/ eating dinner alone, edinburgh city centre - ideas?
Some good sushi at haymarket. The off licence down the road (Apellation Wines) has a few seats and free wifi, the owner is a former colleague of mine who made his hobby a career!
Illegal Jacks on Lothian road serves big if not visually attractive burritos amongst other things. Theres also a new pub nearby (Hanging Bat) that is apparently very good and does food. I keep meaning to have a look as its 2 mins from my work.
I went to the Mother India's Cafe in Glasgow and it was absolutely amazing. The food was fantastic and pretty cheap!
There are 3 Michelin stared restaurants in Edinburgh so I'd choose one of them.
If you fancy a really really good burger, the Cambridge Bar on Young Street is wonderful. Good beer too, and comfy sofas.
Slight disclaimer - I've only been there at lunchtimes, so I don't know what the vibe is like in the evening, but it's just about my favourite Saturday lunchtime venue.
The Edinburgh Mother India is fine but I always feel rushed when eating there. Really must head west to try the original at some point.
Last time I was in Edinburgh we went to a really great Sudanese restaurant - the <something> Nile, if I remember rightly. Very informal atmosphere, you bring your own alcohol (if desired), great food. Perhaps someone else knows the name of the place!
The Nile Valley, on Chapel Street, near the University.
Good to know, thanks !
Blimey! Thanks for so many ideas. Im on the train just now so will do some speedy googling and settle on a likely winner (its not going to be a michelin starred place)
According to http://www.michelinonline.co.uk/travel/star-history.htm there's five: Martin Wishart and The Kitchin (both in Leith so not handy for Haymarket!) then Castle Terrace, Number One and 21212 in the city centre. Apparently The Plumed Horse lost its star this year, although I have to admit that I'd never heard of the place even when it did have a star.
(I see Champany's near Linlithgow has lost its star this year. A friend of mine found it very ordinary when he stayed there a few months back.)
To the OP - appreciate all this Michelin stuff is well off post - even if I could aford to treat myself and only myself I wouldn't as I would feel a right sad git sat there on my own surrounded by (largely) expense account dinners, city slickers and tweedy old money types......
The restaurant is on East Fountainbridge, just adjacant to Lothian Road; so not too far from where you'll be. Their website is at http://www.gandhisrestaurant.co.uk/
Chop Chop in Morrison Street gets good reviews although I haven't been there myself.
The Cavalry Club in Shandwick Place is very reasonable.
Kampong Ah Lee in Fountainbridge is good for food but the ambience is not as good as the original Malaysian cafe in South Clerk Street which is still open.
Hendersons is still going of course if you fancy something veggie.
The Baillie in Stockbridge does good pub food and Bell's diner across the road is great for burgers.
My Chinese friend doesn't rate chop cop very highly.
Have to say when I visited the udmplings were good and the rest very ordinary with the waiter itching to tell us about Gordon Ramsey's favourite dishes.
I've just remembered, theres a superb Vietnamese on grove street. Bookings advised although midweek should be fine without.
So, where did you go in the end?
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