El Quijote

El Quijote
13a Brougham Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9JS
  • Telephone 0131 478 2856
  • Seasonal times Mon–Sun 5.30pm–10pm.
  • Food served Wed–Sun 5.30–10pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
  • Website www.quijotetapas.co.uk
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Authentic home-style cooking offering bite-sized tastes of Spain washed down with an excellent selection of regional wines.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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The word rustic can sound alarm bells when it comes to restaurants. In the case of El Quijote, however, this is no euphemism; there is simply no better way to describe the charms of this cosy, wood-lined Spanish eatery, where cart wheels double as chandeliers and flower pots as sinks. A largely Spanish clientele suggests you're in for a real flavour of Spain. Further evidence comes in the form of an ambitious wine list spanning many Spanish regions and a tapas menu featuring some serious artisan produce. While tried and tested favourites are subtler and more accomplished than the norm, go for the regional specialities like revuelto de setas del bosque, essentially a deconstructed wild mushroom omelette, packed with flavour. The signature Ibérico pork is pink and oh so tender, with straw-thin chips providing a delicate but salty accompanying crunch. Dismiss dessert at your peril and, at the very least, enjoy a throat and heart-warming speciality sherry.

The List's rating
7.8

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Gill Thomson visited El Quijote on 3 March 2019
  • High point: Trying lesser-known regional speciality dishes
  • Low point: Wheelchairs or buggies almost impossible in such a compact space
  • Notable dish: Revuelto de setas del bosque (sauté of wild mushrooms with garlic, cayenne, scrambled eggs, special extra virgin olive oil with a pinch of salt and parsley)
  • Average price: £24 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Always Spanish music.
  • Capacity: 26
  • Largest group: 26
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £17 per bottle