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    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 21st Feb 05, 10:39 PM
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    Eating in Edinburgh
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    • 21st Feb 05, 10:39 PM
    Eating in Edinburgh 21st Feb 05 at 10:39 PM
    Need ideas where to go for 18th birthday meal with daughter in Edinburgh. We eat all sorts of different foods, only barrier is a steakhouse/fish restaurant as I am a vegetarian, and they tend not to do too much in the veggie line. Nothing too posh, as silver service makes her nervous, but we love Italian, Indian, Mexican, practically anything really. Any ideas for us for central Edinburgh? Our hotel is just off Royal Mile, so old Town places would be good too.
    Any ideas please, as last thing I want to do after shopping is trail about looking for somewhere to eat!!!





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    • sheep69
    • By sheep69 22nd Feb 05, 11:56 AM
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    • 22nd Feb 05, 11:56 AM
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    • 22nd Feb 05, 11:56 AM
    The Witchery is about as posh as you want and just along the road - never been but has very good reviews.

    Filling Station is also near which is very good and serves variour types of cuisine.

    For the Veggie - try the tattie shop round the corner on C~ckburn street - I suspect my two recomendations cater for the not to choosy Vegetarian.

    Loads of places to eat around there - Acanthus at the station, Malt shovel also on C~ckburn (good pub grub), various hotels, Frakensteins up on the Bridge above the Grassmarket, the Grassmarket has loads as well.

    enjoy
    Last edited by edinburghlass; 23-02-2005 at 11:36 PM. Reason: trying to find a way round the swear checker!
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    • Cat72
    • By Cat72 22nd Feb 05, 12:44 PM
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    • 22nd Feb 05, 12:44 PM
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    • 22nd Feb 05, 12:44 PM
    Hi. Im a vegetarian as well and it is always a problem eating out.Dont know places in edinburgh too well but the witchery does look nice but never ventured in yet. However Frankestiens has a really good veggie menu and a screaming toilet !
  • Peter-Pan
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    • 22nd Feb 05, 4:14 PM
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    • 22nd Feb 05, 4:14 PM
    Bar Roma,in Charlotte lane in very "Italian"if you know what I mean!
    don`t know if they do Veggie.
  • infox
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    • 23rd Feb 05, 10:08 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 05, 10:08 PM
    Kalpna [Vg, multi-regional Indian]
    2/3 St.Patrick's Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9EZ
    Tel: (0131) 667 9890

    Been there occasionally for past 20 years. Always enjoyable.

    (Also recommend Ravi Shankar in Drummond Street, London, just west of Euston Stn. Three courses plus coffee for under 10, last September!)
  • musttryharder
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    • 24th Feb 05, 6:50 AM
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    • 24th Feb 05, 6:50 AM
    If you're vegetarian and in Edinburgh then there's only one option - Bann's Vegetarian Restaurant in St Mary's Street (just off the Royal Mile). Enjoy.
    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 24th Feb 05, 3:34 PM
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    • 24th Feb 05, 3:34 PM
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    • 24th Feb 05, 3:34 PM
    Thank you all the suggestions..loads of choices there, and they all sound good. Wonder how many I can fit into a couple of days?!!! Have been to Bar Roma many years ago, and had forgotten about that. The Witchery looks really good, but think will save that for a romantic weekend. Frankensteins sounds different, and might appeal to the goth side of my daughter! Banns sounds good to me, but daughter might want some meat, will run it by her - am sure that must be near Fiscal's bar, where we have had bar lunches. Oooh they all sound good! Have been at Filling Station in Glasgow (just off Sauchiehall St.) and that was very good, didn't realize one in Edinburgh too.
    Thank you all very much for your replies, much appreciated. Will let you know how we get on in a couple of weeks.
    At least I have some suggestions now, can run it by her, and hopefully get booked in advance.
    Keep suggestions rolling though, as am sure other folk will want to know good places to eat out when in Edinburgh.
  • Lil
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    • 24th Feb 05, 7:20 PM
    Eating places in Edinburgh
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    • 24th Feb 05, 7:20 PM
    Really nice place is Centrotre at 103 George Street. Italian. Only eaten at lunch time but it was really good with a nice atmosphere.
    • Rate tart? sticks and stones.....
    • By Rate tart? sticks and stones..... 25th Feb 05, 6:49 PM
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    Rate tart? sticks and stones.....
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    • 25th Feb 05, 6:49 PM
    Eating in Edinburgh
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    • 25th Feb 05, 6:49 PM
    If you would like to save some money (and as a subscriber to this site I presume you do!) one option is to look at www.5pm.co.uk. Although the best deals are to be had on the day some of the advance offers can be really good too.

