Friday, 17 June 2011
Cafe Andaluz - review
Cafe Andaluz, 77 George Street, Edinburgh
A tapas-style restaurant with a swoon-worthy interior. Ceramics and beautiful vases abound, and a skylight manages to capture the reticent Scottish sunlight to great effect. I went for lunch, which was £9.95 for 3 plates of tapas - more than enough for any glutton. Couscous-stuffed aubergine, seared scallops with creamed leeks and crisp serrano ham, braised pork cheeks in red wine - HEAVEN. I've never had pork cheeks before! Admittedly heavy fare for lunch, especially when paired with a large glass of wine, but the good thing about tapas is the variety available.
A high point was the waiter switching seamlessly from a Scottish accent to a Spanish one, when presenting our dishes [does anyone else feel like a dick when they read out their meal choices in the appropriate accent? I do it anyway.], who then sidled up to us later to ask where my friend's ring was from - an absolute sweetie.
All in all, fabulous and prompt service, an amazing choice of food at very reasonable prices, and good portion sizes. I always worry about portion sizes at tapas bars, quite needlessly in this case - not to say I didn't finish it all. Purely for the benefit of the review, of course. If you're in Edinburgh, make a visit.