Daylight RobberyThe Spit/Fire experiment burned very brightly for a time, but eventually fizzled out into a rather sad demise. With optimism that the Dublin Street premises can still represent a viable business location, Daylight Robbery took over the venue a few months back. I popped in for my first visit the other night.
The interior is much the same shape but has been given a slightly awkward makeover with yellow formica table tops, red cushions and chunky chipboard now largely hiding the white tiles of the original refit.
The menu is all change with a strong vegan thread running through it. I started my ordering in that spirit with the soup of the day which was chickpea broth with paprika and oregano.
This was much as expected with a thin soup packed with soft chickpeas. The paprika and oregano were strongly in evidence. It was a pretty solid effort.
The accompanying bread was warmly fresh and the “sexy butter” it came with was sharply sour but fairly interesting.
I couldn’t keep the vegan thing up so ordered a burger and fries for main. It was of the chunky variety but wasn’t a bad rendition of this burger style with some moisture and flavour. The chips were well seasoned.
I accompanied things with a cheeky half of delicious grapefruit Schoefferhofer, which is always a satisfying tipple.
So overall, I quite enjoyed the food at Daylight Robbery. The place was very quiet and I’m not sure I can see it lasting but that won’t be the fault of the kitchen as they’re doing a very decent job. I just don’t think this is a viable location for this style of place unless they somehow manage to capture the heart of every beer-drinking vegan man, woman and child in the city, pronto.
Blythe scores Daylight Robbery
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: chickpea broth with smoked paprika and oregano; house burger with manchego
I drank: Schoefferhofer, water
I wore: blue and red
Total bill: £17.25
Address: 26B Dublin St, Edinburgh EH3 6NN