When you think of traditional Scottish food, a few very specific things probably come to mind: haggis, deep-fried mars bars, maybe the odd Scotch Pie. No matter what you think of, it probably doesn’t include high-end vegan cuisine, so it may surprise you to know that Henderson’s have been an Edinburgh institution for over half a century. Since opening their doors in 1962, the vegetable enthusiasts have expanded to include four locations, and converted their original shop and deli into the now renowned Salad Table Restaurant.
Split into two floors, the first level is brightly lit and perfect for brunch, while downstairs has a softer, more intimate atmosphere. Each night tasks a different live band with ramping up the ambience, whether that’s a double-bass wielding folk duo or a more restrained, jazzy affair. The menu is small but impeccably put together, with almost every option, either vegan or easily vegan-able. There are even cheat dishes that could please the staunchest meat-eater, such as battered cauliflower “BBQ wings” that are better than the real thing. Plus, Henderson’s health-conscious ethos means you don’t have to feel bad about ordering a dessert all to yourself, even if they are big enough to share!
Insider tip: Bringing the whole squad? Seats fill up fast, so for groups bigger than four make sure to make a reservation.