Middle eastern promise at Baba Edinburgh

Middle Eastern promise at Baba, Edinburgh

3 Mins

Carine Seitz is bowled over by BABA...

Located within The Principal Charlotte Square, BABA offers a bold menu of Eastern Mediterranean mezze dining. Our eagerly-anticipated visit lived up to expectations – drinks, food and service are all brilliant.

Olive Oil Negroni, £9, and cauliflower fritters, zhug and crème fraîche, £3.50, whet our appetites; and our selection of eight dips including beetroot hummus; whipped feta and hazelnut dukkah; labneh, cherry tomatoes and harissa, and babaganoush with pomegranate and mint, served with hot pitta straight from the grill, £17 for all, were an assortment of extraordinarily good authentic flavours from the Levantine region, and beautifully presented.

Middle eastern promise at Baba Edinburgh

Mains featured intensely flavourful squid with merguez sausage and salmorejo, £9.50; tangy ptitim (giant cous cous), preserved lemon and harissa, £4, and smoky chicken shawarma, grilled over hot coals and served with hummus, harissa tomatoes, garlic tahini and pitta, £9.50.

Excellent desserts include homemade ice cream (cardamom coffee, and tahini, were both standouts); and an olive oil cake to die for. A bottle of Lebanese Blanc de Blanc, Château Ksara, Bekaa Valley, £29, was the perfect accompaniment to our meal, which was rounded off with another excellent cocktail: an Arabiaca Pick-Me-Up: a frozen shot of dark matter Scottish spiced rum & aged semillon raki infused with coffee, £5.

Middle eastern promise at Baba Edinburgh

BABA is a very welcome addition to the George Street dining scene and is not-to-be-missed if you like the full flavours of the Middle East. I booked my next visit as soon as we left.

130 George St, EH2 4JZ. Tel: 0131 527 4999, baba.restaurant 

Baba / The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square / Middle eastern

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