Laila's Bistro

Laila's Bistro
63 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BS
  • Telephone 0131 226 5097
  • Opening times Mon–Thu & Sun 10am–10pm; Fri/Sat 9am–10pm.
  • Seasonal times In winter, opens at noon during the week, and open later in August during Edinburgh Festival.
  • Food served Mon–Thu 10am–10pm; Fri/Sat 9am–10pm; Sun 10am–10pm.
  • Average price £13 (lunch); £18 (evening meal)
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Laila's Bistro

Informal Old Town bistro giving an introduction to the tastes of the Mediterranean and the Levant.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Behind the cheery pale green exterior is a relaxed Middle Eastern-meets-Mediterranean eatery where you can find dishes from Italy to the Levant. The olive green walls paired with natural materials give the place a cosy feel, working well as both a day and evening venue. The food is simply prepared grilled meats and fish with grains; the pomegranate rice is particularly good, flecked with dried fruit and tart pomegranate molasses; bulgur wheat is enlivened with spices and stock. There’s a concise selection of mezze – standout dishes are the smoky baba ganoush with Iraqi bread, and the delicately flavoured stuffed vine leaves. Salads and wraps keep the lunchtime tourists happy and, in an effort to cater for all tastes, there’s an incongruous list of burgers in the ‘bistro classics’ section. Sweets range from bought-in chocolate fudge cake to elegant saffron and cardamom ice-cream. While Laila’s may be the younger, less sophisticated sibling of Hanam’s and Pomegranate, it delivers uncomplicated food suited to informal dining and, with BYOB too, it can make for a cheap evening in the Old Town.

  • High point: Friendly atmosphere, great location
  • Low point: More mezze dishes, less chip dishes please
  • Notable dish: Baba ganoush

A cosy Mediterranean bistro in the heart of Edinburgh, Laila's is found in a quaint curved stone building in the heart of the Old Town. Surrounded by rustic exposed brickwork and Mediterranean canvases, nestle in cosy upholstered booths while enjoying a host of mezzes and Lebanese specials, succulent meat dishes and decadent Middle Eastern-style desserts.

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  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Easy listening
  • Capacity: 45 (24 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 10
  • Open since: 2013
  • BYOB: No corkage charge corkage (Wine, beer and cider only. No alcohol served in restaurant.)