The Clock Cafe and Grill at 125 Dalry Road, is a brand new, fully licensed place to eat anything at any time of the day. I stumbled upon it last week when I was passing through Dalry at lunchtime and popped in for refuelling. This review is based on one visit only, but we will definitely be back to sample more of the menu.
They don’t seem to have a website just now, or a valid telephone number, but from what I could gather, they are open from early in the morning and late into the evening, 7 days a week. It seems to be Italian run, with artwork on the walls and a mixture of classical, opera and acoustic music playing in the background.
There are only a handful of tables as you walk into The Clock, but the spiral staircase takes you downstairs to a larger seating area with tables and a selection of sofas and comfy chairs, perfect for a relaxing time with the free magazines and papers.
The prices on the menu were almost unbelievable for a place so close to Haymarket. A 175ml glass of Pinot Grigio was a very reasonable £2.50 with a coffee costing £1.60.
My dining partner and I opted for the 6oz steak burger, fries and leaf salad at £4.20. I was quite taken aback when this plate arrived, with two burgers on the toasted bun.
The fries were delicious and were smothered in various sachets of original sauces and vinegar that are on the table. The burger was beautifully cooked and despite it being a simple classic dish – it really hit the mark. The accompanying salad was of ample size and tossed in a lovely dressing.
Allowing for time to digest the main course, I opted for a dessert from the several on offer in the cake cabinet. The honeymoon cake slice was only £1.50 and was washed down with herbal tea, £1.30 and a glass of coke for my dining partner, £1.20.
We took our time before we rose from the sofa to pay our bill, which totalled £16.50 (plus tip). The staff were really friendly, as you would expect from a brand new business, but they weren’t over the top.
Despite the spiral staircase being a small obstacle to over come with parents with prams – children are very welcome here. Highchairs are available and the children’s menu is full of favourites and each dish comes complete with a carton of juice for only £2.50.
You can eat breakfast all day and into the evening, have fish and chips at lunch alongside the usual choices of baked potatoes, paninis and soups, all for very fair prices. We’ll definitely be back.
Suitable for disabled? There are seats on the ground floor, but the bathrooms are down a spiral staircase.