Lucky Pig at Paradise Palms
I was sad when Ninja Buns finished their run at Paradise Palms, but word soon reached me that the kitchen was to be taken over by an outfit looking to showcase vegan and vegetarian food. Called Lucky Pig, I popped in to give their wares a try on a quiet Saturday afternoon.
The menu is somewhat in a similar style to the Ninja Buns idea, with dishes in a range of sizes that lend themselves to sharing.
My eye was caught by the mac n cheese, but spying that I could try it in a side-dish size, I paused to consider whether I should try their burger or hot dog, eventually settling upon the former.
I added one of the Palms legendary buckfast daiquiris. I enjoyed it way more than I should have.
The food arrived soon after looking pretty good. The mac n cheese was absolutely outstanding. With a blend of three cheeses and chipotle, it was packed with flavour and was oozing with goodness. It was the best dish of its type I’ve found in the city.
The burger was not quite to the same standard. The multi-seed bun was just a little stodgy and the bean and seitan burger had an odd texture. It packed a huge amount of flavour, though, with really punchy earthiness, so with some refinement to make it come together a little more elegantly it will be a really good dish.
I went back and had further dishes from the menu, which were very warmly received, but we’d had a little too much to drink on that occasion to offer a balanced judgement.
So overall, it was good to see Paradise Palms continuing on fine culinary form with Lucky Pig looking to be a very safe pair of hands to continue the Ninja Buns legacy. I look forward to trying other dishes from their menu and would strongly recommend visiting, particularly to try the excellent mac n cheese.
Blythe scores Lucky Pig
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: black bean burger; mac n cheese
I drank: buckfast daiquiri
I wore: blue
Total bill: £13.50
Address: 41 Lothian Street, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 1HB