Nonnas Kitchen is an Italian restaurant in Church Hill between Bruntsfield and Morningside. There have been various restaurants on this site over the years and the last time we were there the waiter dropped a piece of cauliflower in our water glass – indicative of both the quality of service and the food. So, we had never been back although the restaurant on the site had changed several times.
Nonnas opened about a year ago and I had read several positive reviews so had thought that it was worth trying. The reviews were right – the food, service and ambience were excellent.
We went on a wet Wednesday evening – not the busiest time for most restaurants – and Nonnas was full. The standard menu seemed quite short but their were lots of mostly fishy specials. I started with pasta, cream cheese, mushrooms and Italian sausage which was rich and tasty. The Italian sausage was particularly good. Main course was sea bass with potatoes and vegetables – two sea bass fillets, which were fresh and perfectly cooked. Others had seafood pancake as starter, scallop and prawn ravioli and sole as main. Everyone was happy.
Service was friendly and efficient – the staff really seemed to know what the specials were. With a bottle of Italian Sauvignon blanc wine (or a v. similar grape), we were about £30 each which given that we all had fish was not too bad. Most Italian restaurants in Edinburgh are pretty mediocre but Nonnas is definitely a cut above the rest. Recommended.