I’d visited Rabbie’s when it first opened back in 2014 and found it in pretty good shape. I hadn’t been the most frequent visitor since then, other than to stop and say hi to friends Andy and Gwen who regularly sip coffee outside, but popped in for another lunch today.
One reason for my sparsity of attendance was their coffee offering was previously Italian Aroma – not a favourite of mine – but they’ve now improved things a lot by upgrading to Dear Green, just like nearby Pep & Fodder. It was good to see a familiar face from Pep now working behind the counter at Rabbie’s.
The menu has developed over time with a stronger commitment to local sourcing. Union of Genius soup is still a cornerstone so I sampled a cup of their lemon, chicken and herb. It was as excellent as ever.
Much of the rest of their offering is now prepared in-house. I tried a really good hot smoked salmon and cream cheese quiche, which came with a selection of salads. The chickpea and roast veg one was the standout.
Espresso was delivered to a very good standard so I’ll need to add the place in for future Coffee 100 consideration.
So overall, it was good to see Rabbie’s on such good form. They’ve made an impressive set of improvements to what was a pretty solid initial offering, with their coffee now demanding that I make regular visits. You should make sure to stop by soon, too.
Blythe scores Rabbie’s
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 16/20
I ate: summer lemon, chicken and herb; smoked salmon and cream cheese quiche with potato salad, slaw, and chickpea salad
I drank: water, espresso
I wore: stripes
Total bill: £7.20
Address: 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG