Cuckoo’s Bakery, now open in Dundas Street, Edinburgh
We do love discovering new places to eat in Edinburgh and today we discovered Cuckoo’s Bakery. Situated at the bottom of Dundas Street, the light and airy premises was the venue for today’s lunch.
After I had been warmly welcomed, I realised that it had only been open for business since this morning, but soon relaxed at my table like I was at a friend’s house thanks to the large open plan kitchen design. The cuckoo clock is in full working order as I found out on the hour, having chosen the table below it.
There’s more than cakes on the menu here, lunches are available too. I found it exceptionally hard to take my eyes off the cupcakes that are housed in the middle of the floor.
For the main course, I opted for a chicken breast salad, with slow-roasted peppers, mixed leaves and seeds (£6.50) but the home-made quiche with salad (£5.50) also looked tempting, as did the honey roast ham and Isle of Mull cheddar sandwich. Vegetarian options are available.
I was offered some bottled (tap) water with my main meal as I was leaving my tea choice to accompany my dessert. There are lots of excellent refreshments on sale here including: Artisan Roast Coffee, Pekoe Teas, Coco of Bruntsfield hot chocolate and a good selection of soft drinks.
My salad dish came with a side of bread, freshly baked on the premises. It’s all about good ingredients here – all sourced from Scotland where possible.
No complaints about the succulent chicken in the salad which had been lightly tossed in a balsamic dressing which disappeared from my plate all too soon. I perused the tea menu and opted for a pot of Blue Lady (£2.20) but others such as Cherry Almond, Orange Blossom Oolong and Rooibos were also tempting.
Cupcakes aren’t my favourite form of dessert, but the owner talked me through the range that had flavours mixed into the whole cake. I plumped for the strawberry cheesecake option (£2.30 sit-in price) and enjoyed every mouthful of strawberry, frosting, jam, sponge and cheesecake-base.
Other ones that caught my eye were red velvet, tropical and of course, the classic chocolate choice. A full afternoon tea is available and I also spotted chocolate brownies on the counter.
I was offered more hot water for my tea infusion, but time did not allow for me to linger today, despite enjoying a good blether with the staff.
Cupcake deliveries are also available within the city bypass boundary.
Suitable for disabled? Yes, has ground floor access and ample room.