Food and drink
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 to book
Tables are hard to get so not worth quibbling.
Seadogs - the seafood and vegetarian specialist Dog - 43 Rose Street - www.seadogsonline.co.uk; and Dogs Amore - Italian-themed Dog, 104 Hanover Street, practically next door - www.amoredogs.co.uk and Underdogs the bar underneath has great squishy sofas and is a good place to start or finish.
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with teenagers
- First-time travellers
- People watching
- No fuss
- Design and architecture