Fondly remembered by many an old hack as home to The Scotsman newspaper, the Scotsman Hotel houses two of Edinburgh's culinary landmarks, Vermilion and North Bridge Brasserie.
The Brasserie is popular with media types, hotel guests and, occasionally, rugby fans, and combines original features with contemporary design. A floating steel staircase leads to the gallery where guests can dine in privacy at tables of two while gazing down on the room below.
An illuminated, elliptical bar dominates the main room, serving swanky cocktails and drinks. Stylish black tub chairs and chrome tables are a relaxing alternative downstairs. Along one side of the room, small intimate booths, created out of the window spaces, allow a private place in which to have a drink with clients and journalists.
The eclectic menu offers simple and elegant dishes using the very best ingredients, under the watchful eye of executive chef Geoff Balharrie.
A range of dishes is available from warm tiger prawn salad to daily fish, succulent grills and the all-important puddings such as a warm chocolate brownie at prices that won't break the budget.
I always plump for the tomato tarte tatin with mozzarella and balsamic syrup to start, followed swiftly by a satisfying risotto.
Where: The Scotsman Hotel, Edinburgh, EHI
Contact: 0131 622 2900
How much: £15-£20 for two courses