The premises are very compact indeed with space for just two seats in the window near the counter. Most of their business will consequently be takeaway, but with the table unoccupied and the weather rather hostile, I took the opportunity to sit in.
The chap behind the counter is a familiar face from front of house in Edinburgh restautants. If memory serves, he’s worked at Mark Greenaway and The Atelier amongst other places.
This is his first business ownership and he’s covering practically all aspects, from having done most of the refit himself, to freshly making the soups and home baking each day.
I was in the mood for soup and a sandwich. The soup of the day was parsnip, potato and white onion which sounded pretty good. To this I added a salami and cheese panino. The two formed a lunch deal for the very reasonable sum of £3.50.
Soup was ladled and the sandwich freshly prepared, then I was soon tucking in.
The soup was very good with well balanced flavours and a pleasingly smooth texture. It hit the spot very nicely.
The sandwich could have used a moment on two longer on the grill to melt the cheese a little more effectively but was a solidly good effort.
So overall, Dine Thyme looks to be a rather lovely new addition to our cheap and cheerful lunch-on-the-go options. It suited my needs very well today, so I’d be happy to pop back again. Perhaps next time I’ll visit a little earlier to give their breakfast options a go.
Blythe scores Dine Thyme
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: parsnip, potato and white onion soup, salami and cheese panino
I wore: rain-spotted clothes
Total bill: £3.50
Address: 99 Brunswick Street, Edinburgh, EH7 5HR