Melting pot of Spanish, South African and Scottish influences and flavours in this lively, welcoming tapas bar.
Like your tapas? At Indaba, they’re done with a twist. The owners are a charming husband-and-wife team: Begoña, a chef from Spain, and Charlton from South Africa, who looks after front of house. Influences from both countries feature here, along with Scottish touches. Maybe nibble on dried boerewors and boquerones (pickled anchovy fillets) to start, ordering an extra plate of salted roasted almonds while chatting and checking out the menu. There’s always a fish of the day and the specials board changes regularly – fluffy truffle croquettes are a delight. Pan-fried chorizo has a lip-smacking cider and onion sauce, patatas bravas are nicely spicy and halloumi salad keeps things fresh. But hang on, what’s this? Macsween’s haggis with spinach and pine nuts, (veggie and non) have snuck in too. If the old waistline is struggling a bit towards the end, go for the trio of half-portion desserts to share, or one of their bespoke ice-creams or sorbets from Over Langshaw Farmhouse in the Borders.
- High point: The open kitchen and genuinely pleasant staff
- Low point: Not really set up to cater for kids or disabled customers
- Notable dish: Truffle croquettes
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Spanish/African mix.
- Capacity: 34
- Largest group: 38
- Open since: 2010
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £15.95 per bottle