The recipient of a Michein Bib Gourmand, the red guide says of The Dogs: “Cosy, slightly bohemian-style eatery on the first floor of a classic Georgian mid-terrace, with two high-ceilinged, shabby chic dining rooms and an appealing bar. Robust, good value comfort food is crafted from local, seasonal produce; sharing dishes and Scottish staples such as Arbroath Smokies feature.”
Of all the places we visited in Edinburgh, The Dogs is the one that, to a Sassenach like me, most fulfilled my expectations of what a true Scottish restaurant would be – rugged and hearty, with no bullshit.
We visited in July and the dishes, such as Devilled ox liver, Cullen skink and Black beer braised rabbit, still had a robustness to them that had me wanting to toss a caber - I wager the autumn and winter menus would have me painting my face blue and baring my arse.
In short, we loved The Dogs and would go back in a heartbeat. Here’s what we ate.
Devilled ox liver, onions, bacon, mushroom toast
(traditional Scottish smoked haddock & potato soup)
Mussels, cider, bacon, cream
6oz flat iron steak, chips, beef tomato
Black beer braised rabbit, polenta, spiced carrots, roasted peanuts
White cabbage, garlic, chilli
Honeycomb, brownie, marshmallow mess
Lemon posset, ginger, biscuit