Blue Bear Cafe
I remember visiting Blue Bear when it was in its first flush, back in 2013. It was drawing rave reviews for its breakfasts and built a very appreciative audience. I was slightly less convinced.
Since then, it has changed hands but remains solidly committed to breakfast and lunch options, with local sourcing to the fore.
The fabric of the place remains the same, with a fair battalion of staff managing a long, narrow dining space. I took a seat somewhere in the middle.
I recall being unimpressed with their coffee, previously. They’re now serving coffee from Machina Espresso which is of distinctly better quality. I enjoyed the espresso I tried.
In terms of food, I ordered their soup of the day which was roast vegetable and cumin. I added a croque madame. These arrived together looking much as expected.
The soup was brightly seasoned and enjoyably creamy. It was a satisfying eat.
The croque was very nicely crafted with a good, oozy-yolked egg atop a densely packed toastie featuring notably good ham. It was accomplished stuff.
So overall, I enjoyed Blue Bear a notch or two more than I had on my previous visit. They look to be doing an impressive range of dishes, likely to suit very broad tastes. Give them a look next time you’re in these parts.
Blythe scores Blue Bear
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: roast veg soup, croque madame
I wore: dusty damn’son trousers
Total bill: £15.30
Address: 9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA