Castello Coffee

It was really good to see the second branch of Castello Coffee open back in August after a fairly complex refit of the Bruntsfield premises previously occupied by Black Medicine.

Soupy soup

It occurred to me that it had been an absolute age since my review of the original place so thought it might be better to reconsider the mothership before embarking on an assessment of the new pup.

This was a largely opportunistic thought when I found myself hungry on Castle Street at lunchtime. Whatever the case, I was glad to revisit.

Since I moved from the west to the east of the city, I haven’t been visiting Castello for morning espresso as regularly as once I did. Their coffee remains amongst the best in the city and this was reinforced by today’s Allpress espresso.


I was in eating mood, too, so ordered some of their yellow split pea daal soup and added an avocado and chickpea focaccia.

With items swiftly conveyed, I took a seat on a nearby perch and tucked in.

The soup was outstanding. They make their own – usually two types, which tend both to be vegan – daily. They’ve developed an excellent range. This yellow beauty is one of their best and rightly takes its place amongst the Soupquest exceptionals.

The sandwich was mighty fine, too, with really well-seasoned filling on very well-crafted bread.

So overall, it was splendid to find the original branch of Castello on such excellent form. I’ll get to the new site in the coming weeks but I was glad to celebrate the place where it all began. Make sure to visit both regularly.

5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 17/20

I ate: yellow split pea daal soup, avocado and chickpea focaccia

I drank: espresso

I wore: blue stripes

Total bill: £7.30

Address: 7A Castle Street, Edinburgh EH2 3AH

Written by BKR