Edinburgh and Glasgow are both great cities for food and being only an hour apart it’s easy to see why restaurants successful in one city would start up in another.
Bar Soba serves South-East Asian street food, with a great vibe. The bar is a great place to enjoy an evening of both food and drinks because the layout of the restaurant is relaxed, with different areas, without being too casual. There are a few tables around the bar and then more through the back and in a mezzanine area. I’ve only been to the Edinburgh restaurant, so I’m not sure on the layout of the Glasgow one. The menu is a mix of small and large plates and I recommend ordering a few to share amongst the table. Being a bar it’s also a good spot in town to head to just for a drink.
Bread Meats Bread
This has to be my favourite burger place in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. I don’t eat a lot of burgers, but when I do I make it a good one! Bread Meats Bread offers a selection of beef burgers, chicken burgers, veggie burgers, cheese toasties, poutine and a number of sides.
There is so much to choose from, but the Cali Burger has to be one of my personal favourites.
If you’re looking for Thai food, with a fabulous view of Edinburgh, Chaophraya is your place. Although this top floor, city center restaurant serves yummy food, the big draw for me is the view. There’s also plenty of seats, which increases your chances of getting a table, although there’s a limited amount with the great view.
I visited during the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival and shared a selection of classic Thai dishes. I haven’t been to the Glasgow restaurant, but I’ve passed it many times and it’s also in the city center.
Lebowskis is a bar in both the west end of Glasgow and Edinburgh and they focus on burgers. They have a mixed day time menu, but the evenings are all about the burgers. However, what I love most about Lebowskis is the drinks and, in particular, the White Russians, which are practically a meal in themselves!
Lebowskis are famous for their White Russians and their menu is extremely vast. The Karl Hungus is my go to because it tastes like a delicious banana dessert!
Mother India’s Café
If you know me, then you’ll know how big my love for sharing food and different dishes is. Mother India’s Café specializes in Indian tapas style dining, so it’s right up my street. I’ve only been to the Glasgow restaurant, but I loved that the style of eating is so relaxed, but the restaurant itself has a more upmarket feel about it. We visited on a Friday night and soaked up the ambience whilst eating a mixture of delicious dishes – just get one of everything because it’s so good.
Six by Nico
Tasting menus are so expensive, right? Wrong! They don’t have to be, and Six by Nico is a brilliant concept with a very affordable tasting menu. I visited Six by Nico as soon as I found out about the new restaurant and experienced their first menu – The Chippie. It was a brilliant starting menu, but each one has been fantastic, with very strong themes.
After a year of operating in Glasgow, they launched in Edinburgh last month and the food was just as much of a treat there.
Topolabamba started as a way of bringing authentic Mexican street food to Glasgow and it became so popular that we now have one in Edinburgh. Mexican is my favourite cuisine, so pair that with Mexican street food/sharing plates and I’m in heaven. Topolabamba has a great vibe and a menu with lots of choice.
You can’t leave this restaurant without trying one of their passionfruit and coconut margaritas – they’re divine!
This is another Indian sharing plates restaurant; it serves food from the streets of India, in a very colourful setting. I’ve only been to the Edinburgh restaurant, but it’s more casual than Mother India’s Café, with a brightly light room and a bigger dining area. I’ve always enjoyed my meals here and I would definitely recommend the channa puri as one of your dishes.