Local foodie blogger Lorna Tugman, known for her tuggytucksin.com blog, shares her favourite places for street food in Edinburgh, whether you’re in the mood for a burrito or a burger
With more and more of us venturing overseas on career breaks, gap years or budget travel trips, street foo’ has become extremely popular.
Luckily, Edinburgh has some fabulous street food (both in and outdoors) for when you’re dreaming of warmer climates, or if you simply want to broaden your taste buds and try something new.
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Supplying the city with a mixture of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Malaysian dishes, Bar Soba on Hanover Street is a great place to start for Pan Asian street food. Their teriyaki beef noodles and chilli chicken with basil and cashews are both bursting with fantastic South Asian flavours, but that’s not all. The sprawling menu here is ideal for groups who want to try a little bit of everything, and they have some pretty funky graffiti style decor too. Not to mention a wide array of alcoholic beverages you may be familiar with from past travels in Asia, including the yummiest of cocktails.
104 Hanover Street, EH2 1DR – more info
The name ‘Tuk Tuk’ conjures up images of busy bustling streets in India and this Tollcross restaurant aims to bring you the best of what would be on offer on India’s rustic roadside and railway stations. The menu encourages you to pick three or four small dishes per person – tapas style – and to make use of the staff and their expert knowledge. You’ll recognise favourites like samosas and pakora, as well as some refreshing offerings that you may not be used to seeing on a standard Indian restaurant menu.
1 Leven Street, EH3 9LH – more info
Ting Thai Caravan
Disappointingly not an actual caravan, but still worth a visit if you’re into street food. The Ting Thai Caravan open kitchen serves up traditional plates of pad thai with the option of traditional prawns or chicken, beef or just veggies. There’s something for everyone here without scrimping on the flavours that have made our nation fall in love with Thai cuisine. There are no frills when it comes to decoration here, but the focus is very much on the food and you’ll be grateful for that as soon as you’ve taken your first bite.
8-9 Teviot Place, EH1 2QZ – more info
Indaba have brought together three very different cuisines into the one kitchen. Spanish tapas style dining with seasonal Scottish produce whipped up into South African inspired dishes. And with a mostly gluten free menu, you’d be hard pushed to not find something to tantalise your taste buds. Boerewors pan en sous is a good option if you want to try some native South African fare, or how about tasty chorizo pan fried with onions and cider?
3 Lochrin Terrace Tollcross, EH3 9QJ – more info
Tex-Mex is the goodness of Mexican and Southern American food all rolled into one and if you need your fix then look no further than Illegal Jack’s. They’ve been closed for a while now, but with brand spanking new premises (thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign) Jack’s now has the facility to serve you with brilliant burritos once again. Whether it’s a big bowl of comforting chilli you’re after or an unusually Scottish influenced haggis burrito, Illegal Jack’s is the place to go.
43-5 St Patrick Square, EH8 9ET – more info
With a big serving of Portugese hospitality, Tugas Amor is ideally located (at Fountain Park) for a pre or post-cinema dinner date. The menu is packed with rich seafood dishes alongside the traditional peri peri chicken we have all come to associate with Portugese cooking, grilled to perfection. Their decor is traditional with an authentic holiday feel, making it easy to believe you’re relaxing in Portugal after a day on the beach.
161 Dundee Street, EH11 1BY – more info
Just a stone’s throw away from Greyfriars Bobby you’ll find Tang’s, a Japanese restaurant offering the very best in traditional cuisine. Their menu of sushi dishes, ramen and curries will leave you spoilt for choice. Tang’s is ideal for an adventurous eater open to trying Japanese food for the first time, but if sushi isn’t your thing try the yakisoba or spicy yaki udon – wok fried noodles accompanied by your choice of prawn, chicken or tofu.
44 Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QE – more info
Having once featured in Gordon Ramsay’s search for the best local restaurant Chop Chop is a perfect little find, just a two minute walk from Haymarket train station. With its bright yellow exterior catching your eye and beckoning you in, the emphasis here is on the traditional Chinese dining experience of ordering an array of tasty plates to share with your party. Go for boiled or fried Chinese dumplings with exciting tasty fillings choices alongside the many other delectable meat, fish, noodles, rice and rib dishes.
248 Morrison Street, EH3 8DT – more info
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Shebeen (and their recently opened second restaurant Braai) offer all that is popular in South African food. If you’re not familiar with South African dishes don’t worry as the staff here are more than happy to steer you in the right direction. Try the boerewors roll – a hefty serving of grilled mushroom, onion rings, the chunkiest of chips and South African style sausage in a roll topped with onions and relish. Or how about the dubiously named bunny chow? No lettuce leaves (or actual rabbits) involved – just the most flavoursome of curries hidden inside a hollowed out piece of bread.
8 Morrison Street, EH11 2AB – more info
Quite literally street food – every Friday from 11am to 7pm you can visit platform 2 in Waverley Station and grab a locally sourced, organic, additive and gluten free burger from pop-up Edin-Burgers. Whether you’re in the mood for a 60z Angus beef burger, Moroccon spiced lamb burger, chicken fajita burger or a game-changing black haggis and beef burger you’ll find it here. Heaped high with a mountain of onions, one of these burgers is certainly a great way to brighten up any gloomy Friday or start your weekend on a high.
Platform 2, Edinburgh Waverley Station, EH1 1BB – more info
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