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Restaurant Review: Wine & Peach, Edinburgh

They serve cocktails and small plates at this family business

Published: June 19, 2021

I’m thinking of inviting some midgies over.

Then I’ll rouge my body, paying special attention to my beak, before trying to complete a 9000 piece jigsaw puzzle with three bits missing.

I’ll use a fork to comb my hair, as if I’d forgotten my brush, and go to bed early in a huff because someone else is hogging the telly.

Anything to recreate a classic Soutar staycation experience.

There will be no summer holidays this year. Everything is booked up, so we won’t be going on our annual trip to Arran, or doing a European city break, or anything much at all. So far, my summer has involved wearing a divot, like the dent in a poached egg pan, into my sweaty grey sofa.

Thankfully there are restaurants to keep me from despair, and this one couldn’t have a more summery name.

To paraphrase The Stranglers, “Walking on the beaches, staring at the (wine and) peaches”. (Hmm, I wonder why there were so many peaches on that beach. Maybe they were washed ashore after a cargo boat incident).

Apparently, the Sartore family, who also own Dalry Road’s excellent Locanda de Gusti and Pizzeria 1926, have named their newest restaurant after a Southern Italian drink, which is made from sliced peaches marinated in red or white homemade wine and chilled.

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Interior of Wine & Peach

Santo - Rosario and Maria Sartore’s son, who seems to be heading up this project - fixed our wobbly table, and handed over the cocktail menu, which comes in a Perspex cylinder. He studied at the European Bartending School, and has whipped up a selection of crowd-pleasers, with margaritas, negronis, espresso martinis and Aperol spritzes. To celebrate the homeland of my favourite nut, I went for a caipirinha (£6.90), which was a muscular punch of a thing, with a very strong white rum, plenty of lime and brown sugar. My plus one had a fresh and fruity glass of their “Pecorino IGP Biologico, 2019” (£4.90).

The Mediterranean food here comes as small sharing plates. They say two or three per person, so we went for six.

First to land was the souvlaki (£6.95). We weren’t crazy about our pair of Minion yellow taco shell containers, as they were slightly chewy, and allowed everything to fall out, like a suitcase with a broken zip. Still, the contents - nibbly bits of herby chicken, yoghurt, and a few cherry tomatoes and salad leaves - were decent enough. We’d also ordered a side of pita (£1.95), which consisted of griddled triangles, like the discarded bikini top of someone who’d been run over by a trike.

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“I’m enjoying this couscous”, is a sentence I uttered for the first time in my life, when it came to the lamb chops (£6.95). The meat itself was slightly chugh, but the extra bits - that grain, which was studded with sultanas, red pepper and celery - made the dish.

Life may be too short to stuff a mushroom, but those who live in the Med tend to live longer - thus, the extra hours can be used to make olive ascolane (£5.95).

We had five of these tightly breadcrumbed balls, which featured green olives stuffed with finely minced meat and an aubergine pulp on the side.

Olive ascalone

Our baked saganaki shrimp (£5.95) had plenty of bouncy prawns in the tomato and pepper stew, which also featured a crumble of Feta on top.

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While, the battered blossoms that are deep fried ciurilli (£5.95) were bronzed, sloshed with honey and pebble-dashed in sea salt, for that compulsive salty sweet sensation.

Pudding was probably my favourite thing. I do like a baklava (£5.95) and this ice-cream topped version was suitably sugar-saturated, with a craggy filling of crushed walnuts and layers of that lovely filo pastry that’s always impossible to saw through with a spoon. (Someone needs to invent baklava cutlery, or you could just use a laser). The ravani (£4.95) was a slice of syrupy and lemony sponge cake about the size of a Kleenex box, with another pompom of ice-cream on the top and crumbled pistachios.

I wouldn’t say this place is quite on a par with the Sartore family’s other restaurants yet, though my visit was pleasant enough to feel like a mini-break of sorts.

Until the next restaurant review/holiday, you’ll find me roosting on my sofa dent.

91 Dalry Road


(0131 337 7185,

The Verdict

How much? Dinner for two, excluding drinks, £44.60

Food 7/10

Ambience 7/10


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This place is back and offering, among other menus, its early evening bargain one, Tuesday to Thursday (5pm – 6.30pm) with three courses for £16. Options include the haddock thermidor with crushed baby potatoes, garlic and caper butter.

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In recent weeks, this bakery and coffee shop has been doing a weekend brunch pop-up. It sounds pretty magnificent, with dishes including the cinnamon bun French toast with compote and lemon lavender mascarpone; eggs benedict or lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes. Keep an eye on their social media (Instagram @nicetimesbakery) for updates and bookings.

Pizzeria 1926, 85 Dalry Road, Edinburgh (Instagram @pizzeria_1926)

Open for deliveries or sitting in, this is one of the best pizza joints in the capital. They also offer panuozzi - a “sandwich” made with dough, which they say is traditional to the Campania region. Fillings include slow-cooked pork belly, potatoes and braised white onions.

Gaby Soutar is a lifestyle editor at The Scotsman. She has been reviewing restaurants for The Scotsman Magazine since 2007 and edits the weekly food pages.

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