It has been a topic of conversation between esteemed commentators that my arrival in the neighbourhood is the final proof positive that Leith has become gentrified. I’m flattered/horrified and not sure it’s entirely accurate.
My specific stretch of Easter Road has some boozers that remain resolutely immune to hipster ways and there’s a nearby cafe, with a sign proclaiming “Bacon Rolls Etc”, which struck me as being of a similar ilk. I popped in to check.
The cafe is actually called Cafe 275 – it’s located at 275 Easter Road – which I think is less catchy than the Etc version.
The interior is pretty basic with as many Ikea tables and chairs crammed into the space as it will hold. A popular spot, it did a good balance between sit-in and takeaway custom during my stay.
I ordered the Scottish breakfast which brought together bacon, sausage, black pudding, tattie scone, mushrooms, hash browns, beans, egg, toast and a cuppa for the princely sum of £5.50.
This was cooked to order and soon with me looking monstrously good. Three bacon rashers and two sausages made it a very generous portion.
Everything was pretty solid with the black pudding very good, the bacon well prepared and the tattie scone a winner. It was a filling plate of well executed greasy spoon fare.
So overall, Cafe 275 is packed with ungentrified charm and I felt right at home there. Next time you’re looking to eschew the avocado, head here for a breakfast pork fest.
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: Scottish breakfast
I drank: tea
I wore: red trousers
Total bill: £5.50
Address: 275 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH6 8LQ