Barioja Tapas Bar
There's not another tapas bar in Edinburgh to match it
Barioja is a treat for lovers of tapas, with an extensive menu that offers a wide selection of the best that Spanish finger food has to offer; fish, meat, potatoes, and of course, that Spanish staple paella. Not having the stomach or cheque book to try everything on the menu, the tapas I ate were all still exceptional. Gambas Pil Pil (£6.50) melted in the mouth with its crispy texture and almost sweet taste, and Cr'me Brulee (£4.50) accompanied by forest fruits was the best I've ever tasted.
Spanish owner Ignacio Campos (known as Iggy) set up fine dining restaurant Iggs 19 years-ago, but realising that a tapas bar will always appeal to a broader clientele, opened Barioja next door to cater for those who want a meal with a little less pomp. There's not another tapas bar in Edinburgh to match it, and with long opening hours and a great central location between the Royal Mile and the Fruitmarket Gallery, Barioja is the place to go for those who want a taste of Spanish cuisine, day or night. [Leo Wood]
15-19 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, 0131 557 3622
Opening Hours Mon- Sat, 11am-11pm.