot of homemade berry compote. The cheese is lovely, crispy on the outside, nice and tangy on the inside. But the berry compote is something different. I could quite possibly have a bucketful; it is balanced, creamy, and so rich with those autumn berries that you just want to beg the chef for the recipe. I know it is a starter, but next time I will definitely try it with some dessert wine. 

The sea bass is perfectly cooked, arrives with herby rice, grilled baby corn and thai curry sauce. The portion is not too big, leaves you full, but comfortable. The curry sauce is just how it should be, full of flavour, and with just a little bit of spicy kick. I needed to ask for a bit more, as I like my rice soaked in sauce.

I needed to pass on dessert, but I solemnly swore that I would be back for the dark chocolate, espresso & cardamom mousse cake. And why wouldn’t I. Three Birds is the best neighbour you will ever have, comforting, warm, and always ready to make you feel better.

….I might even ask if I can leave a spare set of house keys with them. (R. Gyorfi)


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