Barish – SADLY NOW CLOSED
Where Cafe Efe used to trade until recently, Barish has taken over. Although I saw a sign saying “under new management” there were many familiar faces from the previous business when I arrived. However, the interior and menu were both much changed.
The decor is now an interesting blend between Edinburgh and Istanbul, with large Scottish touristy photos on the walls and details of Istanbul trams and the Galata tower on the tablecloths. It’s a mix of cities that I enjoy.
The menu retains the Mediterranean feel of the previous iteration, but pizzas have been added along with a few more Scottish dishes, again echoing the blended decor.
I thought I’d try the black pudding melt from the “hot bites” list then added a Hawaiian pizza from the new selection.
The starter soon arrived looking…well, it looked a little strange, but I had a feeling it would as I had no particular idea what black pudding melt might be. It proved to be quite a neat stack with two slices of black pudding and rather a lot of cheese (brie?) melted in between, above and below. It tasted pretty good, but was slightly in the realm of “late night drunken (albeit successful) experiment”.
The main course was on much surer ground. The pizza topping was really good, with particularly good quality ham. The base didn’t completely win me over but it was light, crisp and quite a good lunchtime size. I enjoyed it.
The moment I’d finished my pizza, the waiter came over with a massive chunk of baklava, but I had to rush off, so I’ll need to try that on a future visit.
So overall, I rather liked Barish. Its spruce-up has worked well, the expanded menu looks to contain some quirkily interesting dishes, they’re cooking quite a lot of it to order in an open kitchen, and the welcome is very warm. It looks like it will prove to be a very handy spot for quick city centre bites of pleasingly decent quality.
Blythe scores Barish
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: black pudding melt; ham and pineapple pizza
I drank: water
I wore: navy blue
Total bill: £12.50
37 Leith St, Edinburgh EH1 3AT