Dusit provides a modern take on traditional Thai cuisine using local produce combined with exotic spices imported from Thailand. Many dishes have been given whimsical nicknames, such as "run-away fish" for the Thai staple Tod Mun Pla (fishcake) and "lovely lady" for teriyaki prawns, but there is no doubt that the chefs take their jobs very seriously, as they consistently serve food of the highest quality. The decor is minimalist with crisp white linen complimenting black wooden tables and some beautifully understated Thai art, including a wonderfully serene Buddha. However, the dining area is small and places are in high demand so booking in advance is advisable.
Recommended for Late Night because: Open until 11pm, Dusit serves great Thai food well into the night.
Simon's expert tip: Check out the Floating Market Menu with the chef's specialties including wonderful platters of starters to share.
Yocoko is a warm and bustling noodle bar situated in the heart of Newington. The décor is fairly minimalist, but the atmosphere is always lively. They specialize in dishes based on the four main types of Japanese noodle: thick and slippery udon noodles; egg and wheat ramen noodles; thin rice vermicelli noodles; and broad rice flour hofun noodles. However, they also have an extensive range of rice dishes and some great teriyaki options. The portions are generous, the food tasty and the bill remarkably reasonable, so it is no surprise that this great little restaurant is popular with students, tourists, festival goers and late night revelers.
Recommended for Late Night because: Yocoko is very popular with late night revelers looking for a tasty snack or a more substantial meal.
Simon's expert tip: If you can forego the delights of their noodles their Malaysian curry (Kari Ayam) is wonderfully rich and satisfying.
The City Restaurant is something of an Edinburgh institution. Somewhere between an American diner and a traditional Italian chip shop the City Restaurant has been serving a wide menu of classic "greasy spoon" style food to Edinburgh patrons for decades. Rich red leather booths line the walls which are decorated with some fascinating black and white pictures of Edinburgh. Whether you want classic fish and chips, grilled steak, or some tasty pizza or pasta you will not be disappointed. At the bar you can view their extensive range of ice cream and desserts. This may not be haute cuisine but you are guaranteed a warm welcome and tasty, well prepared comfort food. Perfectly situated not far from the Festival Theatre, close to the University and Festival venues it is a very popular eatery.
Recommended for Late Night because: The City Restaurant is a great fish and chip shop which serves tasty comfort food into the wee hours of the morning.
Simon's expert tip: If you are brave enough try their artery hardening but evilly delicious deep fried pizza.
You'll find this popular Indian restaurant on Lothian Road which makes it ideal if you are seeing a show at the Usher Hall or starting a night on the town. It offers a pretty extensive menu that boasts a range of regional favorites. It's a comfortable restaurant with excellent service and it frequently runs special promotions so check out the website before you visit. The exposed brickwork and dark wood furniture decor feels warm and welcoming and the menu boasts a few unusual entries. You'll find some tasty seafood and a good range of vegetarian options here. Kama Sutra also offer catering services for various events.
Recommended for Late Night because: Open until midnight on Friday and Saturday, Kama Sutra is just the thing if you fancy a late night curry.
Simon's expert tip: If you are fan of cocktails then Kama Sutra is the place for you, they have an extensive drinks menu.
Located in a beautiful Georgian building in George Street, the heart of the city center, the Living Room is effortlessly chic and sophisticated. The cream leather booths and polished wooden floor are perfectly complimented by simple uncluttered table settings and muted lighting. In the bar area there is a white grand piano and a spectacular brass chandelier. There is also a comfortable lounge area which is perfect for indulging in a little coffee and cake. The menu in the main dining area is eclectic with Asian, Italian, French and British influences, so there will be something to suit every palate. They also have a tempting bar menu featuring some top quality nibbles and a comprehensive wine and cocktail list.
Recommended for Late Night because: Open until late, with sophisticated food and drink on offer, the Living Room is a great place for a relaxed soirée with friends.
