I'm going on a study tour of Edinburgh in late September after which I plan to head out on a Haggis Tour for the weekend. I have lunch and dinner on Friday to myself and was following the boards which seem to indicate that 21212, the Grain Store, and Kitchin are the best options. I'm planning to do the cheap thing of grabbing a set lunch at one of these places because the dinner seems unaffordable on a student budget.
So my questions are:
1. Given a choice, which should I pick for lunch? I'd prefer cheese to dessert if that's relevant. And yeah if I've missed a good restaurant here please let me know.
2. Do I need reservations for lunch and how far in advance should I look to make a booking?
3. In case I can spring an escape during the tour I'd like to grab lunch at the second best option, so which of these places am I likely to get a table at for lunch, sans reservations?
For the rest of the time, I'd love options for cheap (low carb) eats in Edinburgh including places to buy some good sausage as takeaway. Staying near the University of Edinburgh for the duration of the study tour.
And for the Friday night, one nice pub where I can possibly visit alone (staying near St. Andrew's Square most likely the night after) and have my much awaited Edinburgh pub experience.
I know this is a whole jumble of questions, thanks in advance for the replies!