You’ll never go hungry in Edinburgh. The city’s eateries serve up such an eclectic array of delights that you’re sure to find something that meets the demands of your taste buds. But don’t have to blow the budget. Here’s a handy guide to some of the best new restaurants and cafes that have opened their doors over the past year or so across the city.
Proving that simple food can still be wonderfully satisfying is Meltmongers. Paying homage to the humble toasted sandwich, Meltmongers has proven to be a roaring success with locals and tourists alike. The toasties on offer range from the obvious of hot melting cheese to treats to tantalise those with a sweeter tooth, such as peanut butter or banana fried melt.
Meltmongers have cornered themselves a real niche in comfort snack food and can be found at 80 Bruntsfield Place, E10 4HG.
Wee Buddha Pub Kitchen
If Asian food is your thing then a trip to the cleverly-named Wee Buddha Pub Kitchen could well be the order of the day. Pub grub with a twist, this fusion kitchen serves Asian inspired dishes in tapas style. A taste of the Far East can be washed down with a great choice of bottled beers, wines and cocktails. On the draught side of things, they’ve even got their own contribution to the craft beer phenomenon – the home-grown Wee Buddha.
Wee Buddha Pub Kitchen can be found at 2B Jamaica Street, EH3 6HH.
Forage and Chatter
Another aptly named and newly-opened establishment is Forage and Chatter. Taking over the premises on Alva Street that used to be the home of Edinburgh Larder Bistro – a much missed place – since opening a few months ago the new tenants have been receiving rave reviews and much praise. As their name suggests, the menu sees an emphasis on locally sourced and foraged produce, all served-up in a deliberately cosy, laid back setting to encourage plenty of conversation. Dishes have a contemporary slant, such as charred mackerel with aioli and herb pesto.
Forage and Chatter is at 14, Alva Street, EH2 4PH.
The Voyage of Buck
Steeped in local history and set in the old home of William ‘Buck’ Clarence, who was embroiled in the Cleveland Street Scandal of 1889. Buck was a globetrotter who eventually returned to his beloved hometown of Edinburgh, bringing the flavours of his travels back with him.
The Voyage of Buck bar and restaurant invites you to take a trip into William Clarence’s world, and serves up food daily from 10.00am-10.00pm. From breakfast to dinner and with small, large, sharing and sweet plates to choose from, the Buck’s menu includes organic meats, gluten free and vegetarian dishes, all in a wonderful setting in the city’s fashionable West End.
The Voyage of Buck can be discovered at 29-31 William Street, EH3 7NG.