- Telephone 0131 220 1208
- Opening times Daily noon–4pm & 5–10pm.
- Seasonal times Closed 25 Dec & 1 Jan.
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–4pm, 5–10pm.
- Average price £12 (lunch); £20 (evening meal)
- Website www.thedogsonline.co.uk
This review is taken from the 2013 edition.
Veteran restaurateur David Ramsden launched The Dogs in 2008 to an audience hungry for what he would come up with next. The other spin-offs in what became a mini-empire have come and gone but the original has remained and is still undeniably popular. Its success lies in offering somewhere central, hip and keenly priced with a menu that takes influence from prevailing food trends, including rustic British cooking and the use of offal and inexpensive cuts. At times it feels as if the driving force comes from front of house rather than the kitchen, but there is still some good food to be had. A starter of devilled liver on toast is robust and rich with a punchy cayenne kick. However fish pie is watery rather than creamy and unnecessarily houses courgettes. Wines are competitively priced, and usefully a number are offered by 500ml carafe as well as the glass. Some inconsistencies with the cooking aside, The Dogs offers a stylish dining experience that’s as easy on the wallet as it is on the eye.
- High point: The pared-down-chic dining rooms, bristling with bright young things
- Low point: The rustic cooking is hearty but not always as assured as the ambience
It’s no surprise that The Dogs is the perfect refuge for diners in these austere times. Born amid the credit crunch, its no-frills, back-to-culinary-basics formula is well-honed. Dishes rarely stray above £10, even in the evening. Beyond cost, there’s ample substance to the highly seasonal cooking, making the most of humble ingredients such as offal and vegetables with crafty ways of making things go further. Have a look at the website for details of the current menu.
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- Private dining: None
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions
- Music on stereo: Nothing
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: Sun–Thu: 24; Fri/Sat: 6
- Open since: 2008
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle
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