I ended up in a crazy rush, today, for one reason or another. By the time lunchtime came around, I was in need of a little walk to blow away the cobwebs, prior to the my afternoon programme commencing. To that effect, I walked to St Mary’s Street, where I came across Wee Bite, a little sandwich shop nestled next to an antiques shop.
The place has a few seats for sitting-in, but is mainly catering from takeaway trade. I kept it simple, as I was pressed for time, so opted for the tomato and basil soup, accompanied by a large baguette filled with chicken, pesto, tomatoes and cheese. The chatty and welcoming counter girl heated the soup in a microwave, but at least had the good grace to do this hidden from sight, so I could maintain the illusion that it was freshly bubbling away in a pot.
Upon return to my ivory basement, I was impressed to find that the soup could easily take a spoon and support it standing up. I tested it for temperature, and it was good to go, so I wolfed through it in the four minutes I had before my next meeting commenced. It was good, hearty fare. Not outstanding, not particularly noteworthy, but solidly reliably good.
An hour or so later, I returned to contemplate my baguette. It was generous in its proportions and filled with a tasty and flavourful filling. Greggs are currently trialling a chicken, pesto and sundried tomato baguette not dissimilar to this, and I sampled it, yesterday. It was a little more expensive than this one (£2.95 compared with £2.70) and tasted nowhere near as good. Wee Bite’s version was served on a lovely fresh, soft baguette, and the filling packed in a good amount of flavour. I was really pleased with it.
So, overall I thought Wee Bite was pretty good. It’s not going to set the heather on fire, but in terms of dealing with your lunchtime hunger in a fashion that will leave you feeling satisfied, I think it showed that it was more than capable of doing so. Cost wise, it’s probably priced for it’s proximity to the Royal Mile, so doesn’t represent fantastic value, but I’d happily pop in again if I find myself in the neighbourhood.
Blythe scores Wee Bite:
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 13/20
Today’s quester was: Blythe
I ate: tomato and basil soup, chicken, cheese, tomato and pesto baguette
I drank: nowt
I wore: a symphony of lemon
Total bill: £4.70
9 St Mary’s Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1TA