As I continued to gently ease my way back in to Edinburgh society, I found myself in Stockbridge in want of a light lunch. I alighted upon Cafe Plum, so popped in for a quick visit.

Exterior

Exterior

The interior is quirky, and gives the impression that you’re going to find something a little bit left-field, on offer.

I’m deeply sad to report that on my late lunch visit they’d run out of soup, so I can’t attest to their abilities on that front. Instead, I opted for a croque monsieur, from their premium toastie section.

Firstly, the tremendously smiley counter woman brought me water and espresso. The espresso was good, without really demanding adoration.

Croque monsieur

Croque monsieur

The toastie soon arrived, looking intriguingly cheesy, with layers of cheese both inside and out. Aside from tasty grain mustard, it proved to be rather routine. There was work to be done to improve the bread, and a more characterful cheese would have been nice. It just seemed a trifle underwhelming.

So overall, I think Cafe Plum has an opportunity to improve its offering. The setting and welcome hinted at real promise, but the food didn’t quite carry things through. This was a shame as I thought the place was quite charming, but it needs to work on making things more memorable and compelling.

Scores
Blythe scores Cafe Plum
3/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13/20

Today’s quester was: Blythe

I ate: croque monsieur

I drank: espresso

I wore: black boots

Total bill: £5

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Written by BKR