My experience of the restaurants in the DRG stable has been fairly mixed over the years. I’ve enjoyed several good trips to Amarone but I was very unimpressed with Cadiz, for example. After a spot of silent reading at Lucky Liquor, we were in the mood for tapas so headed to one of their more established Edinburgh sites Cafe Andaluz, which sits beneath the previously mentioned Cadiz on George Street.
I was joined on this enterprise by regular guest quester Rachel who most recently joined at Cafe de la Poste.
We both had a considerable appetite so dived in to ordering with considerable relish. Our target number of dishes was six plus bread. We opted for tomato bread, a little paella, some padron peppers, tortilla, patatas bravas, battered king prawns and a chorizo and black pudding stew. We accompanied things with a decent bottle of Verdejo.
Things pretty much arrived in a oner and it all looked much as expected.
Highlights were the stew and the delicious peppers which tend to be my tapas favourite. The prawns were large and accurately cooked, too. The rest was solidly decent but more than anything it was precisely the type of meal we needed: a good range of flavours and textures; nothing too challenging or complicated; just simple and hearty fare.
So overall, without being in any danger of tearing up trees Cafe Andaluz did the job of addressing our hunger in assured style. What we ate hit the spot and while it wasn’t to the standard of places like La Sal or Malaga Tapas, it was what we needed at that time on that day. I’d be happy to return when next the mood takes me.
Blythe scores Cafe Andaluz
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13.5/20
Today’s quarters were: Rachel, Blythe
We ate: tortilla, patatas bravas, padron peppers, chorizo and black pudding stew, tomato bread, king prawns, paella
We drank: white wine, water, tea, cortado
We wore: flip flops, shades
Total bill: £64.55
Address: 77 George Street, New Town, Edinburgh EH2 3EE