Ola KalaWhen Greek grill Ola Kala first opened, I heard a couple people completely lose their shit about how good it was. Seriously, there were mentions of it as practically the best place in the city. I popped in for a quick check, was totally underwhelmed and decided to give it a while to settle in.
I revisited on a very blustery Sunday when the place was sparsely populated save for one table of native Greek speakers. I took a seat at one of the other tables in the informal, neatly appointed space.
I kept things simple ordering the pork gyros main course, which was essentially a deconstructed version of the classic pork wrap with a bunch of extra meat heaped on the plate. I ordered a glass of water, but it never arrived.
The gyros proved pretty good with plentiful, thinly sliced meat, good tzatziki, and warmly soft bread. The chips were soggy. The meat was a notch better than your average kebab, but not near the quality on offer at some of the Turkish mangals or good wrap places like Beirut Express.
Once I’d munched, I was left to reflect on a good but not great feed, which lacked the charm of Mr Nick’s in Ocean Terminal, which is ploughing a fairly similar furrow.
So overall, I wad glad to finally get Ola Kala ticked off the list for a review visit. It’s a good option for a quick, filling snack on the go, but it didn’t have the stellar impact on me as it has had on some.
Blythe scores Ola Kala
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 13.5/20
I ate: pork gyros
I drank: water (didn’t arrive)
I wore: navy blue
Total bill: £7
Address: 202 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EA