Perfect pre-theatre lunch at Giuliano’s restaurant

Giuliano's is ideally located across from the Edinburgh Playhouse.
Giuliano's is ideally located across from the Edinburgh Playhouse.

It has become a bit of a custom when visiting the Edinburgh Playhouse to stop off at Giuliano’s Italian Restaurant.

And why wouldn’t you?

It is situated directly across the road, the service is swift to ensure you are on time for ‘curtain up’, and the food is magnificent.

So it was no surprise when the tickets for ‘Wicked’ were booked that the next call was to our favourite Italian and, once again, my friends and I did not leave disappointed.

Although there was a very tempting three-course lunch at £19.50, we opted for two rounds of garlic bread, four mains, a bottle of house rose and four coffees - all for £20 a head.

The vast menu has, as you would expect, a full range of pasta dishes and pizzas, but on this occasion I opted for the pan fried Scottish salmon served on a bed of sautéed leeks and onions with a splash of dry Martini and a touch of cream, a great choice.

The large portion of salmon melted in the mouth; it was cooked perfectly, not dry at all, and was served with a selection of seasonal roasted vegetables including courgettes, aubergine, carrots and onions with roast potatoes on the side. The sauce was beautifully seasoned and full of flavour.

Our party also opted for the salmon, a spicy chicken and pasta dish and tender chicken breast topped with parma ham, mozzarella and asparagus.

The latter, too, was served with vegetables and roast potatoes and once again my friends were delighted with their choice.

There was a specials’ board on the day featuring venison and scallop dishes.

I was lucky enough to be back in Edinburgh last week so treated myself to another visit.

This time we missed the theatre crowd and it was lovely to sit back and enjoy the surroundings. On this occasion I shared a pizza and a pasta dish - this is a great idea as you get two meals for the price of one!

The pizza had chicken and spicy meatballs with just the right amount of kick, whilst the penne pasta was served with chicken and mushrooms in a cream sauce, with added parmesan.

Although we didn’t book for the Wednesday afternoon (between the matinee and evening performances at the Playhouse), I would advise you book to avoid disappointment.