Restaurants in Edinburgh

While expats may expect restaurants in Edinburgh to dish up little more than glorified pub grub or traditional Scottish fare rumoured to make stomachs turn and oesophagi burn, in reality, the city boasts an eclectic culinary scene that seems to be finding its footing more firmly every year.

Not to say that those moving to Edinburgh should forsake legendary classics like fish-n-chips and haggis, but once the initial craving for this rough-n-ready food has been satisfied, there's a long list of award-winning restaurants and equally enticing hole-in-the-walls to make meal time adventurous.

Everything from Kurdish kebab stands to vegetarian haute-cuisine is available amidst Edinburgh's cobbled alleyways and wide Georgian avenues, and wherever expats may choose to tantalise their taste buds, it is guaranteed that a good Scottish whisky will be on hand to wash it all down.

Popular restaurants in Edinburgh

Chop Chop
Address: 248 Morrison Street, Haymarket
Expats looking for something inexpensive, uncomplicated but no less delicious should certainly try Chop Chop for quality northern-style Chinese. Voted the best in Scotland in 2008.

Wing Sing Inn

Address: 147 Dundee Street, Dalry
Frequented by most of Edinburgh's Chinese population, Wing Sing Inn is a shoe-in when it comes to authentic and inspiring Asian dishes. Great value for money.

City Café
Address: 19 Blair Street, Old Town
A long-time hotbed for the Edinburgh counterculture scene, the pub grub dished up here during pre-club hours is without pomp, but full of flavour.

Loch Fyne
Address: Newhaven Harbour, 25 Pier Place, Leith
Loch Fyne may be set in an old fish market dating back to the 1890s, but the food is fresh off the boat and the ambience warm and inviting. Seasonal menus and scrumptious oysters.

L'escargot Bleu
Address: 56 Broughton Street
L'escargot Bleu is Edinburgh's own fine French bistro. The red-checked table cloths and close seating is comfortably Parisian, but the ingredients sourced within Scottish borders add a touch of British flair. 

The Outsider
Address: George IV Bridge
Boasting brash views of the Edinburgh castle, this brasserie restaurant foregoes starters and cuts straight to the chase with some hearty mains. Imperative that reservations are made in advance.

David Bann
Address: 56-58 St Mary's Street, Old Town
Flawless vegetarian cuisine flanked by aubergine walls and minimalist décor. Innovative dishes, impeccable service and an ingenious wine list make this one of the city's most magical dining experiences.

Restaurant Martin Wishart
Address: 54 The Shore, Leith
Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart has been serving up elegant French cuisine in Edinburgh for nearly two decades. Delicious, creative, and beautiful to look at, the food at one of the UK's most highly acclaimed dining venues certainly won’t disappoint.

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