I adore food. All kinds of food. I love cooking it. I love eating it. There is so much you can do with fresh produce and it’s always been fascinating for me to play with different flavours and textures. As much as I love cooking, I love going out to eat, discovering new places and seeing how those in the business are combining new and unique flavours. What most people don’t realise is that Edinburgh is a bit of a foodie haven. Better priced than London, there are a number of Michelin-starred restaurants scattered throughout the city.
Given that I tend to eat out a bit, I thought it might be an idea to put some write ups on here about the new places I discover as I continue to adventure around this incredible city, as well as through my travels. Given my dietary restrictions, this will also be useful for those of you with gluten intolerance (though perhaps not coeliac disease).
Let’s start with one of my local faves and brunch hotspot, Loudons. For someone who refuses to line up, I certainly have made a constant exception to that rule when it comes to brunching at Loudons. I’ve been here 3 times in the last two months and each time I’ve been greeted with not only exceptional service, but also incredible food. Loudons has a range of dairy free, gluten free and vegan options for any one with dietary restrictions, and the staff have always been knowledgeable about the menu.
Best of all, they serve gluten free pancakes which has been my favourite – especially since I don’t have to cook it myself. Even though the menu is extensive with everything a brunching-crowd could want, I have tended to go back to the pancakes. Below is my all time favourite, the strawberry and banana pancakes, but they also do a maple syrup and bacon pancakes which is delicious. They also have a variety of fresh, made-to-order juices available, along with their coffee and tea selection.
Loudons also does a great afternoon tea and have a selections of sweet and savoury options, though I haven’t as yet tried it out. This mid-priced restaurant is definitely worth the 15 minute line-up out the door on the weekends.