The game of opening cafes near to my abode continues apace with the recent arrival of Grams across from Haymarket Station bringing the day when there’s a cafe close enough for me to drink espresso in my pyjamas ever nearer.
Grams is new but not new, as they been trading from various markets and supplying their raw, refined sugar-free, vegan, allergen-free cakes to businesses across the city for a wee while. This is their first permanent premises, though. I got to try their wares at the March Scran Salon and was impressed.
I know owner Lewis from his time working at Pep & Fodder, so this was not my usual secret squirrel visit. I’d been in to try the coffee – excellent stuff from Williams & Johnson – but this was the first time I had time to stay for food.
I opted to give their poached eggs amd avocado on toast a try. This was served with bright slices of beetroot and a beetroot dressing.
It promptly arrived looking very bonnie. It proved to be one of the best breakfast dishes of the year, so far.
The poached eggs had well-judged runny ooze, the beetroot dressing was applied in just the right amount, the avocado was bright and fresh, and the sourdough toast brought the right amount of crunch. It was really impressive stuff.
So overall, Grams has started life in its permanent home on a very sure footing. I enjoyed their coffee and breakfast a great deal.
With much of the public health messaging around food now focussing on removing refined sugar as much as possible – and perhaps not sweating about lots of other things like high fat diets – Grams is giving a clear articulation of what that might look like. I look forward to many future visits and would highly recommend it to you.
Blythe scores Grams
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for settting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16.5/20
I ate: poached eggs and avocado on toast with beetroot
I drank: espresso
I wore: blue and grey
Total bill: £8.25
Address: 16 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5JZ