7 Places to try Spanish food in Edinburgh
Are you a fan of Spanish cuisine? Whether you come from the land of sun, olive oil and jamón or just love Spanish flavours, the capital of Scotland offers a rich variety of restaurants and shops to bring Spain that little bit closer. Here’s our top picks to tickle your taste buds.
(22, Union Place)
This small, family-run restaurant keeps the Spanish spirit alive and is one of the most authentic in town. It serves a mixture of tapas and traditional courses, from stuffed mushrooms to salmorejo (cold tomato
soup) or queso de tetilla (Deep fried creamy tetilla cheese). Don’t forget to leave some space for their great homemade desserts.
(19, Shore Place)
Leith also has its own piece of Spain and Tapa is the perfect example. This restaurant, situated in a converted warehouse, offers a full menu where the highlights are the Iberian meat products and a variety of croquettes, ranging from prawn to blue cheese. A lunch menu is served Tuesday to Saturday between 12pm and 5pm and
contains a selection of 6 classic tapas for two people to share, which costs £15 per couple.
3. Las Delicias
(47, Great Jct St.)
In the same neighbourhood of Leith, we also find Las Delicias, a shop that gives you the opportunity to get all types of traditional Spanish food and a big selection of delicacies including the jewels of the Spanish gourmet ingredients: saffron, smoked paprika and ready-made spice mixes for paella. Rice, pasta and pulses, spices, snacks, biscuits, olive oil, charcuterie etc. And you can also buy online!
(262, Portobello High St.)
Malvarosa is another referent in Edinburgh while talking about Spanish cuisine. In this restaurant, the food enjoys the mixture of organic, Spanish and high-quality products locally sourced where possible to make sure that the real flavours of Spain are delivered at the highest standards. If you like paella, this is the restaurant to visit. There are five options to choose from: mixta, vegetables, seafood, pil-pil or Malvarosa; Chicken with broad beans, green beans, paprika, rosemary, paella rice, and saffron. They also offer a party menu for a min of 4 people with a selection of tapas.
(3, Lochrin Terrace)
This small restaurant located in Tollcross, offers a menu based on Spanish as well as South African courses; from the typical Spanish omelette, Iberian air cured meats or boquerones (pickled anchovy fillets) to interesting options such as Boerewors, pap en sous (South African beef and pork sausage with pap and chakalaka). Wines from these two countries are also available on the drinks menu.
6. Indaba Deli
With the same spirit as the restaurant, Indaba Deli offers a selection of Spanish and South African products. Apart from the shop they also serve breakfast, fresh made bocadillos (sandwiches) boards cheese and air cured meats to sit in or take away. Wine tastings are also highly recommended.
7. The Black Hoof
(171, Dalry Road)
If you are a ham lover, The Black Hoof is your place. In this shop and restaurant located in Dalry Road, you can learn everything related to the Iberico ham. They organise masterclasses where you can taste and experience the finest cured meats in the world.
Remember that, if you want to explore all these flavours in Spain at the same time that you practice the language, The Pack Language Experience offers short stays (5 to 7 nights) in different cities to experience a full Spanish immersion.