    You could also apply for www.thesilvercard.co.uk (if you are in Edinburgh regularly - I presume everyone who lives here already has it?!).It gives really good discount in some great places to eat, e.g. Conran's Zinc Bar and Grill in Ocean Terminal - 20% off entire bill, Harvey Nick's Forth Floor brasserie 15 for 3 courses including a glass of wine, Frankenstein 20% off - 7 days!, North Bridge brasserie -2 course Dinner with a glass of bubbly for 15.00 per person valid 7 days, inclusive of Friday and Saturday before 7pm, the new Gallery rest.- 2 course lunch and a glass of house wine for only 11.95!!Or 3 course dinner and Glass Champagne for only 16.95 etc. etc. You pay 3 for the card and you'll save that the first time you use it.

    Hope whatever you do your daughter has a fab 18th birthday and that you enjoy your stay in 'Auld Reekie' !
  • ToothlessFairy
    ...I presume everyone who lives here already has it?!
    by Rate tart? sticks and stones.....
    Nope, never heard of either of those before. Thanks - maybe I'll be able to afford to eat out occasionally now!



    As for restaurants, I've heard that Black Bo's on Blackfriars St (off Royal Mile) is good for vegetarians, and it looks. Not been myself, though, so can't vouch for quality or meatiness.

    Oh, and if you don't mind a little walk to the New Town, there's Urban Angel at 121 Hanover Street. They use organic and fair trade food (and drink!) in a relaxed atmosphere - it's not too posh and not too pricey, but smart enough to make it feel like a night out. My veggy friend and non-veggy me both ate happily there a couple of months ago. I can't find their website but there's a Sunday Herald Review here.

    And if either of you are of a chocoholic persuasion, Plaisir du Chocolat on the Royal Mile (just down from New Street) is a good place to shelter from the rain for an hour.

    Hope you have a great weekend - let us know where you end up (and whether it's any good!)

    TF
    Last edited by ToothlessFairy; 25-02-2005 at 11:13 PM.
    • Cat72
    • By Cat72 25th Feb 05, 11:04 PM
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    Hi
    thats brilliant only wish thay did something the same for Glasgow! Great tip though
    Heres the link for frankestiens with the veggie menu- makes me hungry just reading it !
    http://www.frankenstein-pub.co.uk/ed_eating.htm
    Last edited by Cat72; 25-02-2005 at 11:32 PM.
    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 26th Feb 05, 9:18 AM
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    Getting so many good places here, it is such a pity that we can't try them all out, however in time, am sure that we can have a dashed good try! Thanks for tip about the silvercard Rate Tart. Have got myself a little map drawn out here and marked on all the eateries, so depending where we are at lunchtime, can head for the nearest. Got the menu for Frankensteins and my daughter seems quite keen on there, so have plunged in and booked a table. She is on a bit of a high this week, and can't wait to be 18, and also to buy me a drink, mind you, she might change her mind when she realizes the price! Will let you all know how we get on after next weekend. Really appreciate all your suggestions.
    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 26th Feb 05, 9:41 AM
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    Rate Tart, just to let you know, have applied for my Silvercard. Lady on other end of phone was really nice and helpful, and she now knows about this site too. Nothing like spreading the word!
    • Cat72
    • By Cat72 26th Feb 05, 11:32 AM
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    glad you got something booked.I am applying for the silver card too, soungds great. Rememebr to get your daughter to use the loo at frankestiens and if you go in at about 12 ,I think ,frankestein comes alive maybe ring and double check the time with them.Hope you all have a really good time, let us know how you get on.And you are right the idea of buying drinks will soon lose its attraction !
  • Ourstanley
    Go Mexican in the Basement
    You say that you like Mexican so I would suggest The Basement Bar at the top of Broughton Street. I've always found the food excellent and there is a good veggie selection
    • Rate tart? sticks and stones.....
    • By Rate tart? sticks and stones..... 28th Feb 05, 11:09 PM
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    Rate tart? sticks and stones.....
    Eating in Edinburgh
    Delighted to be able to spread the word about www.thesilvercard.co.uk .I must say it's been a great way of eating out in Edinburgh at discount prices for me and my friends and I'm delighted to be able to share it with others. Yes Anne Marie, I agree - the woman on the phone is really great - fun, efficient AND friendly.....everyone who visits Edinburgh regularly and certainly everyone who lives here should have the Silver Card! (and no....I'm not involved just a happy customer!)
    Last edited by Rate tart? sticks and stones.....; 28-02-2005 at 11:11 PM. Reason: typos
  • Galstonian
    I'm veggie and have been to the Witchery, if you want to make it an occasion never to forget then I would suggest splashing out and going for it but do make sure to book well in advance.

