Last week my family arrived to spend a bit of time in the UK and to see me graduate after many years in academia. On my graduation day, they didn’t want to get too far from McEwan Hall and I needed somewhere to get them lunch where they could sit and chill while I picked up my gown and such. Since Union of Genius was slammed full, I took them to Olly Bongo’s right across from the uni.
I’ve been and had tea and coffee here a few times over the years, but I’ve never managed to eat in their charming café, and this time proved no different. After an EPIC meal at Mithas, I was still too full to even contemplate lunch and instead had coffee, which was good, while my parents had soup.
Mom went for the barley soup and dad ordered the tomato basil.
When the soups arrived shortly after, they were nicely portioned, hearty looking soups. Mom’s soup with the grains of plumb barley and loads of vegetables looked delicious and warming. She added a bit of salt after tasting it and tucked in. It tasted much like a nicely concocted noodle soup, with a nuttiness from the barley.
Dad’s brightly coloured tomato had fresh chunks of tomato in it and smelled amazing, the rich tomato flavour was complimented by the bits of basil and the rolls were a standard, white roll that had been toasted slightly in a panino press. Overall, my parents were happy and set for the afternoon ceremony.
MJ scores the Olly Bongo’s:
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 12.5/20
Today’s quester was: MJ and family
We ate: barley and tomato soups
I drank: coffee
I wore: black dress and boots
Total bill: £+/- 12.00 (I ducked out and let my dad pay, as one does)