The Elbe Room
I’d heard a few rumours that the Elbe Room was doing good work and had consequently had it on my list for a visit for a wee while. On a day that brought a chill to the bone, I had the opportunity to pop in.
The location is just slightly out of the way so has seen a brisk turnover in recent years. I can remember it as The Galley and the Wine Barrel Steakhouse, and I have a nagging suspicion it was something else briefly in between. The Elbe Room seems to have established itself, though, so that’s good to see.
The space has a bar feel to it but operates pretty effectively as a cafe in the daytime.
Their menu offered a range of daily changing specials to augment their core offering which focusses on sandwiches, toasties and burgers.
I started with their soup of the day which was lentil. It came with a generous portion of lovely fresh bread. The soup was packed with chunky veg and was heartily warming fare so very suitable on this decidedly autumnal day.
To follow I opted for one of their toasties. I was tempted by their black pudding special, but opted for the creamed leek and mushroom one – known as the “posh” – which came with their signature blend of gruyere, comte and extra mature cheddar.
Served in really good sourdough this was very tasty stuff with the leeks particularly well cooked and the cheese blend deeply satisfying. I was impressed.
So overall, I was glad to finally visit the Elbe Room. It’s a really smart cafe during the day so well worth a visit. I’d be interested to see whether it works as well as a bar in the evening, so must come back for a beer at some point. Make sure to visit soon.
Blythe scores Elbe Room
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: lentil soup, “posh” toastie
I drank: water
I wore: frock coat
Total bill: £8.75
Address: 18 Salamander Street, Edinburgh EH6 7HR