El Quijote

El Quijote
13a Brougham Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9JS
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in association with
Birra Moretti

Home-style cooking in a small rustic room, offering bite-sized tastes of Spain.

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El Quijote manages a neat trick of being inauthentically authentic Spanish. In Spain, tapa are little snacks handed over as you order a drink in the bar, but here they are the main event. Not that it’s any less enjoyable for that. The bijou restaurant serves chorizo that melts in the mouth, pimientos del padron are a lip-smacking carrier for oil and salt, and deep-fried bacalao is a handsome vehicle for garlicky aioli. Pan con anchoas is everything you’d want from a salty snack too – soft white cheese, crisp bread and the deep salinity of anchovies. El Quijote is worth targeting for the wine list alone – a triumphant display of the diverse elegance of Spain’s wine regions, from earthy riojas to a rías baixas albariño so flinty you could strike a match on it. There’s lots of choice, but all are an easily quaffed accompaniment to the restaurant’s enticing nibbles.

The List's rating
6.8

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Katrina Conaglen visited El Quijote
  • High point: Multiple taste sensations and incredible wine
  • Low point: Bacaloa frito is a little muted
  • Notable dish: Pan con anchoas
  • Average price: £21.50 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Spanish music
  • Capacity: 26
  • Largest group: 26
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £17 per bottle