Just before the wedding we took a break from planning and treated ourselves to a date night at a new hidden gem in Edinburgh, the Educated Flea on Broughton Street. This is the latest restaurant from the team that own Three Birds in Bruntsfield and Apiary in Newington.

In case you’re wondering where this eclectic range of restaurant names came from, here’s the answer…

“And that’s why birds do it, bees do it
Even educated fleas do it
Let’s do it, let’s fall in love” – Cole Porter

Uneducated Flea, Edinburgh

The Educated Flea opened up on Broughton Street, really close to our flat in Leith but also super central. I love Broughton Street, it has everything you could possibly need on it.

The decoration and atmosphere when we walked in was lovely. The staff were incredibly friendly and fun, full of banter. The menu looked fantastic but I knew immediately what I was going to order (after my prosecco).


To start with I went for the venison biltong and it was an absolute delight! Such an unusual find on a menu and as it’s basically venison jerky, I never would’ve dreamed they could make it look so pretty.

Elderflower cured venison biltong, pickled cucumber, pomegranate & sweetcorn salad, BBQ dressing – £6

Uneducated Flea, Edinburgh

My date opted for the smoked eel mousse which was my second choice so we shared them. This was again beautifully presented and so light and tasty. Also unusual but considering my favourite meat is squid, I like more unusual foods.

Smoked eel, ricotta & pickled chilli rillettes, blinis and toasted sunflower seeds – £6.50

Uneducated Flea, Edinburgh

Main courses

As I said above, my favourite meat is squid, so when I saw this on the menu then nothing else even got a look in. I have to say this was probably the best cooked squid I have ever had! It just melted in the mouth.

Squid tubes stuffed with chorizo, inked prawn & pea risotto, paella dressing – £15

Uneducated Flea, Edinburgh

My other half went for one of the specials which was beef with ox tongue bon bons. Again, a delicious meal. I also really appreciated the portion sizes as they were generous but not obscene.Uneducated Flea, Edinburgh


I forgot to take a photo but they have lots of wonderful desserts on offer. In particular their ice cream and sorbet menu really offers something different. I opted for the lovely, light and refreshing Mojito sorbet and my date had the PB&J ice cream. Both were a total winner!

I think this is now up there with my favourite Edinburgh restaurant, The Atelier. I’ll just have to go back a few more times to make sure 😉

For more information visit their website here.