Baba

Baba
130 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JZ
  • Telephone 0131 527 4999
  • Seasonal times Mon–Sun noon–10pm
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–late.
  • Food served Mon– Fri noon–3pm, 5–10pm; Sat–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Email
  • Website baba.restaurant
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Superbly spiced, lavish Lavantine foods served with elegant cocktails in stylish, versatile surroundings – also with express lunches.

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Within the stately Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, Baba offers a contemporary take on classic Levantine dining. While the décor is almost shabby in its chicness, this restaurant is somewhere to be seen: begin at the bar for a bespoke cocktail, before heading through to an intimate corner table or the scene-stealing communal centrepiece of the dining room. Waiting staff are well-informed and attentive without being intrusive. Even though relatively compact, the menu is a pick and mix of flavours, textures and price tags, so a little guidance goes a long way. Order abundantly from the snacks, side and mezze sections: smoky trout pastirma sliced thinly and paired with sharp pickled cucumber and contrasting herb labneh (a cheese made from salted strained yoghurt) is a stand-out. Throw in at least a couple of dips with accompanying flat breads in modish brown paper bags: hummus is reinvented several ways, spicy with green zhug, or cooler with beetroot and whipped feta. Perhaps even (whisper it) bypass a main or two to leave room for the desserts, showstoppers every one.

The List's rating
7.4

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Gill Thomson visited Baba on 7 March 2019
  • High point: Great place to get the gang together for good food and good times
  • Low point: Chargrilling brings joy to many things, broccoli is not one of them
  • Notable dish: Tout pistirma, pickled cucumber and herb labneh (Mezze)
  • Average price: £14.50 (set lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 26/19/23
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Funky playlist
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 26
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 25
  • House wine: £20 per bottle

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