I am hopeless at listening to advice, when it comes to restaurant recommendations. Someone told me to go to The Espy about a year ago. Have I been? Only for coffee, so far. One of my colleagues told me to go to Indaba about a year ago. Have I been? Nope, I just read five star review after five star review about the place. I did eventually go to the Spice Pavilion after many recommendations, and I was delighted by it, and thought “why haven’t I been to this place, before?”
So, when I found myself walking up Morrison Street in need of sustenance, a relatively recent piece of advice, from Edinburgh Foody’s Danielle, sprang to mind, so I stopped off in Bite Me, on the corner of Grove Street, as she’s been impressed by it, on a number of recent visits.
The décor is of the white minimalist variety. Things are kept very simple, with nice, clean lines abounding. The transformation from the space’s previous incarnation as a fancy dress hire shop is considerable. Sadly, I was working to a busy timetable, today, so couldn’t linger in the place, so opted for takeout.
To go with my soup, I added a hummus, falafel and red pepper roll. The selection of roll options was impressive, and they also had some pre-made for those in an even more considerable hurry than I.
I had opted for red pepper and lentil soup, having rejected the secondary option of carrot and parsnip. I was very happy with my choice, as the soup was an excellent combination of its elements. The texture was very well judged, as I was able to drink it on the move, yet it still retained an element of rustic roughness to it.
The sandwich was similarly impressive. The excellent brown roll was filled with chick pea goodness that was full of fresh citrus tang. The well roasted peppers and fresh salad leaves provided excellent further substance to what proved to be a highly enjoyable sequence of mouthfuls.
So, I was as impressed with Bite Me. Although I live at this end of town, I’m not often in these parts when lunchtime comes around. However, I feel the need to pay it another visit, so I can sample their coffee and perhaps a salad. I’d heartily recommend that you visit, too, as you’ll be rewarded with satisfyingly fresh and flavour-packed items.
Blythe scores Bite Me
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20
Today’s questers was: Blythe
I ate: red pepper and lentil soup; hummus, falafel and red pepper roll
I drank: nowt
I wore: horse-racing garb
Total bill: £4.95