Louise Reviews: Leith Lynx

Posted by in July's Magazine

This part of Leith is quickly becoming an alternative to the better-known Shore area for dining out. Formerly a real ale pub, Leith Lynx is now a classy bar & brasserie offering a wide selection of food with reasonable price tags attached.

From homemade burgers to lobster Thermidor, the menu is designed to suit a range of palates and budgets.


To start, I had the salad Lyonnaise, a very simple dish consisting of wild leaves, strips of smoky lardons and croutons, topped with a poached egg and drizzled with tangy Dijon vinaigrette. A dish I first discovered as an au pair living in Lyon, it was the same gooey, sticky, smoky delight I remembered. Norman ordered smoked salmon, which was exactly that – nothing less nothing more. Simple but delicious.

Chicken, mushroom and tarragon pie for me next. It came with chips and a mixed salad. Individually prepared, the pastry was crispy on top and soft underneath, below; a deep bowl was filled with generous chunks of chicken, button mushrooms and dreamy tarragon infused gravy. Ideal for dunking chips! Norman chose the sautéed collops of venison alternated with large croutons in a rich game sauce. The meat was tender and the texture of the croutons brought a delicious contrast to the dish. The vegetable of the day was okra prepared in a spicy sauce – an eccentric but tasty accompaniment.

Literally sweet-talked into choosing a dessert by the waiter, we opted for the chocolate terrine with mango and raspberry sauce. Very rich and dense, the perfect sharing dish.

Leith Lynx bar & brasserie has a certain elegance and formality, with its little orderly brown tables and accents of red. The staff are also well turned out, young, and fun. But it does seem to be a place that would benefit from being quite busy. We’ll make sure we come back again on such an evening, to enjoy tasty fare and great value.

BILL FOR TwO: £34.20

SCORE: 17/20

T: 0131 538 4796

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