Eating out at the best of times can be a bit hit or miss. Back in 1884, Mark Twain wrote ‘you pays yer money and take yer choices!’ It still rings true today. I normally like to try somewhere that has been recommended by fellow foodies but even this isn’t a sure-fire success every time.
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The start of the week can be even more difficult to find good food, with many of the best eateries in Edinburgh closing on Mondays. I work in the hospitality industry so this is my day off. I eat out pretty much every Monday, normally for lunch, but when I can fire the kids off to granny I get out for the occasional dinner too. Whether you have a bank holiday Monday off, or like me it’s your regular day off, here are some tried & tested gems in Edinburgh suitable for every pocket.
Open for lunch & dinner on Mondays, serving contemporary Thai cuisine. Dusit is very popular with surrounding office workers for their fabulous value 2-course business lunch @ £13.50. The evening menu is a bit pricier but still delectable Thai cuisine that offers good value for money. Dusit has had a nice wee refurbishment at the start of 2017 and offers a private dining area downstairs for small parties of 10 people.
49A Thistle St, Edinburgh EH2 1DY
0131 220 6846
Specialises in craft beers and ales with a good wine list. Renowned for 3 things beers, burgers & showing sports, this little tucked away gem serves gourmet burgers 7 days a week. It’s simple but done well with a choice of Scottish beef, buffalo or chicken burgers. Kid size burgers are available. My personal favourite is the MOS burger that is served on a brioche bun with Swiss cheese & mushrooms. No. 1 son loves the Smokehouse-pulled pork, smoked for 22 hours by Reekie’s Smokehouse & coleslaw. The Cambridge Bar is a firm family favourite, especially on 6 Nation Rugby days. All food is locally sourced and made in-house. Burgers & sides are also available for takeaway.
20 Young St, Edinburgh EH2 4JB
0131 226 2120
A positive new addition to Edinburgh’s West End serving brasserie style food. Otro 22 is open all day on Mondays. The restaurant is close to Haymarket station for out of towners and has a sensibly priced wine list supplied by L’art Du Vin. Otro 22 caters for large and small tables with various menu choices from bar bites to A La Carte. Choose from Shetland Mussels, Coconut milk, Chilli, Lemongrass & Coriander, 35 Day aged Chargrilled Ribeye with hand cut chips and finish with Lemon Posset, Blueberry Compote & Lavender Shortbread. Open 12pm-10pm 7 Days. Festive menus available also.
22 Coates Cres, Edinburgh EH3 7AF
0131 556 0004
Roy Brett and his team have been serving superlative seafood since 2009. They are masters in their field, serving the best of what the sea has to offer. Expertly cooked with subtle flavours letting the fish shine through. Offering Oyster hour from 5.30pm-6.30pm Monday to Saturday. Long have I enjoyed the Roasted Shellfish Platter cooked in White Wine, Lemon & Parsley Broth. It is £65 but can feed 2/3 people, add a side of hand cut chips & a bottle of fizz & I’m in birthday heaven. Very popular with the Faculty of Advocates across the road so always best to book. Open lunch & dinner Monday- Saturday.
2 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD
0131 226 1888
Other eating establishments worth a note for Monday munchers are Miro Cantina in Rose St just for the enormous & tasty nachos dishes alone, Wee Bhudda in Jamaica St for their gyozas, salt & spicy squid & buddha curry. The Ivy on the Square is fine and dandy for a treat with the lemon sole being a highlight and they offer Ruinart by the glass which is always favourable in my book! Last but not least, although not in Edinburgh the Ox & Finch in Glasgow is fabulous if you fancy going further afield. Happily, from November Edinburgers won’t have to go that far with their sister restaurant Baba opening in George St.
In 2018 there are 53 Mondays, something that’s not happened since 2012, I can’t wait to find more Monday eatery treasures. Watch this space!