I remember that MJ took her parents for a light bite at Olly Bongo’s just before her PhD graduation ceremony. They enjoyed it but I don’t remember it exciting in me a need to visit, so I’ve regularly walked past it. Today I popped in to see how it was doing.
The brightly coloured interior is a little rough around the edges but really rather charming with a mix of booths and tables. It’s clearly a popular student haunt and a brief look at their keenly priced menu hinted at part of the reason why that is.
Their offering is very broad and spans British and Mediterranean favourites. I quickly settled upon their Morrocan chicken soup and their medium mezze platter. This proved a very substantial eat but I came armed with a hearty appetite.
The soup was a warmly spiced affair with a light tomato broth packed with chickpeas and profuse shredded chicken. I enjoyed it.
The mezze were a notch better than that. The pitta was routine, but the hummus was really impressive, as were the dolma and the tomato rice. The halloumi was spot on and the aubergine was lovely. It made me long for home-cooked treats from Istanbul.
So overall, I really enjoyed my trip to Olly Bongo’s. I think for some people, and I’m guilty of this, it’s a place of student days that has been cast off for finer threads. But it’s very much worthy of your attention as the quality for cost is extremely pleasing and it’s one of the best places in the city for homestyle Mediterranean delights.
Blythe scores Olly Bongos
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15.5/20
I ate: Moroccan chicken soup; mezze
I drank: water
I wore: pinstripes
Total bill: £9.75
Address: 4 Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH1 2QZ