The transition from street food vendor to permanent premises can be a tricky one. Recently, the place that’s achieved it most successfully is Ninja Buns to Ninja Kitchen. The latest folks to give it a go are Alplings, the purveyors of fine Austrian dumplings.
They’ve taken up residence in a small place on Henderson Street in Leith. They’ve transformed the interior with light wood and smart detailing to give it a very welcoming feel.
Owner Martin has become a good pal over the years that they’ve been trading. He constantly wears a smile and is full of good banter.
Their menu has expanded beyond their initial bread dumpling offer, with homemade spaetzle – those little noodly pasta things that are characteristic of German and Austrian cuisine – the latest addition. I ordered the vegetarian spaetzle dish to give it a try after starting with their soup of the day which was artisan cheese.
The soup was completely outstanding. It was dead simple and looked nowt fancy but it packed a considerably delicious savoury punch. I could have spooned a gallon of it.
The main course again looked pretty rustic but packed very pleasing flavour. The noodles were well crafted and the veg was hearty and satisfying. I liked it a lot.
So overall, it was good to see Alplings’ new place on such strong form. They’ll continue to trade at weekend markets – shop opening hours are morning to early afternoon Monday to Friday for now – with this permanent location serving as their base of operations. Make sure to visit as they offer really tasty grub that’s guaranteed to please.
Blythe scores Alplings
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: cheese soup; veggie spaetzle
I drank: water
I wore: shiny pink tie
Total bill: £9.50 (they have an introductory offer of 20% off to I actually paid £7.80)
Address: 16 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6BS