Thursday, 19 April 2018

Vapiano Edinburgh - A New Dining Experience

Hello Everyone,

How are you all doing? I'm sitting at a window with actual sunlight pouring in and I don't want to get my hopes up but it feels like spring may actually be here!

Yesterday however, it was cold and grey in Edinburgh, with a breeze that felt capable of carrying me to Emerald City but that didn't stop us from visiting the relatively new Vapiano Restaurant in Edinburgh which turned out to be a whole new dining experience.

I should mention that being heavily pregnant, food is life to me at the moment and so when I was invited along with a friend (I took Mr Sparkles with me) to sample some of the menu and the relaxed dining atmosphere that Vapiano are famous for, I was very excited because offer this pregnant lady food and I'll be there before you can say "See you at 11"

On arrival we had the concept of the restaurant explained to us, this is when I realised just how different of a dining experience we were about to have, I knew a bit about Vapiano before I arrived but I had avoided reading any reviews online as I wanted to make sure I was really taking it all in first hand in order to get my own unique feel for the establishment.

Vapiano Edinburgh is situated over three floors, the first floor if for ordering your salads and antipasti dishes, the second floor holds the bar for drinks and desert orders and finally, the last floor held the pasta and risotto counter. The basic premise is that you are given a credit card of sorts upon arrival and after choosing a seat somewhere within the restaurant on your desired floor, you proceed to place orders at the various counters (or just one depending on what you've came for) at which point your credit card is swiped and the total of your various starters, mains, deserts and drinks are added up as you go along then when you and your party are finished your meal/meals, you approach the main desk and hand over your cards in order to pay. This is genius for a couple of reasons, gone is the awkward flagging down of a staff member to ask for a bill to arrive and also, if you're part of a group then your meal is already divided up price wise for you and you're not having to side eye Greedy Gertie in your party insisting you split the bill equally who had two starters, a main, a pudding and 6 cocktails while you had a main and a coke that day, bloody genius!

The ambiance within the whole of Vapiano is definitely a laid back and social one, it is a place you could come happily on a date but equally in a group party or with a friend or two for a low key catch up session surrounded by delicious food and tempting smells.
The layout of the bench like tables, the relaxing outdoor element of the trees at various seats and the casual Italian home feel of having fresh herbs sat on pots on your table alongside dressings and oils, lends itself to easy socialisation and takes away from the sometimes intimidating feel of being under the watchful eye of restaurant staff, the added element of visiting your chosen counters to bring your own freshly prepared food also eradicates the sometimes awkwardness of table service.

The food, oh my god the food though!! I have eaten at a lot of restaurants in various countries and cities around the world (I'm all about the food ok!) and the pasta I ordered in particular, has been one of the best pastas I've ever eaten, it was amazing! Pasta is made fresh each day in the 'Pasta Manifattura' (pictured above) and wow, you could definitely tell.
We tried a variety of what Vapiano had to offer and had two starters, two mains and two deserts. We were pleasantly surprised to be asked if we would like meals customised (more garlic? addition of chilli?) and I like how this means you're going to get a meal perfect for your own tastes.

Bruschetta Gamberetti

Bruschetta Mozzarella

Crema Di Funghi

Risotto Gamberetti E Pomodoro

The Risotto and Pasta Main Dishes Again

Tiramisu Della Cassa

Death By Chocolate

I can't wait to come back to Vapiano next time I'm in the city, I know I've raved about the pasta but I've not stopped drooling over it since I left the restaurant!

Have you been to a Vapiano restaurant before? If you have, let me know your thoughts of this unique dining experience.

I am also including a loo selfie of my huge pregnant frame because... why not!

Speak soon everyone,

Rosy xx


  1. I absolutely love Vapiano!! Having been to one in Stockholm for the first time, I've since visited the restaurant in Prague, London and New York - it's not only affordable, but delicious too!

    Hannah - Suitcase and Sandals xx

  2. ooooo a new one to add to my list next time I'm in Edinburgh. The food looks Yummy, especially the Bruschetta.

    Love the bump selfie, not long now!

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes |

  3. YOu and your bump look great! :)

    It's so cool you have Vapianos too! We have quite a few of them around Australia - I LOVE the gnocchi so much. Tasty! We have one so close to the office that it's our go-to for team lunches! :)

    Hope you are having a great weekend :) We are having the perfect weather - warm and sunny in the morning, then cooler in the afternoon and evenings when the storms roll in. We spent time by the pool yesterday!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  4. I love Vapiano! They make so good pasta dishes!


