The Six

Alonzi, the cafe at the foot of Comely Bank Avenue, traded for many years serving some off the bitterest Italian roast coffee you’ll ever have had the misfortune to sample.


It was wonderful to see a fresh new place in its stead on a recent trip to this fashionably genteel part of town. I stopped in for coffee and ended up staying for food, too.

Called The Six, they continue the Italian roast tradition but with a bespoke blend from Glasgow’s Thomson’s. Also, they’ve clean their machine so there’s a chance for crisper flavour to emerge.


I’m not an Italian roast fan but this was delivered to a good standard and made with care.

I munched a good almond croissant from popular baker distributor Petit Francais. I was still a bit hungry so ordered a sandwich, asking simply for their best one.


This was prepared and toasted to order. When it arrived it was their Spanish bloomer which brought together chicken, avocado and chorizo.

It was a heartily delicious eat with a good balance of flavours. The bread was lightly toasted to good advantage.

So overall, The Six is a promising new addition to our cafe options. It’s smartly appointed and very welcoming so I’d recommend you give it a visit when next in these parts.

Blythe scores The Six
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15.5/20

I ate: almond croissant, Spanish bloomer

I drank: espresso, water

I wore: tie

Total bill: £7.75

Address: 6 Comely Bank Avenue, Edinburgh EH4 1EL

Written by BKR