BABA is a fantastic Middle-Eastern restaurant located within the Principal Charlotte Square Hotel in Edinburgh’s West End. Enter through the main door on George Street, walk through the Souk-inspired bar and enter the exotic world of the Levantine.
The main restaurant features a vibrant colour scheme sitting alongside an industrial, distressed design feel, with strong elements of the Levantine in terms of colours and detailing. Rugs on the walls give the large room a cosy feel.
As well as the main restaurant, Baba features separate spaces suitable for private dining, The Map Room (pictured below), The Salon and The Library.
But lets get to the main event…the food. This is food that has brought me back to BABA again and again. I must have tried most of the menu by now, which features mezze dishes, inspired by the flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as grilled dishes from the charcoal grill and gourmet kebabs.
Each dish is pretty as a picture and bursting with flavours and textures. In addition to traditional Levantine dishes, the menu also features dishes with a Scottish influence, such as the sublime haggis and harissa kibbeh. The all-day menu is designed for sharing, with plenty of small plates on offer so there is something for everyone.
The slow cooked pork belly with charcol-baked celeriac mash and golden raisins was a revelation for someone who eats very little meat! Succulent, melt in the mouth pork with a smokey, smooth mash and sweet raisins bursting in your mouth…this is a winning dish.
Tha lamb shoulder, served with ptitim, preserved lemon and tahini yoghurt is also a fantastic meaty dish. Its comfort food that isn’t too heavy. The yoghurt, mint, preserved lemons and pomegranates really lift this dish.
Beiruti Burrata is light yet creamy and indulgent.
Desserts are on another level. This is the magnificant Mediterranean cheesecake with rosewater mascarpone, vanilla, pomegranate, figs and pistachios on a bed of kataifi pastry. Heavenly! So good, I could have ordered it again immediately.
To accompany the food, they have a terrific Middle Eastern-inspired cocktail menu as well as a really interesting wine list including carefully selected wines from the eastern Mediterranean. A nice change for Edinburgh.
This is an excellent addition to Edinburgh, and indeed George Street. Make sure to book if you want a table, this place fills fast! But don’t fret if you can’t get into the restaurant itself, there is also a food menu available to eat in their bar.