- Telephone 0131 667 8200
- Food served Mon–Sat 10am–10pm. Closed Sun.
- Average price £5.99 (set lunch); £15.50 (evening meal)
Nile Valley has remained almost completely unchanged for years. The posters wallpapering the stairs down to the dingy basement dining area rotate, advertising new club nights and student drama productions. It’s a Sudanese restaurant, with popular Middle Eastern fillings: balls of lightly spiced falafel, thickly sliced char-grilled aubergine, hummus and feta are expertly rolled in khobz for some of the best wraps in town, which have lecturers and students from the nearby university queuing up and ordering their long-time favourites. The à la carte menu comes into its own after the lunchtime rush, and takes influence from across North Africa with ingredients such as molokhia in spicy tomato sauce, ful (fava beans) and bamia (okra). While the menu emphasises the vegetable side of a dish lamb or chicken feature as accompanying meats, though a small section gives fish the starring role. A somewhat dry baklava tops the small pudding list. Individual prices are higher than you might expect from the somewhat scruffy aspect of the place, but there are inexplicably cheap set menu deals which negate these.
- High point: A cheap, filling, reliably good lunch
- Low point: Service is quick, but not always cheerful
- Private dining: Up to 40 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs
- Music on stereo: Pop
- Capacity: 50
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 1996
- BYOB: Free corkage