I regularly lament the lack of good pie options on menus across the city. When I spotted Dodi’s, sister cafe to Coffee Mavi which is just next door, proclaiming a pie and mash focussed menu I made it my business to visit as soon as the opportunity presented itself.
As with next door, which has been trading from that spot for fifteen years and more, the welcome was effusively warm.
The compact space has been reworked since the days of Scoff to allow some sit-in space. Depending on how friendly y’all are, there’s probably room for four or five.
Their selection of pies was impressive. They are sourced from the Borders with meats from farms in Chirnside and the piemaking done in Duns.
I opted for the steak and haggis. I added mash and gravy because what else was I gonna do?
Things promptly arrived looking much as expected. The mash was joyfully rustic and the gravy of the stick-to-your-ribs variety.
The pie was very good with the steak beautifully tender and the haggis acting both as meaty backbone and peppery seasoning. It was a really enjoyable eat.
So overall, Dodi’s is doing a really good job in meeting the needs of folks like me who crave good pies. I will be back to sample more from their range and would suggest you do likewise next time a pie is uppermost in your thoughts.
Blythe scores Dodi’s
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: steak and haggis pie with mash and gravy
I drank: water
I wore: red shirt
Total bill: £4.50
Address: 5 East Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9BH