In a world where authenticity and integrity are as hard to find as Nigella seeds to a wannabe on Alan Sugar's The Apprentice, The Tapas Tree is a beacon of hope.
Run with charming sleight of hand by proprietor Luis Letelier-Lobos, all the dedicated and knowledgeable staff in this wonderful Spanish restaurant are native speakers. This is no theme-park eaterie - it's the real thing, with great Spanish staff and a fantastic array of dishes.
Seafood is a speciality, with crema de mejillones or gambas al ajillo a must-try. The service is sensitive to the needs of the customer, so if it's a long lunch you're after Luis will make sure you've time to linger. If it's speedy tapas you fancy there will be no hanging around.
The platter of meats and The Tapas Tree's famous chorizo sausage are worth savouring but the buzz of this haunt is what makes it a fun and unusual place to lunch with clients or friends. The place makes you feel at home instantly, and you'll definitely come again.
Luis also offers an outside catering service, so it's worth considering using The Tapas Tree for a PR event or party.
The principle of tapas is sharing - and that is certainly something that is very hard to do when food can be as good as this.
Where: 1 Forth Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JS
Contact: 0131 556 7118
How much: £12.50 a head