Edinburgh Eats - 2014 Fringe Round-up

When we travel, food is often the memory that lingers the longest.  Here's a round-up of some of the places we tried on our recent visit to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival.

The Wee Boulangerie

The baking schedule was posted and people were lining up at the appointed time to avail of bread fresh from the oven.  We sat down for a cup of tea and a pull apart fougasse filled with cheese and spring onion.

The Edinburgh Palms

We were hungry between shows and in need of a quick bite to eat.  Edinburgh Palms to the rescue!
We ordered two types of tacos fitting for the Fringe because of the non-traditional ingredients: one was falafel based and the other made of haloumi.
We enjoyed roasted corn on the cob and a rich macaroni and cheese on the side.  The price was perfect at 7 GBP.

Brew Lab

Hipster coffee joints seem to be popping up all over Edinburgh.  We were heading for the Captain's Bar for a whisky when we noticed a place buzzing next store.  Brew Lab is the new kid on the block and offers a variety of high end coffees (choose your bean, choose your style) with cakes to match.  I liked the Periodic Table themed menu behind the counter.
We sat on a stool overlooking with views of the counter thanks to a non-load bearing wall that seems to have been torn down.
Carrot cake and a perfect pot of 'jo hit the spot and kept us fueled for our evening of Fringe.

Laila's Bistro

Just off the Royal Mile, Laila's Bistro is a welcoming oasis from the craziness and masses of people attending the Fringe. 
We entered the dining room and were entranced by the dancing lights.
A plate of salmon and chicken simply done with lemon really hit the spot.

The Beach House

Coffee and cake on the beach.  What a perfect ending to a very long walk from town to Portobello.
A Victoria Sponge and a loaf cake rich with gooey chocolate chips gave us energy for the return journey.
The cappuccino was well-crafted too.

The Black Cat

The Black Cat is a quaint pub in Edinburgh's New Town. We took a seat at the bar and while the whisky flights looked tempting, we opted for a couple of Scottish craft beers instead.
How could we resist a beer called 'Holy Cow' ;-)
The whisky was still tempting us as we admired currency from all over the world.  We'll definitely have to stop in again sometime for a wee dram.

Filament Coffee

I wasn't kidding when I said hipster coffee shops were popping up all over in Edinburgh.  We also stumbled upon Filament Coffee on this trip.  Both Filament and Brew Lab seem to have opened in the last year.  I liked the very simple menu featuring 'Not Coffee' and 'Coffee'.
Our coffee was brewed one portion at a time and served with enough for a top-up in an insulated container.

Yak and Yeti

Once again, we decided to get a little further off the beaten path for dinner to escape the crowds attending the Fringe for a couple hours.  We opted for Nepalese food at Yak and Yeti.  The poppadams and curries were tasty but the service was frankly a bit lacking.  I had to ask 3 times over a 15 minute period for a refill on my water.

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