Tapas, mezze, small plates… We love sharing food when we’re out, it gives us the opportunity to taste lots of dishes at once plus it’s a nice way to dine with friends and family. Here are our ten favourite places to share food in Edinburgh.
Yeni Meze Bar
Yeni Restaurant is a mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes served as they are ready. Located on Hanover Street it’s central for all the bars on George Street.
We love the Humus Kavurma and Tzatziki.
Wahaca has an excellent range of street food which is perfect sharing. It’s also in a central location just off St Andrews Square so perfect after a day of shopping or sightseeing.
We love the Guacamole, Baja MSC Cod Tacos and Pork Pibil Tacos.
Street food dishes are mostly £4-£5 so you can afford to order plenty without accumulating a big bill.
Mother India’s Cafe
Mother India’s Cafe serves tapas, Indian style. A range of authentic small dishes ranging from £4-£6 make up this good value menu.
We love the Chicken Tikka Makhni, Spiced Haddock, and Chicken Achari.
No list of sharing food is complete without Spanish tapas and Cafe Andaluz on George Street serves the best I’ve tasted in Edinburgh.
We love the Quesa De Cabra Al Horno (grilled goats cheese with seville orange and chilli marmalade), Carrillada De Credo (pork cheeks, chickpeas and thyme braised in red wine and served in a chilli, smoked paprika and honey glaze), and Pollo Rebozado Con Miel (chicken in a crisp batter coated with Spanish honey & grain mustard).
52 Canoes Tiki Den is first and foremost a cocktail and rum bar. If you fancy a skittles flavoured cocktail or a Koko Kanu, 52 Canoes is the place to go. Of course it also has a decent menu with which to line your stomach first. We love the sharing platter which is full of tasty homemade morsels to enjoy with those drinks.
Pomegranate serves Middle Eastern street food in Edinburgh. Located near to the Edinburgh Playhouse, it’s perfect for a pre or post theatre dinner. They also do a good set lunch deal.
We love the Baly Merishke (lemon scented chicken wings), the Chicken Shawarma Wraps, and the Hummus.
Tuk Tuk pays homage to the steet food vendors of India, even the decor aims to create the feel of being on the streets of India.
The menu is made up of tapas sized dishes ranging from £4-£6. We love the Ginger Garlic Chicken, Tandoori Lamb Chops, and Chicken Lollipops. Portions are on the smaller side so you’ll need to order quite a few to ensure you leave feeling full.
El Cartel offers up authentic Mexican street food with a hip hop playlist. Food arrives when it’s ready and washed down with Margaritas and Mezcal.
We love ALL the Tacos, the Drunken Refried Beans and the Chicken Wings.
Tacos are £6.50 which is more expensive than other street food around the city, however, the quality is excellent.
Harajuku Kitchen serves authentic Japanese cuisine close to the King’s Theatre. They’ve just won best Japanese restaurant in Britain, no mean feat when you’re against the London competition. Japanese is perfect for sharing, we love the Pork Gyoza, Karaage Chicken and Pork Rafute. For dessert, try the Coconut Mochi if they have them.
The Rollo menu is made of nibbles, bowls and plates which you can make mix and match to create a meal of your choice. Individual dishes can be a little more expensive, but the cookery is excellent and well worth paying a little more for.
We recommend the Slow Cooked Pork and the Blood Orange and Beetroot Salad