Edinburgh Feasts

Review of the Year: 2018

As we conclude our fourth year at Edinburgh Feasts, we take a look back on what this year has uncovered. We have reviewed 54 restaurants in 2018, 8 of which have gone into our highest scoring reviews. Here are some of the highlights.

Favourite Restaurants

There have been some great new kids on the block this year. Whilst we could write quite an extensive list, here are some of the highlights (click the headings to read the full review):

Mono

We have fallen in love with Mono and have now visited multiple times this year. We first went for the tasting menu but have also been back for the lovely lunch menu. Mono offers contemporary Italian dining and really delivers some very exciting food.

Sonder

It’s worth heading to Newington for this beauty. Sonder offers contemporary European cuisine with bold flavours and clever combinations. We adore this place.

Borough

Formed after the dissolution of Norn, Borough down at The Shore offers effortless dining and dishes you find yourself thinking about for some time after.

Six By Nico

We couldn’t omit the sensation that is Six by Nico. This place caused a stir in Edinburgh throughout 2018. Changing it’s themed set menu every 6 weeks, there should be something to take everyone’s fancy. It’s also very reasonably priced. Although here at ‘Feasts we had to force ourselves to miss a couple of these in order to avoid starting a habit!

Those who have opened prior to 2018 also got a look in:

Forage and Chatter

Sublime flavours with Scottish ingredients, Forage and Chatter knows how to create amazing plates of food. You feel you’ve been hugged and wowed in equal measure.

Best dishes

Sprouts, bearnaise and lardo – Borough

Sprouts, lardo and bearnaise sauce - Borough

Sprouts, lardo and bearnaise sauce – Borough

We are still talking about this dish a month after eating it. Enough to turn a sprout hater’s head.

Chips and Cheese – Six by Nico

‘Chips and Cheese’ - Six by Nico

‘Chips and Cheese’ – Six by Nico

Hands down, Six By Nico makes the most amazing espumas.

Onion Tart – Forage and Chatter

Onion Tart - Forage and Chatter

Onion Tart – Forage and Chatter

How can so much flavour be packed into such a simple dish?

Deep fried shredded beef in chilli – Golden Dragon

Deep fried shredded beef in chilli - Golden Dragon

Deep fried shredded beef in chilli – Golden Dragon

They say it’s voted the best in Edinburgh and I’m not sure I can argue with that.

Smoked chorizo mac and cheese – Harry’s Bar

Smoked Chorizo Mac and Cheese - Harry’s Bar

Smoked Chorizo Mac and Cheese – Harry’s Bar

Drool.

Popular reviews and photos

Whilst this won’t be strictly accurate, considering not all reviews have been up for very long, the top 5 reviews on the site based on the number of views this year have been:

  1. On Bap (Korean)
  2. Jilani’s (desserts)
  3. Maki and Ramen – Leith St (Japanese)
  4. Crolla’s (mainly desserts)
  5. Forage and Chatter (Scottish)

Surprisingly, two of these were actually reviewed in 2017, so good to see they are still useful.

The top 9 photos on our Instagram account can be seen below:

Instagram best 9 2018

Top row: Miss Woo’s, Mother India, Taxidi
Middle row: Brunch and Supper, Roti, Brasserie Prince
Bottom row: Scottish Café and Restaurant, El Cartel, Wine House 1821

Lastly, here is an little infographic about Edinburgh Feasts over the past year, which includes some of the information above.

Edinburgh Feasts 2018 review infographic

 

We didn’t do everything we intended to, such as top 5’s, as life is getting in the way. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with reviews, so will be mixing the format up a little bit in 2019 to try to get reviews up more quickly but still provide the information readers may find useful. Your feedback will always be appreciated. You can still use our tools to find the reviews you are looking for:

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Highest Scoring Reviews

In 2019 we’ll still be eating at plenty of new places so come back and visit, or subscribe by filling in your email address into the subscribe option in the menu (left hand on desktops and settings icon on mobile).

All the best for 2019 and thanks for supporting Edinburgh Feasts!

