29 Haddington Place, Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH7 4AG
  • Telephone 0131 652 3880
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8am–4pm; Sat 9am–4.30pm. Closed Sun.
  • Average price £8 (lunch)
  • Email
  • Website www.embo-deli.com
Eating & Drinking Guide

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Up a short flight of stairs at the New Town end of Leith Walk, well-established Embo has been feeding hungry locals, office workers and commuters for over 15 years now. Its single-room space is a little rough at the edges, especially compared to some of the newer kids on the block, but it’s brimming with character and exudes a warm welcome and community spirit, with chunky stools and quirky wooden tables, a life-sized robot, fish tank, vases of flowers and a rotating selection of interesting art from local artists. The blackboard menu features veggie-friendly wraps, rolls and salads, as well as build-your-own options, and a changing list of specials, such as soups (ginger and coconut, chili squash, bacon and lentil) and mains (Vietnamese beef noodles) offering big flavours and substantial sustenance at affordable prices. Even a first visit here feels like a homecoming, which makes you want to return again and again.

  • High point: A well-established local Leith cafe full of character
  • Low point: Starting to feel a little rough round the edges
  • Notable dish: Chorizo and halloumi salad or Felafel wrap
  • Delivery: Free delivery to meetings, business lunches, local businesses etc. for orders over £20.
  • Private dining: 6-8 seats outdoors
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Jazzy funky mix
  • Capacity: 18
  • Largest group: 18
  • Open since: 1999

Comments & ratings

2. Sean Tierney11 Jul 2011, 10:23am5 stars Embo Report

My favourite café in Edinburgh. Tasty food, friendly service, good menu and excellent value for money.

1. JT29 Mar 2010, 10:20am5 stars Embo Report

This is one of the best cafés in Edinburgh. The food is delicious, the service is brilliant and the prices are very reasonable. I only wish the place was slightly bigger!

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