Restaurant review: Tigerlilly, Edinburgh

by Faye Knows Best10th August 2015

If you are taking a trip to the stunning, historical city of Edinburgh then you may wish to visit the super-cute Tigerlilly restaurant which sits proudly in the centre, a 15 minute walk from the main train station Waverley.

Tigerlilly is bright and bold, verging on the kitsch, but with amazingly helpful staff. The venue is a hotel and bar too so you could select to stay for the night, or visit just for drinks.
I visited with my siblings as a group of five; we had booked in advance, but there was no worries in seating us as the place seemingly wasn’t busy. Having looked around in more detail, clever screening and little semi-hidden tables revealed there were more cutomers enjoying private conversations so we couldn’t hear them but the restaurant still maintained a nice atmosphere.

The menu features some beautiful sounding seafood choices, so is perfect for you if fish is your dish. My brother selected the oysters, and two of us had the langoustines. There’s a good veggie option too – my older sister Liz had beetroot and goats cheese starter which was a refreshingly interesting and creative change from the usual tomato or mushroom soup.
Tigerlilly with the siblings
There’s a detailed wine menu too, so even if you are select about the corks you pop I think you’d find something wonderful on here. Those of you who are fans (there’s enough of you!) will be happy to hear Cloudy Bay is on the menu.

By far the best menu item was the langoustine which are sold on an individual basis at £2.95 each – I went for three of them for my starter which seemed the right number. They were quite time consuming to eat so don’t order if you’re in a hurry, especially given our starters took 40 minutes to arrive at the table after ordering.

The music is chilled out chart from the last five years or so – think Hard Fi ‘Hard to Beat’ coupled with Chery Cole ‘Fight for this Love’. Maybe sounds cheesy, but actually it balances out what otherwise could be a very intimidating place given its super-styled chic decor and efficient mannered staff.

We had a wonderful, relaxed afternoon with stunning food at a reasonable price. The service isn’t speedy though so this is the kind of place you go for a post-shopping chill out and cocktail, rather than a mid-shop pick-me-up. But otherwise highly recommended.

Best track – Katy Perry ‘Hot n Cold’
Worst track – Shakira ‘Hips don’t Lie’
Best food – Langoustines
Best drink – Dona Victorina Sauvignon Blanc (but there’s soooo many gorgeous hand-crafted cocktails to choose from at around £8.00 each).

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