Top Ten Edinburgh Eateries

Feature by Xavier Toby | 13 Sep 2006

Top Ten Eateries Edinburgh

Best for… Budget
Assembly – 41 Lothian Street, Old Town
While the meals are all under a fiver, it's the only 'budget' aspect of Assembly; the food is delicious, the interior slick and modern, and the staff are friendly and efficient. They also have some great offers running from 5pm til 8pm every day:
Best of Both - Two large meals and a bottle of house wine or pitcher for £14.
2 for 1 on selected cocktails, house wine and bottled beers.

Best for… Hangovers
The Basement – 10a-12a Broughton St, New Town
The ideal place to meet for a lazy afternoon after a big night out, to either regroup for another alcohol fuelled assault, or piece together exactly what happened the night before. The open layout makes for a relaxing space, and the consistently changing food menu offers up some interesting options along with the pub staples, all for around £6-£10.

Best for… Sarnies
Fuel – 100 Marchmont Road, Marchmont
Each sandwich is handmade to order using fresh ingredients and toasted bread if you like, all for approximately £2-£3. The menu features some unique inventions, however you're welcome to combine any ingredients you wish and the sandwiches are huge.

Best for… Italian
Bellini – 8b Abercromby Place, New Town
Set in plush townhouse surroundings and run by Angelo Cimini, an experienced Italian chef who takes great pleasure in meeting his customers and discussing the finer points of Italian cuisine. Expect only the freshest wild mushrooms, brazenly confident sauces, meats, and seafood, and delicious deserts.

Best for… Curry
Mosque Kitchen – 50 Potterrow, New Town
Contained within the Edinburgh Central Mosque, the Mosque Kitchen provides mammoth servings of different curries for the lowest prices in town. Feeling guilty for living on alcohol and crisps? Get your lunch here and it'll barely cost more than a pint.

Best for… Veggies
Black Bo's – 57-61 Blackfriars St, Old Town
Located in the moody recesses of the Cowgate, relaxed and sombre, Black Bo's serves creative and delicious vegetarian dishes that make you question what all the fuss is about meat. While there are less expensive vegetarian options, Black Bo's certainly isn't extortionate, the spacious and dimly lit interior perfect for a special occasion or to impress on a first date.

Best for… Celtic Connection
The Last Drop – 74 Grassmarket, Old Town
With student discounts on food and drink (meals from £3.95!) and some of the tastiest pub examples of Haggis Neeps and Tatties, Sausage and Mash, and Steak Pie, combined with friendly and attractive staff, reasonable drink prices, and an interior that is comfortable and relaxing, for a pub meal with a Scottish flavour that isn't a cliché it's hard to do better than The 'Drop.

Best for… Scenesters
Amicus Apple – 15 Fredrick Street, City Centre
A style bar with a positively friendly feel and an eccentrically original cocktail menu dreamt up by head bartender Calum. The food menu is also an adventure, full of brave combinations of flavours, and will be changing frequently as all the produce is locally sourced and therefore dependent on what is seasonally available.

Best for… Outdoor Eating
Outhouse – 12a Broughton Street Lane, New Town
Since the smoking ban has come in, bars with an outdoor space that isn't the footpath have become highly sought-after, and The Outhouse has one of the finest. With guest DJ's playing regularly, their now infamous regular barbecues, an impressive and reasonably priced menu, and outdoor heating, if you want to hang outdoors, you need to hang out here.

Best for… Music while you mange
City Café – 19 Blair St, Old Town
Somewhere between a low-key American Diner and a style bar, the City Café is a renowned pre-club hangout and has a menu full of quality meals that would satisfy the hunger of a small elephant. The staff have a great feel for choosing eclectic tunes, and with DJ's playing most nights, it's a brilliant place to relax, enjoy food or a pint and escape everyday life. Except that you'll probably know every second person who walks in.