Tis the season when most of us are trying to cut back on the calories and shift some of those extra festive pounds. The combination of roast meat, chocolates and booze tend to lead to a January detox. But sticking to healthy grub doesn’t necessarily mean giving up on flavour, as these purveyors of fine, nutritious fare in Edinburgh can testify…
Good Seed Bistro
101/102 Dalry Road
Phone: 0131 337 3803
As the name implies, there’s a definite tree-hugging feel to the Good Seed, with plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options and a crimson-walled, wooden-floored decor. It goes without saying that the food is locally sourced and organic, and the menu is weighted towards the Med – but with a twist.
Hula Juice Bar
103–105 West Bow
Phone: 0131 220 1121
If you’re looking for juices and smoothies packed full of flavour and goodness, look no further than Hula. Situated on the scenic West Bow just around the corner from the Grassmarket, it has won a reputation not just for its liquid refreshments but also for its reasonably priced food menu, including bagels, wraps and homemade soups.
1 Forth Street / 121 Hanover Street
Phone: 0131 556 6323 / 0131 556 6323
Another popular choice for breakfast/brunch/lunch in the capital is Urban Angel, which has outlets on Forth Street and Hanover Street. Both are havens for savvy foodies, and their eggs Benedict in particular is a favourite among those in the know. That might not meet your January diet plans, but there’s also oatmeal porridge with honey and several other fresh, tasty options.
1-6 Canonmills Bridge / 33-41 Ratcliffe Terrace
0131 556 9699 / 0131 667 2967
Earthy started as a local food market in Causewayside in the Southside, where it also hosts a café. Another organisation which places the emphasis firmly on quality local suppliers, its wholesome ethos extends to its range of seasonal recipes, which you’ll find on its website. They also run a restaurant in Canonmills for those in the north of town.
1 North West Circus Place
A new addition to the city’s foodie scene, The Pantry has three benchmarks: fresh, locally sourced and tasty. They’re open from 8am till 9pm so whether you’re after a breakfast bite or something more substantial in the evening, they can cater to your needs. Stockbridge diners are already spoiled for choice, and now there’s even more to choose from.