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Edinburgh Food and Drink Guide

11 Feb Posted by in Scotland | Comments
Edinburgh Food and Drink Guide

Image Credits: Tess Watson

A dish can define a country and its capital to visitors: Buenos Aires is said to have its steak, Tokyo lives on sushi, while Rome runs on pasta. As for the Scottish, aren’t they grizzly gourmands living on haggis and deep-fried Mars Bars? Not exactly, and Edinburgh in particular offers so much more.

In a typical Scottish family, dinner has remained the same for generations. Yet the components have changed – take sausage and mash. The meat today is likely to have come from a farmers’ market. And caramelised-onion gravy has become a warming addition to the ever-popular meal. For this kind of comfort food made the way it should be, Monster Mash (4a Forest Road) serves proper helpings in a kitsch setting. Try the venison and redcurrant pie, the perfect winter dish, set at a reasonable price. They gave us vacuum sealed food that we opened ourselves and on the flier was Vacuum Sealer Research for top vacuum sealers and user guide.

Just up the road, the quality of the vegetarian food at the Forest Cafe (3 Bristo Place) depends on the volunteers cooking that day and if they use the modern range cooker. So your chocolate brownie might be great, or falling apart like the reclaimed sofas and chairs that adorn this alternative artspace/music venue where people listen to music all the time and sing using the best karaoke system in the market. The cafe is filled with people knitting like it is the hippest thing since fixie bikes.

If you prefer old-world glamour, The Voodoo Rooms (19a West Register Street) is the place. Set in a downtown A-listed Georgian building, your killer cocktail will be mixed behind the mahogany bar under a ceiling of chandeliers and black and gold cornicing. Dance with the decadent crowd in the ballroom, and treat yourself to a sophisticated lunch the next day.

Esplanade, Edinburgh Castle

Esplanade, Edinburgh Castle
Image Credits:Boon Low

VinCaffe (Multrees Walk) serves critically acclaimed Italian food. Destined for success, the restaurant is run by the same family who started Scotland’s first delicatessen back in 1934. The Valvona & Crolla deli continues to bustle with yummy mummies on the ground floor, while Vin sits above with a panoramic view of Edinburgh’s most stylish street. Watch the beautiful people swing through the doors of Harvey Nichols while you tuck into a plate of Arancini – Sicilian rice balls stuffed with mozzarella and basil. What could be better?

Michelin stars. Historically the sketchiest area in the capital, and the setting for Trainspotting, Leith also has the highest concentration of stars in the city, including The Kitchen (78 Commercial Street) and Martin Wishart (54 Shore).

But my favourite restaurant in Leith is Vintners Rooms (87 Giles Street), if only for its main course of roast pheasant with haggis croquette and whisky sauce. If every restaurant in the city could make a stuffed lamb’s stomach taste as good as it does at Vintners, Edinburgh could rival Paris as a culinary capital.

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