Upon entering Treacle you immediately feel comfortable and content, in trendy yet unpretentious surroundings. The interior design of Treacle is cool and funky without being over the top. Especially likeable are the manga style mural on the upper level and the padded blue and pink doors of the respective male and female toilets. The staff’s informal yet attentive attitude fits with the look and feel of Treacle. As a destination for drinks, perhaps sat on the large tables with comfy seating or as a destination for laid-back dining Treacle proves a real treat.
Treacle’s menu is varied and the excellent range of breakfast dishes mean I’ll be back some morning in the future - the eggs Benedict delivered to a nearby table looked delicious. Treacle offers a good range of sandwiches all served with their hand-cut chips and also a range of small dishes, which include sharing platters. If your appetite demands more then Treacle’s menu has a large dishes section which includes pies, fish and chips, and pasta dishes.
We started with the mushroom soup from the small dishes menu. The soup and its accompanying fresh crisp baguette was a worthy effort for ¬£2.95, although the strong aniseed flavour may raise an eyebrow or two. The steak and ale pie (¬£8.95) wasn’t the usual puff pastry topped version: it was a ‘proper’ pie. Inside were tender pieces of steak, carrots and a thick sauce which had a pleasingly palpable ale taste. The hand-cut chips were faultless and I liked their presentation in a little metal bucket. The Treacle fishcake (¬£4.95) didn’t suffer from my usual qualm of too much potato and not enough fish, infact it was packed with delicious flaked fish and served with a fiery sweet chili sauce and leafy salad.
Unfortunately Treacle’s chocolate brownie was unavailable, so on advice from our waiter we tried Treacle’s deep fried jam filled brioche doughnut (¬£4.95). This was the most unhealthy dessert I’ve eaten in recent memory; a fact not helped by its enormous size. Unhealthiness aside the doughnut was pure sugar-coated indulgence and the accompanying homemade vanilla ice cream was a treat in itself.
A good cocktail menu, a fair selection of wines and a good range of beers including Tiger on draft (¬£4 a pint) complete Treacle’s accomplished offerings. Treacle provided The Edinburgh Blog with a hugely enjoyable Halloween lunch and it proved a great bar to relax and enjoy drinks in.
After just one visit Treacle is firmly in the “will return soon” category. Recommended.
Treacle is located at 39 Broughton St, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU
Telephone: 0131 557 0627