REVIEW – Mimi’s Bakehouse, Leith (further visits)


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Hearty meals and cakes galore at Mimi’s Bakehouse

All the recent snow in Edinburgh has not stopped me from visiting Mimi’s several times since we first reviewed the new addition to Leith.

It’s hard to resist a call from friends and family who ask me to join them at Mimi’s for a ‘wee something’.  Small does not feature on the menu.  Run by a family (and extended members) this new eatery is a haven in which to relax with the papers, or kick back and chat over great tea and coffee.

I have now worked my through many items on the menu such as their ‘Terrifically tantazlizing French Toast’  (£6.95) and have watched my dining partners much their way through the ‘vivacious vegetarian breakfast’ (£7.95 including toast and tea or coffee).

Last Saturday saw me return and sample the thai chicken flatbread, with freshly tossed salad and Mackies crunchy crisps, £5.95.  The sandwich was generously filled with succulent chicken in a beautiful Thai mayonnaise that certainly hit the mark.  The freshly tossed salad had an abundance of fresh peppers and the Mackies crisps rounded the lunch off nicely.

Thai chicken flatbread

I enjoyed a pot of teapigs winter spiced red tea, £1.95 as my dining partner had a coffee, £2 and declared “they’ve got this completely right, one of the best I’ve had in Edinburgh”.

I started eyeing up the cakes at the counter as I couldn’t possibly miss out on the wonders baked on the premises.  Just as I thought I would settle on a chunk of malteser slice, the chef walked through from the kitchen armed with freshly baked strawberry meringues destined for the fridge display.  I couldn’t resist the masterpiece who was calling out “pick me”.  The waitress offered me some pouring cream to top it off and since my calorie count for the week was about to be exceeded in one dish, I smiled as I said yes please.

My dining partner laughed as my face lit up as it was presented on the table and caused neighbouring diners to chuckle at its sheer size.  I delved in and savoured every mouthful, content in the fact that the fresh strawberries were one of my five-a-day.

Strawberry meringue

Tables around us filled up quickly and by the time we left, Mimi’s was full.  Word has already got around town that this place is a wonderful dining experience amidst its cute interior and cakey displays.

I’ve still to try Mimi’s luxury homemade stovies and savoury tart as well as working my way through the rest of the cake choices.  Their afternoon tea at £12.95 includes their delicious homemade scones and jam.

It’s a tough job working my way through the menu, but I will battle on complete my mission.

Families are warmly welcomed and highchairs are available for little ones.  You can phone ahead and reserve a table.  Don’t forget to pick up your loyalty card and make sure you look at the pictures on the wall outside the bathrooms with the staff and their cakes!  Mimi’s gift vouchers are available and would make a perfect Christmas present.

You can check out Mimi’s Bakehouse website or like them on facebook and follow them on twitter.  Open weekdays 9am- 5pm and weekends 9am-6pm.  Mimi’s appears  on our Edinburgh cake trail.

Suitable for disabled? Yes, ground even access (with ramp from outside) and accessible toilet.

Tantalizing French toast

Cute decor

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