Galway Gourmet – SADLY NOW CLOSED

With time short and much to catch up on with colleagues, I decided to eat for the first time at Galway Gourmet, which I suppose is the staff canteen in Waverley Gate, the former GPO building at the east end of Princes Street.

Signage

Signage

In the main atrium of a building that houses organisations such as Microsoft, Amazon, Creative Scotland, the Tram Inquiry Team and NHS Lothian, it’s a cafe space of considerable visual impact, with a fancy shopping mall feel to it.

I’ve had coffee here – mediocre Illy – a few times but this was my first time lunching. Their selection is much as you would expect – sandwiches, salads, panini, and various other whatnots.

Soup

Soup

It was good to see a selection of soups on offer. I opted for yellow split pea and veg over tomato and basil. I added a cheddar cheese and red onion panino.

Regular guest quester Graham tucked in to a chicken and bacon wrap, while first time lunchers Dawn and Iain picked at various lighter snacks and drinks.

Toastie

Toastie

My soup proved pretty hearty and was a fairly satisfying eat, with good chunks of veg. The toastie was also pretty good. It wasn’t much of a looker, but hit the melted cheese spot quite effectively.

So overall, Galway Gourmet keeps things quite simple and executes them fairly well. I enjoyed my soup and the panino did the job. I’m bound to be back here again at some point so now feel confident in eating here when the need arises.

Scores
Blythe scores Galway Gourmet
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13.5/20

I ate: yellow pea and veg soup, cheddar cheese and onion panino

I wore: red

Total bill: £5.45

Address: Waverley Gate, 2–4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

Written by BKR