Edinburgh and the Lothians Restaurants

Edinburgh's eclectic restaurant scene has attracted a brigade of well-known chefs, including the award-winning trio of Martin Wishart, Tom Kitchin, and Paul Kitching. They and dozens of others have abandoned the tried-and-true recipes for more adventurous cuisine. Of course, you can always find traditional fare, which usually means the Scottish-French style that harks back to the historical "Auld Alliance" of the 13th century. The Scottish element is the preference for fresh and local foodstuffs; the French supply the sauces. In Edinburgh, you can sample anything from Malaysian rendang (a thick, coconut-milk stew) to Kurdish kebabs, while the long-established French, Italian, Chinese, Pakistani, and Indian communities ensure that the majority of the globe's most treasured cuisines are well represented.

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  • 1. Cannonball Restaurant

    $$ | Old Town | Italian

    The name refers to one of the most delightful quirks of Edinburgh's Old Town—the cannonball embedded in the wall outside, said to have been...Read More

  • 2. Mimi's Bakehouse—Leith

    $ | Leith | Bakery

    Despite its large interior with acres of seating, this bakery-café still regularly has lines out the door. The reason is simple: it does the...Read More

  • 3. Contini George Street

    $$ | New Town | Italian

    Set within a grand former banking hall on George Street, this superb restaurant serves light but satisfying Italian favorites divided into ...Read More

  • 4. Dishoom

    $ | Indian

    The city's most inventive Indian restaurant, Dishoom serves up an all-sensory experience, from the smells that greet you (delicious whiffs of...Read More

  • 5. Hanam's

    $ | Old Town | Middle Eastern

    Kurdish food may not be as well known as other Middle Eastern cuisines, but dishes like bayengaan surocrau (marinated slow-roasted eggplant...Read More

  • 6. Michael Neave Kitchen and Whisky Bar

    $$ | Old Town | British

    Young chef Michael Neave delivers exceptional cuisine at affordable prices in his restaurant just off the Royal Mile. With a mission to "explore...Read More

  • 7. Ondine

    $$$ | Old Town | Seafood

    This fabulous seafood restaurant just off the Royal Mile makes waves with its expertly prepared dishes from sustainable fishing sources. The...Read More

  • 8. Sushiya

    $ | Haymarket | Japanese

    It may look underwhelming from the outside, but step inside for amazing, atmospheric, and authentic Japanese dining. It's a tiny place, with...Read More

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