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#1 CheeseMonger

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 12:55 AM

My next stop will be in Edinburgh, starting in Mid-June. I've not been, and I want to get the most of my stay there. I'm as excited about this as I've ever been about anywhere. Wikitravel is okay, but I'd love some advice about a good (not too pricey) neighborhood, and things to do. I use airbnb for apartments, unless anyone has a better idea. Thanks for the insight.

 

edited to add: I won't have a car, so easy access by walking or bus appreciated.



#2 splinky

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 02:31 AM

i really like morningside. find something within a couple of blocks of morningside rd and it's a quick bus ride or longish walk to princes street. the neighborhood has restaurants and a cinema as well


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#3 mongo_jones

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 04:55 AM

we'll miss you by a few days again. we arrive in edinburgh on the 4th and then leave for parts northern on the 8th.


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current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

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#4 CheeseMonger

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 09:14 PM

by design, mongo.  :)

 

I've booked an airbnb in Morningside for a month (thanks for the tip, Splinky)- near something called Wild West Morningside. Now the more relevant question- where to eat? 



#5 CheeseMonger

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 02:46 PM

Thought I'd pop in for a bit of an update.  I am staying in Morningside, and I'd highly recommend it- especially if you get off the main road.  I did not, and it's noisy AF. The bus stop is right below my window (convenient!), and the constant noise of vehicles, sirens and late night drunks is making me a bit batty, despite ear plugs.

 

As for food, the one word I have for eating in Edinburgh is.... disappointment. And the more I've spent, the more disappointed I've been. There have been some unexpected bright lights, but I'm pretty sad about the food in general.

 

But I'll start with a highlight. This is a place called Maison Bleue Le Bistrot just down the road. (It's one of a group of 3 local restaurants) They have a good lunch prix fixe, so I got the pea soup and the chicken provencale. The pea soup was a delight- I know this sounds silly, but it really tasted of fresh peas.  Sometime pea soup is mushy and bland, but this was really great. Little bits of firm fresh peas added texture.

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Chicken provencale was quite nice as well, and for 10 quid or so, this was a great deal

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Generous portion of thigh meat, needed a little salt.  I do wish that people would cut it out with the squiggles, but alas.

 

Nice meal, charming space, very nice people, would recommend.

website: https://www.maisonbl...eue-le-bistrot/



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Posted 09 July 2018 - 06:36 PM

we had a just about adequate lunch at a locally lauded place called ting thai caravan. slightly better indian dinner at another lauded place called mother india cafe. better indian food at what is said to be edinburgh's oldest indian restaurant, a curry house named khushi's.


my annoying opinions: whisky, food and occasional cultural commentary

 

current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

facts are meaningless. you could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
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#7 CheeseMonger

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 10:43 PM

we had a just about adequate lunch at a locally lauded place called ting thai caravan. slightly better indian dinner at another lauded place called mother india cafe. better indian food at what is said to be edinburgh's oldest indian restaurant, a curry house named khushi's.

Ting Thai Caravan and Ting Saboteur (on the same block) have been my favorite experiences here. I've been to Saboteur so much that I'm getting a regular customer discount, but that's probably because I really hit it off with the manager, politics wise.  I've had a couple of very bad Indian experiences- including dishoom. 



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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:26 PM

most everything we ate at ting thai was at almost-minnesota levels of sweet.


my annoying opinions: whisky, food and occasional cultural commentary

 

current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

facts are meaningless. you could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
~homer simpson