I’d noted the Babylon Cafe near Surgeon’s Hall on many occasions but never had a particular reason to go in. On a strange day when I’d missed breakfast and hadn’t eaten anything until after 1pm, it seemed like a stop to try one of their all-day breakfasts would be a good fit.
The place is quite a neatly appointed greasy spoon with little fitted diner tables. It was a bit rough around the edges but I rather like places in this style.
Ordering was done simply at the counter with my requirement for their large breakfast clearly conveyed to the friendly counter man. He was promptly about cooking the dish to order.
The large plate arrived packed to the edges with bacon, sausages, eggs, toast, hash brown, tattie scone, beans, black pudding and mushrooms. It was accompanied by a mug of tea. For £4.50 this was one of the least expensive breakfasts of its type in the city.
Some of the items – the sausages in particular – weren’t of great quality but this was still a generously portioned plate of fried fare. The bacon was very good and the eggs nicely cooked. I enjoyed it and it served my needs quite pleasingly.
So overall, for a cheap and hearty breakfast of the artery-hardening variety Babylon does a pretty good job. It shouldn’t be an every day stop but when money is tight and a big breakfast is required it could be a good fit for you.
Blythe scores Babylon Cafe
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13.5/20
I ate: large breakfast (bacon, sausages, eggs, black pudding, tattie scone, hash brown, beans, toast)
I drank: tea
I wore: pinstripes
Total bill: £4.50
Address: 26 Nicolson Street, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 1EP