Exterior

Exterior

Where the Piano Cafe used to be, on Howard Place, Coro Chocolate Cafe is now plying its trade. On a rainily sunny Saturday, I popped in to give it a try.

The interior has been swapped around from the previous incarnation, with the counter now right at the door, hinting that they might be seeking more takeaway customers. This proved the case with a good few folks popping in grab a quick hot chocolate and/or cake.

Noodly soup

Noodly soup

I sat in and was in typically savoury mood. I was well catered for and was pleased to see soup served in a bread bowl. The soup proved to be from Union of Genius, with today’s choices being Lebanese lemon and lentil, or chicken noodle. I opted for the latter and added a toasted pastrami ciabatta.

The soup was first up. To maintain the integrity of the bread bowl it was heavy on the noodles and light on the soup (or the soup had quickly soaked into the bread), so it was more in the style of a noodly bunny chow. It was very tasty eating with the soup soaked bread particularly good.

Choc

Choc

The toastie maintained the impressive standard, with profuse pastrami, piquant salsa and nicely melted cheese. It was served with a nicely dressed side salad.

I thought it remiss not to give something chocolaty a try, so ordered a chilli hot chocolate. It’s not really my thing, but it packed a good chilli kick. I’ll leave it for others to determine whether this rates highly in the pantheon of Edinburgh hot chocolate offerings.

Toasted sandwich

Toasted sandwich

So overall, I enjoyed my trip to Coro. It’s only been open for around four months but already feels nicely settled and is already attracting brisk business. Do pop in the next time you’re in these parts.

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

I ate: chicken noodle soup in a bread bowl; toasted pastrami, mozzarella and salsa ciabatta

I drank: water, chilli hot chocolate

I wore: tweed jacket

Total bill: £11.19

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Written by BKR