Mimi’s Bakehouse

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.

Soup and Sandwich at Mimi's Bakehouse, Edinburgh Cakes at Mimi's Bakehouse, Leith, Edinburgh

Mimi’s French toast (£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 £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 (£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

Super sharing platters at EH2 Tempus Bar, George St

There’s no doubt that sharing platters and tapas style dishes are gaining in popularity across the bars of Edinburgh. This shift towards a greater variety of dishes and informal dining is long overdue; no longer must an evening’s drinks be interrupted by a restaurant trip or an expensive order from the a la carte menu, when hunger strikes. Tempus Bar (or “EH2 Tempus” to quote its full name) is part of Edinburgh’s George Hotel. Its sharing platters are the best I’ve experienced in Edinburgh so far.

Sharing platter at Tempus bar, George St, Edinburgh Warm chocolate fondant, cherries & pistachio ice-cream at Tempus bar, Edinburgh

The service at Tempus bar is generally very good. There’s lots of available seating, with my preferred area being the curved and comfortable booths at the rear. Usually the table service works well, although this being George St, the bar can get busy, so on occasions I’ve had to resort to ordering at the bar. Though, generally Tempus Bar is one of the more accessible bars on George St, where you’re likely to find a seat and be able to have a conversation and still be heard.

The Lounge menu at Tempus is excellent, with the star of the show being the £3.95 mini-dishes. Choose from fish & chips, haggis balls, burgers, prawns and chicken fillets. The plum sauce which the haggis is served with is heavenly, while the miniature burgers are fantastic. Creating your own platter for £12.95 (three dishes and a bowl of chunky chips) is my preferred option. The chunky chips really are superb. However, what really elevates the Tempus sharing platter is the excellent sauces and relish all the dishes are served with.

The addition of desserts (all around the £5 mark) is welcomed, although the chocolate fondant we sampled failed to hit the dizzy heights of the mini burgers and chunky chips. The fondant was small and very underwhelming, although the sour cherries and ice cream were good. Maybe next time we’ll try the banoffee pancake stack. Tempus offer good bubbly by the glass, with De Castellane champagne at £4.95 or Perrier Jouet at £6.95. There’s an accomplished wine list, reputable cocktails and Peroni on draft (my personal tipple).

For drinks over nibbles EH2 Tempus bar is an informed George St choice. Recommended.

EH2 Tempus bar is located at 25 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 2PB
Telephone: 0131 240 7197

The impressive Constitution Bar in Leith

If you’re looking for gastro pubs in Edinburgh you can’t go far wrong with a number 22 Lothian bus to Leith. Sandwiched between the impressive Nobles and the lively Port O’ Leith is the newly opened Constitution Bar. With an attractive main bar area, relaxing back room and dedicated dining area the Constitution Bar is huge. The bar has been finished to an excellent standard and its renovation must have cost a small fortune. It’s hard to pick faults with its merits as a bar, which include a solid range of drinks, including Prosecco on draft. There’s also a massive projector screen for watching the sport and a nice, relaxed feel throughout. Constitution St is attracting a different crowd these days and the Constitution Bar aims to cover all angles, including families.

Constitution breakfast at Constitution Bar in Leith, Edinburgh Interior of Constitution Bar, Edinburgh

The lunch and dinner menu of The Constitution Bar looks genuinely appealing, with offerings such as venison burger, steak pie, and fish and chips. During the day a good range of sandwiches are also available. At weekends breakfast is served between 11am and 3pm. A slip of the tongue when ordering meant I ended up with the full Constitution breakfast (£8.95) which doubles up on everything the normal full breakfast offers for £6.95. The breakfast was fantastic. All cooked beautifully with two haggis, too fried eggs, two sausages packed with meat, etc. The baked beans were originally forgotten, but soon delivered without prompting, after the guy serving us noticed they were missing.

Value wise the scrambled egg with smoked salmon (£5.95) was excellent, especially considering the generous serving of salmon. The scrambled eggs were light and fluffy - all contributing to the Constitution’s breakfast receiving a big thumbs up.

