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Taisteal

1 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH4 1HU
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Tuesday – Sunday

Lunch served 12pm – 2.30pm

Dinner served 6pm – 9.30pm

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About Taisteal

Taisteal is the latest venture by Chef Gordon Craig. Meaning journey or travel, Taisteal presents dishes using the best local Scottish produce combined with elements from around the world,



Having trained in some of the UKs finest Michelin-starred restaurants, Gordon brings his extensive knowledge and skill to the Edinburgh restaurant scene. Inspired by his own travels abroad and recipes from around the world, Gordon hopes to bring some of these flavours and techniques to Stockbridge. Taisteal takes elements of fine dining and presents them in a more relaxed environment. The menu will be complimented by an extensive wine list and a selection of classic and contemporary cocktails.

Cuisine: Scottish
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Thursday, 17 May 2018

Always a treat!

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Really top class 👌 had to cater for a coeliac and a veggie but no bother at all due to the high quality cuisine on offer which catered for all. Also fantastic service which made the meal go by swimmingly. Not to mention the exquisite taste, lovely atmosphere and brilliant value in the market menu. All in all a fantastic meal to celebrate my birthday and I'll definitely be back soon.

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

Excellent service and food interesting and well balanced. Crowded when we went and a little noisy.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

Excellent quality food, fabulous presentation, friendly yet very professional service, enjoyed it so much, bought a gift voucher as a birthday present for a friend and looking to book a large birthday celebration later in the year! Food is definitely worthy of its Michelin guide inclusion and would not be surprised if it receives a ⭐️ In the next year or so, if, they keep to this ethos! Value for money too (which is lacking in some establishments in the Capital).

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Visited On Tuesday, 08 May 2018

Three visits in 10 days says it all

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Visited On Thursday, 03 May 2018

Fantastic taster menu. Perfect from start to finish. We didn’t opt for the accompanied drinks/wine but had lovely bottles of wine instead. Thank you!

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Visited On Friday, 04 May 2018

Brilliant food and wine. Freshly prepared ingredients and good combinations especially the lamb and cod dishes. Desserts just that little bit out of the ordinary. Will definitely be back. Friendly helpful staff

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Visited On Saturday, 05 May 2018

Excellent food, great staff. Thoroughly recommend Taisteal

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 May 2018

Absolutely amazing lunch. Everything was cooked to perfection and most of all it was all so tasty.

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 May 2018

Great value for money, lovely staff, delicious food and excellent location!

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Visited On Saturday, 28 April 2018

Very good meal there. Everyone enjoyed the food and service. The volume in the place got a bit loud towards the busier it got and we were almost shouting at each other but that’s my only issue! Otherwise we had a very good experience there.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 April 2018

All wonderful.

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Visited On Thursday, 26 April 2018

A friend who lives locally recommended Taisteal for the four of us. I had already been intrigued by the menu online: it concentrates on a few things, rather than wearisome variety, which means they have to be good, AND makes choosing easier. And they were good. For example, who knew about rabbit haggis? Yum, yum. Even my partner, who is usually a tad unadventurous, went for the vegetarian option and declared it delicious. The 'Market Menu' is great value at £16 for three courses (a pub meal could cost you more.) The staff were friendly and professional. The tables are not hemmed in as they are in too many places. And, as far as I recall, there was no music, or, if there was, it was below aural pollution levels. Bliss! Go! Eat! Drink!

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Visited On Friday, 27 April 2018

The market menu is great! Delicious, unique and tasty menu. Lovely for lunch or dinner.

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Visited On Saturday, 21 April 2018

Another great meal. Food is so good and so very different. Amazing blending of flavours. Look forward to my next visit.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 March 2018

Beautiful food ( though slightly too much salt in the main course) , excellent service. We will certainly recommend and return.

