I noticed that the Colonial Coffee House – a place I did not enjoy on one brief visit – was no longer trading and a new place had sprung up from its ashes. Called 305 Cafe, I popped in to give it a look not long after it had opened.
Indeed, it was so soon after their opening that they were still offering a 20% introductory discount which was good news.
After first noticing that they were taking the eminently sensible decision of sourcing their cakes from the excellent Suki Bakes, I took a moment or two to contemplate the menu.
It was great to see both a coronation chicken sandwich featuring prominently and also that they are preparing their own salt beef in-house. My eyes were on a falafel prize, though, so after a little toing and froing I settled upon their falafel flatbread with extra avocado.
While that was prepared I checked out their espresso. They’re using beans from Machina Espresso’s roastery which is another splendid choice. The espresso was delivered to a very good standard.
The wrap then arrived looking monstrously good. It came with a nicely prepared salad topped with toasted seeds.
The wrap itself was really good with the falafel very pleasing. Some messily glorious chilli jam brought sweetness and beard stickiness and the flatbread was toasted to a satisfying crispness. I enjoyed the dish very much.
So overall, 305 Cafe looks to be starting out from a very strong position. They are using top-notch suppliers and their menu is well thought-out. I’d recommend it to you and look forward to visiting again soon, particularly to try the salt beef.
Blythe scores 305 Cafe
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
I ate: falafel flatbread
I drank: espresso, water
I wore: blue jumper
Total bill: £6.28 (which included a 20% discount)
Address: 305 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8SA