The Ransacked Black Oven started out as a mobile street food van (or rather, Landrover) and was a regular fixture at festivals, markets and foodie events. It has now found a permanent home, just off Potterow, in the University quarter.
The interior is a minimalist space with black walls, simple wooden tables and chairs and a bunch of funky, woven lamp shades. There’s a much sought after area in the window at one end, with lots of rugs and comfy cushions for settling in for a good lounge.
At the centre of the restaurant there is indeed a huge, black, wood-fired oven that is truly the beating black heart and soul of the place. This is where the majority of the cooking takes place.
And the output doesn’t disappoint. The menu is inspired by the owners’ travels and love of Persian street food.
There are lots of bread based dishes on offer. Such as the their flavoursome and chewy sourdough flat breads, delicate, almost pancake like roti and their awesome Mannoushe. These thin and crispy Lebanese style pizzas are a world away from the Italian style but mighty tasty.
There are lots of freshly made dips to go alongside your breads including the wonderfully named peacamole. For a more substantial bite there are savoury soul bowls, steak strips, wraps, salads and daily specials.
Vegans and veggies are well catered for and there are plenty of gluten-free options too.
They have a good selection of teas, coffees and an interesting cake selection. They are open from early to late and fully licensed. Overall it’s a great all-rounder, whether you are after a coffee and cake, a quick lunch, dinner or just a few drinks, they’ve got all the bases covered.
Top-tip: The outside area is a bit of a sun trap and is a great people watching spot on a good day, especially during the Festival!
Ransacked Black Oven’s website
Address: 27-29 Marshall St, EH8 9BJ
Tel: +44 131 667 7001