The Ninja Kitchen at Bourbon, Edinburgh

I was invited to go to Bourbon to try out the food and enjoy a cocktail masterclass.

Funnily enough the Friday before I was there at the end of a night out with zero idea where it was or what it was, so within one week I received the full experience, restaurant, bar and club.

Hidden away on Frederick street down a staircase it used to be some terrible (I never actually went I heard rumours) club, but now thankfully it has had a complete refurbishment and is now officially Bourbon. They state on their Facebook page:

“Bourbon is a brand new & unique concept and is ready to change Edinburgh’s Bar, Street food & Nightlife scene.” 

I rolled out of Bourbon filled with cocktails and Asian-fusion food = Happy Talor.

Find out how I got on below!

(This is a long post as I ate and drank so much and I didn’t want to miss anything out)

Lets start with the cocktails and then we will move on to the food.

We started off with a Billionaire – gentleman jacks, apricot liqueur, sloe gin, lemon juice, and grenadine.  This was fab.

We then ordered our own cocktail, one in particular caught my eye simply because it had a meringue on the top and it was called the Kunoichi (the female ninja) which was grey goose citron & vanilla liqueur with lemon and house raspberry syrup topped with a citrus meringue lid.

This was great to look at but a bit too sweet for me it would actually be perfect as a dessert at the end of your meal.


The cocktail masterclass was great, there was only a couple of us left at this point but I think this made the experience better as we could all choose a cocktail and make it ourselves.

I am not going to lie I made a feeble attempt, I don’t think I am quite cut out to make cocktails, however everyone else made it look easy so props to them. I think I’ll just stick to drinking them.

Fionn made a Zombie – a super strong cocktail that will floor you if you have more than two.

Lorna made a champagne cocktail – I can’t remember the name but I think it’s the only one on the menu.

I made a Floradora – it was amazing because I made it, and it had ginger ale in it. (This was my favourite of the night).

We were also treated to an Old Fashioned….because why not?




We got to meet the chef before we ordered who I believe was called Marcus (I am so sorry if this is wrong), who told us that his inspiration came from street food he had tried in San Francisco.

We were all starving and couldn’t wait to get started. We decided to get a Bau bun each and then every small dish  on the menu so we could try a bit of everything.


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I chose the classic pork Bao bun which was Asian marinated pulled pork shoulder, hoisin sauce, house pickles, lime spring onions, coriander and peanut powder.

Mouth watering yet? As said in Bruce Almighty this was b-e-a-utiful.

Not only was it filled to the brim with pork, it was melt in the mouth and the peanut powder brought it all together. I would 100% order this one again.



The small plates that we ordered were:

Coconut prawn skewers – good, exactly what it says on the tin.

Thai Corn Dumplings – my least favourite of the small plates but still pretty decent with a spicy kick.

Korean Fried Cauliflower – HOLY MOLY have your mind blown by these crackers. (This is an amazing dish if you can’t understand my previous sentence.) Whenever I see the word ‘Cauliflower’ I either think ‘Cheese’, ‘Bland’ or ‘Fake Rice’. But this dish weeeeew, it gave cauliflower a new life, in fact it gave me a new life, (hahahaha just kidding…. kind of) Try this dish, please just for me.

Edamame Beans – edamame beans with chilli and garlic, do you need more than that?

I also tried Fionn’s wasabi orange fries which tasted a lot better than I expected, they have an unusual twang that you’re not sure of but want to keep eating regardless.



I was filled to the brim by this point, so as much as I wanted to try one of the Deep Fried Bun’s with ice cream I just couldn’t handle it.

Instead I ordered the special which was coffee ice lollies made with condensed milk.

They were divine, however I could only have one as I was so full and I am glad I did as I was high as a kite and could not get to sleep that night. (Totally worth it though).

Lorna and Emma both had buns and said they were incredible and to be fair they did look lovely, so it looks like I am going to have to go back and try one.


The other bloggers: Tuggy Tucks In , Fionn Fionn Fionn and The Edinbug

Have you been to Bourbon? What did you think?

Food: 5/5

Decor: 3/5 – bit odd not going to lie.

Service: 5/5 – everyone was really lovely and the whole experience was awesome.

Price: 4/5 – (I received the meal and cocktails complimentary however one Bau bun is £5 which I think is pretty good.)

Overall: 17/20

Recommend: When you decide to go for a drink and a catch up with a good friend… and then it turns into dinner… which then turns into a rash night out that you will probably never forget as it was the best night ever and you managed to do it all in the one place.

OR for delicious well priced scran and a pure fancy cocktail.


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