I’m starting to favour lunchtime venues that require me to walk up and down some of Edinburgh’s many hilly streets, in preparation for our upcoming stroll across the Pennines, in June.


One such jaunt took me down Broughton Street, through Bellevue, to Agoo Café, on Rodney Street.

With a glass frontage that allowed the sunshine to pour into the neat little café, I certainly saw the place at best advantage, today. It’s simple and tidy, with a blend of formal table and relaxed comfy seating.


From their blackboard, I quickly discerned that their soup of the day was broccoli. Their chef’s dish of the day, a chorizo stew, sounded pretty good, too, but I managed to restrain myself and opt for a grilled vegetable wrap, instead.

Trade was pretty brisk, with a number of regular customers popping in. There was a good balance between people opting to sit-in and those chosing to takeout, giving a good indication that they’re equally adept at handling both.

Wrap and salad

My soup promptly arrived, served with a fresh, lightly toasted brown baguette. The soup was nicely creamy, accurately seasoned, but could have used just a little more punchy flavour from the broccoli. I was pleased with it, though.

The wrap was of similar quality, and served with a simple crisp side salad. The filling was nicely judged, with a good blend of textures, and a nice light toasting of the wrap.

So overall, I found Agoo really quite charming. They served me smartly prepared fare, in neat surroundings. The welcome was warm and attentive, and they seemed equally comfortable satisfying the requirements of their sit-in and takeaway customers. I’d happily pop back in, next time I find myself in their neighbourhood.

Blythe scores Agoo
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20

Today’s quester was: Blythe

I ate: cream of broccoli soup; grilled vegetable wrap

I drank: water

I wore: pale gold tie

Total bill: £6.70

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Written by BKR