David Bann

David Bann
56–58 St Mary's Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SX
  • Telephone 0131 556 5888
  • Opening times Sun–Thu 11am–10pm; Fri/Sat 11am–1am
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–10pm; Fri noon–10.30pm; Sat 11am–10.30pm; Sun 11am–9.30pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.davidbann.com
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David Bann

The first choice for vegetarians in Edinburgh since 2002 is still blowing the competition out of the water.

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There’s something rather grown-up about dining at David Bann. It could be the classy, understated décor, or the stylish lighting – the unusual absence of musical accompaniment almost certainly plays a part too. Pudding doesn’t usually start the meal but perhaps it should; the parsnip and blue cheese pudding is a neat little cylinder of loveliness surrounded by a light pea sauce. A main of Puy lentil shepherd’s pie with roasted vegetables is comforting but bested by spiced quinoa, spinach and walnut courgette wrap with a substantial rice arancino and rich beetroot chickpea purée: each and every element contributing to the overall flavour. Desserts are done well. A made-to-order hot apple and cinnamon tart is a delicate indulgence while ginger and lime homemade ice-cream in a chocolate ganache bowl atop orange drizzle cake deftly manages the tricky task of balancing strong flavours. There’s a solid, reasonably priced wine list and a pleasingly diverse range of beers, topped off with friendly, efficient service.

The List's rating






Steve Morton visited David Bann on 6 March 2018
  • High point: Nothing better for veggies looking for variety
  • Low point: One menu from open to close – no lunch deal
  • Notable dish: Thai broccoli and marinated tofu fritter
  • Average price: £20 (lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 45 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: No background music
  • Capacity: 90
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2002
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £19 per bottle

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