16 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6BS
  • Telephone 07527 634964
  • Opening times Mon–Fri 8am–3pm; closed Sat & Sun.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8am–3pm. Closed Sat/Sun.
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After supplying their Austrian dumplings around the capital's street food markets, the Alplings team have now opened their own restaurant in Leith's Henderson Street.

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The food of the mountains is now available at sea level, just off The Shore in Leith. After popping up in festivals and markets Alplings now have a permanent home: a small, bright mountain hut of a restaurant with pine furniture, decorative hanging frying pans and soft furnishings in a wholesome shade of pale pasture-green. The cooking reflects owner Martin Auer’s South Tyrol roots – so as well as the signature vegetarian alplings which come in delicious beetroot, cheese or spinach varieties, there are spätzle (Austrian egg noodle) dishes with carbonara and four cheese sauces; vegan ‘kuku’ tart; pepper goulash with polenta; sweet vanilla pancakes; and soft pretzl rolls. The fresh, crunchy sauerkraut puts wishy-washy supermarket versions to shame too. For dessert, they do Viennese sachertorte, a popular house apfelstrudl or a shot of intense hot chocolate topped with a dollop of cream. Flavours are rich, portions are satisfying and the atmosphere relaxed. Take-home dumplings are a healthy lazy option for the freezer too. It may look like a nondescript sandwich shop from the outside, but inside, the alpine menu is a breath of fresh air.

  • High point: Log cabin vibes and mountain cooking
  • Low point: Closed at weekends, when they're out on the food truck
  • Notable dish: Pepper goulash with crisp fried alplings
  • Average price: £9 (lunch)
  • Delivery: Deliver frozen dumplings.
  • Private dining: Entire restaurant available to book on request.
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 20
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: Nov 2016
  • BYOB: £3 per table corkage