Traveling to Edinburg, Scotland? Who would have thought that Edinburgh had such an abundance of diverse restaurants with atmosphere, great food and wine and vibrant outdoor cafes? With everything from castles to dungeon dining, Edinburgh rocks.
Visting Edinburgh Castle? I had a great time eating on a veranda that overlooks the castle at Oloroso. Though the restaurant is contemporary in style, it has an elegant feel. The lamb was delicious. Another fantastic restaurant in the area is The Witchery by the Castle, where one can dine in a historic sixteenth century building. It is near the gates of Edinburg and has a delightful warm atmosphere. With a somewhat French feeling, eating the smoked salmon was almost magical. There are more places to dine close to the castle, and the Amber Restaurant, located within the Scotch Whisky Experience, serves great Scottish food and malt whiskey. The Jolly Judge, near Old Town, has great homemade soup and toasted sandwiches and is also close to the castle.
While mentioning castles, I should also mention dungeons. A visit to the Dalhousie Castle & Spa in Bonnyrigg sets the mood for dining in The Dungeon, surrounded by weapons and armor on the stone walls. It was such a unique setting that I wanted to stay longer. Their salmon was excellent.
The wealth of dining in Edinburgh includes traditional Scottish food, such as haggis, scallops and shellfish, Indian, Bangledeshi, Mongolian, Italian, French, Scottish Game, American and Vegetarian.
If in the mood for a fiesta while in Edinburg, take a salsa class and dine in Latin style at El Barrio. Lots of festive music and great spicy food. Dancing is ’til the wee small hours. At The Frankenstein Pub, near the castle and old town, you can watch the monster while eating your dinner. They do “monster parties” as well. If you crave American food and rock ‘n’ roll, there is always the Hard Rock Cafe.
Some of the other restaurants to be enjoyed in Edinburgh are; The Grain Store, in the Grassmarket area, with some wonderful arched windows to peer out from, Kebabish Original, with grilled Indian food and Punjabi flavors,
Mezbaan South Indian Restaurant with an exotic menu and large selection of Vegetarian.
The places to eat in Edinburgh, Scotland are too numerous to mention here, but more can be learned on the Scotland food website, EatScotland.com. My visit to Scotland was a tasty trip and Edinburgh was a winner.