The hugely popular Edinburgh Food Studio is set to open to the public with a new restaurant

A globally renowned food research hub in Edinburgh is set to open its doors to the public as it announces the launch of a new restaurant.

Published 28th Jul 2018
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

The Edinburgh Food Studio which can be found on the city's Dalkeith Road, will launch the in-house eaterie at the start of next month.

Open to the public five days a week for brunch, lunch and dinner, the Edinburgh Food Studio will offer guests a set tasting menu for dinner, featuring highlights such as North Uist Crab, Barra Cockles and Luing beef, aged on the bone for 8 weeks.

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Lunch will take the form of a daily changing menu that will reflect the seasons and the best local produce available from trusted suppliers.

The restaurant arm of the business is set to run in tandem with the existing Scottish food research lab and avant-garde events programme, which has earned the studio international acclaim.

Working alongside Founders and food research pioneers, Ben Reade and Sashana Souza Zanella, will be head chef, James Murray.

The new resident chef is known for his work at leading restaurants, including his time as head chef at Michelin-starred Nur in Hong Kong, Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’saisons, and most recently, at Lyle’s in London, with chef James Lowe.

Known for hosting some of the world’s top 50 chefs, Edinburgh Food Studio will continue to push the boundaries of contemporary food culture through collaborative events and research initiatives.

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Launched in 2015, following a successful crowdfunding campaign, Edinburgh Food Studio follows an academic and analytical approach to cuisine.

Prior to founding the Studio, Ben Reade worked for Noma, Copenhagen, as Head of Research and Development at the Nordic Food Lab, while anthropologist Sashana Souza Zanella, is a graduate and latterly a tutor at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, where she specialised in co-ordinating international research trips.

Souza Zanella’s extensive wine and sensory training is behind the expertly curated (and eclectic) wine list, as well as the selected drinks pairings.

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The pair’s passion for discovery has led them to work directly with micro-producers across Scotland, while sharing their findings as research whitepapers.

A menu of dishes featuring handpicked, foraged or lovingly reared ingredients develops this commitment within the business’ new restaurant arm.

Chef Ben Reade said: “We’ve had three incredibly rich years as an event space and food lab, where we’ve done everything from researching ancient Orkney seal recipes to hosting some of the world’s best chefs here in Edinburgh.

 “Having our new head chef, James Murray, on board is the beginning of a brilliant new chapter.

“Research and innovation are central to what we do. We’re aiming to continue our showcase of Scottish produce with this evolution of our restaurant, and are now looking forward to being able to welcome guests on a more regular basis."

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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