They have 5 of the 7 Michelin restaurants in Scotland so they must be onto something! One of my absolute favourite cities in the UK, if you aren’t mesmerised by the scenery, you will be by the food!
Pep and Fodder
Easily the best cup of coffee I’ve had in Scotland! Very trendy little cafe similar to back home in Australia with plenty of baked goods and beautiful salads (the fruit salad for breakfast is a winner, generous serve and very fresh). Close to Waverley station too so very handy for travellers!
Mimi’s Little Bakehouse
When they say “home of the best scone in Scotland”, they definitely mean it – the cheese and chive scone was absolutely heavenly!! You also won’t be able to resist their incredible Instagram-worthy slices and cupcakes either. The hardest part is choosing between the red velvet cupcake or the Reeses pieces, mars bar and biscoff slices….
A fine-dining atmosphere but an intimate venue with delightfully friendly staff, serving Michelin quality cuisine at a pub food price. Literally everything you could want in a restaurant as a travelling foodie can be found right here!
The menu is guarantee to inspire and delight, so much so that I cancelled my pre-existing dinner plans when I walked past and saw their evening offerings. Despite having no booking, the lovely front of house staff found me a table, and treated me just like a local.
I chose two starters and dessert rather than a main as I was intrigued by some of their ‘starters masquerading as desserts’, and I was overwhelmingly impressed with my choice! Note that the menu changes regularly due to seasonal availability of produce but the menu is posted outside for easy perusal as you’re walking past.
To commence the occasion, the bread basket arrived with a beautiful thyme and garlic olive oil for dipping – delicious!
My first starter was the Isle of Mull cheddar and onion bread and butter pudding with fennel ice cream and confit tomato. So good it’ll make you forget everything you know about bread and butter pudding, with the fennel ice cream being nothing short of absolute genius.
A brief complimentary palate cleanser followed, in the form of raspberry coulis with ginger beer in a shot glass. Very refreshing!
Next, the lobster Thermidor creme brûlée with Bloody Mary sorbet, parmesan cracker and caviar. The flavours were perfectly balanced, with every element incredible on their own but harmonious together. They even managed to recreate the satisfying crack when hitting the top of the brûlée with a spoon!
Last but definitely not least, the actual dessert. Chocolate torte with caramelised hazelnut, yuzu gel and sweet cicely gelato (with a tiny hint of absinthe!). Sheer brilliance! A constellation of sweet, savoury and tangy, with a flurry of textures and an amazing hint of ainseed. One of my favourite desserts ever!
I cannot fault the phenomenal food; as well as the attentive staff who made me feel just as welcome as if I was with a much larger table. If you’re a foodie going to Edinburgh, you simply MUST go here and prepare to have your perspective on Scottish food reshaped entirely.