Along with many other observers, I’d kept a close watch on the progress of Troy, on Dalry Road, as it edged towards opening over a number of months. As Gaby Soutar pointed out, given that it looked like it had been built out of individual matchsticks, it was little wonder that it had taken so long to reach completion.

But complete it finally is, and after an abortive visit shortly after it had closed, the other night, I timed it right for a breakfast visit, today.



It’s fair to say that the remarkable interior was entirely worth the wait. The amazing beam work is quite an achievement and the shelf they’ve built to proudly display a moped is remarkable. As Edinburgh restaurant interiors go, it’s out-there in its own crazy world. I loved it.

Their food is rather more conventional, but the centrepiece of the menu is a slightly unusual buffet set-up, which showcases Mediterranean dishes. I stuck to more esablished breakfast fare, but chose a Turkish breakfast over the more traditional full English combos that were also offered.



Included with the price is a coffee or tea, so I sampled their espresso. It was a new one on me, roasted by Planteur des Tropiques. It was one of the best continental roasts I’ve sampled in the city.

The breakfast dish soon arrived looking mighty impressive. Each element, and there were many, was of really good quality. The poached eggs were spot on, as was the sucuk, and the sigara borek was the best I’ve been served in Scotland.

So overall, it was great to finally see Troy unleashed on the public. It’s worth a visit just to see the truly bonkers design of the place, but I was mightily impressed with the breakfast, too. I hear middling reports about the rest of the menu, but I am still keen to see what delights their buffet holds.

Blythe scores Troy
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
4.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15.5/20

I ate: Mediterranean breakfast

I drank: espresso, water

I wore: full questing stripes

Total bill: £8

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Written by BKR