60 Henderson Street
+44(0)131 555 3160
Overall score: ★★★★★
Harmonium has been one of the most eagerly-awaited vegan openings in Edinburgh for a long time. This new bar and restaurant in Leith is from the team who run Mono, Stereo and The Flying Duck – all very popular vegan haunts in Glasgow. As you can imagine, the vegan community in Edinburgh is very, VERY excited about this latest development.
So, is Harmonium worthy of all the hype? Read on to find out…
Vegan food available at Harmonium
Well, the good news is that Harmonium is completely animal produce free – so you can have your pick of whatever you want on the menu! The wine list is vegan too, so you can enjoy a glass of red (or white, or rose) with your meal safe in the knowledge there were no animal products involved in the process.
So without further ado, here is the current menu at Harmonium. Because it’s still quite new they might still be changing things around a bit, but these are the kind of dishes you can expect to find:
- Queen Green Olives
- Grilled Artichokes with lemon and olive oil
- Crusty Sourdough Bread with harissa, rapeseed oil and flaky salt
- Chipotle Roasted Almonds
- Greek Salad – tomato, red onion, greek style “cheese”, olives, sourdough
- Pan Catalan with chorizo, garlic and olive oil
- Panzanella with baby plum tomatoes, capers, sourdough, fresh basil, red onion and olive oil
- Soup of the Day with sourdough or oatcakes
- Cullen Skink with artisan bread or oatcakes
- Harissa Baked Cauliflower with za’atar, pomegranate, coriander seed, mint, dill, parsley, lemon and almond
- Pan Seared King Oyster Mushroom Scallops with crispy chorizo, sage butter and leaf
- Roasted Baby Leeks with butter beans, fresh chilli, lemon, parsley and dry vermouth
- Crab Cake with steamed greens, baby potatoes, samphire and tartare sauce
- Wild Mushroom, Kale, Truffle Oil and Crispy Aubergine ‘Bacon’ Rigatoni with Walnut Parmesan
- Macaroni Cheese with hand cut chips or garlic bread and leaf
- Bhan Mi – crispy smoked tofu on baguette with special mayo, picked daikon, carrot, fresh jalapeños, red onion, fresh basil and coriander
Burgers (served with home cut chips and salad)
(add cheese or jalapeños for an extra charge)
- Harmonium 1/4 Pounder – homemade seitan patty with classic burger sauce, diced white onion, beef tomato and crispy lettuce
- Filet ó To-fish – Tofu in crispy beer batter with diced white onion, beef tomato, tartare sauce and crispy lettuce
- Marinara – tomato, oregano, olive oils and garlic
- Margherita – tomato confit with soft “cheese”, olive oil, fresh basil and rocket
- Philly Cheese Steak – Ground hot “beef” with mixed peppers, white onion, fresh parsley and Philly cheese sauce
- Italian Sausage – Roasted fennel, green olives, sausage, white onion, green chillies and “cheese”
- Fungi – Wild mushrooms, Italian broccoli, capers, truffle oil and walnut parmesan
- Caesar Wedge with sourdough crouton and walnut parmesan
- Green Salad with house dressing
- Home Cut Chips
- Home Cut Chipotle Chips with house mayo
- Rhubarb and Peach Cobbler with vanilla custard or vanilla ice cream
- Seabuckthorn and Chocolate “Cheese” Cake with vanilla ice cream
- Sorbet with seasonal fruit coulis
- Ice Cream Sundae with banana, mixed chopped nuts, chocolate sauce and cherry
So, is it worthy of all the hype? For us – it absolutely was! As you can see from the pics above, we ordered quite the spread and it was all really delicious. The Filet ó To-fish (love the pun) replaced the usual fish fillet with tofu but it worked perfectly, even down to the slightly salty flavour you would expect from traditional seafood. The Harmonium 1/4 burger was made from seitan, protein essence and a tasty combo of seasoning, which gave it a texture surprisingly close to the real thing. Both were served with home cut chips, which were cooked to perfection and really delicious when dipped in a generous serving of house mayo.
We’d also heard really good things about the macaroni cheese – and thankfully it did not disappoint. With a rich and creamy sauce, this comfort food classic baked with a crispy top will take you back to the dinners your mum used to make. The mushroom rigatoni is a dark horse on the menu but highly recommended, with a creamy mushroom sauce and crispy aubergine “bacon”. We can also see this dish becoming a firm favourite with punters.
There was a small but interesting range of desserts to finish with. The peach and rhubarb cobbler was a comforting end to the meal, or you can take your pick of the day’s freshly baked goodies (if there’s any left!). The seabuckthorn chocolate cheesecake was an interesting concoction – the first couple of bites are a bit strange, but once you get used to the flavour it is a very tasty dessert indeed.
So, in short, yes. Harmonium has been worth the wait. With a varied menu of inventive dishes as well as crowd-pleasing classics, we hope that this completely vegan establishment is a stalwart of the Leith dining scene for many years to come!
Menu info: ★★★★★
Value for money: ★★★★☆