Amed Cafe Bistro – Now Roj Cafe – SADLY NOW CLOSED
It was inevitable that Salvo’s would eventually close but it was still sad when it came to pass. Since then, Kaffee Kantate had a brief run to little success with Amed Cafe Bistro now occupying the site, just near the Tollcross crossroads. I popped in to give it a go.
As the sun cast bartley shadows over the smart cafe furniture, I took a look at the breakfast section of the menu and was quickly convinced by the Amed Special breakfast, which brought together all the usual fried breakfast staples.
The rest of the menu is extensive and broad in its influences, with a hot and cold mezze selection and a range of Italian main courses.
My breakfast soon arrived having been cooked to order by the friendly owner.
It proved solidly decent fare. The egg had a beautifully tangerine yolk so was the undoubted highlight. The tattie scones were nicely prepared, too. The bacon, sausage, black pudding, beans and toast were more regulation stuff.
So overall, Amed is starting life from a potentially promising standard. Edinburgh in general isn’t overly blessed with good breakfast options, but Tollcross has good options in a similar style at Quick & Plenty and the Yellow Deli. So whilst Amed is pretty good and would thrive in another neighbourhood, I’m not sure it will where it is. This is a shame as it’s a friendly little place with an interestingly diverse menu. I hope my fears are wrong.
Blythe scores Amed
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: Amed special breakfast (egg, bacon, tattie scone, tomato, black pudding, beans, sausage, toast)
I drank: tea
I wore: mismatched stripes
Total bill: £8.50
Address: 4 Earl Grey St, Edinburgh EH3 9BN