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Visited On Friday, 16 March 2018

Excellent as always

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Visited On Friday, 09 March 2018

Always have a lovely meal here

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Very high quality cooking

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Visited On Saturday, 10 March 2018

This was our second visit to Taisteal and we were aprehensive as we had enjoyed our first experience so much, but we were so happy The food was once again fabulous, a really imaginative combination of flavours and textures. We will be back!

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Visited On Friday, 09 March 2018

The food was super tasty and the service was very friendly. Will definitely come back.

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 March 2018

We came to celebrate my husband's Birthday. He absolutely loved his starter (mackerel) and main course (venison). He was a little disappointed in his lemon meringue dessert, despite the very thoughtful birthday candle! 😄 Overall we had a lovely evening. The staff were polite, friendly and attentive. The food was perfectly cooked and presented. It was easy to understand why on a Wednesday night in March the place was absolutely packed out. Well done.

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Visited On Tuesday, 06 March 2018

Fantastic meal and great service. Excellent value lunch

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Visited On Saturday, 03 March 2018

Incredibly disappointing. My wife and I went to Taisteal last Saturday having been recommended by a friend and read some reviews. What a disappointment it turned out to be. On arrival the place was empty, but to be fair the weather had not been good so we were undeterred and picked a little table away from the two other tables that were in. With excitement we chose the tasting menu with matching drinks. The Carrot, Coconut Milk And Lemongrass Soup with a Rabbit Spring Roll arrived. The soup was very pleasant however we could not see or taste any rabbit in the spring rolls but overall an okay dish. Next came the Game Pithivier, which when it arrived looked fantastic, however when we cut into the pastry the smell was far from nice. We both took a mouthful and discovered the meat to be mainly gristle, dry and not pleasant to eat. In fact we are not sure the meat was fit for serving. We told our waiter who said he would tell the chef and this was the last we heard of it. The next course was Chard & Cured Mackerel, Mackerel Tartare, Guacamole, Ponzu & Pickled Grapes. I am allergic to fish so when ordering informed the waiter of this and they organised a goats cheese pannacotta for me and my wife had the mackerel. The filet part of the mackerel was inedible with a gelatinous texture and pungent flavour and smell. The pannacotta was nice enough but just tasted like a postage stamp sized bit of goats cheese in all honesty. We were both really looking forward to the main of Grilled Venison Haunch with Pumpkin, Parisian Gnocchi, Wild Mushrooms, Sesame Seeds & Cassis Jus as this meat is our favourite. Sadly again this did live up to much. The three 50p sized slices of venison were edible, but you could not taste anything but the carpet bombing of sesame seeds over everything. The gnocchi was the best part of this dish, but that really isn’t saying much. We then were presented with a bonus dish, which was the best dish of the night. It was a warm(ish) chocolate mouse with passion fruit sorbet. The sorbet was the best thing we ate during our time at Taisteal by a long way. Last up we had the “Lemon Meringue Pie”. This was another real disappointment. It was a rock hard piece of baked meringue with a flavourless ice-cream under it. No idea where the lemon was in this dish and a disappointing end to a disappointing meal. We had also paid £25 each for the ‘matching drinks’. This was on a par to the meal sadly. In total I reckon we shared the equivalent volume of half a bottle of wine, for £50. The prosecco was nice, aspalls cider is nice but we probably shared a small bottle of it between us. Next was a cocktail, which on its own was nice but did not go with the goats cheese I had, but I appreciate that was a change from the menu. The red wine was a fairly bland Italian red and to finish there was a very nice thimbleful of desert wine. There was no way that the drinks were value at this price considering the small amount you get. We settled the bill and left very sad about the experience we had. During the whole meal, despite being sat by the kitchen, we only heard the sound of cooking once, despite the other two tables also ordering food. Within a short walk of this place are several excellent restaurants that offer much better food, much better value, and a great dining experience. We had hoped this would be another great local, but it fell well short on every front.

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Visited On Saturday, 03 March 2018

Absolutely brilliant food!

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