FEATURE – 13 Edinburgh restaurants to try in 2013

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13 Edinburgh restaurants and cafes to try in 2013

We do love treating ourselves to a good meal out Edinburgh. With over 1000 cafes and restaurants to choose from, we’re certainly never short of choices.

Independent Edinburgh eateries have always had our support and this year will be no exception.

Here are 13 places that we dined at in 2012 and recommend for you to try in coming year.

1. The Pantry, Stockbridge. A new kid on the restaurant block, but since opening in December, we’ve already eaten there three times. Serving a great selection of interesting dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner, this is currently one of our favourite places in town. Prices are reasonable and service is always with a smile. Recently added, our review.

2. The Haven, Newhaven. The all-day breakfasts here will set you up for the day. They’re served with toast and a cuppa for under £6. Soup and sandwich combos are also popular choices. A variety of home-made cakes round off a visit nicely. Our review.

3. Restaurant Mark Greenaway, North Castle Street. Now in its new home, this restaurant is always our first choice when we’re in the mood for some fine dining that won’t break the bank. With the same staff and same menu reappearing at the new restaurant, the Mark Greenaway dining experience is sure to be a good one. Our review.

Mark Greenaway

4. The Spice Pavilion, Dundas Street. We love a good curry and never look past the Spice Pavilion when the Indian craving emerges. Although not as polished as Mithas, you will always get friendly service and freshly cooked dishes from the extensive menu. The business lunch deal is an absolute bargain. Our review.

5. Howies, Waterloo Place and Victoria Street. We’ve been dining at Howies for well over a decade and have never had a disappointing meal. The menu always has a choice of Scottish dishes such as haggis and cullen skink, so a perfect choice for showing off national cuisine to visitors. Set lunches and early dining offers are available. Don’t miss their famous banoffee pie, it’s the best dessert in Edinburgh!

6. Love Crumbs, West Port. Since opening in May 2012 with their now-famous wardrobe full of cakes, we’ve been paying the lovely Love Crumbs ladies regular visits. Not a savoury in sight, it’s all about the cake here. The range of cake changes daily with the only difficulty being the decision of which slice to have.

7. The New York Steam Packet, Rose Street North Lane. A genuine Edinburgh institution, the NYSP is an American diner that offers set menus with BYOB. Popular with larger groups, the food is decent and the atmosphere lively. If the walls here could talk, they’d be sworn to secrecy.

Chocolate and lavender cake, Love Crumbs

8. Bon Papillon, Howe Street. This art cafe has grown into a wee gem of a place. Not only can you admire the art work and get your framing done, you can also indugle yourself with one of the best bacon sarnies in town. Home-made soup, salads and a couple of specials make up the lunch menu and the gigantic scones (served warm) are to die for.

9. Oink Hog Roast, Victoria Street (and other pop-up venues). Sometimes it’s great to have a small menu and Oink has just that. You can choose your roll here, then the portion size you want of the freshly carved roast-in-a-roll. Vegetarians should look elsewhere as it’s all about the meat here. Oink are regularly at Edinburgh Farmers’ Market.

10. Wedgwood the Restaurant, Canongate. Situated on the Royal Mile, Wedgwood lives up to the hype of being one of Edinburgh’s best restaurants. Set lunch menus can give you a taste of the food on offer, but the a la carte menu is really something special. A perfect choice for a romantic night out or special occasion where classy service and mouthwatering dishes are guaranteed.

11. Iglu Bar & Restaurant, Jamaica Street. Tucked away in the New Town, Iglu is well worth a visit this year. Our family had a 2012 pre-Christmas lunch here and found the food and service to be faultless. The boar burger was a particular highlight, and two of the group highly praised their partridge dish.

12. Holyrood 9A, Holyrood Road. Serving up some of the best burgers in town, the Holyrood 9A is our food haven during the madness of the Fringe. We can’t see past the venison burger and piri piri fries when visiting here, but the breakfasts are also of great quality and value.

13. Kyloe Steak Restaurant & Grill, West End. The best steak in Edinburgh? We certainly think so. Service is is efficient, but can be a bit robotic as they talk through their meat board.  We can’t see past their bavette, onglet and marinated feather steak dish and have conquered it three times since July 2012. Desserts do not disappoint either. Kyloe too pricey for you? Our second favourite steak restaurant is Wildfire in Rose Street. Our Kyloe review.

The Kyloe meat board

Got somewhere we should try?

We’re aware that we’ve left out some great restaurants and cafes from this list, so do let us know where else we should try this year in the comments below.

There are only two main food reviewers (plus the occasional guest) and we eat at every place twice before we review it so a review can sometimes take a few months to appear.

However, if we find a place we love right away, we do mention it through our social media channels before the food has even had time to digest.

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