The Constitution Bar is a venue the blog will happily enjoy drinks in. If the lunch and dinner menus match the appeal of the breakfast menu, the Constitution Bar will surely have found a winning formula. When a venison burger or two has been sampled, the blog will report back.

The Constitution Bar has only recently opened, but it offers promise by the bucket load. The renovation and refit should be applauded, while the breakfast menu was without fault. Overall, a fine addition to Leith’s repertoire of gastro pubs.

p.s. The walls of the dining room area of The Constitution bar are adorned with superb HDR images of Leith, so make sure you take a look at them when you visit.

The Constitution Bar is located at 48 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6RS.
Telephone: 0131 538 9734

We like it Under the Stairs

Just a few minutes away from the Grassmarket’s lively and often rowdy strip of drinking establishments is a laid-back basement bar called Under the Stairs. It’s still unknown to many in Edinburgh, but it’s popularity is no better demonstrated than the “wait to be seated” notice as you enter. Most tables were reserved on the Wednesday evening we visited Under the Stairs, but fortuitously we were directed to a dust covered table by the bare brick wall. Underneath the low ceilings is a large space filled with a mixture of sofas, comfy chairs, and a fish tank. The net result is a shabby chic interior which works.

Interior of Under the Stairs, Edinburgh (2) Burger at Edinburgh's Under the Stairs

Under the Stairs has a daily specials board alongside a fixed menu. There are also sharing platters (anti pasti, cheeseboard and pitta strips) available until 1am. The menu is instantly appealing - fish, steaks, burgers (beef or falafel) and salads. It’s table service only at Under the Stairs, which helps maintain the laid-back and comfortable vibe the bar radiates. The lager angle is well covered with the excellent Kirin Ichiban (£3.50 per pint) on draft, alongside Estrella Damm and Red Stripe. Cocktails are around the £6 mark. Under the Stairs seem happy enough to reserve tables for drinks only, although it would be a shame to miss out on their very good food.

There are no chips at Under the Stairs, but that’s understandable when the sweet potato wedges taste this good. My succulent burger (£7.95) was superb and high on the beef content. The crusty roll it came in was a neat and enjoyable twist. It’s 90p for extra toppings, including cheese. The fishcake (£7.25) arrived like a discus on the plate, propped up by a fennel and red onion salad. Thankfully its size did not mean the fish content had been compromised, so top marks here too.

When there’s a home-made chocolate brownie (£4.50) on the dessert, the chances are high that the Edinburgh Blog is going to order it. And this was a gamble that paid off. The brownie was served hot with ice-cream that purported to be honeycomb flavoured, but tasted suspiciously vanilla. But who cares about minor details like that when there’s a brownie this gooey and glorious waiting to be devoured.

Under the Stairs is a huge contrast to the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket - it’s a space to relax, chat and genuinely enjoy good food and drink. It’s also an unusual venue for Edinburgh, but a venue that works. The service was friendly, relaxed and efficient - let’s hope it stays that way at weekends.

Under the Stairs may not be so hidden anymore, but it’s certainly a gem.

Under the Stairs is located at 3a Merchant St. Edinburgh, EH1 2QD
Telephone: 0131 466 8550

Bad brunch at Angels with Bagpipes

There’s no doubting Angels with Bagpipes is an attractive and beautifully finished addition to Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. There’s a courtyard, modern bar / informal dining area at the front of the restaurant and a number of attractive dining rooms. If accolades were awarded solely by the standard of decor, then Angels with Bagpipes would excel. Marina Crolla, as in Valvona & Crolla, is the proprietor. She has been reported as saying “I need the wow factor when I go out for something to eat and Edinburgh doesn’t have it, so I thought I would open it myself.” Well, the Edinburgh Blog certainly said “wow” when we received our food and “wow” again when we received our bill for brunch. Unfortunately I don’t think it is quite the “wow” Marina had in mind.

