Exterior

Exterior

The relentless procession of new openings seems to be never-ending, at the moment. To that number we can now add Café Efe on Leith Street.

A place showcasing Greek, Turkish and other Mediterranean delights, their bright and airy premises had been open just a few days when I paid a visit. The place feels like it has a little “growing in” to be completed and service was a little on the vague side, but there were smiles aplenty and a friendly acceptance that things weren’t quite up to speed as yet.

Soup

Soup

I didn’t linger too long over choices as I’d spotted borek, a Turkish classic, on the menu so ordered that. I started with their soup of the day, which was lentil.

The soup promptly arrived served with neat looking bread. It proved to be very nicely prepared and full of pleasing flavour.

Borek

Borek

The borek, a spinach and feta filled pastry topped with cheese, came with a considerable array of accompaniments. Tomato rice is another Turkish staple, as are the stuffed vine leaves of dolma. Pickled peppers provided nice piquancy and there was a good selection of olives and salad crunch. It was a filling and tasty selection.

So overall, Café Efe looks likely to be a reliable spot for Mediterranean home-style dishes. I’m a big fan of this type of thing and what I sampled today was rather good. I’ll no doubt be back, as it’s very near at hand for my office and I often feel the need for this type of cooking.

Scores
Blythe scores Café Efe
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3/5 for service
3,5/5 for setting
giving an overall 13.5/20

I ate: lentil soup; borek

I drank: water

I wore: purple striped shirt

Total bill: £9 (I got a bit of “discount” as they were just finding their feet – menu price would have been £10.40)

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Written by BKR