103 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2AB
  • Telephone 0131 629 3030
  • Food served Sun–Thu 5–10pm; Fri–Sat noon–10pm.
  • Average price £26 (lunch); £26 (evening meal)
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Birra Moretti

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

Eating & Drinking Guide

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

With bright colours and a relaxed style, the South African influence is immediately clear in Shebeen's quirky dining room. This is a meat-lovers’ paradise with dishes boasting gargantuan cuts of beef sourced from local farms, butchered in house then hung for five weeks for a steak with a rich, complex flavour. What passes for a small sirloin on the bone still comes in at around 480g of well-cooked steak, prepared with a special rub of African spices. It arrives on a chopping board with thick hand-cut chips, grilled mushroom and pile of onion rings. Visiting rugby fans, local families and workers from nearby offices enjoy the casual atmosphere, while groups might want to take on the Joburger, a titanic 1.2kg homemade beef burger that is so large they have to specially order a bun to contain it. The tasty treat is served up with cheese, gherkins and mushrooms and provides enough meaty sustenance for around four people. Save room for a slice of melktert, a sweet pastry with a creamy filling and delicate flavour. With a second branch now open on Dalry Road, Shebeen looks to have found a popular and winning formula.

  • High point: Big steaks that pack a flavour punch
  • Low point: Definitely not one for vegetarians
  • Notable dish: T-bone steak
  • 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