This restaurant has ceased trading.
- Telephone 0131 667 7278
- Opening times Tue–Sat 10am–10pm; Sun 11am–6pm. Closed Mon.
- Food served Tue–Sat 10am–10pm; Sun 11am–8pm. Closed Mon.
- Average price £12 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
- Website www.knightskitchen.co.uk
A tightly packed nook of colour, energy and freshly cooked dishes from across the African continent.
The journey from market stall to permanent premises is generally one to be celebrated: owner Christine Longstaff's passage with Knights Kitchen in the last year has happened with particularly infectious energy and enthusiasm, carrying with it a growing audience of admirers and enthusiasts. Students, ex-pats and market-stall converts converge on the small Nicolson Street café-restaurant that has been fitted out in shebeen-chic of rough wood, reed thatch, African print cloth and carved wooden face masks. Across the menu are dishes capturing the colour and vibrancy of the continent, including cinnamon and corn pancakes with various toppings served for breakfast and brunch, okra fritters as a side and sharing plates of Masai Mara meats or African curries, including a Durban-inspired 'bunny chao' of chilli served in a scooped out bun. Ugali (maize meal) or cassava chips are staples in Africa but exotics here, and great foils for the cooking that's palpably fresh, skilled and vibrant. Treats abound, from nibbly, fiery dried sardines to sweet Kenyan mandazi doughnuts. Out of Africa, a place that delivers on its promise of nourishment for the soul.
- High point: Food full of African energy
- Low point: The pumping soundtrack can take the energy to a slightly deafening level
- Notable dish: Fried okra fritters with homemade harissa dip
- Provides: Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Pumping African tunes
- Open since: 2016
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- House wine: £15 per bottle