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Top 10 Dishes to Try in Edinburgh This Summer

06 June 2016

Fancy a taste of something new? This week we are delighted to welcome Foodinburgh to the This is Edinburgh blog, who will divulge their insider foodie tips on the best dishes to try in the city.

Foodinburgh is a website that helps you discover restaurants, cafes and food experiences around Edinburgh - be sure to follow their Facebook page for competitions and Instagram feed for all their mouthwatering photos. But first, whet your appetite with their top tips on the food you simply must try this summer: 

1. Meat Platter from Frontier

Like a lot of places, Frontier claims to serve authentic American food, but this Bruntsfield institution really is a cut above the rest.  To experience the best of Frontier, go with a big appetite and order their delicious meat platter. This gorgeous dish includes slow cooked beef brisket, cheesy baked mash, pork ribs, pork belly, pork crackling, a charred buttery corn cob, apple sauce, and a jug of gravy. At only £15, it’s fantastic value for money. 

8 Gillespie Place, Edinburgh EH10 4HS (Tel. 0131 228 1145)

2. Marshmallows from The Marshmallow Lady

Marshmallow Lady Foodinburgh

If you want marshmallows in this city, there is only one place you should go. In Edinburgh, we have a shop that is completely dedicated to selling homemade gourmet marshmallows. The Marshmallow Lady offers a wide selection of flavours that will boggle your imagination, including After Eight, key lime pie, and prosecco & rose. Yes, prosecco! Go along and buy some... And then go back and buy some more to take home, because they don't last long!

14 Rodney St, Edinburgh EH7 4EA

3. Pork Gyoza from Harajuku Kitchen

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[Image Credit: Harajuku Kitchen Facebook]

Steaming hot, and salty with soy sauce, a plate of pork gyoza from the Harajuku Kitchen is the ultimate comfort food.  You can get them at their Japanese Bistro in Bruntsfield, or at the Stockbridge Market at the weekend (I prefer them at the Stockbridge Market, because I can eat them outside and make everyone else jealous)!

10 Gillespie Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4HS (Tel. 0131 281 0526)

4. Fish & Chips at The Bridge Inn

Fish And Chips Bridge Inn Foodinburgh

What's nicer than sitting beside a canal on a sunny Scottish afternoon eating a delectable dish of fish and chips?  Not much, which is why you should take a trip out to Ratho and take a seat at The Bridge Inn.  Good food, good drinks, great service, and a lovely canal beside which to enjoy it all. 

27 Baird Rd, Ratho, Edinburgh EH28 8RA (Tel. 0131 333 1320)

5. Hog Roast Roll from Oink

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[Image Credit: Oink Facebook]

They say you only really need to be able to do one thing really well to be successful in life. Well, Oink have nailed their one thing; whole hogs, roasted and served on a traditional Scottish roll with your choice of condiments. It's heaven in a bun. 

Tip - you only get crackling if you ask for it!  Ask. 

34 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JW

6. MacNuggets from Burger Meats Bun

Macnuggets Burger Meats Bun Foodinburgh

Macaroni cheese is having a bit of a revival at the moment. Now known as "mac 'n' cheese" (because that's what our friends across the pond call it), you'll find it on many Edinburgh restaurant menus. 

If you like your mac 'n' cheese encased in breadcrumbs and deep fried (and let's face it, who wouldn't?!) then you should visit Burger Meats Bun and order their 'MacNuggets'.  And what would you wash such a delicacy down with? Irn Bru of course.

1 Forth St, Edinburgh EH1 3JX (Tel. 0131 556 7023)

*PLEASE NOTE* - Since the time of writing, Burger Meats Bun has closed. 

7. Naan Bread from The Guru

While it's not the prettiest restaurant you'll ever sit in in Edinburgh, the food here is absolutely fantastic, as well as many of the local residents will know. If you want to impress your friends and family, order the naan bread which overlaps the table. There are certainly no skimpy portions here!

9 Dundee Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 1DL (Tel. 0131 221 1281)

8. Beer Ice Cream at OX184

Beer Ice Cream OX184 Pork Gyoza

Like beer? Doesn't matter - you don't even have to like beer to love this ice cream!  I ordered it, intrigued by how they could make ice cream taste like beer.  I don't tend to drink beer, but this ice cream was delicious.  It tasted just like the frothy top of a cold one. A must try. Don't share like I did, it's a time to be selfish.

184-186 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JJ (Tel. 0131 226 1645)

9. Fries & Orange Pop BBQ Sauce at Burger

We asked our readers recently about the best fries in Edinburgh, and we discovered that the ones from Burger were among the best in the city.  Dip them into their homemade 'Orange Pop BBQ sauce' for the ultimate chip dip experience. 

Tip - if their blood orange sorbet is on the menu, do not resist. Their sorbets are all homemade, treat yourself.

94a Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QA (Tel. 0131 228 5367)
91-93 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 4SD (Tel. 0131 228 1429)

10. Orkney Fudge Ice Cream at Railbridge Bistro 

The views of the two (soon to be three) bridges can certainly be spectacular, but do you know what's even better?  Enjoying them with an Orkney Fudge ice cream in your hand. Grab one from the Railbridge Bistro in South Queensferry. Take a jacket, as it can get windy - this is Scotland after all!

4 Newhalls Rd, South Queensferry EH30 9TA (Tel. 0131 331 1996)

So we have come to the end of our list, and not a deep fried Mars Bar in sight.  Our culinary travels have taken us around Edinburgh, and nothing mentioned here costs more than £15.

So seen as you've got some cash leftover, you'll want to do something really special...

Dining at The Pass at One Square

Enjoy a fine dining experience in the kitchen of Edinburgh's Sheraton Hotel by Dining at the Pass.

The chef designs a menu for you, either 5 courses (£60) or 7 courses (£80) and you'll enjoy watching him make and present the dishes, right there inside the kitchen.  If you love watching programs like Masterchef and Great British Menu, you'll love this!

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