When recommending restaurants in Edinburgh to my friends and family from California, I get into a bit of a dilemma. Visitors should be eating Scottish food and eat in a traditional Scottish restaurant. The problem is that a typical Scottish dining experience would be at a pub and a pub is not exactly super family friendly. Another issue I find is that most Scottish food include fried foods, potatoes, cream, and buttered pie crusts, which are not foods that I, a semi-lactose-intolerant and “health-conscious” Californian can recommend with a good conscious. The other problem is that my favorite restaurants in Edinburgh tend to be Asian and I can’t bring my guests from California, where there are hundreds of amazing Asian restaurants to eat Asian food in Scotland.
Nonetheless, Andrew and I have a place that we do recommend. It’s called Fishers in Leith. Fishers has another location in the city centre, but this is the original Fishers set in a 17th century watchtower. It’s pretty small and can only sit a few tables at a time, but they have two dining areas serving really great seafood. I find it hard for me to describe the food because it’s just fresh seafood. They don’t try to do anything innovative or try to do a special fusion of flavors so pictures will have to do. We generally just order from their “Favourites” menu and this is what we get.
Service is excellent and I like how the place is still reminiscent of Leith’s history as a harbor and port. The two times Andrew and I have gone, we didn’t make any reservations, but I’d recommend making a reservation since they don’t have many tables.