Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh
- Recommended for:
- Families with teenagers, Singles, Relaxation
Expert review of Barioja
Spanish tapas bar run by Iggy Campos – a larger then life ebullient Spaniard who knows his tapas. Calamari, pinchos, patatas bravas, croquettes, paella £10 per person, and a glass of rosé cava is £5, plus there's every other Spanish favourite you care to mention. There are a few nods to the Scots' food available, such as haggis croquettes - remarkably tasty.
There are quite a few Spanish restaurants in Edinburgh but this one is the best. Next door is Igg's, which is a more formal restaurant. It's great, but personally I love the whole informal sitting around talking, eating and tasting everyone else's food experience.
The tapas is fresh, tasty and authentic. Sausages, chorizo, sardine, and seasonal produce cooked to order. There's a great wine list and cracking coffee. A buzzy, busy restaurant with a high Spaniard count - always a good sign. After all, I can never imagine hunting out a Scottish restaurant in Madrid, so he must be good.
On Sunday Iggy offers a great paella, which is available by the portion so you don't need to order one huge one for just two of you. I can't resist the chorizo, which comes in a thick soupy gravy with other less familiar but equally tasty sausages. You'll get bread to soak up the sauce and olives the size of ping pong balls.
You can sit at the bar, at the mezzanine level, on street level, outside in the summer or downstairs, which is a little dark for my liking. It is a busy place so there is always a good buzz. Plus a high volume, as ever with Spaniards they like to talk loudly which is something I think we should all adopt as it gives a great feeling of fun when you get in amongst it. Oh and there are always Spanish people in here eating, which I always think is a good sign.
Smiley, mostly Spanish staff whizz around delivering food and wine without missing a beat.
Just off the Royal Mile, aka The High Street, and two minutes from Edinburgh's main train station, Waverley. In the Old Town.
Roughly £5 for each tapas and £5 for a glass of sparkling rosé cava.
Anywhere, upstairs or mezzanine - if you can.
Iggs, the more formal Spanish restaurant right next door (www.iggs.co.uk).
More information on Barioja:
- Price guide:
- Bar, Restaurant, Tapas bar
- International, Seafood, Spanish, Tapas
- Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh
- 0131 557 3622
- Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Seven days 11am-10pm
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Cheap eats, Spanish owned, genuine tapas