Established in July 2011, Lunchquest aims to give readers an insight in to Edinburgh’s vibrant lunch and dining scene.
There isn’t a place that serves food that we won’t review. We cover as broad a range of places as we can, from the Michelin star finery of places like Castle Terrace to the humble burger van, and everything in between.
We try to eat out (or get takeaway) from as many different places as the bank manager will allow, take pictures of what we’re served, and offer a few words to describe things. We rate on four categories:
o Food – what does it taste like;
o Presentation – what does it look like;
o Setting – what does the place that serves the food look like; and
o Service – how do the people serving the food serve it.
We use this method to reflect the overall experience, as considerations beyond what food is on offer often need to be made when choosing a dining venue. Some places might serve knockout food, but are a little down-at-heel, so are perhaps not where you might wish to go for an intimate interlude. Equally, some very swish places serve very mediocre grub, so you might prefer to go there for a light snack, just drinks, or with people you don’t like.
Edinburgh has hundreds of restaurants, bars, cafés and eateries in the city centre alone, and places are always opening, closing (sometimes sadly, sometimes gladly), or changing hands and direction, so we have our work cut out to keep track of all the goings-on.
Thankfully, we have a community of food writers, bloggers, chefs and “enthusiastic eaters” that matches the vibrancy of the restaurants themselves, and we’re delighted to have such knowledgeable company to guide us on our questing ways.
About the Authors
Originally from Alabama, USA, I have been in the UK for over 5 years. I’ve recently finished my PhD in poetry writing at the University of Edinburgh, so I’m now officially Dr MJ. I teach English Literature tutorials at the university, work part time at Edinburgh Books, do some freelance copy writing, am a partner in a publishing company based in the States, and I’m the Managing Editor and founding partner of The Istanbul Review.
In July 2011, I came up with the idea for Lunch Quest, and enlisted the help of trusty squire and fellow lunch devotee, BKR, to develop the idea.
I am very attached to showing American Quarter Horses and find that somehow, most things come back to horses, Italy, and getting a book published.
An Edinburgh resident from the age of 4, I am Lunchquest’s major source on “what this restaurant/café/bar/shop used to be called,” given that Edinburgh’s lunch and dining scene is ever changing.
An English Literature graduate from the University of Edinburgh, I’ve spent more than a decade working in the public sector, ploughing my way gently through a succession of ludicrous job titles.
From the moment that MJ suggested the enterprise, as we contemplated the munching of another delicious pasta dish in Café Domenico’s, Lunchquest has been a complete joy. So far, we’ve been very fortunate in our lunching and dining choices, so long may that continue.