May 30, 2017 Burger, Turkish No Comments

Fig Tree Bistro

I’d noticed that Circus, on St Mary’s Street, had changed its livery and rebranded as the Fig Tree Bistro. I was keen to see what the story was and what the new incarnation looked like.


The interior has had a really smart refresh. I’ve always liked the space and this is the best use of it I’ve seen. With a little outdoor seating area to the rear, it has the potential to be a very popular all-seasons spot.

The menu has been revamped but still contains various references to Circus. The friendly waitress confirmed that this is just a name change and the place is in the same ownership as before. Changing the name but keeping the menu references to the previous brand seemed really odd to me.

Burger and chips

Whatever the case, I opted for the Circus beef burger. This came with chips, salad and ezme.

It was a busy lunchtime service so my dish took a while to arrive. When it did, it looked rather underwhelming.

The burger was rather squidged. As is often the way with Turkish burgers, it was just kofte-spiced mince in a burger shape. The seasoning was good but it was so dry it was practically dessicated.

The chips were ordinary. The ezme – a real favourite of mine – bore a striking resemblance to chunky salsa from a jar. It was all pretty mediocre stuff.

So overall, the refit at the Fig Tree Bistro is very smart and the welcome is warm. Sadly, the food doesn’t live up to those standards. I’d recommend popping in as the surroundings are lovely, but maybe just stay for an apple tea rather than lingering to eat.

Blythe scores The Fig Tree Bistro
2/5 for food
2/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 11.5/20

I ate: Circus beef burger

I drank: water

I wore: new skinny tie

Total bill: £8.95

Address: 8 St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SU

Written by BKR