Taking over the site previously occupied by Brass & Copper then the woefully misjudged Kristoff Koffee comes a fresh and breezy little cafe called Roots. With the motto ‘where good food doesn’t cost the Earth’ I popped in to see how they were doing.


The place has had a homely refit. It feels quite stylish and welcoming. Some of the sit-in space has been reduced in favour of a stronger emphasis on takeaway custom. In this neighbourhood that’s probably a smart play.

Service was friendly and profuse. Four people working counter service in this compact premises feels like overkill and unsustainable.

This was a flying visit so I sought advice on what was the best thing to eat on the go. The verdict was the Mediterranean pasta dish. The pasta was gluten free which seemed like a good inclusive choice. There was the option to heat it through but I decided to go with it as it was.

Pasta salad

With money exchanged I was on my way, eating as I walked.

It proved a satisfying eat with good chunky veg and a good red sauce as its background. The pasta lacked a toothsome bite but that’s often the way with pasta salad. I enjoyed it very much.

So overall, Roots looks to be a very good lunchtime option in the West End, along similar lines to Milk Juicery. Give it a go next time you’re in these parts. I think you’ll like it.

Blythe scores Roots
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20

I ate: Mediterranean pasta

I wore: new suit jacket

Total bill: £4.50

Address: 18 William Street, Edinburgh EH3 7NH

Written by BKR