Emma

Review of the Year: 2017

31st December 2017

Please note that this post is image heavy

Well it’s been another bumper year for Edinburgh Feasts. As we conclude our third year documenting our dining escapades, our readership and page hits have more than doubled since we completed our first year in 2015. It’s great to see that what started off as a way to remember all the great places to eat in Edinburgh when friends asked for recommendations has become something others are using as a guide. We have reviewed 59 restaurants in 2017, eight of which have gone into our highest scoring reviews. Here are some of the highlights.

Favourite Restaurants

There have been plenty of new openings in the city but we have tried to cover more of the long standing restaurants too. However, it’s the newbies who have really left their mark.

Saboteur

Vit Curry - Saboteur

Sister restaurant to Ting Thai Caravan, Saboteur opened just a few doors down during the summer. Their menu has a very similar style to Ting Thai but this time with a Vietnamese slant. From noodle dishes to curries and bao, there should be something for everyone here.

No. 1 The Grange

Pan Seared Duck - No 1 The Grange

Nestled in Newington, No.1 The Grange offers high end food in a relaxed pub setting. A welcoming atmosphere and reasonable prices for the quality of the food means it’s one to seek out.

BABA

Lamb Shawarma - BABA

Across in Glasgow, Ox and Finch has an excellent reputation. The masterminds behind that place opened BABA in Edinburgh as the year was coming to an end. A different style to its sister restaurant, BABA is inspired by the food from the Levant. Eastern Mediterranean flavours swirl around this place and the dips are to die for.

New Chapter

Hake - New Chapter

A stroll down to the bottom of Dundas St along to Eyre Place will lead you to New Chapter. A cosy little restaurant away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre but easily reached. Superb food – we particularly rated the fish.

Otro

Brownie - Otro

Yet another sister restaurant on this list – this time Otro is the sister restaurant to the above New Chapter. Situated more centrally between Princes Street and Haymarket, this restaurant is light and bright with wonderful food and helpful staff.

Taisteal

Hake - Taisteal

Taisteal can be found in Stockbridge and offers the most amazing value pre-theatre menu, particularly considering the quality of the food. The a la carte menu is also worth exploring.

La Petite Mort

Roast Pork Belly - La Petite Mort

Hidden away a little in a side street in Tollcross, La Petite Mort has a french bistro feel inside. Some incredible food and a baked alaska that wins my vote.

Gin 71

Venison Tartare - Gin 71

Gin 71 is actually CupTea during the day but becomes a gin bar in the evenings. However, the food should not be overlooked in this place as it’s gorgeous. Watch out for vouchers on Itison for their tasting menu as it offers spectacular value.

Kanpai

Assorted Sashimi Salad - Kanpai

My current office for the day job is round the corner from Kanpai and has quickly become a firm favourite. Beautiful sushi and sashimi, amongst other things, can be found here. A calming dining experience.

Best dishes

All the dips at BABA

Baba

Jilani’s milk chocolate chip cookie dough

Milk Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough - Jilani's

Tuna maki at Kanpai

Tuna Maki - Kanpai

Hake at Lovage

Hake - Lovage

Contandino at Contini

Contandino - Contini

Chocolate bombe at the Ivy on the Square

Chocolate Bombe - Ivy on the Square

Popular reviews and photos

Whilst this won’t be strictly accurate, considering not all reviews have been up for very long, the top 5 reviews on the site this year have been:

  1. On Bap (Korean)
  2. Saboteur (Vietnamese)
  3. Pizza Posto (Italian)
  4. New Chapter (Scottish)
  5. No. 1 The Grange (Scottish)

The top 9 photos on the Edinburgh Feasts Instagram account can be seen below:

Instagram Best 9 Photos 2017

Top row: dumplings at the Fringe (George Sq), covfefe at the Fringe (George Sq), Otro
Middle row: Dishoom, BABA, The Refinery
Bottom row: Ishka, 56 North, Saboteur

Lastly, here is an little infographic about Edinburgh Feasts over the past three years.

Edinburgh Feasts Infographic 2015-2017

In 2018, we’ll look to develop some ‘top 5’ lists for additional ease of searching now we have so many reviews. We’ll also be eating at plenty of new places so come back and visit, or subscribe by filling in your email address into the subscribe option in the menu (left hand on desktops and settings icon on mobile).

All the best for 2018 and thanks for supporting Edinburgh Feasts!

Emma