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Really nice atmosphere insude, polite staff and well presented. Interior was lovely, and food was really nice too. Would definitely recommend to others and will hopefully be back at some point in the future. Well done guys and happy new year, all the best for 2019!
Delicious food and drinks. Excellent service. One of the best restaurants in town. On the next visit in Edinburgh in any case again.
The food was great. Guac made to our own preference. Cauli Taco was superb. Great range of drinks and quality help with picking a tequila. Best part is the staff. They are super friendly and helpful. 10 out of 10.
Excellent meal for 3 at the Basement last night. The steak fajita was really good and for vegetarians the beetroot enchilada tasted fab. Great wine and good quick service, what more can you ask for. No room for dessert but the churros were tempting
The Basement in Broughton St is my new favourite restaurant in Edinburgh. Pleasant and efficient service. We’ve been 4 times in the past month so make of that what you will. I never thought I could enjoy Mexican food as much as this. I gather they change the menu quite often. My favourite was the Brisket Chilli. Only downside is the beer is a bit on the pricey side but that's the norm for Embra Central these days. But I did get a top up when I moaned (as usual) about the short measure the first time we went. I gather the Margaritas - again a bit on the small side - are good though. If you like freshly made guacamole this is the place for you!
My wife and I ate here before going to the theatre. We both love Latin American food, so we were both looking forward to it. Our table was located in a small alcove towards the back of the premises, which was great apart from when tables next to us ordered the sizzling fajitas, which gave off quite a lot of smoke. Everyone was coughing and it wasn't particularly pleasant for a few minutes - the problem could be easily solved by some additional ventilation. As for the food; the starter of a trio of salsas was delicious, as were our main courses, so no complaints there. For drinks; my wife is pregnant and was drinking mocktails, which are listed on the menu. This was a nice change, as its often difficult to find a decent selection of soft drinks. Unfortunately, they made up the mocktail with alcohol, which we both tasted quite clearly. I took it up to the bar and the waitress who was serving our table tasted it and said there was not any alcohol in it. When I asked her to check with the bar staff, they said it had rum in it! They gave us the drinks for free, but I think a little more care and attention needs to be paid as the consequences could have been serious, not just for pregnant people but for anyone who is avoiding drinking.
Enjoyed this Mexican restaurant at the top of Broughton Street. Great space inside with Mexican inspired design and the staff are really lovely and accommodating. We ordered guac and chips to start and loved that they come to your table and make the guac (loads of tasty ingredients) in front of you and to your tastes. A lovely touch and great idea. For mains we ordered the battered cod tacos, carne asada tacos and chicken fajitas. The cod tacos were really tasty, but the carne asada was quite tough and I wasn't a fan - didn't finish mine. The chicken fajitas were tasty as well but not a huge amount of chicken for the price. Overall I had a good experience and would go back (and not order the carne asada tacos) and recommend to others but it is on the more expensive side relative to other Mexican restaurants in Edinburgh, particularly for what you get (2 tacos per portion and not a massive amount of chicken for £14/15).
Basement restaurant and bar were pretty busy when we arrived. The menu is not huge here and surprising for a mexican there aren't many veggie options. We kicked off with guacamole to share, it was made at the table from a range of ingredients, a nice touch. It was more avocado dip than guacamole sadly as it was lacking in chilli and lime - the corn chips which came with it were very authentic though and a welcome change from the common dorito look a likes. I chose broccoli and chickpea fajitas for my main which came with small dishes of salsa (watery chopped tomatoes, no chilli), guacamole, sour cream etc and a huge platter of chickpeas, a few peppers, onions and broccoli again not much flavour. The tortillas were cold a a bit stiff since they came folded on a plate rather than kept warm in the usual little wooden bowl with lid. My partner had the 3 bean enchilada which he described mainly as dry. If you're into tequila then this is the place as the choice is huge. Service was good and speedy.
Food was average, served at luke warm temperature. Squid and prawn tacos consisted of one shrivelled up piece of calamari and literally two prawns per taco. I was not the only person in the party to have the dish and the other person recieved the same. Coleslaw was brown (or whatever it was meant to be to be honest.) Specific cocktail we had visited premises for was not available. Ie. No Blood orange Daiquiri Again, 7pm on a Saturday night. Premises most prominent drink unavailable Which also considering one of the servers being unable to give us, and subsequently, the surrounding tables, the correct drinks several times. When asked if we wanted anything else, server took order from one of our party and left before checking if anyone else wanted anything. And we did. Therefore, left hungry. Our table was booked at 7pm. At 8:26 we were informed that we only had the table until half past 8pm. 4 minutes notice. Being shocked at this information we asked why. Our server instructed us that we should have been made aware of this at the time of booking. We were not. No mention of table curfew. And this was from a table of people working in a customer facing, hospitality environment, on a work night out. I booked online. But I phoned the next (day of booking) to see if we could add an additional person, to which we were told no. Which is fair enough, but again, another chance to mention only having the table for an hour and a half. All in all a fairly abysmal experience.
I really like The Basement and this time I enjoyed it as much as in the past. The service was great and not too obtrusive, the food was yummy and filling and I think the dessert might have been my favourite part. Lovely atmosphere, great staff and yummy vegetarian options. A good combination.