Downtown Edinburgh is so visually striking that it’s almost annoying. At the very least, the city’s good looks – with a black, gothic aesthetic interwoven throughout old, stone edifices – made me rather annoying to be around. “Hey look at that building everyone! It looks great! And look at THAT one! Why aren’t you looking at it enough? Damnit, I said look!” And so it went.
Nestled in one of the many beautiful alleyways in the heart of the old downtown area is The Devil’s Advocate. The cheekily* named bar has a quiet, classy atmosphere in its interior, dimly lit and not getting in the way of its surrounding. I was on such a city aesthetics high that evening would have been enjoyable even if the staff had told me “sorry, we ran out of all of the food and drinks and stuff,” but in a stroke of good luck, they still had that stuff. And that stuff was very good.
Among other things, they had a scotch cocktail that I actually liked, when scotch normally tastes likes gasoline and sadness to me. For another thing, the dishes themselves were very well thought out, with a many different strong flavors balancing each other out in a satisfying way. One dish included a roasted bird with crispy, fatty skin, a bed of quinoa, and little pomegranate seeds that popped with fruity flavor. It was a great meal overall, and I would definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting the city. Just don’t go with someone as annoying as me.
*Having spent some time in the UK, I am now obligated to use words like “cheeky.”