Aurora at 187 Great Junction Street is an unlikely place for a high dining. The location is not very sexy or trendy, it’s part of Leith residential area. It is certainly not the place where you would expect to come across a fine dining restaurant. The restaurant could be easily missed if you are not careful enough and a peek through the window would reveal a narrow, high ceilinged room with minimal decoration and lighting.
We were glad that we had discovered this little gem of 18-cover restaurant. Once inside, the setting was minimalist and simple, but had a good vibe and atmosphere.
Our host and sommelier showed us our table of two and from there he handled us the menus, one for drink and one for the dinner. The degustation menu was £60 for six courses, and it came with amuse-bouche and petit fours as well. You can add £50 for a wine pairing or £30 for non-alcoholic drink pairing.
The menu was incredible, each dish was like a little bijou, perfectly calibrated and cooked, each bite was delicate and full of flavor. The ingredients were dosed with balance and flawless technical mastery.
Kamil Witek’s cooking was inspired by Asia and Mediterranean flavors and ingredients which he masterly assembled into his creation.
The wine list and the drink list were quite impressive for a small restaurant. Even though, we did not order wines we had only order the non-alcoholic drinks like house-made bergamot & yuzu lemonade and rose petals & hibiscus iced tea.
The service by our sommelier and waitress was very nice, cool and easy going.
This meal was of one our best so far, we wish we could have a gem like Aurora in Paris.
187 Great Jct St, Edinburgh EH6 5LQ
Edinburgh EH6 5LQ, UK
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