I clearly hadn’t taken a walk along Causewayside in recent times as I was completely unaware of the presence of Amarelo, a compact little sandwich shop which had been trading just opposite Sambuca since the start of the year.
My eye was caught by talk of locally roasted coffee and something called pizza wraps. Both seemed well worthy of investigation.
The place is mainly configured for takeaway business with a simple counter set-up. There are a few seats at the window shelf so I took up station there. From there I could admire their William Morris wallpaper.
I ordered an espresso from the friendly counter woman then grabbed one of their pizza wraps – the spicy ‘Vesuvio’ – from the chiller cabinet. This was toasted to order.
The espresso featured a custom blend from Forth roasters. I’d only previously sampled their wares from places who had little skill in preparing coffee. This was rather better which was good to see.
The pizza wrap featured a crisped flatbread filled with a good tomato sauce, cheese, chicken and red chilli. It packed a considerable punch with brightly zingy mouthfuls. I enjoyed it.
So overall, Amarelo looks to be doing really pleasing work. I enjoyed what I ate and it was good to see it so well patronised with a steady stream of customers throughout my stop. Give it a look next time you are in these parts.
Blythe scores Amarelo
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: vesuvio pizza wrap
I drank: espresso, water
I wore: linen
Total bill: £5.30
Address: 102 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1PU