Glorious sunshine bathed our fair city, today, making my lunchtime stroll all the more pleasant. Once I’d completed some flat-viewing business, I was in need of lunch, so popped in to Pinocchio, on Queensferry Street.
Occupying the premises that previously housed a rather good fishmonger, and just down the road from the lovely Hernandez & Co, Pinocchio is a neat little corner cafe. It offers a good range of lunchtime options, along with the usual cafe comestibles.
I was pleased to see three soup options, on their chalkboard, from which I chose their chickpea variety. I continued the chickpea theme by opting for a hummus falafel wrap, to accompany my soup.
Having plonked myself in their comfy little window seat, I didn’t have long to wait before both items appeared, simply presented and looking rather neat, delivered by a smiley counter woman.
I started with the soup and can happily report that it was very good. The warm spicing and generous amount of chickpea made for satisfying spoonfuls of goodness. I fired the friendly counter man a question about the recipe, but he was sensibly not too forthcoming, other than to confirm that it had been “made with love”.
The wrap wasn’t quite to the same standard, but was still a satisfying lunchtime eat, with a lightly toasted, well-stocked wrap providing tasty, filling sustenance.
Decent espresso rounded out what has been a rather enjoyable visit.
So overall, I was very pleased with Pinochhio. The place is bright, clean and neat, with an excellently warm welcome. Their soup was the highlight, with a really well-made, warmly spiced soup packing a really enjoyable amount of comforting flavour. I’d be happy to recommend you pop in to Pinochhio, next time you’re in the vicinity.
Blythe scores Pinocchio
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
Today’s quester was: Blythe
I ate: chickpea soup; hummus falafel wrap
I drank: water, espresso
I wore: blue linen
Total bill: £7.50