- Telephone 0131 332 3322
- Seasonal times Opens at 1pm during the Edinburgh Festival
- Food served Sun–Fri 3–10pm; Sat 1–10pm.
- Average price £9.90 (set lunch); £15 (evening meal)
- Website www.saborcriollo.co.uk
Colourful basement cantina serving Venezuelan and Mexican home cooking.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Hidden away in a Stockbridge basement, this colourful little restaurant recreates the relaxed vibe of a Latin American cantina with salsa on the stereo and a cheerfully informal atmosphere. Despite its location in one of the most well-heeled parts of the city, the food is very reasonably priced, with most mains under £11. The menu is made up of the type of Mexican and Venezuelan dishes that people would cook at home, such as pabellón crillo, a slow-cooked beef stew with richly flavoured black beans. All the Mexican favourites are here such as enchiladas and fajitas, the latter arriving sizzling hot to the table, the meat lifted by a spice coating. Starters go beyond the ubiquitous nachos, with homemade croquettes (chicken or cod) and street tacos made with black/blue corn and topped with piquant sauces. The dessert list looks like a bit of an afterthought, with chocolate fudge cake or a simple banana flambé, so save the calories for one of the cocktails for a more authentic Latin taste.
- High point: Authentic Venezuelan slowly simmered black beans
- Low point: The dessert list
- Notable dish: Pabellón crillo
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Salsa tunes
- Capacity: 35 (6 outdoors)
- Largest group: 35
- Open since: 2001
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £13.95 per bottle