Looking back in the Lunchquest archives it came as quite a surprise to find that I’d not previously reviewed Victor Hugo on the corner of Livingston Place and Melville Terrace.
I spent some of my formative years in this neighbourhood with happy university days punctuated by the occasional visit to these very premises when Hugo’s was younger but still a very well established Edinburgh institution.
I’d visited their now defunct Portobello branch a while back. I was somewhat surprised – and pleased – to hear rumours of a new second branch in the city centre, although I’m not sure when that is scheduled to happen.
Their original branch moved to this Marchmont location many decades ago. It retains much of the charm I recall from student days although the interior feels more spacious.
I was joined on this escapade by regular guest quester Patrick.
We were on a breakfast mission so paid close attention to that section of the menu. I opted for their eggs benedict while Patrick chose their avocado toast topped with poached eggs, with grated cheese and mustard served on the side.
These arrived looking much as expected. They both had an old school classic feel to them. Both were delivered to a very good standard. The mustard with Patrick’s dish was notably good. We were impressed.
So overall, it was good to finally review Victor Hugo. It’s a place that has stood the test of time and it’s easy to see why. Make sure to visit next time you’re in need of a quality bite in this part of town. I’ll be back to try their pastrami sandwich in due course.
Blythe scores Victor Hugo
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
Today’s questers were: Patrick, Blythe
We ate: eggs benedict, avocado toast with poached eggs
We drank: coffees
We wore: no jacket, floppy hat
Total bill: £22.25
26/29 Melville Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1LP