While cheese and aubergine can be absolutely fantastic (especially cheese...), vegetarians appreciate variety as much as your standard meat-eater, so like to try different things now and again.
They’re also likely to be a member of most groups of family or friends looking to dine out, so restaurateurs who don’t cater adequately for this eventuality are missing a trick.
You certainly won’t struggle if you’re planning a city break to Edinburgh, however. We were spoiled for choice in picking our favourite vegetarian dining spots, but here are a few to get you started...
Renowned chef Tom Kitchin is Scotland’s youngest Michelin-starred owner-chef, and runs his eponymously titled restaurant with wife Michaela, who has extensive hospitality experience. Quite a team, eh? There’s an array of menus filled with Scottish-sourced seasonal produce, including a set menu and tasting menu dedicated entirely to vegetarian cuisine. You can dine on dishes like carrot tatin served with Ticklemore goat’s cheese, roasted carrot and Eassie Farm asparagus. And matched wines, of course...
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Like your vegetables and pulses with a bit of spice? Then Kalpna will please you. It’s been serving superb south Indian food in Scotland’s capital city for more than 25 years, combining locally sourced vegetarian ingredients with authentic Punjabi and Gujurati cooking styles. Its signature dish is Dam Aloo Kashmeri: potato barrels filled with mixed vegetables, paneer and nuts, with sauces of fresh tomato, honey and ginger; and almond and saffron. Yum.
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This gourmet restaurant near the Scottish Parliament has a creative, globally inspired menu and specialises not only in vegetarian cuisine, but vegan too. Options like olive polenta, home-smoked tofu, Thai broccoli fritters and walnut ravioli have been big hits with locals for many years, while the staff are often praised for their friendly and accommodating approach to service.
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Number One at The Balmoral
This Princes Street restaurant has had a Michelin Star for over a decade and offers some lovely vegetarian options on its seasonal a la carte menu, with typically creative examples such as heritage tomato with fennel, gazpacho and raspberry sorbet. The kitchen is also happy to adjust its entire tasting menu to cater for vegetarians (seven or 10 courses), so you can enjoy a truly luxurious experience.
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A big plus of this veteran vegetarian restaurant is that it serves breakfast, too – so it’s a great place to fuel up for an Edinburgh shopping trip or day of sightseeing. It dates from the 1970s and serves everything from veggie shepherd’s pie to Mediterranean-inspired mezze dishes, often backed by live music. The puddings and coffee have also helped Henderson’s build up a loyal and passionate set of fans, leading to the opening of two more outlets.
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Take yourself on a foodie adventure
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