Holding two fingers up to the fine-dining, black-tie-only type of restaurants, Tuk Tuk is a charming venue that perfectly embodies what casual-dining is all about. Named after the cute taxi cabs in India, the bright venue serves small plates of Indian street food, all cooked using traditional recipes and fresh ingredients. Whether you're tucking into some fiery sheesh kebabs, enjoying a Rogan Josh curry or snacking on some moreish pakoras, this restaurant will leave you well-fed and with a pleasant taste lingering in your mouth.
Best Restaurants in Edinburgh
Armed with the freshest ingredients in the whole of the UK and with access to incredible cuts of Scottish game, Edinburgh has always been a foodie paradise. Add into the fold the city's love of different cultures and eye for creation, and you can see why Edinburgh is home to a vast array of restaurants, all serving dishes from every corner of the globe. Whether you're looking for a traditional meal, would rather enjoy fiery flavours from Asia or are just looking to try something new, this city has it all. Here are our recommendations for the very best restaurant in Edinburgh.
If you're looking for an intimate dining experience, Ting Thai Caravan is the restaurant in Edinburgh for you. Based across the road from the iconic McEwann Hall, the Thai street food served by the kitchen recreates the heat and bustle of Asia in the centre of Edinburgh, while the bare-bones, simple decor creates an easy-going vibe inside. It's a firm favourite of ours and won't disappoint.
Joined at the hip to an opulent hotel, Tigerlily is a restaurant-bar that stands at the top of Edinburgh's nightlife ladder, combining stunning plates of food with inventive cocktails. Complete with bold, colourful decor and a vibrant buzz, its chefs make use of fresh seasonal ingredients to create dishes that explore a number of different culinary traditions.
Ideal if your date is a big whisky fan, Whisky Rooms couples traditional Scottish dishes with traditional Scotch whisky. The expert chefs pulling the strings at this central Edinburgh venue have curated a menu that both matches and complements the restaurant's impressive whisky collection. Pairing each dish with a particular single malt, there are few better restaurants in Edinburgh that celebrate Scottish tradition quite like Whisky Rooms.
As Edinburgh's oldest Indian restaurant, Khushi's has been serving the city's foodies dishes that offer just a slight taste of the heat and bustle of India's bustling streets. From tandoori meats to belly-warming Punjabi curries, the team of chefs have added their own twist to a number of signature recipes. Fresh and authentic, a mantra that Khushi's nails.
The Outsider is a famous in Edinburgh for offering a fine-dining experience without the outrageous price tag. Based on the every-bustling George IV Bridge, the venue's suave decor works in tandem with the menu of fresh flavours and traditional recipes to fill every guest with a feeling of sophistication. Charming and relaxed, it's easily one of our favourite spots in Edinburgh.
Number One has cemented itself in Edinburgh's long culinary history, having held a Michelin star for the last 14 years. Head chef Jeff Bland has made a name for himself by taking traditional flavour combinations and completely flipping them on their heads. Based inside the world-famous Balmoral Hotel, the charm, style and incredible flavours firmly places Number One at the top of Edinburgh's culinary circle.
This charming Italian restaurant has made its way to Scotland, bringing the same sense of fresh cooking and authentic tastes. Expect 11 types of pasta alongside fresh pizza dough, with dressings, sauces and dolci prepared daily on site.