This restaurant has ceased trading.
- Telephone 0131 229 1338
- Opening times Mon–Sat 10am–5.30pm; Sun noon–5pm.
- Website institutegallery.com
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This review is taken from the 2012 edition.
The Institute is very much a one-man band, and a new addition to Edinburgh’s roster of art venues. Photographer and owner Gavin Evans has combined a gallery of contemporary art with an assortment of imported teas to sip while contemplating the surroundings. Located in the heart of Marchmont the venue attracts students and locals popping in for a sandwich during the week or a special event at the weekend. The choice is limited but what is on offer is well executed. Highlights include Cubano, a tasty Cuban sandwich of grilled petit pain with roast and smoked ham, Jarlsberg cheese, gherkin, mayo and mustard or filled croissants. The tea menu is certainly not limited, with over 20 single estate varieties to choose from. Currently only open during the day, there are plans to license the premises, renovate the interior and showcase new technologies at evening events. Watch this space.
- High point: Teas galore
- Low point: Could do with a couple more cakes for the teas
- Provides: Live music, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz - Getz and Gilberto
- Capacity: 18 seated (30+ for events)
- Largest group: 30