I love it when you find somewhere new to go in your home city and you feel like you just discovered an amazing hidden gem.
Today my Mum and Aunty were visiting Edinburgh so we took a trip into town to grab some lunch and wander around the Christmas market.
I always struggle picking somewhere to eat. There is so much choice in Edinburgh but Mum remembered a little place that she and Dad stumbled upon during their last visit to Edinburgh (I vaguely remember her mentioning it but sadly wasn’t listening close enough at the time). A little Italian on Cockburn Street – La Locanda Italian Bistro.
The decor in the bistro is simple yet effective. Italian pictures on the wall and flowers on the tables. Fairy lights (possibly just for Christmas) and nice warm lighting. A place with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and (as my Mum put it) you could sit happily in all afternoon and feel relaxed.
The menu is not too extensive so you don’t feel overwhelmed and they pride themselves on their ‘Authentic Italian Home Cooking’. You can choose from a lighter dish, a handful of main courses or a panini. I chose the picante sausages with salad, roasted vegetables, Artisan bread and mostarda di frutta (an Italian condiment made of candied fruit and a mustard-flavoured syrup). They were delicious. I would go so far as to say the tastiest sausages I have ever had. I have never tried mostarda di frutta before but it was nice and sweet and the perfect accompaniment to the spicy sausage.
My Mum and Aunty both had the light dish of smoked salmon with capers and crème fraîche, which looked delightful and judging by their wiped clean plates it definately was.
I was looking forward to my Almond and Jam tart (I love anything made with almonds) but sadly they had sold out so we skipped dessert and decided to head to the Christmas Market – a good excuse to go back and next time try the puddings!
La Locanda Italian Bistro is located on Cockburn Street, just a short walk from the Royal Mile or Princes Street. It is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, takeaway or just drinks from 8am – 6pm.
The bistro is child friendly, has table service, outdoor tables (for when the weather is a bit warmer perhaps) and welcomes groups and private parties.
I would definately recommend this little bistro if you are out and about in Edinburgh and looking for something a little less main stream. The staff were lovely and the food was fabulous.