David Bann

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David Bann review 3 Users say 5/5 Rate it

There are Indian vegetarian venues in Edinburgh, and Michelin-starred establishments with meat-free menus. But among modern restaurants with wholly vegetarian menus, David Bann dominates. The approach is flexible: it's fine to have a quick coffee and a light snack, but there are also full menus for lunch or dinner. Try blue cheese and tomato tart to start, then aubergine and chickpea cake with mash and gravy. There's a short, affordable wine list.

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David Bann details

56-58 St Mary's Street

Area Old Town

Transport Bus 35 or Nicolson Street-North Bridge buses

Telephone 0131 556 5888

David Bann website

Open 11am-10pm Mon-Thur, Sun; 11am-10.30pm Fri, Sat.

Main courses £10.

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Comments & ratings 5/5 (Average of 3 ratings)

By Routey - Jul 17 2011

I first went to David Bann some 7 years ago, and was very impressed then. Going back to Edinburgh recently I was curious to see whether it had stood up to the test of time. I'm pleased to say it has. The food is still excellent, and the service very attentive and friendly. The dishes are each well thought out and interesting, without trying too hard to be unusual. Even non-vegetarians will surely enjoy the quality of the food. We went on a Monday night and the place was buzzing, so I recommend making a reservation if possible.

By Abhas - Apr 13 2011

Walking in without a reservation, was slightly apprehensive if its going to be too busy and we would be turned away! but it wasn't too busy, and we were welcomed in, décor is very chic and modern and simplistic at the same time, service was very good with attentive staff. Food was brilliant and as the review rightly said in-spite of being a meat lover, I was spoilt for choice, menu choice is good, for starters we had the Tartlet of blue cheese and slow dried tomato, which was delicious, followed by mains of Chilli crepe with griddled potato and chocolate sauce & Aduki and pistachio koftas. The food was well presented and delicious, though the quantity seemed just a little bit too much. For the desert had the vegan chocolate ice cream which was again very yummy.

By Deb C - Feb 28 2011

We were so lucky to be doing a late lunch in the area of this restaurant. I had seen it on this site and really wanted to try it out. I had the udon noodle with smoked tofu, aubergines and leeks. It was incredible. Started out with the fritters, equally tasty. My daughter had the crepe/chili dish and cleaned her plate. The desserts were beyond delicious. This is one of those vegetarian restaurants that you can take meat eaters to and they will never even miss the meat. David is hands on and present in the restaurant and his staff are active in quality control. High quality!