Edinburgh boasts award-winning restaurants and mouth-watering local dishes. The most popular foodie streets are George St, Princes St, Rose St and Victoria St but there are plenty of culinary delights to be found off the beaten track.
Must-have Local Dishes at Edinburgh Restaurants
You haven’t experienced the real Edinburgh until you’ve tasted local specialties such as The Hog Roast Rolls at Oink, The Haggis Burrito at Los Cardos or The Haggis Spring Rolls at WhiskiRooms.
It’s not all Haggis
If you’re planning on eating out in Edinburgh, The Honours is a popular choice with locals (but be warned there is a waiting list!), as is the award-winning Wedgwood. Vegetarians are spoilt for choice with popular eateries such as Henderson’s. Those in search of something more high-end will be glad to learn about Edinburgh’s impressive collection of Michelin Star restaurants, such as The Kitchin. If you’re a tourist doing some sightseeing, book a table nearby the landmarks, for example The Ship on the Shore is a no.1 choice for those visiting Edinburgh’s popular tourist attraction: The Royal Yacht Britannia.
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restaurants. For example you can sample the cuisine at one of the best Italian restaurants Edinburgh has to offer, or find an Indian restaurant to suit your palate.
Edinburgh Restaurants: Scotland's Cosmopolitan Capital
Every year millions of visitors flock to Edinburgh from all over the world. This cultural melting pot of a city has inspired a vast range of cuisines, meaning that in Edinburgh you can sample authentic delights from all over the globe. Whether it be Indian, Italian, Thai, Turkish or of course Scottish, the city has something for everyone's palate.
Authentic Scottish Cuisine in Edinburgh
There's so much more to Scottish cuisine than haggis and deep-fried Mars bars. This northern gem is home to a range of authentic Scottish restaurants where you can find everything from Michelin-starred dining experiences to hearty Scottish local restaurants. At the casual and affordable end of the spectrum is Blonde restaurant, a cosy hotspot popular with locals and tourists alike. Similarly, Howies offers cafe-style dining with locally sourced produce where you can try the set menus offering traditional Scottish dishes like 'Cullen Sink' soup, Shetland salmon and wood pigeon breast. Well-renowned local restaurant The Kitchin is the brainchild of Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin, fusing together Scottish ingredients with the techniques of French cuisine. It was awarded the 'Best Restaurant Experience' reward for 2015 and stands true to its commitment to providing fresh produce 'from nature to plate'.
A Taste of Asia
There are also a range of Asian restaurants in Edinburgh offering up fresh and exotic tastes. For Korean food, your best bet is the highly acclaimed family-run Kim's Mini Meals, a recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014. In this hidden gem, the husband and wife duo serve a wide variety of Korean national dishes with generous portion sizes and free helpings of soup. For a vegetarian friendly option, try the South-East-Asian-inspired cuisine of the Himalaya Cafe, a cosy atmosphere offering delicious and reasonably priced curries. If you fancy some Chinese food, then Xiangbala Hot Pot is a popular spot for an authentic taste of China, where you add your choice of fish, meat and vegetables to a bubbling pot and it cooks right before you eyes.
Fine Dining Experiences
Amongst Edinburgh restaurants there is a variety of high-end establishments offering a unique kind of fine-dining experience - there are 5 Michelin-starred restaurants in the city. Ondine, in the heart of the city, has been praised as Edinburgh's best seafood restaurant and serves a fusion of different cuisines at the hands of chef Roy Brett, who has over 30 years experience in the kitchen. The A La Carte menu includes signature dishes like Dunbar lobster, Cornish sea bass and grilled Orkney fillet of beef. Another option for those looking to celebrate in style is the Harvey Nichols restaurant, with attractive views overlooking St. Andrew Square, where they serve up modern European dishes for both lunch and dinner. It is also available for private hire for anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion with a large group.