Scrambled eggs with salmon at Angels with Bagpipes on Edinburgh's Royal Mile Angels and Bagpipes, Edinburgh attempt at a Croque Madame

The scrambled egg with smoked salmon (£8.25) was a decent dish; well prepared, simple and fresh. An omelette with gruyère was equally well prepared, but overpriced at £6.95. Brunch is supposedly a replacement for breakfast and lunch, but with such a scant serving and no accompaniments the omelette was inadequate nourishment for either.

The dish straight from hell though was the croque madame. Its first inauspicious appearance came as a croque monsieur i.e. no egg. Although, having sampled countless croque monsieurs in the past, I feel less than comfortable referring to this imposter by that name. When we finally flagged the attention of our waitress, who often seemed to forget the existence of the rear dining room, it was sent back. Five minutes later the croque monsieur (now a poor impersonation of a croque madame, with fried egg on top) reappeared, complete with the bite I’d taken out of it.

For a restaurant charging at least £7 for a dessert, it is incredulous for food not to be prepared from scratch when it is returned to the kitchen. If Angels with Bagpipes is aspiring to compete with the better restaurants in Edinburgh, then the waiting and kitchen staff need to be educated to a higher standard.

The failings of the “croque madame” didn’t end there - the toast was burnt, the quantity of cheese was pitiful and there was ham in only one half. Plus it was stone cold and hard. Quite how any restaurant which believes it has the “wow factor” can serve such a shambles at all, never mind have the barefaced cheek to charge a whopping £7.95 is beyond me. In all honestly, the Angels with Bagpipes’ interpretation of this dish would not beat a cheese and ham toastie from a greasy spoon. At that price, the kitchen need to produce something with flair.

With the price of the omelette and “croque whatever it was” fresh in my mind, my woe was compounded by a £4.20 charge for a 750ml bottle of water. Words such as “rip off” and “tourist trap” began to involuntary appear in my head. I can’t imagine bronze angel statues, complete with bagpipes, come cheap; so perhaps that’s justification for charging a lot for not very much. Thankfully there was no sign of the much maligned 10% service charge being added to the bill.

Our visit discredited the brunch menu, but the only alternative was offerings such as a £14.50 fish and chips or a £16.50 beef roast - the latter hardly appetising after spotting the Yorkshire puddings lined up carvery style, at the kitchen hatch. The a la carte menu has received largely favourable praise in other Internet reviews I have read, so perhaps it’s just the brunch menu at fault. Given this experience and the excessive prices, I have no inclination to find out for myself.

Angels with Bagpipes bears all the hallmarks of a restaurant management obsessed with fixtures and fittings, at the expense of food and service. Very disappointing.

Angels with Bagpipes is located at 343 High St, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1PW
Telephone: 0131 220 1111

Miro’s Cantina Mexicana of Rose St

Miro’s Cantina Mexicana has been a fixture on Edinburgh’s Rose St for nearly 20 years. Inside you’ll find a cosy Mexican restaurant, which effortlessly oozes character. While the decor might differ most Mexican restaurants offer broadly similar menus; indeed the menu at Miro’s has fajitas, nachos, enchiladas and everything else you’d expect from the norm. But Miro’s goes one step further with their specials’ menu, which includes dishes such as bean casserole, paella Mexicana and pollo en mole poblano (an authentic Mexican chicken dish, smothered in a chocolate tinged sauce).

Miros Cantina Mexicana interior, Rose St, Edinburgh Chicken fajitas at Miros Cantina Mexicana, Edinburgh

We found Miro’s Cantina Mexicana very busy at 6.30pm on a Wednesday night. That’s a good sign. There was a real mix of folk in the restaurant, along with a few nervous looking teenage couples; perhaps this is an ideal first date location for many. Bohemia is perhaps my favourite Mexican beer, so seeing its name on the chalkboard was a welcome start to our meal. £3.25 a bottle.

