Finally number 63 The Shore, Leith might have a resident which lasts longer than a few months. Mimi’s Bakehouse has moved into this location, which is right outside the number 22 bus stop. Originally this building housed an Italian restaurant which closed for a while, only to re-open again. Customers were few and far between and after the inevtitable closure Alfie’s Kitchen moved in. That venture also failed to take off, despite a Gordon Ramsey inspired effort to offer complementary canapes to those queuing for the bus. Anyhow, the family run Mimi’s Bakehouse has now taken residence and it looks certain to buck the trend.
Mimi’s French toast (Â£6.95) was superb - two huge slices of eggy bread with deliciously crisp bacon on top (slightly annoying to have to pay 50 pence extra for maple syrup though). The Scotch broth was terrific and the accompanying sandwich nice and pleasant, although we’d have preferred better quality salmon. Very fair value at Â£5.95 though. Stovies, fishcakes and an all day breakfast also feature on the menu, meaning there’s a good mix between hearty food and light bites.
The afternoon tea at Mimi’s Bakehouse (Â£12.95) looked a real treat - a multi-tiered feast of sandwiches, scones and tray bakes. Though, given our tight schedule we were unable to sample Mimi’s Bakehouse’s sweet tooth offerings. Mimi’s lemon cheesecake, pavlovas, cupcakes, malteser cakes, etc. looked mouthwateringly delicious. Infact we’ve led an afternoon of regret for not taking some away with us! Their appeal will be enough to draw the Edinburgh Blog into a return visit, a thought which will surely be reciprocated by many.
It’s amazing to see Mimi’s Bakehouse so busy; infact it had seemingly caught the staff off guard, as they struggled to clear tables before more folk walked through the door. Despite that the service was very friendly and food made its way to the table in good time.
63 The Shore was always going to be a success once the right business moved in. Mimi’s Bakehouse appeals to the sweet tooth of Scots, with a range of quality offerings in comfortable surroundings. A very good effort and I’m sure a winning formula has been found.
Mimi’s Bakehouse is located at 63 The Shore, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH6 6RA
Telephone:0131 555 5908