My West Nicholson Street odyssey continued, today, with a little trip to Good 2 Go. This little sandwich shop that is apparently owned by the folks that have the Blind Poet and the Peartree, meaning that you can eat sandwiches purchased there on the premises of those fair pubs, should you desire to do so.
This followed on from recent visits to Beetlejuice and the Picnic Basket, both of which are also located on the same street. They all seem to thrive, not least due to their proximity to the great might of the student pound, at the nearby University of Edinburgh campus at George Square.
It was a rainy old day, so my brain couldn’t think any more creatively than to opt for their soup of the day, which was lentil, accompanied by one of their suggested sandwich combos from the board. The one I went for was chorizo, brie, hummus and black olives, packed in to a large, seeded roll.
The friendly counter woman having completed the fresh making of the roll with the minimum of fuss, then having charged me a good bit less for the privilege than the neighbouring places, I was on my way back to the road.
Once safely ensconced in a dry, indoor spot, I turned my attention to the soup. It was a well-executed, but fairly run-of-the-mill lentil soup. It had good texture and flavour, and was a good, solid effort.
The sandwich looked excellent, with its filling bursting out all over the place. I was soon shoving it faceward. It proved to be quite an interesting combination of flavours and textures. I think the brie got a little lost in the mix, but otherwise I was very happy with it.
So overall, Good 2 Go served me pretty nicely. It’s firmly a takeout spot, as the place has a cramped feel, inside, but the fare they have on offer is better than decent. It offers much the same quality as its neighbours, at a lower cost, so I can see that it is likely to be a popular spot.
Unfortunately, across these three West Nicholson Street places, there isn’t one that’s really spurring the others on or raising the bar, meaning that they’re all reliable but middling. It would be interesting to see what would happen it one of them stepped up the quality, to see whether it drove up the standard across all three.
Blythe scores Good to Go
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
2.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 13/20
Today’s quester was: Blythe
I ate: lentil soup; chorizo, brie, hummus, black olive roll
I drank: nowt
I wore: new blue shirt
Total bill: £4.50