As regular readers will be all too aware, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, so the arrival of somewhere called Deadly Donuts was never likely to register on my radar, particularly. However, on one of my Saturday rambles round the city I bumped into it and noticing it served Roundsquare coffee I popped in to see what was what.
Open since October 2015, what I discovered was somewhere quite unexpected and a chef/baker/owner with an interesting story to tell.
As I entered, I noticed that a sign in the window that detailed a menu for upcoming evening events, which will commence at weekends from the start of April. Talk of “smacked cucumbers” put me in mind of a Chinese restaurant near where my friends Helen and Hannah live in London that serves that very dish.
Owner Freddie Spindler has worked in some interesting places: one Michelin star In de Wulf in Flanders; three Michelin star Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London; Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver’s outstanding St John’s Bread & Wine in London. This is not the CV of your average doughnut purveyor.
Today’s visit was mostly spent chatting about all things food and drink, in Edinburgh and beyond, so this isn’t really much of a review, as such.
I did have espresso, which was pretty good. I had a ham and cheese bagel – Freddie bakes all the doughnuts and bagels fresh daily on the premises – and it was really tasty.
But this is more a short advert to encourage you to join me in giving their evening menu a try when it launches, because not only does it look highly impressive, the chap behind it has some impressive pedigree.
The compact and stylish premises can only hold maybe 10-15 diners, so it will probably make sense to book, but you’ll definitely find me in attendance at some point in April as I’m intrigued to check things out.
So overall, doughnut and/or bagel lovers should give Deadly Donuts a visit, as it’s smart new place. And everyone else should keep an eye out for their weekend evening menus, which look likely to hold dishes of great interest.
I ate: ham and cheese bagel
I drank: espresso, water
I wore: green jacket
Total bill: £5.90
Address: 21 Argyle Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1JJ