The BBC2 programme ‘Remarkable Places to Eat’ was in Edinburgh recently. Presenters Fred Sirieix and Chef Tom Kerridge visited a few of the city’s great places for food. The Fishmarket at Newhaven was one of the places visited by the pair and a few weeks ago I went to try it out myself.
The fish, which was all cooked to order, tasted as fresh as could be with a light and crispy batter and the chips and mushy peas were very satisfying. The only slight disappointment was having to wait an hour and a half in the queue, although the service at the counter was very good. Even having to eat the fish supper in the rain looking across to lighthouse at Newhaven harbour did little to detract from the enjoyment the experience.
Recently, I’ve been doing a bit of research myself for remarkable new places to eat in my local Edinburgh area and have discovered a number of places that are offering amazing food and service – the two factors I feel are most important for any eatery. So here’s a few places I’d recommend trying before word gets out and the queue grows!
Razzo Pizza Napoletana: Great Junction Street
This is a gem of a place on Great Junction Street. The place has a trendy yet relaxed décor with a few tables and some high stools to sit at the bench along the wall. It’s great to be able to see right into the clean and busy food prep area and the impressive pizza oven. I had the artichoke pizza which also had tomato, ham, mushrooms and olives, all of which tasted great. The pizza base was one of the best I’ve had and for £8 it was amazing value for money! In addition, the staff were attentive and really friendly. This place only opened a few months ago so get there before the crowds gather!
Razzo Pizza Napoletana, 59 Great Junction Street EH6 5HX
Kukina: 235 Leith Walk
The menu is based around the Turkish pancake gȍzleme. You may even see these being made in the window as you pass on the street. You can choose from a selection of fillings as well as a variety of mezes. The menu is fairly limited, but there is still plenty to choose from for both meat and non-meat eaters, and there are plans to extend the options in the near future. I had the Gȍzleme Meal which meant I could choose the filling for my gȍzleme as well as 2 meze’s with bread. The Kukina Classic, which is only available after 5pm, provides a variety of Turkish treats including Feta Bȍrek, Kofte, Falafel, Sucuk (Turkish sausage) and Stuffed Vine Leaves. It’s a treat for your taste buds and having such a variety in your diet is great for your gut microbiome! The huge potted olive tree inside the restaurant, the cosy, stylish décor and the friendly service made it a very enjoyable experience. Even with all the restaurant choices in Edinburgh, this is one I’ll be returning to.
Kukina, 235 Leith Walk, EH6 8NY
It’s All Good: 127 Easter Road
If you’re looking for healthy food; a relaxed, clean environment and a friendly welcome when you walk in the door, then this is the place. It’s a great place for brunch, lunch, or a decent cup of coffee and cake. It’s clear that the owner and staff care about making everyone feel welcome and providing nutritious, good quality and tasty food at very reasonable prices. With 16 different salads to choose from and a selection of tasty menu options including Vegan Red Thai Curry, Eggs California or a Bacon Sandwich, you’ll leave this place with a happy tummy and a smile on your face. It really is all good!
It’s All Good, 127 Easter Road, EH7 5PP
Photo: It's All Good's selection of salads
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