Returning to its former use as a cafe, the premises above Black Medicine Company in Nicolson Street has been opened by the very successful Spoon Cafe. The owners, Moira McFarlane and Richard Alexander previously ran the cafe in Blackfriars Street for 7 years.
What I loved about the old premises was the cosiness to the cafe, the friendly staff and the general buzz about the place (and of course the food). Well I am pleased to report that this atmosphere has transferred, despite a huge jump in size with the new cafe seating 98 people on a mixture of tables of all shapes and sizes.
I visited on a Wednesday morning about 11am and there were a few tables occupied, but it was filling up on approach to lunchtime.
I sat at a great circular table with light streaming in the huge windows and views over Nicolson Street. No need to worry about being cold, the radiators were on, making me very cozy. The tables are fabulously decorated in Spoon – the one I sat at had a map of Skye laminated into its’ surface. But I really liked the neighbouring chairs.
My dining partner and I ordered a bacon roll and a sausage roll at £2.75 each, along with a cappuccino and pot of breakfast tea. We were also given iced tap water in a lovely jug complete with slice of lemon and lime.
What I love about the Spoon cafe is all the lovely touches that go into creating the food. The bacon was delicious and my roll contained 3 beautifully cooked sausages containing herbs of some kind which gave them a wonderful flavour. The bread roll had been brushed with what I presume to be olive oil and warmed in the oven. You can’t beat a breakfast roll served on warm bread !
I was almost full up after this, but after seeing a piece of carrot cake being served to another table, my stomach got the better of my brain and before I knew it, one was winging its way to my table !
Now, when I say that this was good carrot cake, I mean it was good carrot cake. It was perfectly moist with the frosting having a hint of lime flavour, making this whole sweet treat simply divine.
I would go as far to say that this is the best carrot cake I have tasted in Edinburgh and that is coming from somone who has eaten a lot of cakes in the city !
It would be easy to spend a few hours in this place, reading a book, using your computer, chatting over good food and because there are so many tables, there is no need to feel rushed out of the place.
They positively encourage people to spend the day writing and making use of their free wi fi. You never know when the next JK Rowling is around the corner, after all this is the place she penned the early book.
Other appointments beckoned, and the wonderful lunch menu consisting of dishes such as braised lamb shoulder with potatoes, onion and thyme and the farmhouse goat cheese salad would have to wait for another day. Preferably the next day.
The bill came with some retro cola cubes and a wonderful smile from the waitress who was genuinely happy to see we had enjoyed our food.
The place is popular with professionals, students, ladies who lunch and families (special child’s table and high chairs available).
Open Mon – Sat 10am – 11pm and Sun 12-8pm. Telephone 0131 557 4567
Suitable for disabled ? Yes, they have a stair life, pictured below