About Shebeen Morrison Street
South African restaurant by Lothian Road
Named after township drinking dens, Shebeen is a traditionally styled South African restaurant just off Lothian Road on Morrison Street. The cosy, rustic decor is populated with carved African art. The wine list and selection of beers also reflect the restaurant’s South African heritage. Such is the success of Shebeen, that it has expanded to open new branches in Dalkeith and Dalry.
Steaks, burgers and South African specialities
Beef sourced from local farms and hung for five weeks is at the heart of the Shebeen menus. As well as rib-eyes and T-bones, there are rump and sirloin cuts available in lion portions or the smaller cheetah size. All steaks are seasoned with Shebeen’s signature steak rub. The same well-hung steak is used in Shebeen’s range of burgers.
Typical south African dishes such as biltong, Boerewors sausage, South African samosas and bunny chow – hollowed-out loaves filled with Durban curry – are all popular here. While meat-lovers will be very happy, there are other options. King prawns, sea bream, calamari and veggie samosa also put in an appearance. Try to leave space for traditional South African desserts such as the melktert, a sweet biscuit base with a rich and creamy filling.
Lothian Road transport and attractions
Shebeen is on Morrison Street, just off Lothian Road and opposite the Odeon cinema. There is pay parking on Semple Street and, in the evenings, free on-street parking. Waverley and Haymarket stations are around a ten minute taxi. Local attractions include the Filmhouse and Cameo cinemas plus the Usher Hall, Royal Lyceum and Traverse Theatre.