I’d heard a while back that there were changes afoot at Cafe Camino, which adjoins St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral. Sure enough when I went past recently, it had a new livery and refreshed interior, so I made a note to visit soon. I made good on that today.
I found the place in very good order with a smart refit giving it something of a bistro feel. This was only slightly undermined by the rather odd “rope Jesus” crucifix which looks down over things. I get that it’s a church cafe but this was still rather baffling.
Their menu brings together a very broad range of options, with all-day breakfasts and a selection of sweet and savoury crepes to the fore. There’s a good sense of local sourcing and things made fresh on the premises.
My eye was caught by the mention of a cheeseburger handmade by chef Georgio so I ordered that. It came with chips and coleslaw.
In no time at all my items were with me. The slaw was very light on the mayonnaise so retained good crunch and flavour from the shredded cabbage and carrot. The chips were clearly homemade but not particularly inspiring.
The burger packed excellent moisture and the brioche bun was soft and fresh. The cheese was melted to good effect, too. The only real weakness was that considering how juicy the burger was, it offered very little in the way of meaty notes which was a little odd. Maybe the seasoning wasn’t quite right.
So overall, I enjoyed the new look Cafe Camino. It has a smarter feel than previous incarnations and the menu has a good feel to it. I look forward to visiting again to give other dishes from their menu a try.
Blythe scores Camino
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: classic cheeseburger, fries, coleslaw
I drank: water
I wore: cardinal red
Total bill: £5.95
Address: Little king Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JD