Girdy and Birdy have been enjoying Barburrito’s namesake burritos, and new menu of late. Barburrito on Forrest Road has become a semi-regular haunt – and were an absolute lifesaver during Fringe!
This review has been a long time coming, seeing as Barburrito first got in touch with myself and Girdy before the Edinburgh Fringe, for ways to promote their new menu.
Although we have done some social media posts, including a TikTok, this is the first time we’ve actually reviewed one of the Barburrito establishments. And we definitely owe them a review, considering how many burritos we’ve eaten from them now!
I first visited Barburrito on Forrest Road during Fringe, as it was such a convenient location for me to reach between shows.
I had been a little worried it was going to be really busy, but it actually proved to be a nice little retreat – a little oasis of calm in all the chaos.
It’s cheerfully decorated, lots of artificial plants and fun things to look at on the walls. Most of the food is made fresh in front of your eyes – quite standard for most burrito places, I think, but still nice.
I also love the fact there’s a ping pong table. It makes me want to go back with friends and have a game or two.
Like I said above, most of the food (burritos, tacos, power bowls and torta) are made in front of your eyes – the other things, like fries and dessert, are made in the kitchen.
You go through stages in the menu when ordering your food, and it’s extremely easy to order and pick your options.
I usually opt for the Barburrito, or the superfood burrito, both of which I highly recommend. The namesake Barburrito is my favourite burrito, which I usually either have with a pork or Mexican veg and guac filling. Yum!
The burritos are fresh, warm and delicious – and come in a very decent size that will fill you up! If you’re worried it won’t, you can try the mexi or cheesy mexi fries – which are crinkle cut and often take a few minutes to prepare behind-the-scenes.
As for desserts, you can choose from churros, a blondie or a brownie. I tend to prefer the churros, but have had a blondie from Barburrito too, which I just couldn’t finish – it was very filling!
NOTE: The menu also displays calories when you order, which is helpful!
On every visit to Barburrito on Forrest Road, I’ve found the staff friendly, welcoming and very happy to help. There were a few early hiccups with the new system on our first couple of visits – we were given stamps to use on the Barburrito app – but those were quickly overcome.
When ordering, the staff will happily guide you through all of the steps when putting together your food, and will answer any questions you have about the menu. Everyone working there seems very diligent, you’re never waiting long for your food, and the space is always kept very clean. No complaints here!
Things to do near Forrest Road
Forrest Road is pretty central, so there’s plenty to do in the area – the most notable of those things being the National Museum of Scotland! Greyfriars Kirkyard is a point of interest if you like Edinburgh history – or, if you like ghost tours!
A walk along George IV Bridge will take you past the National Library of Scotland, and onto the Royal Mile where you’ll find fun things to do, such as Camera Obscura, The Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh Castle, Mary King’s Close, and St Giles Cathedral.
During the Edinburgh Fringe, the area becomes very busy with tourists and festivalgoers – and acts – all adding to the hustle and bustle, and pure chaos, of the festival. Like I said, I found Barburrito a nice – but extremely convenient – escape from all of that.
There’s also a whole host of hotels and places to stay in the area, such as Royal Mile Suites by the Castle, Stay Central Hotel, Hotel du Vin Edinburgh – and too many others to mention!
Barburrito on Forrest Road is a great option if you’re looking for fresh, quick Mexican food that won’t break the bank. There’s veggie and vegan options for just about everyone, it’s never been too busy – but not too quiet either – and there are some great options on the new menu.
I recommend checking it out, and there’s even a handy app where you can gain stamps to collect rewards in future, too!