My second foray in to the George Square garden took me to Scoop Street’s neighbouring sister venture, Pad BKK.
Sharing some staff members and a common approach to service, BKK’s menu offers Thai classics like pad Thai noodles, shredded salad, and curry, along with Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (£5). It was the latter option that I chose, again exercising my veggie tastebuds.
The sandwich that promptly arrived, topped with crushed peanuts, was replete with butternut squash, expertly charred in the same style as the Scoop veggie burger, and accompanied with slaw, chilli sauce and fragrant coriander.
The elements came together well, with good crunch from the slaw, nice warm heat from the chilli, and lovely freshness from the herbs. The encasing roll had a little room for improvement, and the over-stuffed nature of things made it a bit of a messy eat, but it pleased me, muchly.
I accompanied the sandwich with a good espresso from nearby Cult Coffee, which showcased a tasty Caffia Fairtrade blend.
So overall, Pad BKK continued the strong opening to this year’s Festival eating. I’ve started on a virtuous path, with a couple of early veggie treats. Let’s see if I can maintain such a healthy approach, throughout the month.
George Square Gardens, Edinburgh