With a wide choice of restaurants, Bathgate is one of the best places in West Lothian to grab a bite to eat. And that's not the end of its attractions: you can also work up an appetite with a few rounds of golf, an afternoon of fly fishing or a walk in the surrounding hills. Most of Bathgate's restaurants are located in the town centre, convenient for shopping, transport links and popular nightspots – just check out Quandoo to learn more.
Bathgate has lots of restaurants serving Chinese food. Venues like the Golden Swallow on South Mid Street or The Panda on North Bridge Street might opt for understated western décor, but you can count on their recipes being deliciously authentic. As well as the customary spring rolls and spare ribs, expect a choice of hearty soup starters, while mains range from the subtle flavours of fried rice with chicken and prawns to the boldness of Szechuan hot and sour beef. If you're undecided, there's usually a well-balanced combo platter or set menu to give you the best of everything.
Those with a penchant for Indian cuisine are well served by Bathgate's restaurants too. To mention one eye-catching example, the flamboyantly colourful interior of Heritage on North Bridge Street is matched by a menu steeped in Indian spices. Whet your appetite with feather-light samosas, pakoras (deep-fried nuggets of meat or vegetables) and other toothsome nibbles before chowing down on spicy chicken kebabs or Bengali lamb in tangy, bitter lemon sauce. Or, try Naseeb in George Place for its varied selection of vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Should you wish to expand your culinary horizons further still, Edinburgh's cosmopolitan restaurants are not fare from Bathgate on the M8 motorway. Lovers of Latin American cuisine might want to head to Viva Mexico on Cockburn Street in Edinburgh's Old Town, where you can wash down fiery tortilla soup and stuffed jalapeno poppers with jugs of margaritas and imported beer. Meanwhile over in the New Town you'll find the Côte Brasserie. Here, in an elegant Georgian-style interior, you can enjoy classic French dishes like Roquefort salad, prawn gratin, roast duck and cassoulet de Toulouse (a rich, slow-cooked sausage and bean casserole).