REVIEW – International Starters, Leith

When International Starters opened in Leith many years ago, the concept was seen as new and innovative.  I have eaten here many times and paid them a visit recently for a trip down memory lane.  In the winter months, I like to sit in the cave-like main restaurant, but on a summer’s evening, I chose a window seat with my dining partner to allow the light to flood in.
We chose four starters in total, one from each of the sections of the menu – Scotland, Mediterranean, Asian and the Americas.  The crispy haggis parcels, £5.60 were distinctly average but the falafel with chilli yoghurt dressing, £5.60 was a definite improvement.

Different starter-sized dishes

The tandoori chicken, £5.90 wasn’t anything to write home about and the nachos with beef chilli, £6.50 was pretty standard and forgettable. 


We didn’t bother with desserts, our memories of this cutting edge food (from years ago) had been updated and we both concluded that we wouldn’t return for this quality of food at the prices charged.  Edinburgh has an amazing selection of restaurants from around the world to dine in and this visit to International Starters re-affirmed it’s better to choose another restaurant. 

World dishes in Leith

Suitable for disabled?  Yes, ground floor access. 

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