There’s a new restaurant in Edinburgh on the site of what used to be one of the top eateries on the capital. Foundry 39, situated on what used to be Bar Roma on Queensferry Street, has set its stall out to be the place to go for the best burgers, wood-fired pizzas and exotic cocktails in the capital city.

The restaurant opens on Thursday 28 July and the Edinburgh Reporter was delighted to be at the media launch on Wednesday evening. The restaurant was packed but this didn’t stop the eager-to-please staff serving big bold burgers piled high with adventurous add-ons like salt beef, black pudding and maple bacon.

The delicious pizzas are made with sourdough crusts and have toppings from the traditional to the decidedly different.

To wash all this down were a wide selection of adventurous cocktails such as Smoked Rhubarb and Rosemary Daiquri (delicious) and Smoked Heather Sour. Typically, though, I preferred the Anchor Steam beer from San Francisco (even if it is £4.50 a bottle)

Enjoyable as it was, I felt Foundry 39 is very much a younger person’s restaurant; with background music and the hustle and bustle of staff trying very hard to please (it is just about to open after all) the noise levels were just a tad too high for this ageing reporter.

Nonetheless, if it’s good food and drink with a different slant you’re after, Foundry 39 is the place for you.

Foundry 39, 39a Queensferry Street, Edinburgh EH2 4RA

Tel: 0131 510 6766 email: edinburgh@foundryproject.com 

Edinburgh Reporter review: ***