There are a number of sandwich places near the Shore that I’ve rather cruelly neglected, over the years, and Fleur’s Deli is one of them. The reason for this oversight is simply that the lunchtime takeaway from Domenico’s is so very outstanding, that until I amended my ways and sampled liberally of Edinburgh’s varied delights, I spent almost every lunchtime there. I’m long overdue a return visit, as it goes.
Fleur’s has the honour of being situated right next door to Restaurant Martin Wishart. I don’t think they’re in direct competition, but I am glad that they both continue to flourish, side by side.
I have visited Fleur’s a few times, and I’ve always found it to be a friendly and reliable spot. Curiously, I don’t think I’ve tried their soup previously, so today was the day.
The soup proved to be lentil and bacon. It’s a soup I seem to have been eating quite often, of late, but it’s a solid favourite with me, so I was happy to sample their variety.
To accompany this, I opted for a wrap. Under the guidance of the lovely counter woman, I ended up going for a roasted red pepper and chorizo filling, with wholegrain mustard and salad. This was gently toasted for me.
I had a little way to go to get back to the office, so I actually drank the soup at the bus stop outside Mimi’s Bakehouse. It wasn’t the world’s greatest lentil and bacon. It lacked oomph and seasoning, but it did manage to chase away the cold and my initial hunger, so it served its purpose.
I ate the wrap once I was back in the office. It was really very good, with a lovely combination of punchy flavours ensuring palette-pleasing mouthfuls. It’s a wrap I’d order again, as I was very taken with it.
So while the soup wasn’t the greatest, I was pretty satisfied with my trip to Fleur’s. The wrap was particularly good, and this, coupled with the warm welcome, left me smiling. If you’re down near the Shore, and not in the mood for fine dining with Mr Wishart, pop next door for a filling and tasty lunchtime takeaway.
Blythe scores Fleur’s Deli
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: lentil and bacon soup; chorizo and roast veg wrap
I drank: nowt
I wore: black suit
Total bill: £4.50