Dining Out in Edinburgh, Vegan-style
Having featured Edinburgh on the blog in the past, I thought a round-up post would be great for those who are travelling to the city during the Fringe Festival and have dietary requirements. I’m sure there are even more places if you factor in chain restaurants like Zizzi and Las Iguanas, who cater so well for vegans and vegetarians no matter where you eat in the country.
David Bann, St. Mary’s Street
The Chickpea and Cashew Kofta seem like the top choice for those dining at David Bann in Edinburgh, which feels like a fine dining establishment. With both vegetarian and vegan dishes on the menu, thankfully the prices don’t match the ambience! We featured them on our Festive Weekend round up, and they were definitely our favourite place to eat in the city. We highly recommend you try them out for dinner. You can read more about our visit here.
Novapizza, Howe Street
With pizza, pasta and salads that are available as either vegetarian or vegan, we were suitably impressed with the range of options on offer at Novapizza. The team are Italian, so they know their stuff when it comes to creating fantastic quality authentic grub. They also featured in our festive round up, which is linked to above. Their vegan calzone is a must try!
Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch – Pleasance
BBL is a great little cafe and deli which features lots of vegetarian and vegan options on their extensive menus. As a warning, they also serve up meat if that’s an issue for you.
I was excited to try out their 1/4lb vegan burger, which they make themselves. I added fake bacon to mine as I was very hungry when I visited. The only thing I was disappointed by was the lack of dairy-free cheese, but was told they sometimes do have it available. It was one of the best meatless burgers I’ve had. I felt sorry for Mr. Canny, who was stuck at home looking after Dinky while I was trying out these tasty morsels!
The vegetarian breakfast looked pretty good too, with their own specially created fake sausages the star of the show. I was a little spoilt, considering most of the breakfasts we’ve had of late have featured Linda McCartney bangers. Not to be mean, but the difference between frozen and this is vast. With Missy’s Vegan Cupcakes on sale here, which we previously encountered in Newcastle at a festival, if you fancy something sweet afterwards you’re in for a treat. Such a shame they’re in Edinburgh, but means we’ll have to visit more often!
Hendersons of Edinburgh, Hanover Street
We visited Henderson’s Salad Table restaurant when we were in Edinburgh for the Christmas Market in December. Mr. Canny tried out the vegan Haggis with Neeps and Tatties and, while it clearly wasn’t the most appealing plate of food, he enjoyed it. Serving up vegetarian and vegan cuisine, we ate a reasonably priced lunch here.
What we hadn’t noticed was there’s a wholly vegan bistro just round the corner on Thistle Street that is owned by the same folk. In fact, its when you go downstairs to the toilet you realise the restaurants are connected with a doorway between the two.
I visited without Mr. Canny and tried out Bruschetta topped with sundried tomato hummus (£5.70) as a starter. I was pleasantly surprised how tasty this was, given I have a pathological dislike for hummus usually.
Their Teriyaki Tofu (£12.15) was served with coconut brown rice and a pineapple salsa. As a word of warning, if you’re allergic to ginger it is best to warn in advance as many of the dishes seem to contain it. I have to admit, I found this a little bland and more of the pineapple may have elevated the plate above average.
Dessert was better fare with the best vegan Chocolate & Hazelnut Cake (£5.50) to pass these lips in the last 10 months. I could take or leave the coulis it was served with, although it did help cut through some of the richness.
It was quite an expensive lunch, with a Black Isle Organic Pale Ale bumping up the price up further. The restaurant is definitely worth trying, but I think my experience was coloured by the lacklustre main course. Checking out the menu, next time I will be trying out the Courgette and Squash Zoodle dish.
I hope this mini-guide gives you some inspiration if you’re visiting Edinburgh and worried about where to eat.
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