After tearing into Badger & Co for being a New Town style palace with zero substance, I’m not sure too many people would have been recommending that I give Tigerlily on George Street a visit, but I was hungry and nearby so thought I’d give it a go.
Flagship bar of the Montpelier Group, Tigerlily had a major renovation last year, just about the same time Copper Blossom arrived on the scene. The same aesthetic is at work and the space is smart, flexible and caters for a range of needs, from drinks to dining to relaxed catch-ups over coffee.
I was warmly welcomed to the place by a friendly greeter who showed me to my table and assured me Helvetica, my waitress, would soon be with me. Although this service approach is not really my thing it was carried off with enough verve and charm to make it a success.
The menu is a bit of a mish-mash with starters, salads, sandwiches, main courses, sides, a two main courses for £10 deal, then a grill menu. It took me a while to get my head round things, but I eventually settled upon giving their veggie burger a try, adding a side of truffled mac n cheese.
Items soon arrived looking much as expected. The macaroni cheese packed good flavour and the cheese sauce was nicely judged. I liked it.
The red pepper and chickpea burger was pretty underseasoned and underwhelming. There was some halloumi on the top of the crisply crumbed burger but it was also a non-event. This was a shame as the accompanying fries were pretty decent and the pesto mayonnaise really good.
So overall, I quite enjoyed my visit to Tigerlily. The food was a slightly mixed bag but the place is smart and the welcome friendly. I’m never going to be the world’s biggest fan of places like this, but it was good to see the folks here continuing to make a decent fist of things.
Blythe scores Tigerlily
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: red pepper and chickpea burger; truffle mac n cheese
I drank: water
I wore: fancy new trousers
Total bill: £14.50
Address: 125 George Street, New Town, Edinburgh EH2 4JN