Edinburgh restaurant Seadogs a welcome addition to the city

Edinburgh restaurant Seadogs a welcome addition to the city

It’s in a workaday venue on scruffy Rose Street, but that’s just the way rogue-turned-buccaneer David Ramsden likes it. As The Dogs takes to the ocean wave, Claire Ritchie stepped aboard

David Ramsden continues to refine and expand his innovative and much imitated style around central Edinburgh, with Seadogs the latest addition to his burgeoning restaurant empire. The trademark mismatched old furniture and crockery are here, contrasting nicely with the sharp white walls, red plastic water jugs and sporadic doggy motifs. The menu also features many of the original Dogs ideas – dishes for sharing, revitalised old faves and hearty seasonal grub at low, low prices. A starter of smoked mackerel arrives warm, and served on toast with a peppery rhubarb jam – an interesting combination that really works. Classic fish’n’chips come in many styles: choose from coley, trout, plaice or whitebait, coated in either beer batter or oats, and served with classic mushy peas and delightful home-made tartare sauce. Many dishes can be served for one, two, or even four people – paella, fish pie and a whole baked bream being a selection of these. Puddings are hearty affairs, from a traditional rice pudding with jam to a giant treacle sponge for two with the obligatory home-made custard alongside. Just like mum used to make.

+ Great tasting food at knockdown prices
– The persistent ping of the service hatch

43 Rose Street, City Centre, Edinburgh, 0131 225 8028, www.seadogsonline.co.uk

Mon-Sun noon–4pm; 5–10pm. Ave. price two-course meal £10 (lunch) / £14 (dinner)