Love it or hate it, I am a total 'photos of your food type'. Some people complain about it but personally I love seeing snaps of other people's meals on Instagram. Especially when it's places in Edinburgh/Glasgow and when I know that if it looks delicious I can go and check it out for myself. But over the last few weeks I've gathered a collection of photos on my phone of restaurants I meant to review and never got around to. I hate lugging my chunky DSLR out with me and then noisily snapping away when I'm supposed to be with friends so I normally just end up with quick phone photos. After writing my Where To Eat In Amsterdam guide I thought it would be a good idea to start a little series on my blog where I do a similar thing for Edinburgh. Writing quick mini reviews of several places in the one post. Obviously I will still do some full restaurant reviews in the future if it's somewhere I'm totally blown away with but thought this would be a nice way to still feature some great places to grab a bite to eat in Edinburgh.
Southpour, 1-5 Newington Road
New kids on the block, Southpour, are proving to be very popular in Edinburgh. I was lucky enough to be invited along to sample their brunch menu with a few other bloggers and you can read my full post here. Everything was really tasty and I'm looking forward to going back and trying out something for lunch or dinner. Every time I walk past it's totally packed and I always think a busy restaurant is a good one!
Hula Juice Bar, 103-105 West Bow
Hula is pretty well known for their fresh juices and I had been meaning to stop by and try one. When me and my friends made some spontaneous lunch plans between lectures we ended up popping into Hula for a quick bite to eat. I was instantly drawn to the Scottish smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel on the menu but they also had a deal on where for about 50p extra you could get a bowl of soup so I had some leek and potato soup. Leek and potato soup is my absolute favourite and I hate to admit it but theirs was so much better than mine. A really tasty and filling lunch. I also had a spinach, mango, lemon, nutmeg and apple smoothie which was really nice and refreshing. Despite being bright green you really couldn't taste the spinach. It's a little bit expensive for what it is but I don't mind paying a little for extra for food that is fresh and healthy.
Cafe Andaluz, 77B George Street
One of the most known restaurants in Edinburgh, Cafe Andaluz is definitely a good one! Spanish inspired Tapas. The George Street area is a little bit classier so a nice place to go for a slightly nicer meal (ie not the typical student magnet) that's still reasonably priced. They recommend 3 tapas per person but as we had gone at lunchtime we went for 2 each and shared some Spanish stye garlic bread. We had calamari, patatas bravas, potato croquettes and pork cheeks in a red wine sauce. The pork cheeks really weren't for me as it's not the style of food I normally go for but everything else was totally delicious. We also opted for a dessert of churros and creme brûlée. Again, just totally amazing. Writing this has made me crave tapas again. Quite busy so I'd recommend booking in advance or you'll have a 20ish minute wait at the bar at least.
The Holyrood 9A, 9A Holyrood Road
The Holyrood 9A is literally just down the road from my flat and I can't believe it's taken me so long to try it out. This place specialises in burgers, there are a lot of options. I had the BBQ burger and it was absolutely delicious. The patty was quite thick and really juicy, you could tell that it was really good quality. The chips were also delicious although I have to say I think I enjoyed my date's sweet potato fries more, of which I stole quite a few. Oops. We went for lunch on a Saturday and it was really busy so maybe book in advance for peak times.
Revolution Edinburgh, 30A Chambers Street
As a student, Revolution Edinburgh is one of my favourite places to eat in Edinburgh. I was invited along to try their new menu and it did not disappoint. I had the classic steak sandwich* and it was absolutely amazing. I swapped their skinny fries for the sweet potato fries and I'm so glad I did, they were so yum! Really crispy but soft on the inside. I absolutely demolished the sandwich which came with mustard, crispy onions and rocket. If you're a student then you probably know someone with a clubs and societies card that can get you some great discounts too.
Artisan Cheesecakes, 104 Bruntsfield Place
Artisan Cheesecakes opened their first store in Bathgate which is a town next to my hometown. But I never actually got around to trying it out for myself until they opened a store in Bruntsfield. When I went I had the Scottish tablet cheesecake and it was amazing. It was pretty sickly but cheesecake normally is. My friend (Leda from Small Girl, Bigger World) had the galaxy caramel one and she also really enjoyed it. The only thing about this place is that there are only two tables and one is tiny! You can get the slices to take away though so if it's busy then you don't have to stick around.
Mary's Milk Bar, 19 Grassmarket
I could write a whole blog post about how much I love Mary's Milk Bar. This small, hipster ice cream store in the heart of the Grassmarket comes up with insanely unique ice cream flavours. The one above? Hot Cross Bun! This place got really famous during the festival as their hot chocolate ice cream floats got featured on Buzzfeed and they regularly sell out so if you want to visit whilst the Fringe is on then definitely get in there quick. Despite all that, it's still pretty reasonably priced and they'll have something for everyone. They normally have at least one sorbet(rhubarb and ginger was my favourite) so also a vegan option!
So those are my current recommendations. If there are any places you love in Edinburgh then please leave me a comment or a tweet. I'll be back in a few weeks with my next post in the series!