A neat local eatery with rust-coloured leather booths and banquettes, black and copper
tables, and local art on the walls, this diner has a menu of succulent Aberdeen Angus
steaks and homemade burgers, but also offers more unusual fare such as chicken and cho-
rizo kebabs, or smoked haddock with black-pudding stovies (stewed potatoes).
( www.diner7.co.uk ; 7 Commercial St; mains £7-12;
4-11pm Mon-Sat, 11am-11pm Sun;
Top 5 Edinburgh Novels
› The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Muriel Spark, 1962) The story of a charismatic teacher in a
1930s Edinburgh girls school.
› Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh, 1993) A disturbing and darkly humorous journey through the
junkie underworld of 1990s Edinburgh.
› Complicity (Iain Banks, 1993) Gruesome and often hilarious thriller-cum-satire on the greed
and corruption of the Thatcher years.
› Born Free (Laura Hird, 1999) A gritty and tragic but heart-warming tale of modern family life
in one of Edinburgh's poorer neighbourhoods.
› The Falls by Ian Rankin (2001) A gripping noir-style crime novel that stars hard-drinking de-
tective John Rebus, Edinburgh's answer to Sam Spade.