I’d noticed that the premises previously occupied by the Royale Cafe had been refurbished so I was keen to see whether what took over was in a similar tourist-trap style or attempted something a little most ambitious. I gave the new place, called Wanderlust, a visit to find out.
It has had a smart refit and has a much more welcoming feel to it than the previous rather cramped surroundings. I liked the light wood and greenery very much.
The menu ploughs quite a similar furrow with breakfasts, soups, sandwiches and crepes to the fore.
I opted for their soup of the day which was beetroot then added their steak crepe.
The soup arrived looking hearty and likely to please. It was thickly textured and profoundly satisfying. I liked it a lot.
By contrast the main course was rather a muddle. I hadn’t noted from the menu that the shredded beef steak would have a strong barbecue flavour. This didn’t really fit together with the cheese, spinach and red pepper elements of the filling and clashed badly with the accompanying garlic-heavy mayo. The crepe itself was nicely prepared but it was a dish that needed reworked.
So overall, Wanderlust looks to be off to a slightly shaky start, but there was enough quality and skill displayed in the impressive beetroot soup to make me think it’s a place on the right track. The pricetag still befits its Royal Mile location but it’s an upgrade on the previous place so that’s always good news.
Blythe scores Wanderlust
3/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: beetroot soup, steak crepe
I drank: water
I wore: blue shirt
Total bill: £11.40
Address: 274 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8AA