African and Sudanese cuisine is a rising star in Edinburgh, especially among the hungry and switched-on in Southside’s studentville. No wonder then that Nile Valley Cafe’s Chapel Street location is the place where many University of Edinburgh types converge come lunchtime, all looking for a great value food fix bursting with flavourful, colourful, and healthy ingredients. The Sudanese wraps are undoubtedly the most popular item on the menu here, but there are a range of African delicacies on the menu to choose from – soups, salads and stews figure large, but also sweet Sudanese desserts. A polyglot cuisine, Sudanese food has absorbed centuries of influence from the Arab world, the Ottoman Empire, and Levantine, Egyptian, Yemeni, Indian, and Ethiopian traditions – a very pleasurable blend indeed, and one worthy of an exploration. Just don’t forget the traditional strong, sweet and cinnamon-spiced coffee!
Delicious food, very friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere. We shared one main and three starters between two and had plenty to eat, and meant we got to try lots of different things.
Food was amazing we all enjoyed it. Great value for money and byob is always good. Would definitely recommend a visit plenty of choice also good for vegetarians.
Great food, great service been a favourite for years . It might look a bit shabby on the outside, but don't let that fool you .. super tasty
Good food, great service but Cafe itself very very cold.