When I dined at Greco Pi just recently, I noted a nearby shop being extensively refurbished. What has emerged is a new eatery called Aurora. When I wandered past on a chilly Friday morning I was pleased to find it open. It turned out to be their third day of trading.
This is not your typical Great Junction Street place. This is a cafe bistro that wouldn’t be out of place in Stockbridge. It’s the first place on this street to serve oysters for quite a while, I’d guess.
For now they’re opening 9-5, but evening service on Fridays and Saturdays will start soon.
I was visiting at breakfast time. I was slightly jaded after a tough week so coffee was the first priority. They’re serving a good blend from Stockbridge roastery Mr Eion. I liked it.
My eye was caught by their vegetarian breakfast not least because I was intrigued by mention of a falafel sausage. I opted for poached eggs over scrambled, fried or boiled.
The plate was soon with me looking good but with room for some improvement. The homemade baked beans should have been on the plate rather than in a separate ramekin, for example.
The falafel was the star with a warmly spiced chickpea log packing lots of nutty flavour. The eggs were cooked to enjoyable ooze and the mushrooms were good. The toast arrived dry without butter but that was easily rectified.
So overall, Aurora looks to be beginning life from a very good foundation. There’s a sense of calm assurance about it which is good to see when they’re just starting out. I’ll be back for lunch and hopefully dinner. For now I’d recommend you check it out and help them in their task of building an audience for this style of dining in a tricky location.
Blythe scores Aurora
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: veggie breakfast
I drank: espresso, water
I wore: devil bunny tie
Total bill: £9.50
Address: 187 Great Junction Street, Edinburgh EH6 5LQ