Edinburgh’s food scene is famous for it’s vibrancy, quirkiness and vast range of independent pubs and eateries.
Aware that it’s easy to miss the city’s best restaurants, we’re taking a closer look at some some of the most underrated places you need to try.
Opened in January 2013, Field is all about local produce. Independently run, small, swanky but oozing charm with a hint of fine dining, a particular recommendation is the lunch and pre-theatre menu which offers two courses at only £12.95 per person. Field offers an intimate dining experience for Edinburgh food lovers, giving you the quality and creativity of Michelin standard cuisine without the price tag.
41 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB, more info
Kim’s Mini Meals
Kim’s Mini Meals offers healthy, home made Korean cuisine right on your door step. Located in Edinburgh’s Old Town, Kim’s Mini Meals was voted Best Korean Restaurant in Edinburgh and is winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. Imagine eating out of your grandmother’s living room and that is exactly what this little restaurant is like – kitsch doesn’t even cover it. Authentic and fresh Korean food in one of the most interesting restaurant interiors in Edinburgh.
5 Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JN, more info
Famous for their minimalist Scandinavian interiors and great coffee, the owners of Peter’s Yard have brought a new venture to the city in the form of the Pizza and Bakery, Söderberg. Situated in the Quartermile complex that offers a lovely, relaxed dining experience. Floor to ceiling windows and minimalist but warming design with a built in bakery. With a relatively simplistic menu, Söderberg does what it does best: fresh baked bread that makes for the perfect pizza. In a hurry? Pop by Söderberg’s bakery on Queensferry Road on your way to work for some freshly baked dough.
Quartermile, 1 Lister Square, Edinburgh, EH3 9GL, more info
Burger Meats Bun
Meet James and Ben, the owners and minds behind punnily named Burger Meats Bun. Friends who met while working at Michelin-starred Peat Inn in Fife, the duo decided to follow their dreams and attempt to create the best burgers in town. Using locally sourced Scottish ingredients adding a spin on the classic burger, Burger Meats Bun is definitely not your regular burger joint. For all burger lovers out there, this gem is well worth a visit.
1 Forth Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JX, more info
An Edinburgh favourite, but now under new management along with a brand new refurbishment, this steak house is well worth a visit. With an updated lunch and dinner menu, offering new dishes for meat lovers out there, while also retaining some of their classic dishes. BYOB for wine, although they do now have their own liquor license and offer some great beer and lager alternatives. One of the cheapest places around to grab a classic steak and chips dish. The lunch menu is particularly reasonable and offers a cosy, chain-free alternative to your classic steak house.
12 – 14 Chapel Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AY, more info
The Devil’s Advocate
Tucked away down Advocates Close, just off the Royal Mile, and part of a 45 million regeneration programme, The Devil’s Advocate, from the owners of Bon Viant and Pep and Fodder, offers a sophisticated and ultra modern dining experience. Combining the rich history of Edinburgh’s Old Town and the sleekness of a modern bar and eatery. The kitchen provides a varied range of Scottish dishes which are paired well with the bars collection of Scottish and world whiskies.
9 Advocates Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1ND, more info
10 to 10 in Delhi
Want to grab a curry but not the price tag? Head along to the fabric clad cafe-restaurant 10 to 10 in Delhi. Bustling with authenticity, small tables, mismatched chairs and brightly coloured fabrics covering the walls, this little gem offers a varied selection of curries at ridiculously reasonable prices. So cosy, you almost feel as if you’re dining as a collective, yet it has a truly vibrant and casual atmosphere that is perfect for a quick bite that will leave your stomach (and wallet) full.
67 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9BZ, more info
Started by a group of Spanish friends looking to create a tapas restaurant that would reflect real Spanish cuisine, offering more than the customary tapas dishes we’ve come to know and love. With a fresh and diverse menu, most dishes are made to order, El Quijote really allows you to diversity your tapas experience. With a rustic and homely interior, this a great place to spend an evening with friends and family, sampling a range of interesting and mouth watering dishes. Authenticity is really at the heart of El Quijote.
13A Brougham Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9JS, more info
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Main image: Kim’s Mini Meals