DINING out in Edinburgh can pose quite the quandary.
With more restaurants per head of population than anywhere else in the UK, finding the perfect eatery can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.
Do you take a gamble and try something completely new, or simply play it safe with an old favourite?
Well don’t despair, as the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival is back for a second year to try to help diners broaden their culinary horizons – and all without breaking the bank.
More than 30 of the Capital’s most-loved restaurants are taking part in the festival by offering three-course lunches for £15 and three-course dinners for just £25, giving the perfect opportunity to try something new.
From city favourites, Contini Cannonball, Kyloe, Cucina and Fisher’s in the City to recently launched No.8 Lister Square and Acanthus, there is something for every culinary palate.
Even bigger than last year’s event, the festival boats a host of events, ranging from a spectacular “chef’s table” event to pizza-making for kids.
“Edinburgh’s reputation for food and drink is second to none, from Michelin star establishments, to pop-up dining and high-end street food,” says John Donnelly, Chief Executive of Marketing Edinburgh, one of the organisations behind the festival.
“The Edinburgh Restaurant Festival gives us an opportunity to go to town and celebrate this variety and diversity, as well as showcasing the quality experiences on offer. With more restaurants per head of population than anywhere else in the UK, there is a lot to choose from, so the carefully curated event programme and affordable set menus give foodies a chance to sample the wares of a whole host of top restaurants, while meeting some of the people and chefs working hard behind the scenes.”
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EDINBURGH
Grassmarket Fun Foodie Day, Saturday, October 10, Grassmarket
Fun for all the family, from pizza-making and crêpe art to watching the inaugural Greater Grassmarket Waiters’ Race.
Movies & Shakers, October 13, 6.30pm, The Forth Floor Restaurant at Harvey Nichols, St Andrew Square
Film buffs are in for a treat as Harvey Nichols is hosting a micro cinema in its Forth Floor Restaurant for one night only. After a two-course meal, guests will enjoy a sweet accompaniment to the movie, along with two movie inspired cocktails each.
IJ Mellis Cheese Tasting at Creative Cookware, October 15, 6.45pm for 7pm, Creative Cookware, Rose Street
Celebrate Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink while nibbling on some cheeses, having a glass of wine and perusing their wide variety of cookware.
Fallen Brewery Craft Beer and Food Matching Dinner, October 15, 7pm, Gait Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen, Canongate
Brush up on your beer knowledge and learn to perfectly compliment your food with craft beer from Fallen Brewery.
The History of the Cocktail, October 15, 7.30pm, Las Iguanas, George Street
Join the master bartenders at Las Iguanas as they take you through the history of their cocktails; stopping along the way to sample their Latin twists on age-old classics. Includes four cocktails per person as well asand a selection of tapas.
Edinburgh Street Feastivalcorr, October 16-18, St Andrew Sq
Not to be missed, this exciting pop-up experience will see a carefully hand-picked selection of local restaurants apply their culinary style and skills to present street food-style dishes. While tucking into something tasty, all for just £5 per dish, guests can soak up the atmosphere, all set to an eclectic soundtrack delivered by some of the finest local DJs, from laid back soul and jazz to disco and house.
Eat Walk Edinburgh, October 8-17 (exc 11), Ivy Terrace
A foodie journey around Edinburgh sampling dishes from some of the best restaurants in the city.
For a full list of events, offers and participating restaurants, visit www.thisisedinburgh.com/edinburghrestaurantfestival.