Bruntsfield is a wonderful part of town, away from the tourist bustle of the city centre, it has its own thriving community and is chock full of great independent shops and things to do. The food scene is also one of the best in Edinburgh, ranging from wee cosy pubs to brilliant cafes and belly­busting bistros, Bruntsfield is the perfect area to get your teeth into something that’s a little bit off the beaten track.

Here are five favourites from The Edinburgh Food Blogger Emma is obsessed with uncovering the hidden gems of Edinburgh and spends her weekends checking out the latest restaurant openings or getting some fresh air in Holyrood Park (depending on the weather!).

The Blackbird

The Black BirdThis cosy wee pub gets busy very quickly on Friday and Saturday nights, but pop in when it’s a bit quieter to enjoy their laid back and varied all­ day menu. From light bites to bigger hot dishes, there’s something for every appetite on offer. I particularly love their baguettes, which are served with a generous helping of chunky chips and are a step above what you normally find in your run-­of­the-­mill deli! Pair with one of their famous cocktails for the perfect midday pick-­me-up.

37­39 Leven Street, EH3 9LH

Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuk

It’s an Indian restaurant ­ but not as you know it. This popular BYOB joint offers great Indian food in a tapas dining style, making it a great place to share lots of little tasty dishes with friends. Be wary though ­ the menu says to order 3/­4 dishes per person, but order 3 maximum at first and see how you go. Over ­ordering is very easy here! But whatever you do, be sure to save some room for the saag paneer ­ it’s one of the best dishes on the menu that gives you a real taste of India.

1 Leven Street, EH3 9NB



Montpeliers is an Edinburgh institution, and it’s easy to see why. This is another one of those places that is good for any time of day, whether you’re after a tasty brunch, a satisfying dinner or somewhere to meet for drinks in the evening, ­ Montpeliers does it all. Being incredibly popular with locals, it’s advisable to book a table ahead, especially at the busy times. I particularly love their breakfasts, “The Monty” Scottish fry­-up is a great way to start the day, or if you’re feeling particularly brave, try tackling their famous “Full Monty” for a brunch with all the trimmings!

159-­161 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG



Henricks is another great bar in Bruntsfield that has a pretty solid food menu and a fine cocktail offering. Their pre-­theatre menu is unarguably good value, with two courses for a set price. Be sure to try their haggis bon­bons, which are a great starter if you haven’t tried this Scottish speciality before. They are a fantastic twist on one of our country’s most famous dishes, and come with a deliciously moreish whisky marmalade.

1­3 Barclay Place, EH10 4HW



From the folks who brought you Mums, the famous sausage and mash specialists in the Old Town, comes this All-­American treat. Frontier is firmly focused on food from the USA, inspired by the owner’s travels around North America. So, of course, you’ll find burgers, mac ‘n’ cheese and hot dogs on the menu, but the real star of the show is the beautiful citrus steamed catfish, which comes with a helping of skinny fries and green salsa. It comes to your table still in its steam pouch, so take a second as you unwrap it to savour the beautiful aromas that escape from inside. If you have room afterwards, indulge yourself to a slice of their American pie of the day, a sweet and robust end to the meal which will never disappoint.

8 Gillespie Place, EH10 4HS

If you fancy visiting Edinburgh and staying in Brunsfield our Merchiston Residence apartments are perfect for exploring the area and having a foodie adventure.