This month’s Eating Out feature comes from Jonathan and Zarah who blog at The Edinburgers. Jonathan can be described as an Internetaholic. Incurable football fanatic. Hibee. Beer expert. Budding food blogger. Music aficionado. Friend of the animals. Whereas Zarah is a holidaying, shopaholic, chocolate and cheese loving foodie. Occasionally found with a glass of prosecco in hand dancing to dodgy tunes.
Over to Jonathan and Zarah…
We are lucky that we live in such a thriving food loving city. No matter what it is that you fancy, you can probably find it somewhere in Edinburgh. We love Edinburgh so much due to the varied nature of what’s on offer and the great Scottish ingredients which are on our doorstep. Local chefs make an effort to turn everyday items into something very tasty and special. Here are our thoughts on where we think you should visit.
Best for breakfast
If you are going to do Sunday brunch you may as well do it right and go for the full thing. At Nobles this is the ‘Nobles Full Scottish’ which consists of; Stornoway black pudding, Findlay’s haggis, sausage, two rashers of bacon, cherry vine tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, two eggs and tattie scone. Nobles also offer some excellent alternatives on their brunch menu such as ‘green chilli & chorizo scrambled eggs’, ‘full veggie breakfast’ and ‘eggs benedict’ as well as a number of others. All use locally sourced ingredients and free range eggs. To wash down your brunch there is the usual selection of teas and coffees, fruit juices and my favourite; Bloody Mary. Top tip, we’d recommend booking at the weekend as it can fill up pretty quickly!
Best for cakes
There is only one place in Edinburgh we’d recommend for great cakes and that’s Mimi’s Bakehouse. They are a family run bakery and offer a wide range of cakes, breakfasts, afternoon tea and lunch menus. There are now two shops to get your fix. Any of the cakes on offer never disappoint and they offer a great gluten free range as well. We recommend getting down before noon and checking out their beforenoon tea.
Best for coffee
There are more and more great independent coffee shops opening on Edinburgh. Each has their own great locally sourced coffee. We think Fortitude Coffee deserves this crown. They offer fantastic coffee alongside soft drinks, pastries and a small lunch menu which changes daily. It has been open almost a year now and it looks like it’s not going anywhere.
Best for date night
There is no end of lovely places to eat in Edinburgh. If you’re after fantastic food, in cosy romantic surroundings, then make The Stockbridge Restaurant your final stop of the day. It has been voted as one of the Top 20 romantic restaurants in the UK. They create taste sensations using local ingredients and put a modern twist on it. One dish we recommend is the Pork fillet wrapped in pancetta, pork belly, cheek, crispy ear with black pudding and sweet potato puree.
Best for burgers
In keeping with our name, we love a good burger and you don’t have to look very far in Edinburgh to find a good burger spot. Our favourite is Burger Meats Bun. They offer tasty specials and their sides of chilli cheesy chips and haggis popcorn is definitely something you should be ordering. A burger would not be the same without a great beer and there are plenty on offer here, with local favourites making an appearance.
Best for cocktails
Who would think that behind a bookcase you would find some of the best cocktails in town? We love the quirkiness of Panda and Sons. Once you find your way in, expect to find here a number of bearded men shaking up simply delightful mixtures. The menu is vast and full of all sorts of spectacular presentations. We especially like the smoking glass served under a dome.
Best for seafood
Fishers, Leith is full of character and after over 20 years is still going strong. Situated down the Shore in a 17th century watchtower it is home to some of the best seafood on offer. They have generous portions and offer great value for money. It has a nice relaxing atmosphere and attentive staff. It really is a great place to spend an evening
Best for Thai
Edinburgh is the sort of place where you can find yourself staying longer than expected and Ting Thai Caravan did exactly that. It opened for the duration of the festival and has now found a permanent location. It’s on a first come first served basis with no reservations taken. They serve great thai street food in take away boxes. It’s a no frills dining experience but the flavour the dishes pack it’s easy to see why there is often a queue of hungry diners each night.
Best for beer lovers
With craft beer on the rise our go to place for a great selection of beer and a fantastic burger is the Mash Tun. Located on Easter Road it is a popular spot with locals and those in the know. They carry a large selection of local Scottish beers and also a number of beers from further afield. The bar staff has a great knowledge of what they serve and are happy to help you pick if you’re not quite sure what you fancy.
Best for soup
Union of Genius is Scotland’s first soup cafe. They serve up a fantastic range of soups and combine combinations of ingredients you wouldn’t even think would go together. They also have an ethical background and encourage you to return your take-away packaging in return for money off. All their soups cater for all types of diets and they offer anything from vegan to dairy free soups.
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