Vapiano Edinburgh

Vapiano Edinburgh
South St David Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2BD
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–11pm.
  • Average price £15 (lunch); £20 (one menu all day but I have factored in a side dish for the evening meal)
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  • Website uk.vapiano.com/en/…
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Vapiano Edinburgh

Global chain offering quality Italian fast food to city-centre shoppers and workers.

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Edinburgh’s Vapiano is an impressive three-storey restaurant, with two floors built below street level, the lowest of which is the largest dining space. Despite the subterranean setting, the building is bright and airy, sensitively converted so that light from the large, ground-floor windows filters down a dramatic central shaft. The rest of the décor is neutral, bordering on impersonal (this is a global chain after all) but happily, this is not reflected in the food. There are two kitchens, one serving decent homemade pizza and antipasti, the other pasta and risotto. The latter is recommended, with chefs cooking your order in front of you and adapting recipes to your taste. The menu is relatively safe, dominated by traditional Italian dishes, but the exceptions are well worth trying: particularly cognac pasta, with the spirit cooked gently into a rich garlicky cream sauce, served with peas, chicken and bacon, and a delicately flavoured strawberry spinach salad.

  • High point: Watching your meal cooked exactly to your taste
  • Low point: Two separate kitchens, two different floors: expect food to arrive at different times
  • Notable dish: Cognac pasta
  • Average price: £15 (lunch); £20 (one menu all day but I have factored in a side dish for the dinner)
  • Delivery: Deliveroo and Uber Eats
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Pop
  • Capacity: 250
  • Largest group: n/a
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: 16.95 per bottle