In the world of food blogging, today was something of a red-letter day. You don’t need me to tell you about Martha Payne’s story. Not only have you watched it on the news, you’ve read her fantastic blog, NeverSeconds, in record numbers. Aside from all the interest, the amount of money raised for Mary’s Meals has been absolutely phenomenal.


There’s often a flip-side to things and in the case of today, this was the conduct of Argyll & Bute Council. Council officials have brought the reputation of local government in Scotland into considerable disrepute. Their actions have been truly baffling; the single biggest public relations own goal I can ever remember.

So, on this landmark day for both food blogging and indeed lunch, I almost ended up missing out on both. This is fairly typical of how my week has gone. I will be glad to see the back of it.

Anyhoo, once I’d managed to conclude the required tasks and what not, I wasn’t keen to venture too far. In a blinding moment of inspiration, I decided to head to Razzo Coffee, where Union of Genius soup could provide me with suitably celebratory lunchtime goodness to mark the occasion.

Espresso and soup

I’ve called in to Razzo’s new shop on Waverley Steps a couple of times, but just to pick up coffee on my way past. The place is simply appointed, with just a few seats to accommodate those wishing to enjoy their coffee, soup or cake at a leisurely pace.

Today’s soup was lentil. It looked incredibly good as the friendly counter girl ladled it out. I added a good little espresso to my order, and soon enough I was on my way back to the office.

The soup was exactly as impressive as I expected it to be. The folks at Union of Genius are expert soup purveyors. They’ve been going from strength to strength recently, with their soups now available at French Press and Printworks, as well as Razzo.

Soupy soup and bread

Accompanying the soup was lovely fresh bread, with a light herby flavour. The combination was highly satisfying.

So, on this remarkable day, I was glad to mark it with a remarkable lunch, full of joyously warming flavour. Razzo is a great little lunchtime stop off, so I’d heartily recommend you pop in next time you’re making your way up Waverley Steps.

Blythe scores Razzo Coffee
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20

Today’s quester was: Blythe

I ate: Lentil soup

I drank: espresso

I wore: pinstripes

Total bil: £5.10

Razzo Coffee
Waverley Steps

Written by BKR