If Pinterest were to design a restaurant, then it would look an awful lot like BABA restaurant in Edinburgh!
Blue walls, marble tables, velvet chairs, red carpets and golden mirrors that make the place sparkle are just a few of the reasons you should visit this place soon. BABA restaurant opens daily from noon until 10 pm, just a breath away from Princes Street, it might just be one of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets… that absolutely must be shared immediately.
If you are a fan of Middle Eastern cuisine – think loads of homemade dips like hummus and meze dishes – then this is the place to be! When it comes to down to decoration, views over Charlotte Square and delicious dishes, then BABA is quite possible your best choice in Edinburgh. Here’s why!
Once you enter the restaurant you instantly fell like you stepped out of a plane somewhere in Morroco! The place smells roses and is decorated with the same colours as Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh. It’s the type of place you get cosy with your friends and bring your date for a romantic meal. But enough about the space – the food is what it’s really all about in here!
The food, Ooh the food! Whoever said baba ganoush is God’s invention was totally right!
There are ten mezze dishes to choose from. From pickled to spicy wee dishes, order everything! Go right ahead, no one is going to judge you here. And order some extra pitta breads for the dipping too. They are soft, fluffy and so filling you’d definitely need some more.
Our Middle Eastern feast started with the warm pita bread dipped into the hummus, pine nuts and zhug dish, followed by the insanely tasty baba ganoush, topped with pomegranate and mint, and rounded off with the delicious cauliflower fritters. But the best dish of all that you really, really must try? The divine hand-dived scallops with chermoula, tzatziki and preserved lemon served on a shell! Mouthfuls of sea flavour heaven, neither of us could get enough of – I was very tempted to order a second round but controlled myself the last minute! For mains, Mum had the baharat beef kofta, as it was suggested by the Chef (!), and I tried the hake served on a bed of yellow split peas.
We finished by sharing the most eye-catching dessert on the menu: the dark chocolate crémeux, praline and tahini ice cream. Quite honestly, it was the only dessert needed to finish such a lovely night. We washed all down perfectly with Virgin fizz and Cardamon and ginger tea soda from the drinks menu, so aromatic both of them!
^ ^ hand-dived scallops with chermoula, tzatziki and preserved lemon- a MUST try dish when in BABA ^ ^
We eventually tore ourselves away from the main restaurant area to have a few more drinks in The Garden bar, I talked more about it in my previous post, in case you are wondering what I am bloody talking about, the perfect hotel bar for a Mother’s – Daughter’s date!
After our visit I must say that I’m a big fan of BABA. The food was super tasty and the restaurant had a great ambience. All in all, a perfect place that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy – what more can you ask for?
Have you ever been to BABA restaurant in Edinburgh?