Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB) represents a good way to minimise drink costs when visiting restaurants. Quite a good number of places in Edinburgh offer it, with some charging a small fee per bottle or person, but many choosing not to charge at all. Here are some places worth considering.
In a city where Chinese food is not one of our strengths, B&D’s Kitchen provides a welcome, fresh take on this much loved cuisine. Their hakka beef is outstanding, and all dishes are produced with considerable care and attention. The restaurant is very small, so booking is advised. You have Appellation Wines just down the road and a local Co-Op store, both of which can ably supply the required bottles.
Beirut is a very good quality middle eastern restaurant on Nicolson Square where you can add to the delights with a wine or beer of your choice. Their leg of lamb is delicious and excellent value. Given its proximity to the university, there are no shortage of local bottle shops for you to pick up the essentials.
Kampong Ah Lee
Malaysian food often need a little liquid accompaniment, not least to cool the spices of their flavour-packed dishes. The canteen style of Kampong Ah Lee on Clerk Street is a very good informal location to sample classic dishes from the cuisine in relaxed surroundings.
Turkish restaurant Pera, on Elm Row, does a good array of classic dishes from Turkey, with a particularly good sweet counter. The value on offer, augmented by the BYOB approach, is impressive.
Another Turkish favourite, Rodi is all about the meat. On Morrison Street, it has grown an appreciative audience for its generous portion and really tasty dishes.
A warmly welcoming and reliably good Chinese, Shangrila offers both a drinks list and BYO option. The nearby Beerhive offers an excellent range of beers and wines for you to accompany things with, so is well worth checking out.
The south Indian delights of Tanjore represent some of the finest Indian cuisine you can find in the city. Their lunchtime “build your own thali” is well worth checking out, as are their dosai. And you can take along your own booze, with free corkage to boot.