- Telephone 0131 220 1208
- Opening times Daily noon–4pm & 5–10pm.
- Seasonal times Closed 25 Dec & 1 Jan.
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–4pm, 5–10pm.
- Average price £12 (lunch); £21 (evening meal)
- Website www.thedogsonline.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2015) edition.
David Ramsden, one of Edinburgh’s most entertaining restaurateurs, has been drawing loyal crowds into The Dogs for close to eight years, and his energy and commitment to eating well without breaking the bank is hard to beat. The environment is open, buzzy, eclectic, modern and cheerful, and how could it not be with so many furry, faithful friends staring out from portraits on walls and even throw cushions? Unusual – yes. Fun – definitely. The menu is distinctly Scottish/British, playing at retro and modern fare. Throwbacks to traditional classics such as braised ox shin with roast vegetable or whole fish pie were comfort food before the term was coined. Modern spins provide local ingredients with new adventures, Arbroath smokies nestling contentedly in their dish of risotto. The wine list covers its bases soundly, here too focusing on value for money but keeping life ever interesting. A bit like Mr Ramsden himself.
- High point: Fun, informal and great value food
- Low point: It's less fun in the back room
- Notable dish: Steak for two with chips cooked in beef dripping
It’s no surprise that The Dogs is the perfect refuge for diners in these austere times. Born amid the credit crunch, its no-frills, back-to-culinary-basics formula is well-honed. Dishes rarely stray above £10, even in the evening. Beyond cost, there’s ample substance to the highly seasonal cooking, making the most of humble ingredients such as offal and vegetables with crafty ways of making things go further. Have a look at the website for details of the current menu.
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- Private dining: None
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: Sun–Thu: 24; Fri/Sat: 6
- Open since: 2008
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £16 per bottle
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