David Bann

Price guide: Mid-range

56-58 St Marys Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SX

Price guide: Mid-range

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#7 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
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Service:
4.6
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Location:
4
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Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Foodies, Relaxation, Special occasions

Expert review of David Bann

Modern, imaginative vegetarian food in stylish surroundings.

David Bann is well established and is, without doubt, No.1 for vegetarian food in the capital. In a macadamia nutshell, this is the vegetarian restaurant to take your non-vegetarian friends to as any preconceptions are dispelled on entry. The surroundings are elegant, the atmosphere intimate, the food imaginative and most importantly, very good indeed. Lunch and dinner is served all week, with a rather lovely brunch available from 11am at the weekends.

Food and drink: 

This is fusion cooking. Big flavours, interesting textures and influences that span the globe from Thailand and the Mediterranean to America, plus our own homegrown elements - your palate is in for a treat. Bann is passionate about his food and if he can make it, smoke it, bake it, knead it or bring out the best in it - he will and frequently does.

Recommended dishes: 

The soup! I would also recommend the organic udon noodles with ginger red peppper sauce and home smoked tofu.

Weekend brunch is also worth a try; it consists of free-range organic eggs, toasted muffins, mushrooms, a home-made potato scone and beans in a herb and tomato sauce. Served from 11am  'til 5pm.

Ambience: 

Dark red tones, subtle lighting, dark wood floor, tables and a small lively bar area give a gentle and intimate atmosphere.

Service: 

Understated.

Location: 

St Marys Street runs from The Royal Mile to The Cowgate in Edinburgh's Old Town.

Price advice: 

£3.50 for a bowl of his lovely home made soup and homemade organic bread. Main courses average about £10, desserts £5.50 - and it's £6 for that cracking weekend brunch.

More information on David Bann:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Restaurant
Food:
Fusion, Mediterranean, Thai, Vegetarian
Address:
56-58 St Marys Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SX
Telephone:
0131 556 5888
Website:
http://www.davidbann.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri from noon; Sat and Sun from 11am
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Top vegetarian

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