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“Lucky find”
Review of Iglu - CLOSED

Iglu
Cuisines: Steakhouse, British, Pub, Gastropub, Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Neighborhood: New Town
Description: Located in a back street 10 mins walk from Princes Street away from the tourist prices. Award winning Scottish food with French and Italian influences. Iglu is famous for using wonderful local produce, much of it being organic and bought directly from artisan producers.We are rated as one of the best places to eat Scottish food in Edinburgh - and there is pretty tough competition - most of the others charge a lot more! Our food has featured in the Michelin guide, we won gastropub of the year, best sunday lunch and many other awards! We think it is great honest food maximizing the flavours of the high quality produce.Cosy and relaxed Iglu is in the historic World Heritage Site Edinburgh New Town. There is a street level bar with real stone walls, Black Isle organic beers on tap (Iglu was the first place in Edinburgh to put them on tap)hand crafted Scottish oak tables and bar tops. There are Oak holders for glass Demijohns contaning hand made Scottish fruit liquers.You can eat in the bar which can seat twenty people here or in the dining room upstairs which seats up to thirty people.Service for us is important - we try and be there for you but not overly attentative. I hope you enjoy your time at Iglu - and tell the world about us! Charlie
Perth, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Lucky find”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

Was looking for somewhere in Edinburgh for the Saturday night and Iglu popped up on Trip advisor. Duly phoned and they couldnt hve been more helpful as 2 of our party were going to be later. this was no problem. It does come under steak category but that night there wasn't steak on the menu which I think means it changes quite regularly.

3 of us had the mussels to start which were fab - plump and juicy with a white wine cream sauce - simple but tasty. Then followed by locally sourced lamb which was cooked to perfection, one had the beef casserole which filled a hungry husband! Iglu is trying hard to source locally and following a chat with our waitress she knew where the places were which is always encouraging and didn't have to ask anyone....

Would return in a flash

Visited June 2013
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1 Thank poppeta69
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Edinburgh
2 reviews
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“Horrific meal - worst ever”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

Arrived with my boyfriend and at first the service was very good. We both ordered the beef, 10 minutes later what can only be described as muck was presented to us. My boyfriends dinner was still frozen, and mine was literally a plate of potatoes and fat, topped in gravy with chunky carrots. We were advised the chef would ' heat this up for us' after we advised her it was stone cold and frozen in the middle. Stupidly we ordered something else, big mistake. Lamb was presented to us as tough as old boots, pink in the middle - almost raw, but so tough we couldn't even cut it.

To add insult to injury' the table next to us advised the waitress her chicken was 'raw' after the waitress came back from speaking to the chef, her response from the kitchen was classic 'the chef says that this is a vein, not raw' when the poor girl cut into another piece of her chicken, it was indeed raw and clearly not cooked.

This was the final straw and at this point we got our stuff and left. I think it's fair to say we will never ever be back. This guy should not be cooking food.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Paula C
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Organic/Scottish Food”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

Went there for fathers day with my wife and one of my daughters. We were downstairs which has around 8 tables as well as the bar area. Quite small but very welcoming. They also have further restaurant space upstairs.The food was delicious - not cheap but good portions, well cooked and well worth the money. They also have unusual beers and liqueurs on offer.
I would definitely go back there again

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank AlexCath0206
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Edinburgh
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370 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“cracking scran”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

lovely organic and localy sourced food
had fish for both courses and it was gorgeous
a real gem of a place

Visited June 2013
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1 Thank kennytaylor
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Totally overrated”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Having read great reviews of this place, I cannot emphasise how disappointed my friends and I were by this place.

Food was mediocre and not particularly cheap and the service was awful. Waitress couldn't be bothered to tend to our party of four, and was more concerned about talking to her friend who had come in to see her instead.

One to avoid until they improve the menu and staff.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Emma C
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