Homestyle Cooking in Edinburgh Doesn't Get Better than These Restaurants

Edinburgh has some great high end restaurants including a number with Michelin stars which have gained international acclaim in their chosen culinary milieu. Yet, however beautifully crafted and exquisitely prepared their dishes are, sometimes they just do not hit the spot.

Eating is one of the simple pleasures of life and as such it is unsurprising that often it is simple home cooked food that we crave. Home style cooking should not imply a lower standard of cuisine, if anything the skill in preparing traditional well spun recipes to the highest standard is one which cannot be underestimated.

Thankfully there are a number of highly successful restaurants in Edinburgh offering home style dishes from a number of cultures. For classic British home cooking, you cannot get much more traditional and delicious than the wonderful Mums which serves sausages and pies with some of the best mashed potato you are ever likely to taste.

For a more exotic, but equally satisfying meal why not sample the delicious Malaysian street food of Kampong Ah Lee, one of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets, or feast on one of Khushi’s richly spiced curries. Whatever your taste, if you crave the honest pleasure of lovingly prepared home style cooking there is bound to be something on our list for you.



Empires is a wonderfully warm and inviting Turkish caf and bistro located in the heat of Edinburgh's Old Town. It has an authentic bohemian atmosphere with beautiful Turkish rugs, ornate wood carving and some really beautiful lanterns. The...  Read More



Clarinda's Tearoom is a cozy and traditional Victorian style tea room located at the bottom of the Royal Mile close to the Scottish Parliament. Inside the décor is kitsch and charming. China plates and turn of the century style portraits adorn...  Read More



This wonderful family run Korean restaurant is much like its decor - eccentric, but charming and very comfortable. Mrs Kim (described on her menus as mum) prides herself on producing delicious home cooked meals in a homely environment and...  Read More



Teuchter's Landing is a great little pub close to the docks at Leith. The pub is housed in a quaint and attractive stone building that was once the ferry terminal for boats arriving from Aberdeen (Teuchter, pronounced choochter, is a lowland...  Read More



Kampong Ah Lee Malaysian Delight is one of Edinburgh's hidden gems. It is a compact canteen-style restaurant with a low key exterior that could easily be mistaken for a run of the mill Asian takeaway. Instead diners are treated to wonderfully...  Read More



Khushis was the first Indian restaurant to open in Edinburgh. The first incarnation of this restaurant opened its doors in 1947 under the name "Lothian Restaurant", but in 1974 was renamed Khushi's after its flamboyant owner. Since then Khushi's...  Read More



Housed in a beautiful seventeenth century building which was adapted into a bar and restaurant during the eighteenth century, The Doric proudly proclaims itself the oldest gastro-pub in Edinburgh. The interior is simply decorated with warm...  Read More



10 to 10 in Delhi is a great little Indian caf serving home style Indian cuisine. Chef and owner Alieu Badjan has years of experience in some of the best upscale restaurants in Edinburgh, but has eschewed fine dining to turn his prodigious...  Read More



The Dogs is a popular bar and restaurant located in the heart of the New Town. Focusing on Scottish and British ingredients and with a commitment to unfussy, hearty food this laid back eatery has made quite a name for itself. The interior is...  Read More



It was originally called Monster Mash, but the concept remains the same, even if the name has changed to Mums. This is British comfort food, just like mum would make, and that means bangers and mash, macaroni cheese, fish and chips, and...  Read More


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Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

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