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