I’d spotted Filos on Elm Row just before I headed off on holiday and suspected by the time I returned it would be open for business and so it proved. I dropped in to take a look.


I visited first just for a quick espresso which for fairly unremarkable beyond being very inexpensive at £1.40 for a double shot. The folks seemed friendly and still getting to grips with the running of the place.

When I next I popped in I found them in the grips of a considerable lunchtime rush. Service was hectic and haphazard as a result, but fairly charming nevertheless.

Half the baguette

The pricing of their whole menu is very reasonable. I had their goat’s cheese, roasted pepper and red pesto baguette which was very good value for £3. It was a properly tasty bite.

I added a scotch egg which was fairly routine but again keenly priced at £1.35.

Scotch egg

I was in grazing mood so also tried their cheese scone (£1.40) which was very good.

So overall, Filos will take some time to settle in and as such it feels a little premature to deliver a scoring verdict as I suspect their disorganised service will really grate with some, but I thought it a really friendly and good quality place. I can see myself visiting regularly when I’m in need of a quick and cheap snack. Give it a shot next time you’re passing.

I ate: goat’s cheese, red pepper, pesto, rocket baguette, scotch egg, cheese scone

I wore: blue denim trousers

Total bill: £5.75

Address: Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AD

Written by BKR