Simon's expert tip: The sharing board of desserts is a triumph for pudding lovers.
This newcomer to the Edinburgh restaurant scene is quickly gathering fans and proving that you don't need to trek all the way into the center of town for a good night out. Although it looks deceptively like a chain restaurant from the outside the interior is chic, relaxed and comfortable. Rich red and orange tones accent the dark furnishings and picture windows offer stunning views of the south of Edinburgh. A wide menu includes some wonderful South Indian fare, as well as a tempting tapas style bar menu. They have a few western favorites on the menus for those with less adventurous tastes and a number of Scottish – Indian fusion dishes which are worth a look.
Recommended for Late Night because: For late dining outside the city center the Spice Lounge Kitchen is the perfect choice.
Simon's expert tip: Fusion dishes can be a little scary but their Penne Punjabi Pasta is a real delight.
Kebab Mahal is an extremely popular Indian takeaway restaurant located in the heart of the Old Town close to the University. This family run business has been serving curries, kebabs and pizzas to hungry patrons for over thirty years and has gained quite a reputation in that time. Open until midnight from Sunday to Thursday and until 2am on Friday and Saturday, it is a great place to fill up on something nice and spicy after many other restaurants have closed their doors. The decor is spartan, to say the least, but the atmosphere is as warm as the curries are spicy. They may not win any awards for presentation, but if you are looking for warm and filling food late at night they are hard to beat.
Recommended for Late Night because: Kebab Mahal serves delicious spicy food well into the early hours
Simon's expert tip: They only serve pizza, kebabs and starters between midnight and 2am, so aim to be there just before the witching hour if you have a hankering for curry.
Giulianos Italian Restaurant has a great city center location, at the top of Leith Walk across the road from The Playhouse. It is a classic Scottish-Italian restaurant with an impressively large menu including all of the usual favorites (as well as a few surprises) and a good selection of ice creams and sundaes . The interior is fresh and clean, with a large dining area decorated with pictures of Italy. The waiters, wearing tartan waistcoats, are friendly and flirtatious and the atmosphere can be quite raucous at times. They have a good pre-theater menu, and are very welcoming to children, but it is later in the night that this restaurant really comes into its own.
Recommended for Late Night because: Giulianos serves tasty Italian food and delicious sunadaes until 1am every morning
Simon's expert tip: The Coppa Giuliano with brandy, creme de menthe and grenadine is a delicious and very alcoholic ice cream sundae very popular with ladies on a hen-do
The Central Takeaway has been serving delicious, fried food to hungry revelers for decades. For many, a stop at the Central after a night of drinking or clubbing is an integral part of any good night out with friends. Open until 2am Sunday to Thursday and 3 am Friday and Saturday, Central is the perfect place to grab a bite long after every other takeaway has closed its doors - and they will even deliver to your home for a small extra charge. Central is a traditional chip shop, serving a wide array of fried goods, but they also serve decent burgers, pizzas and kebabs as well as a selection of crisps and sweets.
Recommended for Late Night because: Central Takeaway is the best late night chip shop in Edinburgh
Simon's expert tip: You can get the infamous deep fried mars bar here - but we wouldn't advise it!
Edinburgh has many Italian restaurants, but Civerinos offers something a little different. Situated beside the Royal Mile in the heart of the Old Town is has a great location. The interior is chic and understated with long wooden benches lit by large brass bell lanterns, and the plates are made of paper. The menu offers Italian street food, and striped of any pretension and flourish the food is delicious. Crispy tempura, sour dough pizza and mix and match pasta sit alongside light salads and hand cut fries. There is only two dessert options (and one of them is a sweet calzone which may not be to everyone's taste) but the main courses are so good you will not feel like complaining.
Recommended for Late Night because: Civerinos serves delicious Italian street food until 1am every morning.
Simon's expert tip: The pizza is great, but the zuchini tempura is probably the most popular dish on the menu