August 8, 2014 Burger, Old Town, pub grub 2 Comments

Exterior

Exterior

Where the Bristo Bar recently ended its tenure, Paradise Palms has arisen to take over. It’s ideally placed for Festival customers seeing shows at the nearby Udderbelly, Potterow or George Square.

The upside-down typewriter at the entrance sets the tone for this quirky spot which has timed its arrival well. It’s new, but has a reasonably settled feel and service, although not fully up to speed on my visit, seemed relatively assured.

Condiments

Condiments

Their menu has a strong Mexican influence with tacos to the fore. This isn’t a style I tend to have much luck with, though, so my eye was caught by their burger when I visited.

At lunchtime their taco options are £5 and their “not tacos” options £6, making it a decent place for a quick bite on the go between shows, particular if you’re seeking refuge from the rain.

Burger, chips and pickle

Burger, chips and pickle

My meal was a slightly hit and miss affair. As with my trip to Burger Meats Bun, the bun and chips were really good but the burger didn’t match up. It was a shame as everything else was really pretty good, including the big crunchy pickle.

Condiments were rustic and hand-crafted, too, which was good, but they were a little on the subtle side for me.

So overall, I liked Paradise Palms and will come back again for another visit after Festival month is over. As a stop off this month it’s a good option and it shows lots of promise, but I’d steer you towards other things besides their burger as it didn’t quite hit the mark. The cocktail menu sounds intriguing so maybe you should give them a try when you visit.

Scores
Blythe scores Paradise Palms
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20

We ate: burger, chips and pickle

I wore: striped suit

Total bill: £6

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Written by BKR