7 South St David Street
+44(0)131 285 6123
Overall score: ★★★★☆
St Andrew Square is a really exciting place to be at the moment. Lots of restaurants that have established great reputations elsewhere, such as Dishoom, Wagamama and Wahaca, have set up shop in the area, attracting lots of locals to come along and try something new. The latest addition to this great wee corner is the first Scottish branch of Vapiano.
Vapiano is an Italian restaurant with a relaxed approach to dining. You order your meal at the chef stations in the middle of the restaurant and watch as the chef makes your meal right in front of you, making it really easy to tweak and change your dish as you would like – ideal for those with dietary requirements.
Vegan food at Vapiano
The good news is that, with a little tweaking, there are quite a few vegan options at Vapiano. At the time of writing, here’s what you have to play with:
- Mista Piccola
- Mista della Casa (without cheese)
- Strawberry Spinach Salad (without goat’s cheese)
- Aglio e Olio
- Funghi Bolognese
- Kids Pomodoro
(all without cheese on top)
- Margherita (no cheese)
- Vendure (no cheese)
- Funghi (no cheese)
- Capricciosa (with no ham or cheese)
- Tomato Soup (without cheese and croutons)
- Lemon Sorbet
- Raspberry Sorbet
I popped along recently with Lucie from Call Me Dumpling to try it out. Everything in Vapiano is made to order, so you can tell the chef to add or hold ingredients as you please, making it very easy to veganise dishes. All the staff are also really knowledgeable about what is suitable for vegans and what is not, so don’t be afraid to ask for tweaks here and there.
To start I had the bruschetta, which is always a surefire winner. My dining companion had the strawberry spinach salad, but they had run out of strawberries so had to mix things up with raspberries instead. It was still really good and goes to show that you can be imaginative with the menu.
We both opted to follow up with pasta, which we watched as our chef cooked. I asked for extra chilli (because heat is life) and Lucie mixed things up with her pasta. Both dishes were really tasty and well priced.
With Vapiano fast becoming a popular choice for omnis in Edinburgh, its good to know that there is plenty for vegans to feast on as well. A good restaurant with a solid reputation that is well deserved. Give it a try!
Menu info: ★★★★★
Value for money: ★★★★☆