Umami Spice Girl
I’d missed the launch of Fountain Bridge Street Food Fridays, a couple of weeks back, as I was in the wrong city at the pertinent times. I made up for that with a visit to their second week of trading.
Having said hello to market operator Beth, who had been along to speak at the April Scran Salon, and passed on congratulations for what was a well-attended and vibrant event, I took a wander round to see what was what.
At the direct rear of Akva, the market currently comprises around ten stalls with a mix of trucks and gazebo stalls. It was good to see familiar faces the Bearded Barista, Babu, Henderson’s, and Casa Angelina along with some newer traders such as Street Balls and Umami Spice Girl. I opted for some lunch from the latter.
Serving a range of low-and-slow spiced dishes, with beef rendang, massaman curry and a couple of Mexican chillis this week’s offering, Umami operates from an eye-catching silver truck.
I opted for the rendang (£6) which came on a bed of rice. On a sunny afternoon, I took a seat at a nearby perch and tucked in. It proved very good eating with the rendang warmly spiced and the rice fragrant and really well cooked.
There was a slight niggle for me as the portion was a little on the small side and the balance between beef and potato was slightly too light on the beef. These are things that will likely resolve themselves in time, though.
So overall, I enjoyed the food from Umami Spice Girl. There’s an opportunity to refine the portion size and composition, but at its heart this is very tasty food. Fountainbridge Street Food Friday runs every Friday from 11am through until 7pm so represents an excellent lunchtime and early evening option. Make sure to visit soon.