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.
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
- 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