Speculation was that the new Mussel and Steak Bar had opened on Jeffrey Street, so I went to investigate but found it still a little way away from opening. It turns out that the folks from The List had a hog roast on the go in their courtyard, but we didn’t find that out until later in the day.So I found myself on the High Street in need of something meaty. I resolved to pop down the Canongate to Cafe Vivo to give their burger a try.
The place caters largely for the tourist market, given its location, and their Italian influenced menu has a huge range of dishes on offer, from paninis and baked potatoes to pizza and pasta dishes.The friendly counter man and incredible multi-tasker seemed to be handling the vast majority of tasks including prepping and cooking the majority of dishes.
I was clear that I wanted to try their burger, which for under a fiver seemed like a potential snip. I tried their espresso, while the burger cooked. It wasn’t at all bad.
The burger soon arrived accompanied by a nicely dressed, fresh and crisp salad. It proved to be very tasty indeed and reminded me of a burger I’d enjoyed with similar relish at Eatings on Rose Street. I’ve had burgers in other places that were twice the price and had half the flavour. I was very pleased with things.
So overall, I enjoyed my trip to Cafe Vivo. It’s good to see a place at the heart of tourist land that’s producing good quality dishes for a pretty reasonable price. Next time I’m in need of a burger in this neighbourhood, I know where to go.
Blythe scores Cafe Vivo
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: burger
I drank: espresso, water
I wore: linen suit
Total bill: £6.60