I was excited to hear talk of the Leith Depot, which has taken over where the legendary Meridian once traded. I popped in for a visit on a chilly Tuesday.
The place is…well, I’m not quite sure. I guess it’s a bar with food, but it feels hard to pin down and not particularly clear in itself what it’s trying to be. It’s early days, though, so plenty of time for a more coherent identity to emerge.
They seemed to be having a bit of a chaotic time when I visited. An early indication was given both that there was likely to be a wait for food and, more alarmingly, that there was NO SOUP (eek!), today. I wasn’t too pressed for time so sat down in a reclaimed bus seat and settled in for a wait.
I chose to start with spiced potted crab which came with some small crisped toasts. The crab was flavour=packed and very good, but a few more (or larger) bits of toast were required. Still, it was a promising opener.
With continued apologies from the friendly staff members, it was a good wait for the main course of macaroni cheese to arrive. When it did, it was very pleasing. The mustard cheese sauce packed lots of flavour as did the cheddar topping. It was a very good rendition of a winter warming favourite.
I was less keen on the smoked tomato salad. Where Shirley Conran once opined that “life is too short to stuff a mushroom,” for me, life is too short to smoke a tomato. There was nothing this version did to sway me from that view.
When I went to pay, the waiter knocked the starter off the bill, which given their good communication about the likely delay was entirely unnecessary, but was appreciated nevertheless.
So overall, once the Leith Depot has settled upon a furrow to plough I think it will do very good work. The food offering, although slightly chaotic in its delivery, was really quite impressive. Their sharing platters read as if they’d be a good source of entertainment, also. I’d recommend a visit as I’m interested to hear what y’all make of it.
Blythe scores the Leith Depot
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: spiced potted crab; macaroni cheese
I drank: sparkly water
I wore: action footwear
Total bill: £12.40 (£7.40 with the starter knocked off)
Address: 138-140 Leith Walk, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 5DT