There can be few complaints about Miro’s chicken fajitas (£12.95). They arrived sizzling on the plate, with plentiful quality chicken and loaded with onions and peppers. The accompaniments of cheese, sour cream, chopped tomato and guacomole were all fresh and flavoursome. Rice and refried beans would have truly made my day though.

Sadly there was no sign of the fabled Mexican combo dish on the menu, so I ordered the intriguing paella Mexicana (£13.50). It was clear from the 25 minute wait for the dish to arrive, that this was freshly prepared. It was a good dish, containing a fair quantity of prawns, white fish, mussels and excellent chorizo. The dishes only flaw was there should have been much more rice.

A meal at Miro’s Cantina Mexicana can end with a large bill, but I guess the steep pricing is fairly typical for a Mexican restaurant. What Miro’s does guarantee is a fabulously atmospheric and friendly Mexican, which blends stereotypical Mexican dishes with a selection of more adventurous dishes. The family feel of the dining room and the freshly made dishes are huge plus points, although like with every Mexican restaurant the blog has visited in Edinburgh there is room for improvement.

Miro’s Cantina Mexican is a charming Mexican restaurant, which proves a fair choice for a varied and inventive Mexican meal, right in the heart of Edinburgh

Miro’s Cantina Mexicana is located at 184 Rose Street,Edinburgh
Telephone: 0131 225 4376

Lunch at Cucina, Hotel Missoni’s restaurant

Hotel Missoni’s bar has become a firm favourite of the Edinburgh Blog, since it opened in 2009. And a quick look at tripadvisor also shows overwhelming praise of the hotel itself. Cucina is Hotel Missoni’s restaurant, which attractively spreads across the first floor of the building’s George IV bridge location. The restaurant is large and spacious. It’s surely one of the most pleasant spots in Edinburgh to enjoy a meal. We visited Cucina for lunch where two courses are offered for £12, or three for £15. This is approximately half the price of a meal from Missoni’s evening menu, so it’s an affordable way to try Hotel Missoni’s cuisine.

Autumn salad at Missoni's Cucina restaurant, Edinburgh Grilled beef steak at Missoni's Cucina restaurant, Edinburgh

Cucina’s lunch menu emphasises fresh colourful ingredients, prepared simply and attractively. Nothing could be more colourful than my Autumn salad starter of red cabbage, chickpeas and carrots. Refreshing it certainly was. Over the table, to a backdrop of attractive Missoni pattern and print, was a thick parnsip soup expertly balanced with fiery wild mushrooms The starters were style with substance, a phrase which fits most of Missoni Hotel’s operations.

Prior to our starters we’d enjoyed a basket of Missoni’s fresh bread alongside a dash of olive oil, which the waiter seemed particularly proud of. Happily more bread was offered, which is much needed should you forego a side order. My steak and salad was the case in point - it desperately needed some potato wedges (£3.50). Apart from the lack of substance the steak was melt in the mouth delicious.

The service was unfaltering throughout, helped by an abundance of staff who genuinely pay attention to every table. A large piece of perfectly baked hake on a bed of tasty braised green lentils was the star of our whole meal. It deserved the £15 price tag alone.

Disappointing tiramisu at Edinburgh's Missoni hotel (Cucina restaurant) Bread and butter pudding at Cucina restaurant, Edinburgh's Missoni hotel

After the superb fish, expectations were high for our desserts. The first disappointment came when the supply of Missoni’s dessert of the day (lemon tart) ran out. The substituted bread and butter pudding was uninspiring, not helped by its lukewarm arrival. All of the dessert portion sizes were miserly; more suited to being served as part of an afternoon tea selection.

Missoni’s tiramisu was a spectacular failure. Tiramisu is one of my favourite desserts and I’ve tried it in various guises. This interpretation was certainly not a classic - a pathetically tiny amount of coffee soaked sponge, smothered in what appeared to be standard whipped cream. If the kitchen didn’t have any ‘proper tiramisu’ they should have just said so and not served this imposter. Surely the £6 tiramisu from the a la carte menu offers more. Desserts should never be the weakest link of any Italian restaurant. Especially this restaurant. These two dishes were an unsatisfactory end to an otherwise hugely enjoyable lunch.

