The marvellous MJ and I tried to visit Cafe 1505 shortly after it opened back in August last year, but we were foiled by a full cafe, so we popped over the road for very good fare at the Festival Theatre Cafe. After a couple more false starts I finally popped in for lunch today.
Run by Heritage Portfolio, who look after the catering at places such as the Colonnades and the Portrait Gallery Cafe, the cafe is part of the adjoining Royal College of Surgeons, with the 1505 of the cafe’s title referring to the founding date of that fine institution.
Service is at the counter where some slightly starchy staff members fire pertinent questions at you in rapid fire. By this process I acquired broccoli and spinach soup, and a warm sausage roll served with fresh beetroot salad.
I took a seat in the main cafe area which has a slightly sterile feel to it. I suppose that’s somewhat fitting for a cafe associated with surgeons.
These minor service and setting gripes aside, the food proved to be really good. The soup was very green and nicely fresh. I enjoyed it.
The sausage roll was packed with flavour and the pastry was impressively good. I’m a big fan of beetroot so really enjoyed the accompanying salad.
So overall, I really liked the food at Cafe 1505. I think some improvements could be made to make the place feel a little more welcoming and warm, but their core offering is very strong. I’d recommend trying it, although I think I’d marginally advise opting for takeaway rather than sitting in.
Blythe scores 1505
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
3/5 for setting
3/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: broccoli and spinach soup; sausage roll and beetroot salad
I drank: water
I wore: blue and red
Total bill: £10.50
Address: 18 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DH