Just a stone’s throw down Morrison Street from Edinburgh’s Haymarket station, the centerpiece of Rodi Turkish Mediterranean Restaurant is obvious from the moment you step across the threshold. Dominated by a huge charcoal grill, Rodi is renowned for its Turkish-style grilled meats and seafood in an eastern Mediterranean style, all given a wonderful charcoal aroma by the piece de resistance of Rodi’s kitchen. Be sure to finish your meal with a piece of traditional baklava and a cup of strong, black Turkish coffee.
Most of the dishes on Rodi’s comprehensive Turkish-Mediterranean menu make some use of the massive charcoal barbecue that dominates this Haymarket restaurant’s open kitchen. Walk by Rodi’s premises on the corner of Morrison Street and Gardner’s Crescent and you’ll be tempted to step inside just because of the delicious fragrance of chargrilled meat, seafood and vegetables we suspect is deliberately pumped onto the street for the express purpose of so-called ‘smell marketing’. Whatever you do, and whatever charcoal-grilled delicacy you have in mind, you’re strongly advised to begin your meal at Edinburgh’s Rodi with a hot or cold mezze platter.
Beyond these wonderful samplers of Turkish and Middle Eastern-Mediterranean cuisines, try the spiced sucuk sausage as an entree, or the many dressed onion salads such as a curious number consisting of burnt shallots and a pomegranate dressing. Hearty mains like the Ottoman special, the patlican kebab, chicken tavuk guvec or beyti pile plates high with succulent meats while Edinburgh’s vegetarians will be gratified to know that there are several non-meat options on the cards. Easily found east of the city centre towards Haymarket, Rodi is a certifiable destination for fans of smoky Turkish and Mediterranean flavours.
A great choice for an early Satturday lunch. Good range of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. Only ordered main courses but was given fresh pitta bread and homemade dips to start. We enjoyed our visit - only our second date!
Reat food, very friendly staff, highly recommended. We had a fabulous evening last Friday. The special platter was absolutely delightful. Will definitely return next time we're in Edinburgh.
Great decor, service, and food! We loved the meal to share and my boyfriend and I cannot wait to go back again. Perfect date night!
Lovely little place. Great Food. Will go again. Had the hot and cold mixed platter. Hummus dips were lovely. Bread nice and fresh. All meat cooked perfect.
The positive reviews about the food are correct. We chose to be there on the Thursday night prior to Christmas so there were noisy groups so not the best time to think about ambiance. The staff were concerned greatly for tables with smaller numbers and apologised for the noise but it was not their fault and I was pleased that they cared. Service was still smooth and quick, food was still good and I have no doubt that my return visit will be a lot less noisy. Please don't let the above comments put anyone off visiting. This is more than just a meze - type restaurant and the food was tasty, delicious and I thought, good value for money!
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Rodi for a friend's birthday, we were very warmly welcomed as soon as we arrived, given lots of information regarding the menu and enjoyed a starter of delicious dips and amazing bread and olives, followed by really tasty main courses including chicken sis and mixed kebab, all served with beautiful sauces and salads and rice. We cannot wait to come back! Really lovely evening.
Having already booked online and confirmed the reservation by telephone we were surprised to get to the restaurant and not have a table waiting for us. We had to stand by the door of the small restaurant for ten minutes waiting for a party to leave before we were seated. Our starters took fifty minutes to come out, followed by the mains which took a further half an hour. Three out of four of us were served, while we were still waiting for the final main to be plated up. The final dish was served with no sides with the waiter informing us "we've had a busy night so we've run out of rice. Will chips be okay for you?" Why weren't we told this before we ordered? Or before the dishes were even served? This also explained by the side of rice on three of our dishes was so small. Very poor service by what can only be described as a one man show. Very disappointing as the food we did manage to eat seemed okay. Our final bill wasn't even reduced despite us not receiving what we had ordered. Really quite surprised that this restaurant is rated so highly online.
Visited here for first time recently. It was excellent from the minute we stepped in until we left. We were greeted by Ali and he was excellent. Extremely welcoming and friendly. The food was very good. So tasty. We will definitely return next time we are in Edinburgh. Slightly off beaten but only a few minutes from Usher Hall.
Superb service from all the staff and fabulous food will definitely be visiting again soon. Situated on a corner it's quite possible to pass without a second glance but it's advisable to book in advance just in case it's busy as it's well worth it cost is average not cheap but not expensive.
Fantastic restaurant! The food and service were outstanding. We had halloumi and liver to start, then a mixed grill and tavuk sis for main courses. Everything was cooked perfectly and quality of the meat excellent. Staff couldn’t have been more welcoming. This was our first visit and we will definitely be back!