The latest project from The Pitt team is Off the Tracks Street Food Station based in the Edinburgh Park business park around the Gyle area in the west of the city.
As I’ve identified in various bus travel posts – the 22, 12 and 18 to name but three – this is a bit of a culinary wasteland in terms of quality lunch options for the workers at the various financial and tech companies based in the district.
Off the Tracks steps into this void with a regular Thursday market featuring half a dozen and more options including Barnacles n Bones, Prague Shack, Rost, Mojo Crepes and my lunch choice of the day the Lost Bothy.
I was joined on this escapade by regular guest quester Robyn who works in the neighbourhood and was therefore excited by the prospect of some quality scran options for payday Thursday treats.
While Robyn queued for pulled pork and quinoa from Barnacles n Bones – it looked good and was warmly appreciated – I caught up with the chap at the Lost Bothy van.
He used to trade as Bruadair. I’d tried his venison burger and haggis balls before so knew I was likely to be rewarded with a quality dish once I’d reached the front of the queue.
I opted for the salmon dish which turned out to be a sort of deconstructed kedgeree. I added some chunky chips for #chipquest purposes. These items cost a total of £7.50.
The salmon was a refreshingly light and aromatic street food dish, with an airy curry foam under rice, grated egg and a beautifully poached piece of marinated salmon. It hit the spot very nicely.
The chips were much more on the rustic side but again were given freshness from oregano flakes and bright seasoning. I enjoyed them a lot.
So overall, it was good to discover the Off the Tracks market and renew acquaintances with the Lost Bothy. Check out this great new market next time you find yourself in the district on a Thursday lunchtime. And if you happen to work here, at least you now have some good lunch options to brighten one of your weekdays.