To summarise our visit to Missoni’s Cucina restaurant:

A great venue for lunch, with refreshing starters, lovely mains but terribly disappointing desserts.

Hotel Missoni and its Cucina restaurant is located at 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1AD.
Telephone: 0131 220 666

Ghillie Dhu

Ghillie Dhu is a venue Edinburgh needed. The G1 group have done a terrific job in turning the Grade A listed building, originally a Church, into a three tiered bar and entertainment venue. In August Ghillie Dhu become a Festival Fringe venue, after partnering with the Pleasance brand. The performances during the festival had a particular focus on music and cabaret, which is no surprise given Ghillie Dhu also runs weekly Ceilidh and gig nights. In the future the blog will be sure to check out the live entertainment options at Ghillie Dhu, but our experience so far is based solely on their ground floor bar.

Very large table at Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh Burger and chips at Edinburgh's Ghillie Dhu

The venue is dark and decorated in the manner of a traditional Scottish banquet hall. All we found lacking was the smell of burning peat and heather sticking out from below the seats! As such, I think it would really suit a dark winter evening, with a few drams after your meal, better than a sunny August lunchtime, when we visited. Having said all of that, the fittings were modern and clean and the staff were attentive. I suspect that any tourists looking for a slice of old Scotish style will not be disappointed.

The food is traditional Scottish fayre, so it was no surprise to find a starter of haggis, neeps and tatties (£4.55) hitting the mark. Ghillie Dhu’s burger (£7.25) was huge and unlikely to disappoint, although £1.50 per extra topping is excessive. Unforgivably the accompanying chips had not been cooked properly; infact a few of them were akin to munching through raw potato. While the menu choices and quality of ingredient are good, such carelessness will let Ghillie Dhu down. A guest reviewer had this to say about Ghillie Dhu’s pork belly and noodle salad (£9.75):

More of a cold stir-fry than a salad in my opinion, but this was still a satisfying dish. Resting on a bed of noodles were four succulent pieces of pork belly, fried to golden perfection, surrounded by an abundance of small rosettes of cauliflower and slivers of carrot and spring onion. The dish was dressed with soy sauce and ginger - a classic combination - and was very tasty indeed. The portion was ample for a working lunch but would need back-up for a main evening meal. If I were to look for faults then I would say that more carrot and spring onion were required and there was too much soy sauce, which formed a pool in my empty dish. To drink, I had a pint of Ghillie ale, which was aromatic and refreshing – a good accompaniment to any hearty dish.

In the short time Ghillie Dhu has been open it’s established a solid reputation as a bar with decent service, good atmosphere and, owing to its size, a place where finding a table late at night is not impossible. A “late night scran” menu, which is served from 11pm offers delights such as a haggis or black pudding supper until closing time.

Ghillie Dhu is unashamedly proud to be Scottish, but thankfully it’s found a balance between tourist attraction and local appeal. Overall a bar to hold in high regard. Provided the chips are cooked properly, the food is good enough.

Ghillie Dhu is located at 2 Rutland Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD
Telephone: 0131 222 9930

Super lunch at Skippers Seafood Bistro

Skippers Seafood Bistro at Leith’s Dock Place is one of the Edinburgh Blog’s favourite lunch destinations. The restaurant is one of Edinburgh’s most pleasant. It has a terrifically atmospheric main restaurant, complemented by a light and airy conservatory which leads to an outdoor seating area. When the sun is shining there are few better places for lunch than Skippers, especially if you find a seat in their conservatory. The lunch menu offers 2 courses for £12.95, or 3 for £15.95. Pleasingly Skippers also offer 2 starters for £8.95, which is a lead I wish more restaurants would follow.

