- Telephone 0131 467 7266
- Seasonal times Open later during the Edinburgh Festival.
- Food served Mon–Thu 10am–2.30pm, 5.30–9pm; Fri 10am–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm; Sat noon–10pm; Sun noon–7pm.
- Average price (set lunch); £16.50 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £8.50 (Mon–Wed all day, small pasta and glass of wine)
- Website www.cafedomenico.co.uk
Charming and cheerful family-run eatery with well-prepared, honest food and a hospitable neighbourhood vibe.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
With red gingham tablecloths and characterful service, you could be in an advert for pasta sauce at Café Domenico. The food is good and there’s plenty of it – starters are for sharing unless you have a serious appetite on you. Warm goat’s cheese, black pudding and fig salad is a great bowlful of flavour and texture, with sweet slices of beetroot and tangy rocket leaves adding to the mix. Seafood is a speciality with fabulous fish and shellfish coming from local supplier Welch’s. The specials board is the place to find the catch of the day, and linguine with king scallops, prawns and avocado is a satisfying foray into the deep – chunks of fresh seafood, creamy avocado and perfectly-cooked pasta in a velvety sauce. The kitchen can be equally proud of its veal Milanese, a textbook compilation of moist, tender veal and a rough, crispy coat of breadcrumbs, partnered by an aromatic hillock of pappardelle with wild mushrooms and cream. If you can contemplate squeezing anything else in after all that, there’s affogato, sticky toffee pudding and banoffee pie.
- High point: Great fish, well cooked
- Low point: The temptation to over-eat
- Notable dish: Fresh seafood specials
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Radio 2 and easy listening
- Capacity: 24
- Largest group: 24
- Open since: 1998
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- House wine: £14.50 per bottle