Three Birds is a lovely neighbourhood restaurant that always seems to be busy. You definitely need to book at the weekends! It serves up unfussy, contemporary British dining including some great serving plates.
It’s to be found just off Bruntsfield Place on Viewforth and is a sibling restaurant to the Educated Flea on Broughton Street and the Apiary in Newington, so has a pretty good family tree.
I was there as part of a group of four so we managed to roam across a substantial amount of the menu. In fact, we were warned by our waitress that we had probably ordered too much (we had) but this just gave us the chance to try lots of different options. The menu definitely lends itself to sharing but if you are a bit like Joey and ‘Don’t share food,’ you’ll be just fine.
They have a range of great sharing platters such as the Three Birds and Beasts, which has Korean-style ribs, chicken wings, haggis fritters, ox cheeks and a range of sides and sauces, including a really interesting white BBQ sauce. You could also go for the seafood platter which changes daily depending on what’s fresh at the market, or the Big Cow – a 500g Scottish fillet, stuffed marrow bones, fries, green peppercorn and blue cheese sauces and an assortment of mushrooms.
We were much too full to do the dessert menu any justice, but we did manage to squeeze in a cheeky affogato each.
The have, in their own words, ‘a super wee wine list’ on which everything is available by the glass, bottle or carafe and which is perfect for trying a few different types to ,create your own matching wine pairing.
The menu is 99% gluten free with the option to tailor some of the dishes to make them fully gluten free. During the day, there is a very good two-course lunch menu for £12.
Address: 3-5 Viewforth, EH10 4JD
Phone: +44 131 229 3252
Pictures courtesy of the 3 Little Birds website