L’Alba D’Oro has long been valued as Edinburgh’s premier chip shop, having been trading from its Henderson Row premises since the mid 70s.
It must have been a decade or more since my last visit, but I had fond memories of the place, so was looking forward to renewing acquaintances.
I wasn’t overly blessed with time, on this occasion, so a quick fish supper, to eat as I walked, was the order of the day.
Things were handled with efficient panache by the smilingly friendly counter staff, with one woman arranging the food, while another looked after the financial transaction. This meant I was on my way in record time, with a friendly valediction seeing me off.
In the gorgeous sunshine of an early evening in Stockbridge, I munched firstly on the exquisite chips. They really were outstandingly good, with all required boxes of light crispness and fluffiness ticked.
The fish, a particularly meaty piece of haddock, was encased in crisp batter. It was every bit as good as the chips. The two elements were brought together by good brown sauce, too.
So overall, L’Alba D’Oro was just as good as I remember. For fish and chip excellence, you’ll be hard pressed to find better in the city. I’ll keep looking, though, as that’s the inescapable burden of questing. For now, I’m happy to recommend it as the place to go next time you feel the need to indulge in this classic dish.
Blythe scores L’Alba D’Oro
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15.5/20
Today’s quester was: Blythe
I ate: haddock and chips
I drank: nowt
I wore: action footwear
Total bill: £6.60