Although I do have a fondness for ignoring the main focus of particular places (see my original review of The Baked Potato Shop, where I didn’t actually try the baked potatoes), I am often loathe to go souping where caking should really be my business.
This was my feeble justification for not having visited Casa Angelina, before now, even though I knew fine well that they did daily changing soups, salads and sandwiches, to go alongside their much vaunted cakes.
Another slight factor was that I was very sad to see the previous occupiers of the premises, French Fancies, close, but as is so often the case with Edinburgh eateries, it must be out with the old and in with the new.
Having negotiated the few steps down from street level to their basement premises, I found myself inside a very welcoming and frilly little place. Ordering is done at the counter, then your choices are delivered to your table. This all works very well, with the friendly waitress handling things splendidly.
I kept things simple, matching their soup of the day, a butternut, carrot and lemon thyme, with a cheese scone. I took my seat in the back room, which is complete with sideboard, dressing-up box, and a dazzling array of doilies. It was all very charming.
The soup proved to be packed with sweetly herby flavour, and looked decidedly smart in its little lidded pot. The scone was a monster, and was right up there with the ones from Lovecrumbs. It was all highly accomplished stuff.
So overall, even for those, like me, who broadly eschew the sweet sections of the menu, Casa Angelina offers plenty to delight its patrons. I was left heartily replenished by my soup and scone, and fit to face an afternoon of outrageous fortune. I’d recommend that you pay the place a visit, as I’m confident you’ll be impressed.
Blythe scores Casa Angelina
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 16/20
I ate: butternut squash, carrot and lemon thyme soup; cheese scone
I drank: water
Total bill: £4.20