Thankfully the Gilded Balloon’s outside bar has a good choice of takeaway food vans, which are extremely handy when rushing from show to show. Here are The Edinburgh Blog’s ratings for the three main contenders.
In 1st place we have “The Wee Hut”, which offers a range of traditional German sausages. In the name of research The Edinburgh Blog tried one each of their bratwurst and Bavarian smokie. Both were absolutely delicious and cooked to absolute perfection; surely helped by the German efficiency of using an electronic thermometer. Their sauerkraut is great too, which is a 50p supplement to the base cost of a sausage in bap for Â£3.50. A deserved winner.
In 2nd place is the “Well Hung and Tender” burger van, which always has the largest queues. It’s hard to fault the well cooked, pure Aberdeen Angus burgers they serve here. The cheese and onions are good additions. Even at Â£4 a burger it still seems ok value, considering the high fees burger vans like this must be charged to pitch their van.
In 3rd place is “The Scottish Scullery”, which was something of a disappointment. A venison burger, with cheese, was ordered for Â£4.40. Unfortunately they were out of burgers, but did offer venison sausages as a substitute. The end result were venison sausages which had been split into two - their exterior had a concrete like texture and the taste was nondescript. Very poor, although their range of shortbread and pies did look better.
For dessert, the crepe van, with their freshly made crepes, unlike their Grassmarket counterparts, is worth a look. The consistency is variable, but tasty nonetheless - as are the mini-doughnuts on offer from the doughnut van at the Gilded Balloon’s outside bar. All very more-ish!