Black Grape Wine Bar in Edinburgh

Black Grape Wine Bar is one of those places that I’ve seen all over my friends Instagrams and it’s received high praise and many people have recommended it to me. So since my best friend was visiting from Sweden I booked a table for us and another of my bridesmaids to have a nice little catch up.

The Black Grape Wine Bar is located on the Canongate, opposite Wedgwood Restaurant that I visited recently. It has a nice elegant interior design with teal and brick influences. There’s a bar section with taller chairs and also a section further back which is more like a restaurant section. There was a lovely relaxed vibe and the staff was very helpful and lovely.

As the Black Grape is a wine bar, we of course ordered some wine. My strategy for wine bars is usually to order small glasses of wine to try a variety of different ones, so that’s what I went for here as well. However the small glass is 175ml, but very reasonably priced, so there’s a generous amount of wine even in the smaller serve. The wine is split into different flavour categories and each category has a couple wine available by the glass or bottle and some that are only available by the bottle. I chose the grenache-viogner, ‘le campuget’ for my first glass which was in the Fruity & Easy category and suited me just right. My second glass was a red wine from Georgia – the saperavi, ‘classical’, vachnadziani.

We of course also ordered some food and opted for the hasselback potatoes, salmon tartare, chicken yakitori and the brioche bread. I would definitely order the hasselback potatoes and salmon tartare next time I’m here – they were so good! I’m also curious about the oysters, the steak tartare, whipped feta and focaccia so need to come back soon. I found the brioche to be a tad dry, so would probably not recommend this but this was one of the most recommended dishes from my friends so perhaps it was just us. When we ordered food I also couldn’t resist trying the sour grapes which is made with haku vodka, black grape, lemon oil and sauternes. I can see why this is the signature serve – it’s very tasty and I’d highly recommend ordering at least one!

The foods were priced around £5-15 per dish and the cocktails around £10 each.

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