The Blue Moon Cafe, just off Edinburgh’s lively Broughton St, is something of an Edinburgh institution; it’s been around since 1986. Behind the unassuming white entrance lies a comfortable, cosy and upbeat cafe. The Blue Moon Cafe is a gay friendly venue, although the diners when I visited (on a Saturday lunchtime) were a real mixture.
One thing the Blue Moon Cafe can’t be faulted for is the friendliness and welcoming nature of their staff. From a warm greeting when arriving to extremely pleasant table service the staff were, more or less, spot on; if our payment, by debit card, had been collected quicker it would have been truly faultless. We were lucky to even get a table at the Blue Moon Cafe as just a few minutes after we had taken the penultimate remaining table, another group arrived and soon hungry diners were being turned away. The popularity of the the Blue Moon Cafe is a mark of how highly it is regarded in the local community.
The interior and atmosphere of the Blue Moon Cafe achieves what many establishments in Edinburgh struggle to achieve. The music was a real mixed selection, but was all played at the right volume. The lighting adds atmosphere as does the intimacy of the Blue Moon Cafe’s layout. Underneath the Blue Moon Cafe is Deep Blue, the out and out bar to complement the upstairs cafe. Interestingly Deep Blue is available for private hire (for 20-60 people).
For food I ordered chilli beef enchiladas (¬£6.50), while my dining partner went for the broccoli, spinach and coriander soup (¬£2.75). Both meals were delivered, with a beaming smile, to our tables in quick time. And both meals were absolutely delicious.
My enchilada was served with a generous portion of rice and a dazzling array of creme fraiche, jalapenos, guacamole, salsa and enticingly fresh salad. The enchilada itself was covered with an appropriate amount of cheese. The chilli beef filling was delicious and had just the right amount of kick to it. Maybe refried beans would have perfected this meal, but I was very happy with the Blue Moon Cafe’s enchiladas. It was a fresh meal which had the perfect balance between satisfying my appetite, but still enabling the afternoon to be enjoyed without feeling too full.
A generous portion of soup was provided and the accompanying bread was a very good crusty multi-grain. Even though broccoli, spinach and coriander doesn’t sound the most appealing of soups, these flavours really did benefit from the homemade Blue Moon Cafe touch. The soup’s texture and taste was excellent. For drinks I had a pint of Carlsberg at ¬£2.85. Looking at the food on other tables I would say most of The Blue Moon Cafe’s meals are prepared to a very high standard e.g. the steak sandwich looked good, the portion of scampi was superbly generous and the lasagna looked very appetising.
We left the Blue Moon Cafe with a bill of just ¬£13.40 (including mineral water at ¬£1.30). That’s excellent value for such a good lunch. Given the huge popularity of the Blue Moon Cafe, it’s hardly Edinburgh’s best kept secret. However it’s pleasing to know this cafe is still at the top of it’s game and definitely still worth a visit.
The Blue Moon Cafe is located at 1 Barony Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SB. Telephone: 0131 556 2788.