Continuing the trend of revisiting places that have expanded to food beyond their initial coffee offering, which most recently stopped off at Strumpets, I hopped over to Baba Budan in the East Market Street arches to give their grub a go.
Since they first opened with doughnuts and coffee at their core, they’ve taken over the neighbouring arch to expand operations. The coffee shop arch is now spacious and welcoming, with the original space turned over to doughnut preparation.
I’d been pretty sceptical about their initial coffee choice as I’m not an Ozone fan – however much I enjoyed Tamper – so was delighted when Coffee Collective became their core choice. Today’s espresso was bright and juicy.
Their food selection still anchors things in their doughnuts. I’ve had half of one once and it was very tasty. My choice today was their salami and mozzarella bagel with red pesto. It was heated to order by the friendly counter team.
It proved very good eating with a tasty baked bun encasing a very pleasing quality of ingredient. I enjoy it rather a lot.
So overall, Baba Budan has settled in as one of our best new coffee places of 2016. In a competitive market it has done well to carve out a distinctive niche for itself, both in terms of coffee and food. Make sure to visit soon and often.
Blythe scores Baba Budan
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
I ate: salami, mozzarella and red pesto bagel
I drank: espresso
I wore: brown and stripes
Total bill: £6.50
Address: Baba Budan Coffee, Arch 12, 17 East Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8FS