Walking into the chic piano bar with its gold leaf ceilings, eye-catching artwork and designer feel, you are immediately hit by the notion that the aptly named Abstract is not like any other Edinburgh eatery.
Although its sister establishment in Inverness famously featured on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.
The new restaurant in Scotland's capital offers fine dining in a contemporary atmosphere. Starched linen tablecloths have been replaced with faux snakeskin tabletops and although the location may worry your bank manager, the lunchtime menu offers you great variety for under £15.
Abstract houses Edinburgh's first chef's table, which is popular with the city's business community looking for a bit of extra privacy away from prying eyes. Head chef Loic Lefebvre and his team are on hand throughout your meal to talk you through their creations, providing a fabulous mix of theatre, art and culinary skill.
It's a great location and the only one in Edinburgh's trendy business district offering this unique gastronomic experience. Everyone I have taken, be it for business or pleasure, has had their expectations exceeded, whether it was for a quick stop to try another cocktail at the piano bar, lunch or an indulgent dinner.
Where: 33-35 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh
Contact: 01312 291222
How much: £15-35