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Boda Bar
Boda Bar
229 Leith Walk,
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0131 553 5900
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November 2004

Not long ago a young Swedish couple, Anna and Mike, decided to up and move to bonnie Edinburgh. They wanted to open a bar in their new locale and decided that the old Lorne bar was perfect. Boda (named after Anna's hometown) opened in September 2004 to the incredulity of many locals.

They're proud of their Swedish roots and this is illustrated by what's on offer. The menu is a cultural experience in itself - I learned that herring is basically Swedish sushi and actually tastes pretty good (A herring plate with 3 types of marinated herring and crackers is £2.50). the idea of sausage made of moose (£1) worried me, but tasted reassuringly like salami. They've also got olives (£1) a hefty cheese plate (£3) and a smoked salmon and dill plate (£2.80). The plates are inexpensive, simple and unique. A bottle of Giro Ribot Cava (£14) was a grat accompaniment to our array of cold plates, brut with a crisp and zingy palate. Mike explained that they're the sole UK distributor for the Cava, making the experience all the more unique. With our coffees, we sampled some scrumptious pear cognac, Xante (£2), the supplier of which they traced through Bite. Try singing Swedish drinking songs while downing Aquavit (£2) for a laugh.

Boda Bar has the attention to detail of a style bar but remains Leith Walk cheap. When we were there, some of the rougher types of locals stared in the windows quizzically, a few came in and noticing there was not radgeness on offer, looked uncomfortable and shuffled out. For anyone looking for a friendly bar on Leith Walk, shuffle in and chill out.

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