El Quijote

El Quijote
13a Brougham Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9JS
  • Telephone 0131 478 2856
  • Seasonal times Licensed until 1am in August. Likely to be open seven days for the Festival/Fringe.
  • Food served Wed–Sun 5.30–10pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
  • Website www.quijotetapas.co.uk
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Home-style cooking in a small rustic room with the aim of offering a ‘real’ taste of Spain.

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Established by friends who moved to Edinburgh in 2003, El Quijote serves unpretentious, home-style cooking in a rustically decorated, tavern-like room with the aim of delivering the ‘real’ food of Spain as an alternative to the ‘normal’ tapas experience (tortilla and paella aren’t available here). Iberian pork plays a central role, imported from Spain and found on the menu cured as chorizo and salchichon, simply griddled as presa and secreto, and in more involved dishes like flamenquin cordobes, a flattened, rolled pork loin stuffed with serrano ham and manchego cheese which is breadcrumbed then fried. It’s crunchy, juicy and delicious yet hard to finish because of its sheer size. There’s plenty for veggies here too and wine drinkers are very well-catered for. Like its namesake, El Quijote can appear a little unsettled – chaotic one minute and calm the next. Its stated mission may seem lofty and idealistic, but eating here is a deeply down-to-earth experience. There’s a palpable passion and pinch of playfulness, which makes it an energetic, entertaining and enjoyable place to be.

  • High point: Home-style cooking with passion and energy
  • Low point: What? No paella!?
  • Notable dish: Iberico pork
  • Average price: £15 (lunch); £15 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Live entertainment: Occasional live guitarist
  • Capacity: 24
  • Largest group: 24
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £17 per bottle