- 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 current (2014) edition.
The Dogs on its original, first-floor location on Hanover Street has been a reliable friend to Edinburgh’s budget lunchers and diners for half-a-dozen years now. Inside feels like a dog’s domain: a relaxed living room, adorned with a décor of poodles, Scotties, bulldogs and greyhounds, with stone pooches guarding the clubby vestibule. The menu’s great British dishes do indeed ‘comfort and excite’ as billed, whether a small, yapping Scottish smoked trout salad, or a growling devilled ox liver and gravy on toast. Mains and desserts can be equally butch – think Barnsley chops, braised oxtails, stargazy pie, toffee Eton mess – or you can even chase a rabbit with black beer sauce. Every dish is cooked with skill and precision, except perhaps the kedgeree, which is disobediently bland. But The Dogs still wins a ‘best of breed’ big pink rosette, thanks to its mix of generosity and good, simple food at reasonable prices. So if The Dogs at times runs off the lead or strays, you want to forgive it, staying a Dog-lover, and leaving with your tail wagging.
- High point: If you like its style, it's the dog’s bolognaise
- Low point: Front room perkier than the back room
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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