110 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DR
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Foodies, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, No fuss, People watching, Trendiness
Best for Trendiness - Expert review of The Dogs
Local eccentric David Ramsden has a long history in the restaurant business in Edinburgh and although his previous restaurants (Fitzhenrys and Rogue) were both excellent, the old adage "location location location" took its toll, which makes it all the more satisfying that he has finally struck gold.
His prices have always been keen and despite being on Hanover Street - the very heart of happening Edinburgh - The Dogs is no exception as this place is very good value indeed. A trendy, minimalist atmosphere and good prices means this place is always busy. A genuine food enthusiast, David has always championed the lesser known cuts of meat, things that a few years ago we would turn our noses up at, but now are all the rage. He's a food trendsetter in Edinburgh with a big personality.
Be adventurous with such things as pig's trotter and pig's ear salad, or maybe devilled ox heart? You can eat the whole beast here. But the good thing is you don't have to if you don't fancy it. Ironically his vegetarian options are also excellent, so as you chow down on your braised shin and horseradish dumplings, your more sensitive companions will be more than happy with Autumn veg stew with cauliflower millet mash or curried parsnip soup with toasted almonds. Good fishy stuff too.
Soup of the day is always great. Seasonal, filling and fresh - the perfect antidote to Edinburgh's colder months.
Trendy, minimalist with some great dog-related art. The place is always busy so there's a good buzz.
David himself is a genuine eccentric. You will clock him immediately. He is pin thin, wears the grooviest specs I have ever seen and has an unmistakably authoritative air. He runs a tight ship and is like a choreographer, keeping the place running smoothly. He has been known to throw the occasional wobbler, which is like a cabaret at no extra charge and part of the experience. The last thing you will get is fawning service but it will be friendly and efficient - hopefully.
Hanover Street is the heart of the city. There are so many restaurants on this street that have a big frontage on the street level that it is another feather in David's cap that people flock here. Word of mouth is the best marketing tool in Edinburgh, which can work for or against restaurants. It has certainly worked for The Dogs.
I keep going on about how reasonable it is...but it is: £3.60 for the soup of the day and main courses averaging about £8. Two mighty helpings of sticky lemon and ginger sponge pudding with custard costs £6.50.
Tables are hard to get so not worth quibbling.
More information on The Dogs:
- Price guide:
- Bistro, Diner, Restaurant
- British, Seafood
- 110 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DR
- 0131 220 1208
- Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sun noon-4pm and 5pm-10pm
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times
- Free tags / Keywords:
- eccentric owner, great value