2017 Awards

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded OpenTable's Diners' Choice Award for the third year running. This ties in nicely with having also achieved Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence every year since we opened. We certainly plan to keep the accolades coming in 2018!

Scotland The Best

This year started in style as we received word that Sylvesters had made it into the 2016 edition of the prestigious Scotland the Best! The author, Peter Irvine, honoured us with a visit last year and took the time to get to know our Head Chef Kieran. He writes:

Kieran Sylvester’s quite brilliant and understated corner bistro near the university and George Sq serves up the best food in this quarter (good to know during the fringe). Extraordinary how they can serve food of this quality at those prices (hence 2 ticks). Where in London, or anywhere, could you eat this well for under £25? Cooking with flair and no fuss, artfully presented.  






The List's 2015 Hit List!

We were delighted to find ourselves on The List's 2015 Hit List, which saw us make the top ten best bistros and brasseries! Here's our full review:

Opened by young chef Kieran Sylvester in 2013, this small and understated corner bistro is a family affair that punches seriously above its superficial weight. A cheery welcome awaits, with tables brightened by fresh red roses and a meal that demonstrates a staunch commitment to fine creative cooking without the fandango. The compact menu (regularly re-crafted around seasonal produce) features chunks of salmon with soy and wasabi foam and fat handmade parcels of rabbit ravioli dripping with a creamy and pungent walnut truffle sauce, a blue cheese-laced lamb dish with grainy apricot cous cous soaked in jus and a hearty champit and sausage dish. Mum may run the administration while Dad wrangles the accounts, but they also get their bespoke coffee roasted in Bristol and some intriguing experiments with the cutting-edge of molecular gastronomy may lie just over the horizon. This unassuming and under-visited spot serves some of the finest fare in town – and it gets very busy in the summer, so bag a table while you still can.


  • High point: Three-day marinated lamb
  • Low point: It won't stay a secret for long
  • Notable dish: Rabbit ravioli

Shortly after, we found ourselves on the prestigious Dunstane Hotel's recommended list: http://dunstane-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/where-to-go-for-lunch/

Not bad for a quiet little month like April!