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Lunch date at Otro

Lunch date at Otro

About Otro

Otro is a family-run restaurant located at the heart of Edinburgh’s West End, at the corner of Manor Place and Coates Crescent. It’s one of our locals where we always happily return, especially because they serve one of the best Sunday roasts in town. Their dining rooms recently received a new look with stylish navy walls - a perfect match to the beautiful Georgian period features.

Lunch date at Otro

Last weekend we were kindly invited to sample Otro’s A La Carte offer and their recently launched limited edition cocktail: The Beast from the East. Here are some of the highlights of our lunch date.

Aperitif: The Beast from the East


You probably remember the Beast from the East which brought us plenty of snow last January. Otro’s cocktail is marking 1 year since we all got snowed in and it’s only available during this month. It’s a Scottish take on a White Russian - ingredients include Scottish Cross Brew liqueur and a homemade syrop of winter spices. We really enjoyed it and wishing it was a permanent feature of their cocktail menu!

If you are not that into coffee liqueurs, why not try the Scottish Aelder Elixir elderberry liqueur? You can have it neat or as a royale, cheers.

Starters: Cockburn haggis, fried egg, pickled turnip and truffle granola for Mr Enthusiast and Pan-seared king scallops, coconut curry sauce, papaya and wild rice salad for me


My scallops were perfectly cooked and they really worked well with the papaya and the coconut curry sauce. Mr Enthusiast picked the haggis as we were getting close to Burns night and he also really enjoyed his starter.

Mains: Slow-cooked pork belly, puy lentils and Dijon mustard cream for Mr Enthusiast and Shetland mussels, bourbon and paprika sauce for me 


The paprika sauce went perfectly with the mussels and very much reminded me of the cuisine of my home country. Hungarians love paprika and I was certainly a happy Hungarian eating this giant bowl of delicious seafood. Tip: make sure you have some bread with the delicious paprika sauce in the end.

Dessert: we shared a Chocolate fondant, cherry custard and pistachio ice-cream


Stuffed with the delicious starter and main, we opted for sharing a dessert. Our pudding was an excellent combination of our favourite flavours - my favourite ice-cream is pistachio and Mr Enthusiast loves anything with chocolate.

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch date at Otro and can highly recommend visiting. We also tried their Sunday roast offer last year which is delicious and brilliant value at the same time.


If you are planning to dine there before the Six Nations matches, best to book ahead. Alternatively if you prefer to avoid the West End on busy rugby days, you could also visit their sister restaurant, New Chapter at Eyre Place.


All photos by The Edinburgh Enthusiast (C).

Acknowledgement: We were kindly offered complimentary dinner by Otro, but the views and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and purely my own. Special thanks to the lovely folk at Leopold & Frida for organising our dinner and to Otro for hosting us. 

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