Shebeen offers tasty, traditional South African dishes with a definite meaty focus.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
If you’re in the mood for meat, meat and more meat, then Shebeen is the place for you. Their previous incarnation in Leith has now become three restaurants – one in Dalry, one in Dalkeith and this unimposing restaurant front just off Lothian Road. They pride themselves on the quality of meat they serve, with all butchering and mincing done in-house. Opt for the sharing platter starter, otherwise described as a ‘bucket of meat’, consisting of BBQ spare ribs, homemade boerewors, grilled pork belly and beef sosaties (meatballs). The meat of the ribs falls off the bone, the boerewors are perfectly spiced and moreish – in fact, everything is good. This is definitely the standout dish and the gargantuan mains that follow are more meat and lots of their special sauces to go with it. Be aware though, that with regulars, tourists and resident South Africans, it can be difficult to get a table. Subject to availability, you can also buy their own biltong and boerewors direct from the kitchen.
- High point: Paradise for meat lovers
- Low point: Not much choice for vegetarians
- Notable dish: Meat sharing platter
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs
- Music on stereo: South African music
- Capacity: 45
- Largest group: 45
- Open since: 2013
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £18.95 per bottle