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!
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Delicious and tasty food, friendly staff and a very relaxing atmosphere made for a very enjoyable evening. The only complaint was very slow service but this did not detract from the experience. Would definitely go back.
Food was great as always. Only fault was the booking, waitress had no knowledge it, and upstairs request was unfulfilled. Could be crossed wires among staff.
Friendly staff, tasty food and free BYOB = a great evening out :) Good level of spice and different flavours..we all enjoyed it. Thank you!