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“Accomodating staff and great food!!”
Review of La Mula Obstinada - CLOSED

La Mula Obstinada
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed October 21, 2012

We were introduced to our waitor 'Nachos' who was brilliant throughout and really looked after the 12 of us (including 2 kids and ababy)!
We wanted to book a table for 4pm-they even opened up early especially for us and when we arrived we all had a lovely sangaria.
We had an explanation of how the menu worked and asked if we would rather have fish or meat.We said both.
Nibbles to start were a selection of meats and cheese with salad and garlic mayonaise-yummy.
Then we had an assortment of dishes which we were allowed more of if we wanted.Potatoes in spicy sauce-the kids loved these, chorizo in white wine sauce,meat stew-very tender, chicken(this had obviously been slow cooked and just gently fell off the bone-superb, spanish omlette, bean stew with meat which was lovely. We had vegetarians who were looked after really well and had separate dishes-
peppers with cous cous, delicious asparagus, egg and garlic which was to die for, veggie paella and pastas.
We didn't get round to having any fish just because we were so stuffed from all the other dishes-that would be my only criticism that there wasn't enough resting time between courses but to be honest if we had asked them to slow down a bit I am sure they would have done.
Everyone had a great time,there was lovely background music - not too loud and we were on the ground floor out of the way of everyone else so it felt like we had our own room!
It was £17.50 a head which included the sangria and dessert. (The children had extra ice-cream)Sometimes having an all you can eat policy means the food suffers but this was great and ideal for such a big party-ensuring everyone gets to taste whatever they want.Would definately go again

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Thank stanners5555
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We visited the restaurant this week because we love tapas and were very impressed with what we found. There is no menu; the very friendly and helpful waiter just whizzes back and forth bringing you authentic course after course until you declare yourself satisfied, which in our case came to a total of 12! And all for a meagre £16.95 a head - astonishing value for money! In fact I defy anyone to match such value for money in Edinburgh for quality food.

Our favourite dish was the chorizo en vino although the menu is supposed to change every night, so you never know what they will have available for your delectation next time.

The wine list was fairly extensive with the cheapest coming in at around £15 but this proved to be a good value and very smoothTempranillo, but if you don't fancy wine they also provide various beers all reasonably priced. We were slightly disappointed that they couldn't provide a glass of fino as an aperitif and felt that the aioli could have been much more garlicky, but that is just a personal preference.

We will most certainly return and bring some friends.

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Thank Edinburghjimmy
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary buy visiting the above establishment last night. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the food, service and ambience was very much to our liking. We had to give up after six courses. I also thought it was value for money.

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Thank Philip L
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

The service was attentive and charming, if occasionally a little hit and miss (the same dishes appearing twice).
The wine was decent, if pricey.
The music was far, far too loud for such a small space.
And the layout of the restaurant, which should make it interesting (laid out over a number of levels), just means that some tables are dark or subject to icy blasts every time the door is opened (as in our case).
But the food was the worst that I have had in Leith for some years; or indeed, that I have had anywhere. We enjoy eating out and have lived in or around the Shore for fifteen years, so we've been able try a lot of places. We both enjoy tapas but have long thought there is little to choose from round this way. So we went to try something new, especially as the style (no menu, just fresh tapas sent by the kitchen).
Sme not very good bread arrived, followed by an undressed salad with bland ingredients (iceberg, cheap watery tomatoes). We had to ask for some olive oil and the promised aioli did not arrive. Cheese followed (average) and cured meats. These would normally be a highlight - they were dreadful. The cheapest supermarket ham and chorizo.
Other dishes were some ok tortilla, some stodgy patatas with lurid and unspicy "bravas" sauce, chewy and greasy calamari and overdone beef in cream sauce. We left most of it. There were two roast quail supremes with bacon, which were probably the best of a bad bunch. There was also a dish described as "Spanish" stroganoff - this was like the worst of school dinners, containing chewy beef that had been boiled to death in a watery sauce with unhappy carrots.
We complained and were told that "good" hams are expensive and they want to keep the menu price down. I would rather pay for some good ham, bread and salad and just eat less - or at least have the option. We were given a little bit of money off and a couple of free liqueurs.
I'm sorry to have to write this, but I could not recommend this place, despite the lovely service.

2  Thank TallulahR
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Went here last night for an anniversary and was very impressed. Service was amazing. This is unique as there is no menu and they just keep bringing you food until you ask them to stop. Each time they bring you something different. By laws of average you arent going to like every single course that they bring you but there are some really tasty freshly made dishes.

I wouldn't advise you going here if you are a picky eater/vegetarian/don't eat seafood but if you generally like to try all types of food and have a hefty appetite then you have to try this place. Make sure though you don't eat for most of the day!

Only criticism is that it costs £4.95 for a pint of Spanish beer- though it was a very nice draught beer. Sometimes draught beers taste a bit watered down or flat but this was a good beer

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Thank kittyivan
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