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 your stomach turn and your oesophagus burn, in reality, the city claims quite an eclectic culinary scene that seems to be finding its footing more firmly every year.
restaurants in edinburgh
Not to say that those moving to Edinburgh should forsake legendary anchors like fish-n-chips and haggis, but once you've satisfied your initially craving for this rough-n-ready food, there's a long list of award-winning restaurants and equally amusing hole-in-the-walls to make meal time adventures.

Everything from Kurdish kebab stands to vegetarian haute-cuisine is available amidst Edinburgh's cobbled alleyways and wide Georgian avenues, and wherever you decide to tantalise your taste buds you can guarantee a good Scottish whisky will be on hand to wash it all down.

Recommended restaurants in Edinburgh

Chop Chop
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.
Tel: 0131 221 1155

Wing Sing Inn
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.
tel: 0131 228 6668

City Café
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.
Tel: 0131 220 0125

Loch Fyne
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.
Tel: 0131 559 3900

L'escargot Bleu
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. Wherever your alliances lie, the food is fantastic.
Tel: 0131 557 1600

The Outsider
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.
Tel: 0131 226 3131

David Bann
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.
Tel: 0131 556 5888

Izzi's features succulent sushi and towers of tempura, as well as a spot of teppanyaki and some sweet after dinner treats. While the décor is negligible and the location forgettable, there's no better place to tuck in with those chopsticks.
Tel: 0131 466 9777

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