Yo Yo’s Cafe
The Evening News occasionally runs “best pub/chippy/burger etc. in Edinburgh” public votes and some weird verdicts are returned. Their list of eligible Indian restaurants for their recent Best Curryhouse vote included a number of places that had been closed for years, for example. It was won by a deserving eatery, the Spice Lounge Kitchen, which was good news.
Towards the weirder end of their previous winners was the 2015 Best Cafe pick, Yo Yo’s. This info had previously eluded me, but the owners were rightly proud of the achievement so had photos on display and aprons proclaiming the achievement when I visited the other day. So what had let the Edinburgh voting public to make Yo Yo’s the winner?
The place is a cabin-like little cafe with four tables crammed in to the compact space. It has a homely feel but isn’t terribly bonnie.
The menu offered a broad selection with regularly changing hot dishes to the fore. A really good looking plate of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding appeared at one stage. I’d chosen to go with the macaroni cheese and chips by this point, though.
The friendly counter women were quickly about prepping my dish. It soon arrived looking generous and bright with a very smart little side salad that was replete with peppers and sweetcorn.
The chips were of the skinny fries variety and were crisp and tasty. The macaroni was impressively good with tasty cheese sauce and extra cheese topping. It really hit the spot.
But what sets Yo Yo’s apart? Well, I strongly suspect it’s the value proposition. This large plate of delicious food cost £3.95. I think the roast beef was £4.50 and it looked great.
So overall, Yo Yo’s isn’t the best cafe in Edinburgh but it could easily be the best value cafe in the city. I really enjoyed the food and the welcoming atmosphere, and it’s a place I’d recommend that you visit. You’ll be rewarded with hearty fare for a very low price and sometimes that’s precisely what the discerning Edinburgh punter wants.
Blythe scores Yo Yo’s
4/5 for good
3.5/5 for presentation
3/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: macaroni cheese and chips
I drank: water
I wore: brightly striped socks
Total bill: £3.95
Address: 13 Trafalgar Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 4DG