Despite being open less than a year, Serrano Manchego on Leith Walk has made quite the impression on Edinburgh diners. With a loyal clientele and a spot on the much coveted “Hit List” on the List’s Eating and Drinking Guide for 2015, the owners behind the cafe/bar/tapas joint must be doing something right.
If I ever want a real taste of India, there is only one place to go in Edinburgh: Punjabi Junction.
Say what you like about Scottish cuisine, but if there’s one thing we do incredibly well, it’s comfort food. Whether it’s a big plate of stovies or haggis, neeps and tatties, a lot of Scottish food just feels like a big hug in your mouth. But who does the best comfort food in Edinburgh? For me, there is absolutely no contest: that crown sits squarely on the head of Mums, which can be found on Forrest Road.
Newington is a haven for curry fans, with lots of authentic options all along the main thoroughfare of Nicolson Street and South Clerk Street. One of the brighter restaurants is Kalpna, which is an exclusively vegetarian offering located on Patrick Square.
Feeling a bit worse for wear after a messy Saturday night? The lovely folks at Cabaret Voltaire know your pain, and have come up with a great way to blow those cobwebs away: The Bloody Mary Club.
If you’re asked to think of Edinburgh, no doubt the first thing to pop to mind will be the striking silhouette of Edinburgh Castle. Well, its understandable, what with it being one of the oldest complexes in Edinburgh and its domination of the city skyline.
This is THE Edinburgh tourist attraction, and the vast majority of tourists make a beeline for it as soon as they are off the plane, train or tour bus! There’s no doubt that this is a must-see, and if you haven’t been to Edinburgh before, then it’s definitely worth exploring. But even if you are a local, don’t take this stunning landmark for granted. There’s plenty to discover in this fascinating complex, so let me take you around Edinburgh’s primary stronghold…
Even though its front door is “technically” on Princes Street, you’d be forgiven for letting the Juniper cocktail lounge pass you by. This little gem is actually a little out of the way, hidden up on the first floor of the Royal British Hotel, the entrance of which is just across from Waverley Station.
About a week ago the lovely people at Mercat Tours asked me if I would like to try out one of their spooky ghost tours. It was a bit of a no-brainer, as I love a chilling tale or two as much as the next person, so I jumped at the chance to experience their ‘Doomed, Dead and Buried’ tour.
Hidden just off Rose Street, you’ll find Calistoga, a Californian restaurant that will take you on a journey of fine food and even better wine! The last time I went was part of a wine tasting and meal experience. It starts at just £33 a head and is an excellent way to spend an evening.
Hidden down the back of one of the side streets behind the Usher Hall, you’ll find Kanpai. This Japanese restaurant has an unassuming exterior but don’t be fooled – inside you’ll discover some of the best sushi in that can be possibly found in Edinburgh.