The Herbivore Kitchen
It seems only yesterday that I was writing about how much I enjoyed my visit to the Herbivore Kitchen. And that’s almost true as it was merely days ago that I visited their police box on the Meadows. As part of that review I flagged that they had a cafe soon to open on the southside. On a dreary Monday I paid it a visit.
Much of the spirit and ethos remains the same in this new cafe with the emphasis on healthy, plant-based dishes. The balance is vegan but they’ve sensibly included dairy milk as an option for their white coffees.
The place is simply appointed with the space very similar to other hospitality businesses in the neighboirhood. They’ve peppered things with nice detailing to give it a homely feel.
My eye was caught by the pancakes – offered wheat free as well as my preferred wheaty – which were served with a range of tempting accompaniments. I opted for the haggis and giant baked beans. I was intrigued as to how big the beans would be. I was hoping for giant.
The dish soon arrived and it was just regular sized butter beans, which are giant only in comparison to the haricot beans that are more conventionally used. When advertised as giant I expect beans that have been bitten by a radioactive spider. As a minimum.
That quibble aside, it was a very good dish with light and fluffy pancakes, adequately sized beans and really satisfying haggis. I enjoyed it a lot.
I tried their espresso. They use Steampunk beans. It was delivered to a very high standard.
So overall, it was good to see the Herbivore Kitchens cafe hitting the ground running in fairly splendid style. This neighbourhood has a high rate of turnover but this looks like a business that has a strong chance to stick. Give it a visit when you next get the chance.
Blythe scores The Herbivore Kitchen
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
I ate: pancakes with haggis and giant beans
I drank: water, espresso
I wore: dark blue
Total bill: £10.15
Address: 65 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JQ