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

A reliable choice for veggies in Edinburgh since 2002, David Bann still shows the competition how its done.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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It’s hard to believe there are still vegetarian naysayers in 2019, but they’d be eating their doubting words after a visit to David Bann’s. Its lovingly created menu of delicious vegetable-based concoctions can’t leave many dissatisfied diners. For starters, three generous crisp on the outside, soft and spicy on the inside aubergine, chickpea and cashew koftas come with an unforgettable light banana chutney. A quinoa salad with walnut and pomegranate is daintier, a tasty mix of crunchy ingredients and a sweet maple dressing. Baked parsnip pudding with potato and swede dauphinoise is far from a health food, creamily scrumptious on its pool of subtle pea purée. The mushroom, goat's cheese and heather ale strudel is also a popular new addition to the menu. Desserts have a wow factor whether it’s the chocolate soufflé or the ginger lime ice-cream with orange cake, presented like a work of art. At least a quarter of dishes are vegan and more can be vegan on request.

The List's rating
8

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Susan Smith visited David Bann on 19 January 2019
  • High point: Why can’t other chefs do vegetarian food this good?
  • Low point: Almost 20 years on, is it time for some new ideas?
  • Notable dish: Baked parsnip pudding with potato and swede dauphinoise
  • 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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