Edinburgh Festivals 2014: the best street food options
A handy guide to the best places to grab a bite between Fringe shows
This article is from 2014.
When there’s only enough time for a quick bite on the hoof, Edinburgh’s burgeoning street-food scene offers plenty of choice. Ian Hogg rounds up some of the best options
Operating from a police box on Middle Meadow Walk, Tupiniquim positively glows with Brazilian sunshine, offering carefully composed and generously filled sweet and savoury gluten-free crêpes as well as a Saturday-only black bean feijoada, laden with smoked pork rib and bacon.
For a touch of porcine pleasure, Oink (which has branches on Victoria Street and Canongate) offers slow-cooked hog roast rolls from piglet sized to full-on grunter, with lashings of sage and onion stuffing, apple sauce and crackling. Its snout pokes out again at Saturday’s Castle Terrace farmers’ market, alongside Perthshire’s famed Puddledub buffalo burgers and relative newcomer Nusou with their gourmet noodles in aromatic broth.
BBQ-bicycle On The Roll leads the peloton into George Square with its freshly grilled bratwurst sausages imported from the German Munsterland region, teamed with homemade spicy sauce, sauerkraut and fried onions.
Across town, inspired by India’s street-food culture, Bruntsfield’s Bollywood Coffee Box offers a rapidly changing seasonal menu stretching from comforting rasam soup and spicy vegetarian samosas to chickpea and chicken curries – all with spice tailored to your taste.
Forrest Road’s Union of Genius showcases a daily choice of six seasonal soups from their 80-strong recipe repertoire with tagine-spiced chickpea or butternut squash and ginger typically big on flavour and invariably vegan friendly, gluten and dairyfree.
Back in Festival heartland, Bristo Square’s Underbelly and George Square’s Assembly complexes link over a dozen foodie stalls and the occasional café pop-up, all encircling acres of picnic-friendly tables and artificial grass.