The Filling Station
Sometimes it’s pretty unfair to review a place when I have a massive hangover. I’m not saying I don’t do it, and I usually declare it when I do, but in the case of The Filling Station’s Omni Centre branch addressing my hangover was largely the reason I was there, as venturing further from my office was not a viable prospect.
I was in need of something nearby, hearty and inexpensive, so it looked likely to fit the bill with their two course for £9.95 menu of diner classics.
The place is a big barn but was still dotted with people dining at what was quite a late lunch hour. The welcome was friendly and service was efficient throughout.
I pondered their homemade soup of the day, wondering if their use of “homemade” meant that it was the only thing on the menu that was freshly made. I rather suspect that it’s simply a redundancy like “pan-fried”, “hand-cut” and all the other language of menu bullshit.
Whatever the case, it turned out that they had two on offer today, so I chose the carrot and spring onion over tomato and basil.
When it arrived it was a fairly miserly portion, but was pretty good stuff and just what was required. I really enjoyed it.
I’d opted for the cheeseburger to follow. It was less good and in the realms of the forgettable. It had decent char but not much else going on in the way of flavour. The accompanying fries were pale but piping hot which is always a good thing.
So overall, The Filling Station performed its task tolerably well. I’m always going to think kindly of places that do good soup and the burger, while pretty ordinary, was at least substantial and inoffensive. I still felt absolutely fucking dreadful for the rest of the day, but at least I was suffering with a full stomach.
Blythe scores The Filling Station
3/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13/20
I ate: carrot and spring onion soup; cheeseburger, fries
I drank: water
I wore: red and black
Total bill: £9.95
Address: Unit 4 Omni Centre, 28 Greenside Row, Edinburgh EH1 3AA