The Voodoo Rooms
- Telephone 0131 556 7060
- Opening times Mon–Thu 4pm–1am; Fri–Sun noon–1am.
- Seasonal times Festival and Christmas: open until 3am.
- Bar open Mon–Thu 4pm–1am; Fri–Sun noon–1am.
- Food served Mon–Thu 4–10pm; Fri–Sun noon–10pm.
- Pre-theatre times Table back before 7pm
- Average price £20 (set lunch); £16 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price 20% off the set menu
- Website www.thevoodoorooms.com
Competitively priced bistro staples within an eccentrically blinged-up period setting.
On paper some might say black leather, gold and mirrored surfaces are not the most obvious of bedfellows for a 19th-century period property. Yet, in the same spirit of adventure adopted by the Voodoo Rooms' mixologists, the interior mash-up just seems to work. The main bar is the heart of the operation, which also includes live music, fringe and event spaces. The vibe is buzzing – folk wait for their gig to start, office workers enjoy a post-work tipple and tired shoppers kick back in one of the booths for a snack or a bottle of something fizzy. The menu is competitively priced and delivers good quality bistro staples in an intimate, and slightly Gothic, dining room. Smoked venison with goat's cheese and cucumber salad; plump scallops with iron-rich black pudding and chorizo sit among the starters. The gourmet burger is hefty, its well-seasoned beef served in a crisp brioche bun with skinny fries. There are few surprises on this solid menu, but everything is executed with confidence, leaving the more experimental activities to the other side of the bar.
- High point: Bling-tastic interior worth the flight of stairs
- Low point: Service can feel a little strained at busier times
- Notable dish: Gourmet burger
- Private dining: 100 seated, 200 standing
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Cool lounge
- Live entertainment: Live music, comedy, themed nights at least once a week
- Capacity: 45
- Largest group: 45
- Open since: 2007
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £17 per bottle
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