Food has always played a huge part in my life – I love to eat out and my kitchen is most definitely my favourite room in my house.

New restaurants, bars and cafes open all the time in Edinburgh and 2014 has been no exception. Here is a wee look at what and where I’ve been eating in the city this year…

Tapas!

My favourite restaurant in Edinburgh is without a doubt Tapa.

Best tapas in Edinburgh? YES! Tapa not only offers the most delicious food but it is also the most lovely restaurant environment and a fantastic date or dinner with family/friends venue. The staff are super relaxed yet helpful and are so knowledgeable about the food and will go out of their way to help you out in any way they can.
It is a wee bit out of the way tucked away on a side street near The Shore, Leith. In my opinion this just adds to its charm. Plus I live in Leith so it’s in walking distance from our flat.
Which dishes should you try? Basically you need to visit at least 3 times so you can work your way through the whole menu and find your favourites. Below are just some of the dishes I’ve sampled; from deep fried white bait to black pudding with a friend quail’s egg – delicious!
Tapa, Edinburgh

 If you’d like some tapas in a more central location then I would also recommend Café Andaluz on George Street.

 

Something fancy!

There are so much fine dining restaurants in Edinburgh; from The Kitchin to Martin Wishart. This year I finally got around to visiting the Plumed Horse. Located in a fairly questionable area of Edinburgh, this restaurant is an absolute gem if you have a special occasion coming up, or just money to burn!

The trigger for us visiting was actually because we bought a Groupon voucher. If you ever see these crop up I really recommend you get one.

My photos below speak for themselves. The food is exquisite and the staff treat you with so much respect whilst still maintaing friendly personality.

Plumed Horse, Edinburgh

Below is a beautiful pork belly dish with purple mash!Joe_s_pork_belly_with_purple_mash_at_the_Plumed_Horse__Edinburgh

Burgers!

2014 has definitely been the year of the burger in Edinburgh with the arrival of Burger Meats Bun and Burger.

I’ve eaten at both restaurants quite a few places and they are great and definitely do what they say on the tin.

Why I love BMB – The chilli cheese fries and their specials, such as the venison burger – very tasty!

Why I love Burger – I’m definitely not a veggie but I do like vegetarian food. Burger offer the best meat free burger I’ve ever tasted. This is going to sound very odd but it’s a very meaty patty. They also offer great specials – I recently had the Christmas chicken Katsu burger which came with toppings of chipolatas and stir fried sprouts – amazing!

A quick bite!

If you fancy some tasty bar snacks then head to The Bon Vivant on Thistle Street. It’s a lovely cosy bar (great date venue!) which offers normal size meals but they also offer £2 bites. From pigs in blankets to duck rillette to deep fried brie, these bites are great if you just want something small or just fancy a taste of everything!

Outside Edinburgh!

If you fancy a wee trip out then head to The Papermill in Lasswade. Nestled in a beautiful location on the riverside, this restaurant is wonderfully relaxing for a weekend lunch. They offer a great variety of dishes including a fantastic Sunday roast.

If you head there in the summer then they also have lots of outside seating overlooking the river.

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Something fishy!

Ondine is my favourite seafood restaurant in Edinburgh. It’s a little on the pricey side but worth every penny! It’s located a stones throw from the castle and their lobster thermidor is to die for.

If you fancy somewhere a little more chilled out then pop down to C-Shack in Newhaven for a pot o’mussels.

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Something spicy!

Tuk Tuk in Tollcross have a super fun menu of  authentic Indian street food. The restaurant boasts an incredibly relaxed atmosphere which fits in perfectly with their street food theme. They also have a photo booth by the front door if you fancy taking a quick post dinner snap!

Port of Siam, which is owned by the same people that opened C-Shack, is my favourite Thai restaurant in Edinburgh. Located centrally on Broughton Street, and with their own bar attached, this is easily somewhere you can settle for the evening. The Thai green curry with dumplings is absolutely wonderful!

Phew! Well that’s a quick run down of my favourite places to eat in Edinburgh in 2014. I can’t wait to see what opens up in 2015!

Where have your favourite places been to eat in Edinburgh this year?