The Blue Parrot Cantina

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The Blue Parrot Cantina
49 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AH
  • Telephone 0131 225 2941
  • Food served Fri 5pm–midnight; Sat 3.30pm–midnight. Closed Sun–Thu.
  • Average price £16 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website blueparrotcantina.co.uk
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Charming yet quirky Stockbridge institution offering affordable Mexican favourites in a stripped-back setting.

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Follow the colourful mosaic signs – and your nose – to sniff out the Blue Parrot Cantina. Tucked away down a flight of stairs in Stockbridge, its elusive nature is also reflected in the fact that you can only sample its fine Mexican wares two nights a week. It's worth making the booking. With attentive staff more than happy to guide you towards the best on the menu – and tell you all about what they do the other five days a week – diners are made to feel right at home. If home was actually Mexico, as the spit-and-sawdust cantina feel to Blue Cantina is as authentic as it comes. The chicken and cashew enchilada is a delight. Its mole poblano sauce, a blend of chillis, raisins, almonds, cocoa and cloves, takes a standard dish to another level, while the picadillo beef is both spicy and tender. Be sure to leave room for dessert: the excellent pecan pie with cream will leave such an impression it won't be long until you return.

  • High point: Sauces to die for
  • Low point: Only open two days a week
  • Notable dish: Chicken and cashew enchilada
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs
  • Music on stereo: World music.
  • Capacity: 28
  • Largest group: 28
  • Open since: 1993
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £13.50 per bottle