Where Connect used to trade, just opposite the Comely Bank branch of Waitrose, Pure Gray has taken over the cafe and gift shop premises. On rather a jolly Sunday afternoon I popped in for a lunchtime visit.
With much less of the parade of baby strollers than the previous incarnation, the interior is much the same as before but has a stripped-back, less cluttered feel to it.
Their menu is pretty straightforward with bacon rolls in the morning, soup and sandwich options, and a selection of cakes and pastries.
I opted for their lunchtime soup and sandwich combo with today’s soup options being spring greens or chicken chana masala. I opted for the latter and added a chicken, chilli jam and cheddar toastie.
Items were swiftly with me looking much as expected.
The soup, from maestros Union of Genius, was absolutely first-rate; a superbly satisfying winner of a dish.
The toastie was pretty good, too, with the sweet heat of the chilli jam nicely offset by the mature cheese. The chunky chicken gave good succulent substance to things.
So overall, I enjoyed Pure Gray rather more than I did the previous version of this cafe. They still have a weak coffee offering from Matthew Algie, but that aside I was really impressed with the place. I’d happily return and would recommend it to you.
Blythe scores Pure Gray
4.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
I ate: chicken chana massala soup; chicken, mature cheddar and chilli jam toastie
I drank: water
I wore: blue
Total bill: £5.95
Address: 153-155 Learmouth Avenue, Comely Bank Road, Edinburgh EH4 1BQ