103 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2AB
  • Telephone 0131 629 3030
  • Food served Sun–Thu 5–10pm; Fri–Sat noon–10pm.
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Birra Moretti

Tasty, traditional South African dishes with a definite meaty focus.

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If you're hankering for some hefty portions of quality beef, then Shebeen should be your new carnivorous haven. With branches on Morrison Street and Dalry Road, as well as Dalkeith, there's plenty of opportunity to satisfy that meaty craving. Sourcing their beef from local farms, the quality here is high, as is the quantity of food coming out on the plates and wooden boards. The brave are challenged to take on the giant 'lion' steak portion of either rump, sirloin, ribeye or T-bone, served with homemade chunky chips, portobello mushroom, crispy onion rings, and optional tangy monkey gland sauce. If steak isn't your thing, go for one of the South African specials – the bunny chow (a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with Durban curry) is spicy and generously filled, while the banana and salad on the side soothe and cool. The restaurant fills up quickly and there's a real buzz in this laid-back room, with its simple wooden tables and the occasional colourful lizard fixed on the wall.

  • High point: The giant, juicy steaks
  • Low point: Not great for vegetarians
  • Notable dish: T-bone steak with monkey gland sauce
  • Average price: £26 (lunch); £26 (dinner)
  • 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: 8
  • House wine: £17.95 per bottle