The first thing I liked about this Café/Bistro was the menu. The terms home-cooked, local and seasonal are not unfamiliar to Edinburgh restaurant goers but the dishes presented here could comprise items from my very own pantry, garden and vegetable box. It was as if autumn’s vegetables had got together to throw a party and Spoon was the venue.
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In keeping with the relaxed feel of the surroundings, the menus blend modern and traditional bistro fare with European provincial influences to offer nostalgic comfort on a plate for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Unpretentious, hearty food to banish the winter blues.
Gorgeously eclectic upper-level café and bistro, "Spoon", recently relocated from its popular location on Blackfriars Street to these larger premises across from the Festival Theatre. While presentation is most definitely a strong-point, with print-customised tables and chairs, pop-art cushions and painstakingly selected knick-knicks, it's definitely not a case of style over substance. Spoon offers breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, all reasonably priced and delicious sounding (the organic wild boar sausages with puy lentils & dijon mustard are a case in point) and, if word of mouth is to be believed, are the proud creators of Edinburgh's most delectable carrot cake. Quirky comfort personified.
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Spoon Café has done a great job in choosing new premises to move to from its old location on Blackfriars Street. The huge open space of this second-floor Nicolson Street venue is very prettily decked out with an eclectic mix of retro furnishings, bookcases, bric-a-brac and a kids' play area. Known for serving up the best soup in Edinburgh, Spoon has upgraded its menu with the new premises to include more grown-up, restaurant style dishes. The vodka and beetroot home-cured salmon is a light and tangy starter, while for mains a trout fillet is beautifully cooked with a salted, crispy skin and cider vinegar dressing, though you may want to order a side of veg to go with it. On the other hand the soft and flaky braised beef is perfectly accompanied with a few dips of parsley broth and baby potatoes. The home-made, traditional desserts are worth trying, including a yummy no-frills apple crumble or an exceptionally rich and creamy dark chocolate terrine with crème anglaise and hazelnut praline. Spoon Cafe makes a perfect choice for a pre-Festival Theatre visit.
So here you may sit, eat and drink amongst all the quirky, kitschy furnishings and ephemera and absorb the charming, laid back ambience. The short yet comprehensive Dinner menu is as imaginative and quirky as the interior design, suitable for carnivores, fish fans and vegetarians. From the list of varied starters, including Arbroath Smokie chowder and Chicken liver parfait, I selected Mushroom and Chestnut omelette - freshly made, piping hot, this saucer-shaped miniature omelette was stuffed with tasty chunky fungi.