Following on from our review of Firth of Froth, which has opened on their previous site, we took a little trip to North Charlotte street to see how the folks at Crolla’s were settling in to their new premises.
It has certainly got a very fresh, clean and sleek look to the interior, which has had a comprehensive refit.
The welcome is as warm as ever, with owner Mark full of friendly words for a familiar face in the new shop.
I was in the mood for soup, and was looking forward to renewing acquaintances, as I remembered an excellent red pepper soup, from a few months back, on my last visit to Broughton Street. Today’s choice was cock a leekie, which was rather ironically what I had had in Firth of Froth, too. I added a chorizo, chicken and cheddar panini, too.
The soup arrived promptly and it was excellent, with perfect seasoning and good chunky bits. The red pepper one that I’ve already mentioned was right on the edge of exceptional, but this one took things over the top, so I’m delighted to include them in that most hallowed of Soupquest categories.
The panini was rather good, too. A gloriously oily chorizo always works a treat in a toasted sandwich, and this was no exception.
So overall, I was really pleased with Crolla’s. They keep things simple and focus on executing things to a consistently high standard, which is an approach I appreciate, muchly. I hope this new shop flourishes, and given the profusion of local offices, it should do. It’s well worth a visit, particularly next time you’re looking for quality New Town soup.
Blythe scores Crolla’s
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
Today’s quester was: Blythe
I ate: cock a leekie soup; chorizo, chicken and cheddar panini
I wore: Book Festival red lanyard
Total bill: £5