December 11, 2012 Edinburgh Cafe, soup, West End No Comments

Some days (although not very often), lunch just passes me by. This was somewhat true of today, although I did manage to grab a mug of really very enjoyable lentil soup, at the start of the meeting that I attended, which started around my usual dining time.


Once the meeting was over, I was in that curious mid-afternoon zone. I was hungry, but wasn’t really requiring a full meal. What I needed was more soup, so I broke my journey with a little trip to the Clock Café and Diner on Dalry Road.

The place looks quite dinky, but has 40 seats downstairs, making it really quite expansive. I sat in the neatly appointed upstairs section, where I immediately enquired as to whether they still had soup left.


Their soup of the day, which was leek and potato, was indeed still available, so I ordered a bowl of that, then sat down at a little table in the window.

The soup, accompanied by a sliced white baguette roll, soon appeared. It looked hearty, rustic, and precisely like the thing that I was requiring.

It proved to be a very good, creamy soup, with a lovely balance and depth of flavour. Both main ingredients were allowed to shine strongly, making each spoonful a gloriously savoury treat.

Having used the very handy baguette to mop the bowl clean, I was left to reflect on a rather enjoyable, if brief, visit to this smart café.

Overall, I was very impressed with the Clock Café. At £3 for a sit-in bowl of soup, the prices are very reasonable. I grew up in this neighbourhood, so know it very well, so really should have popped in before now. I’m glad I finally got round to it, as it’s somewhere I’ll visit again. Their cakes looked rather impressive, as well, so I will encourage Cakequest’s Sarah to pop in, too.


Blythe scores the Clock Cafe
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14.5/20

Today’s quester was: Blythe

I ate: leek and potato soup

I drank: water

I wore: tie

Total bill: £3

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Written by BKR