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Ristorante Sambuca

Italian Restaurant and Takeaway

2.5 out of 5 2.5/5 from 2 reviews (add your opinion)

103-105 Causewayside

Phone: 0131 667 3307

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Price: ££
Licensed: Yes
Pre-Theatre: No

Takeaway: Yes
Delivery: No

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3.5 from MartinR (88%) on April 22nd, 2009 (10 years ago)

Ristorante Sambuca, 103-105 Causewayside, EH9 1QG, Edinburgh

Sambuca is a friendly little restaurant on Causewayside. It's not the kind of place you would go out of your way to visit, but it's great for when you want a free-and-easy and relatively cheap meal.

The food isn't anything to write home about (although they do specialise in fish which we haven't tried yet). other than the fish specialities, they have a specials board which never changes, and the usual fare of pasta, pizza, etc.

The ambience is interesting, as there is no 'set crowd' so to speak of and everytime we go in or go past there's someone interesting in there. I'm not sure how to explain this better!

My recommendation is that sambuca is good for an early and speedy meal if you're going on somewhere, or if you just need to get out of the house the few days before pay day arrives.

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1.5 from EmmaR (69%) on November 6th, 2009 (9 years ago)

Ristorante Sambuca, 103-105 Causewayside, EH9 1QG, Edinburgh

I want to like this place. I really do. It's a basic italian that showed promise as I walked in the door. However, I've left the restaurant disappointed.

The decor is ok. It's trying to be modern but not quite getting it right. The staff are pleasant enough. I have no quibbles there. It's just the food. Even I can cook better italian food than this (and that's saying something!).

I had garlic bread with tomatoes for my starter (bruschetta really). The tomatoes were fresh but the bread was soggy and barely resembled bread by the time I was about half way though. It was covered in garlic, which for me was a good thing but I could imagine some people finding it a bit too much. My partner had minestrone and we ordered some extra bread. The bread was actually quite nice (little was I to know that filling up on that was a good idea). Across the table, extra seasoning was applied liberally to the soup to try to obtain some flavour.

For my main course I ordered lasagne al forno. Not very adventurous, I know. However, there was hardly any meat in it. There was what looked like sliced mozarella in there but it hadn't melted and actually tasted like boiled egg. It might have been boiled egg. There were also slices of something that I couldn't identify but could well have been some kind of sausage meat. The pasta was also mush. On the other side of the table a pizza was being enjoyed but more due to the fact it was meeting a pizza craving rather than delivering a delicious taste.

The only good side was that it was cheap. So at least we weren't being ripped off by this. I have read since that fish is the restaurant's speciality. Maybe they should focus on that rather than the italian side of the business.

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