The Salvation of Leith
I’ve been working a fair bit in Leith, of late. I worked here for several years about a decade ago so it’s very familiar territory. After a day that involved rather more thinking than was strictly necessary, I felt the need for a substantial feed so popped into the Salvation of Leith.
It was not my first visit to this incarnation of the bar that was once the Leith Oyster Bar and more recently the Leith Beer Co. I’d popped in for a quick beer – just a few days ahead of Our Beer Man’s visit – and was underwhelmed.
I’d heard some good reports on the food, though, so approach things with an optimistic air and rumbling belly.
The core of their menu is burgers which sounded good to me. The friendly waiter barman took me through the specials and dishes of the day. My ear was caught by the potato and red pepper soup. I added their house burger The Salvation to follow.
The soup promptly arrived accompanied by chunky toast. It looked pretty smart and proved surprisingly tasty. It was not a combo I’ve come across previously but it worked very well. I enjoyed it.
The burger along with fries on the side arrived looking much as expected. The fries were crisp and on-point. The burger was topped with cheese, bacon and a haggis fritter. The burger was pretty good but could have used a little more succulence. But it was a hearty and enjoyable eat.
So overall, I enjoyed my dining visit to The Salvation rather more than my previous stop just for drinks. Their fridge selection is very similar to that at sister bar the Empress, but their tap selection remains fairly weak. I enjoyed what I ate so would be happy to point you in its direction next time you’re in need of a bite.
Blythe scores The Salvation
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: potato and red pepper soup; Salvation burger and fries
I drank: Campervan Pacific zest
I wore: www.tieclub.co.uk tie
Total bill: £19.50
Address: 58 The Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6RA