Edinburgh: The Basement

the basement edinburgh review 1

Mexican food is the best, right? I’m of the opinion that anything can be made better with the addition of coriander and lime, so I was very happy to be invited along to The Basement to try out their Mexican-inspired menu recently. So, on a rainy Thursday night after work, I headed along to Broughton Street to enjoy some food and drinks in this cosy basement bar.

the basement edinburgh review 4

the basement edinburgh review 3

What We Ate at The Basement

The Basement’s menu is full of Mexican street food, traditional dishes and tex-mex favourites. We opted for a selection of the small plates to share, rather than a starter and main course, so we could try out lots of different dishes. Whilst we waited for our Mexican tapas feast to arrive, we opted for some guacamole and chips to keep us going. The guacamole is made fresh at your table, so you can customise it however you like – it was almost as good as my own homemade guac, even if I do say so myself! As for the small plates, we ordered some monkfish tacos, chipotle & agave ribs, confit duck quesadillas, frickles (aka fried peppers & pickles), a side of refried beans and some extra chips and salsa.

the basement edinburgh review 8

the basement edinburgh review 9

the basement edinburgh review 10

Of all the dishes, I think the ribs were my favourite with their sweet and smokey glaze, and I loved the frickles too. I really enjoyed the monkfish tacos too, they tasted really light and fresh. Unfortunately I didn’t read the menu closely enough and failed to notice there was goat’s cheese (euughhhhh) in the duck quesadillas so didn’t enjoy these as much as I thought I was going to, but if you like goat’s cheese then I’m sure you would have loved them!

the basement edinburgh review 2

the basement edinburgh review 11

The Atmosphere at The Basement

Being tucked away below street level, The Basement feels lovely and cosy and it’s the perfect mix between a bustling bar and a casual restaurant. Everything felt very laid back even though it was quite busy (much busier than I thought it might have been on a rainy Thursday night!), so we decided to stick around and have a couple of drinks after we had finished our meal. As well as a lovely draught cider recommended by the waitress, I also tried out one of the cocktails. I went for a rhubarb mojito made with my favourite Rhubarb & Ginger Edinburgh Gin.

the basement edinburgh review 6

the basement edinburgh review 5

Worth a Visit?

Overall, I really liked The Basement and I’d definitely head back for dinner or even just for drinks. If I was heading back for dinner, I think next time I’d opt for one of the main courses (the sizzling fajitas at the table next to us looked and smelled amazing!) rather than a few small plates to share, but the small plates would be great if you fancy a light bite or some snacks to share. The Basement also do brunch from 11am-3pm every day so it would be perfect for a relaxed daytime meal as well.

Have you visited The Basement yet?

Gillian x


Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.


  • People always talk about how great frickles are and I’ve never had them – I really want to try them out! Also, there’s nothing quite like fresh, hot chips from a restaurant, eh?

  • Anika Hunt says:

    Great photos, everything looks so wonderful – The Basement is definitely going on my list.

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  • em says:

    this looks yum!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.