Edinburgh’s best…cheap eats

The best bites at bargain prices – as recommended by comedians…

Bonsai Bar Bistro Edinburgh

We asked over 170 comedians and people from the comedy industry what their favourite places were in Edinburgh, and got back so many fantastic responses that we turned it into a book. The following are select extracts, but you can pick up the book on Amazon, download the ebook or find out more about the title and who’s in it.

Mosque Kitchen

Mosque Kitchen, 33 Nicolson St, EH8 9BX. 0131 667 4035, mosquekitchen.com. Daily 11.30am-11pm. 

When we first visited Edinburgh as dewy-eyed undergraduates, the Mosque Kitchen quite genuinely saved our lives. For unimaginably small sums of money one could purchase huge portions of real, hearty food: steaming curry, infinite quantities of rice, gloopy, nourishing dahl and succulent kofte kebabs. Max & Ivan


Kampong Ah Lee

28 Clerk St, EH8 9HX. 0131 662 9050, kampongahlee.co.uk. Mon-Thu noon-3pm, 5-11pm. Fri-Sun noon-11pm. 

What this lacks in elaborate decor, it makes up for in excellent Malaysian food. The Laksa has reinvigorated me after many an exhausting day of shows and, crucially for anyone at the Fringe, it is eminently affordable. Nish Kumar


Saigon Saigon

Saigon Saigon, 14 South St, EH2 2AZ. 0131 5573737, saigonrestaurant.co.uk. Daily midday-11pm, lunch buffet midday-4pm. 

It is a little more pricy than the usual all-you-can-eat fair—about £10—but the meat tastes like proper meat and for that you also get those prawns that you have to shell yourself. Proper posh. Chris Boyd



Kismot, 29 St Leonards St, EH8 9QN. 0131 667 0123, kismot.co.uk. Wed-Mon 4.30- 11.30pm. 

A few years ago I tried a spoonful of the curry that was brought to fame in articles around the world: “‘Killer Kismot curry’ contest leaves two in hospital in Edinburgh”. It was painful on the way in and painful on the way out. Matt Lacey


Bonsai Bar Bistro

Bonsai Bar Bistro, 46 West Richmond St, EH8 9DZ. 0131 668 3847, bonsaibarbistro. co.uk. Daily noon-10pm. Also at 14 Broughton St, EH1 3RH. 0131 557 5093. Sun-Thu 12.30-10.30pm, Fri & Sat 12.30-11.30pm. 

There is superb, great value sushi to be had at Bonsai Bar Bistro. Some of the best and most authentic sushi you will find outside of Tokyo at great prices. Doug Segal


Mother India

Mother India, 3-5 Infirmary St, EH1 1LT. 0131 524 9801, motherindia.co.uk. Mon- Thu midday-2pm, 5pm-10.30pm, Fri & Sat midday-11pm, Sun midday-10pm. 

I heartily recommend the sag paneer, lamb karahi and the chilli king prawns. They recommend that you get two to three dishes each, and it’s a great idea as you can then share with your party. Lloyd Griffith


Lobster Shack

North Berwick Harbour. 07910 620 480, lobstershack.co.uk. Summer hours noon-8pm.

It’s a tiny little caravan doing lobsters, half-lobsters and mussels and chips. You can sit on their chairs or along the sea wall to see the sea. They have got a wine list and do catch-of-the-days, all from this tiny caravan. The guys also run a hotel in town so there’s a good hotel chef doing the cooking. Phil Nichol


Red Box Noodle Bar

51-53 W Nicolson St, EH8 9DB. 0131 662 0828, red-boxnoodlebar.co.uk. Daily midday-10pm.

On a Saturday you will queue out onto the street but it is worth it as it is the most comforting food of a long month. Josh Widdicombe



Mum’s, 4a Forrest Road, EH1 2QN. 0131 260 9806, monstermashcafe.co.uk. Mon-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 10am-10pm.

Nestled between The Meadows and Grassmarket is a brilliant place called Mum’s, a carnivores’ carnival of endless sausage, mash and other comfort foods, with good veggie options too. Isy Suttie


Meadow Bar

Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch St, EH8 9LP. 0131 667 6907. Daily midday-1am. 

It has got all your standard meals but all really well-made, fresh and delicious! The chef, Zac, is incredible and if I ever have need for a private chef, he will be it! Luisa Omielan


City Restaurant

City Restaurant, 35 Nicolson St, EH8 9BE. 0131 667 2819, thecityrestaurant.co.uk. Daily 8am-1am.

It’s a place where dreams are made, if, like me, your dreams often consist of melted cheese on carbohydrates. I will mostly likely be found at the back of the City Restaurant, mainlining a (large) cheesy chips and two battered sausages. Now, as I’m (technically) a gluten-free vegan, this kind of fare is usually disallowed, but as everyone knows, rules are different in Edinburgh. And vegan or no vegan, I bloody love me a battered sausage. Jenny Bede



Garibaldi’s, 97A Hanover St, EH2 1DJ. 0131 220 3007. Daily 6pm-3am.

From street level, Garibaldi’s looks like your average Mexican restaurant… but by night, downstairs is an underground, stickywalled club in New Town. Complete with a light-up dance floor, pole and giant fan, Garibaldi’s has all the ingredients for the best cheesy, trashy night of fun. Throw in a few frozen margaritas and essential good company and you are in for a cracking night of silliness! Barbershopera


Snax Cafe

Snax Cafe, West Register St. 0131 557 8688, snaxcafe.com. Mon-Fri 6.30am-5pm, Sat 7am-5pm, Sun 7.30am-5pm. Also on Buccleuch St. 0131 662 9009. Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat 7am-6pm, Sun 8am-6pm.

For us, nothing beats a hangover into submission better than a bacon and egg roll and a cappuccino. Except, that is, a bacon and egg roll that costs just £1.80 and a cappuccino for a mere £1.50. And don’t be thinking this is some sort of limp-wristed, mini-roll breakfast snack. This is bacon so thick you could use it as a door stop, and an egg that, if hard boiled, would do some damage down a ten-pin lane. Horse & Louis

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