    The list http://www.list.co.uk gives lots of info on Glasgow/Edinburgh eateries and has a whole section on veggie places but make sure to check the other sections too as almost everywhere caters to us to some extent.

    The Filmhouse is also great for good value veggie food.
  • sc_UK
    If you're vegetarian and in Edinburgh then there's only one option - Bann's Vegetarian Restaurant in St Mary's Street (just off the Royal Mile). Enjoy.
    by musttryharder
    That's rubbish, there are at least another three vegetarian restaurants I can think of.

    Black Bo's in Niddrie Street is just off the Royal Mile and is good.

    Do not go to The Witchery if you don't like 'posh' or silver service. It has both in abundance.
    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 8th Mar 05, 8:10 PM
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    Well, we have been and done it all. My legs belong to someone else, although the pain tells me they are definitely mine! We have walked miles, and a wee bit more. Absolutely great weekend.
    Frankensteins was brilliant, the food was really good, and the atmosphere excellent. Wouldn't advise for a posh, romantic night out, but just great for what we were looking for, somewhere my daughter could eat in comfort without being intimidated by silver service, and plenty of veggie choice for me. Got a free "Mother's Day" sparkling wine thrown in. Never did find the screaming toilet, but we did have quite a lot to eat and could hardly move. And they played old b & w Frankenstein movie later on, which was really good (they play music so you can't hear the film soundtrack, but it was a nice touch, wee bit of nostalgia!) We were set at a table on the highest level, so it was lovely to be able to look down below, and also above - amazing place. Must have cost a fortune to kit out. Seats were nice and comfy for my old bones, and much appreciated!
    We also went to Fiscal's (Hunter Square), just off Royal Mile & opposite Cockburn St, for lunch. We have used this for lunch for about 2 years when in Edinburgh, if in the area. Good prices, nice menu and some good food and drink deals. (If there are two of you drinking wine, check out their bottle prices.) They do all day breakfasts, light snacks such as paninis/baguettes, basket of french fries or full meal. What I like is they have really comfy settees, which is a must after climbing up and down everywhere in the Old Town.
    Also found a wonderful little Italian place, can't remember the name. We went for late breakfast, but wish I had been there to try the tomato soup which was being made, smelled divine - and could see that all food was freshly made. The panini was well worth waiting for, and great coffee. Anyway, it opens at 10 a.m., is in the arcade nearly at the top of Cockburn St, leading to the Bridges.
    Will not bore you with all the shopping stuff, which I was forced into. Cost me a fortune. However, was my birthday just over a week ago, wee torag wanted to get me something - I said truffle oil, and found out we could get it in Harvey Nicholls, so would wait until we got down to Edinburgh - cheaper than P&P on internet.
    Found the truffle oil, so much more to look at, did get a couple of things myself, wee torag hauling me out of the foodstore, there was too much for me to browse round, for her liking. Least we got the HN bags!
    We did manage to be nearly straightfaced about their prices - wee pink tutu with black velvet bow 299, didn't even look at the prices for their yucky sixties style clothes - just reminded me of my granny's aprons! What idiots want to spend their money on that?
    Thanks again to all who gave me suggestions - and will try some others next time.
    • Cat72
    • By Cat72 9th Mar 05, 1:12 PM
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    Thanks for letting us know I was wondering how you got on.Glad it had a happy ending !
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