Some very well established Edinburgh places have eluded me over the years. Indaba, the South African-Spanish tapas bar in Tollcross has been one of them. This is partly due to them not opening at lunchtime, but mainly because they’re very popular and almost always busy when I’ve been passing.
It has taken the opening of their new deli on Causewayside to propel me over the threshold, with a lunchtime visit on a rather chilly day suiting my needs very nicely.
On their outside signage I noticed a mention of a stew and half bocadillo deal for £5 which sounded very compelling.
The interior offers an eclectix mix of crates, exposed stone walls, barrels and South African art detailing. It’s a little sparse for now, but will look very welcoming in time.
Today’s puchero (stew soup) was chorizo and lentil, much in the same style to the soup I had at Dovecot by Leo’s. It was very tasty indeed.
The sandwich was very neat and packed punchy flavour from the garlicky tomato, hard, tangy goat’s cheese, and lovely cured pork. It was another item of really pleasing quality.
So overall, I was impressed with Indaba Deli. I must get round to visiting their restaurant as if today’s lunch is anything to go by I’ll be served very well. I’d recommend a visit at your earliest convenience.
Blythe scores Indaba Deli
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15.5/20
I ate: chorizo and lentil puchero, half tosta of Iberico loin, payoyo goat’s cheese, tomato and garlic
I drank: water
I wore: tweed breeks
Total bill: £5
Address: 17 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1QF