Oak-smoked salmon & crab cannelloni at Skippers, Leith Fish pie at Skippers, Leith, Edinburgh

The assortment of beers on offer at Skippers is something to behold, with an especially strong assortment of Scottish brands. My tipple was a bottle of “Schiehallion Lager Beer”. At £4.45 for 500ml it’s hardly a bargain, but the lager itself is one of my favourites. Our starters of smoked salmon and crab cannelloni, and salmon and smoked haddock fishcakes were everything we have come to expect from Skippers: simple food, prepared well and made with quality ingredients.

Fish and chips at Skippers, Leith, Edinburg Salmon & smoked haddock fishcakes at Skippers Seafood Bistro, Edinburgh

The fish pie for main is somewhat daunting in size. My fear was this would be heavy on potato topping and light on fish. I should have known better, as inside the pie was a dazzling assortment of every fish in the fridge; salmon, mussels and much more of which I could only speculate the identity. All in all a terrific fish pie, but not a dish for anyone seeking a “light lunch”. After being introduced to pollock at Glasgow’s The Butterfly and The Pig I’m a convert. The fish was absolutely delicious, as were the home-made chunky chips. This was served with crushed garden peas, which were a delightful touch - although a greater quantity of these would have been welcomed.

The desserts at Skippers are in keeping with the quality of their starters and mains, so it was no surprise our lemon glazed tart was soon demolished. Skippers also offer their full dinner menu at lunchtime which includes seafood platters (£21.95 or £31.95), sea bream and king scallops. There’s Aberdeen Angus steak for those less enthusiastic about fish.

Overall Skippers is one of Leith’s longest running seafood bistros, which still offers fresh and consistently very good seafood. This all takes place in a lovely location and premises. With the opening of Chop Chop and an “upmarket” Khushi’s soon to open in the Commercial Quay area, this area of Leith is experiencing somewhat of a boom. Skippers will easily hold its own. Recommended.

Skippers seafood bistro is located at 1A Dock Place, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LU
Telephone: 0131 554 1018

Bite to eat at the Traverse Bar Café

The blog has always been a fan of the Traverse theatre, also referred to as “Scotland’s new writing theatre”. Rarely will you find anything other than a top notch production showing in either of their two performance rooms. The Traverse Bar Café, which is just down the steps from the ground floor level of the Traverse is a lovely space. There’s a long bar, lots of seating and an unfaltering pleasant atmosphere. The bar is equally accomodating to those of you waiting for a show, just out of a show or folk who have just popped in, for no reason in particular.

Interior of the Traverse Bar, Edinburgh Five bean muchos nachos at the Traverse bar, Edinburgh

The Traverse Bar must surely win the award for the worst bar staff during the 2010 Edinburgh Festival season. That said, there are no shortage of contenders. Unobservant and oblivious are the first two words that spring to mind. On two separate occasions, two separate bar staff completely ignored our presence at the bar. We’d waited patiently on both occasions. The first time we were ignored in favour of a guy who appeared beside us a long time after we started waiting. The second time a chef took pity on our plight and grabbed our drink, before prompting the bartender to ring it through the till. This poor service, which borders on being downright rude, is the sole reason why I won’t be enjoying drinks in the future at the Traverse Bar.

Anyhow, the selection of beers at the Traverse Bar is impressive and there will be something to suit all tastes. On the food side there’s a short “Refuel” menu which is ready in under 10 minutes and a “Relax” menu which takes over 10 minutes. My 5 bean chilli “muchos nachos” (£4.75) were from the Refuel menu. The quantity was huge and they were a struggle to finish. The nacho chips were obviously out of a packet and the 5 bean chilli was pleasant enough, but on the whole rather bland. Dips of sour cream and guacamole were welcome, although I prefer nachos when everything is stacked on top of each other. The carrot and lentil (£3.70) soup had found some flavour and was served with super fresh bread. Again, it was a huge portion but very enjoyable.

The Crombies vegetarian sausage and mash (£7.25) was proving very popular and looked appealing. Overall the Traverse is a nice bar with unremarkable but hugely convenient food. The staff in general are friendly, but the bar staff clearly need training (or replacing).

The Traverse Bar Café is located at 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 2ED.
Telephone: 0131 228 5383

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