I recently spent a few days in Edinburgh for the Fringe fetival- which was awesome!!
Acts to look out for include poet/singer Lucy Ayrton, comedians John Kearns, Matt Rees, Chris Turner, Matt Parker (stand up mathematician), Steve Mould, Helen Arney and a guy called Tom, an amazing piece of physical theatre called Leo where a man performed in a room and was projected onto a screen at a 90′ angle- hard to explain but very impressive and entertaining.
Hendersons, Hanover Stree/Thistle Street
Official Website: http://www.hendersonsofedinburgh.co.uk
Hendersons have a canteen-style restaurant, a deli and a bistro- all vegetarian. This time, we chose to eat in the bistro when I was starving after spending most of the day in shows.
R went for a light meal of spiced lentil and tomato soup with lots of bread and bean pate.
I had the bean burger.
The soup was very hot when it came but tasted good with a nice amount of spice and a big bowl! The pate was chunky but I thought it worked well and it was tasty and clearly made in house.
The bean burger, served in a bun with salad, slaw, guacamole and salsa was lovely and very filling!! The guacamole was great too- very smooth and creamy with plenty of flavour.
I couldn’t resist having a big slice of the vegan chocolate cake for pudding which was amazing!!! It had lots of gooey chocolate ganache , moist sponge and nuts and was served with soya cream.
Last time we very much enjoyed the Haggis, neeps and tatties from the Restaurant and there’s plenty left on the menu to try next time as well as vegan goodies in the deli!!!
David Bann, St Mary’s Street
Official Website: http://www.davidbann.com/
David Bann is a gourmet style restaurant which I like very much. I have heard it criticised for its lack of choice for vegans, but I think there’s plenty!
We started with some lovely plump green olives, bread and basil oil for dipping.
R had something that involved smoked cheese so I didn’t pay much attention but I went for aubergine, cashew and chick pea koftas which were lovely. They were served with rice and some nice pineapple which was a bit different but worked well. The Koftas had a great texture and the sauce had a good amount of spice. Very tasty.
I then went on to have the vegan dessert- orange segment jelly on lemon cake with coconut rum sorbet. The sorbet was great but I found the jelly a bit strange. It had a very firm texture and the lemon cake, which was lovely, was about an inch thick with 4-5 inches of jelly. I guess it’s just not what I’m used to but it was pleasant enough. They also do vegan chocolate ice cream.
The atmosphere in David Bann is lovely and it’s quite big so we had no trouble getting a table during the no-reservation festival time. I would recommend it for anyone after a special meal while in Edinburgh.
We managed to have plenty of other nice food like falafel wraps, soup and gnocchi in non-vegetarian places.
I really love Edinburgh. Don’t miss out on a walk up Salisbury Crags/Arthur’s seat!