  5. Looks like a lovely place to dine. Food looks amazing!! I hope that you have a warmer weather right now. We are having a mini heat wave in London but The temperature will drop tomorrow boooo. Xx

  6. Looks like a great dinning place. You look lovely!

  7. I remember back when I was living in Europe, Vapiano was one of my favourite restaurants to eat in. Great food, reasonable pricing, good vibe. Glad you enjoyed it and those desserts look sooo good!

    Sam Hodgett || Beauty & Lifestyle Bits

  8. I love Vapiano restaurant- IO used to go there when I live in UK. Always they have fresh and delicious food :-)

  9. I have eaten at VaPiano quite e few times already, but mainly before the kids. The only downside at the one closest is that they only have the high chairs, so in the winter not very practical with kids.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

  10. Great post, I like it :)

    new post

  11. Hello,

    Lovely pics !


  12. Such gorgeous pics! This restaurant is adorable, I LOVE the aesthetic. I've never been but that risotto looks HEAVENLY :) xx Shannon ||

  13. I love the decor of the restaurant. It's clean & minimal. I also love the presentation of the food. Looked absolutely delicious.

  14. Omg this place looks absolutely delicious and oh-so-cute! So modern and minimalistic! Thanks for sharing!

    -Emily |

  15. The vibe of this place is so inviting and the ordering system sounds great! It's cool that they customize your meals as well. Everything you ordered looks delicious!

  16. Omg that cake looks simply divine! Looks like you had a fabulous time :)

    Aicha | The Fashion Heist

  17. Looks like a really cool place where they sell amazing food!
    Alessa Bernal

  18. Is it sad that I spent a good few moments gazing at the photo of that marble counter? haha, SO dreamy! The Death by Chocolate cake slice looks utterly delicious and oh my gosh - you must be just about ready to add a new member to your family any day now, adorable!!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  19. Great pics,you look awesome <3

  20. Oh I've never even heard of this place, but it sounds like such a great concept, especially when it comes to splitting the bill! Also the look of that food is incredible! <3

    // xx

  21. I've had Vapiano before they have a great salad! Next time I need to try pasta. I didn't eat vey much there haha. That tiramisu looks great!

    S | Je M'appelle Chanel

  22. Yummy this restaurant looks so good

  23. That is such an amazing concept for a restaurant. I can't believe there aren't more like that. And that food? It looks wonderful!!!

  24. Looks really nice there and the food looks delicious!

    Gemma x

  25. Yum! Everything looks amazing - time for my dinner! haha

  26. the food looks sooo good! i just had my breakfast and instantly im hungry T_T

  27. This looks like such a nice restaurant, not to mention the food looks amazing! I'm glad you enjoyed it, you must have so much fun eating these days especially while pregnant haha xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

  28. Congratulations on the pregnancy! This place looks stunning and the food mouth-watering! The system with the card sounds genious!!! Loved the post and your blog and subed :)

    Olga from Myme

  29. Okay, this concept is definitely genius and yes, I think we all have that one Greedy Gredie friend! LOL!

    ps: congratulations on your pregnancy!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  30. I’ve never been to Vapiano before but it sounds absolutely brilliant so I’ll definitely be visiting! I love the quirky layout being split over three floors and the food looks divine too!!

    Heather xoxo

  31. I absoloutely love the concept of Vapiano! What a brilliant idea to have all the different sections and the credit card system would be so handy too! I've just done a google and am so happy to see they have quite a few restaurants!

    Musings & More

  32. Judging by the food, this place looks amazing. Love it!

  33. This restaurant looks amazing! I love how it's decorated, and the pasta looks and sounds delicious! Great photos!

  34. This sounds like an interesting dining experience and a great way for the restaurant to cut cost.I'm not sure if I would prefer that type of experience because if I am going to go to restaurant I do not want to have to do any kind of work or I could have stayed at home and served myself so I prefer waitstaff. The food looks delicious though and I am glad you enjoyed the food.

  35. Looks super delicious! I l adore Italian food!

  36. Ahh Vapiano looks utterly divine! I've never been but really need to change that :) I'm so happy you enjoyed the experience beaut! And you're looking absolutely dazzling, so gorgeous <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  37. What a fun and unique experience! I love the concept of the three floors. I really want to go here now haha

  38. Wow everything looks so decadent. I could really go for some pasta right now.

    xx Yasmin

  39. that place looks pretty cool and the food delicious!
    The Color Palette

  40. Oh, I have not been to a Vapiano in ages ! Their food is really good and so very fresh.


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