With summer on the horizon we thought we’d review one of Edinburgh’s best ice-cream parlours – Mary’s Milk Bar!
Located on Edinburgh’s Grassmarket with a view of Edinburgh Castle, it’s a great spot to stop and cool down on a warm summer day in the Scottish capital.
Mary’s Milk Bar Ice-Cream Flavours
Their unique range of flavours are so stunning you’ll want to try them all. Some flavours change daily but the unique flavours that were on display when we visited were:
White Chocolate + Basil
Nectarine + Rosemary
Chocolate + Lavender
I decided to try a double scoop cone with a combination of cherry and mascarpone and chocolate and lavender. It was lovely 💖! I liked that the ice cream wasn’t overly sweet and the cherry flavour had actual cherries in it. It’s somewhere I’ll definitely be visiting again.
If you’re in Edinburgh this summer, you need to visit this cute little ice cream shop. The staff are so friendly and it’s honestly some of the best ice cream I’ve had in a long time.
Mimi’s Bakehouse is a family founded bakery and local Edinburgh business. Expanding from having one location to several throughout Edinburgh, you know that the cakes must be delicious!
Mimi’s Bakehouse always have a brilliant selection of cakes and do some great unique brownies and blondies. I’ve tried both the Oreo and raspberry brownies which were excellent. Between the two, I’d recommend the raspberry. The sweetness of the raspberry against the slightly less sweet chocolate just works so well.
My mum also throughly enjoyed her cake, it was portioned well and the vanilla butter icing was “just so creamy”.
Savoury Dishes & Lunches 🥣
Mimi’s also has a breakfast and lunch menu. While not pictured here, in the past I’ve tried their eggs benedict which was amazing and I’d definitely have it again.
Pictured below is Mimi’s pea soup which was also delicious, arrived hot, and was a nice mix of peas, herbs and cheese. All soups also come with a side of bread which definitely help to fill you up.
MIMI’S DO GREAT CAPPUCCINOS! Yes, I meant to write that in all caps because they are just soo good. I get one every time I come here and they are always hot and frothed perfectly. However, if coffee’s not your thing you can also get a soft drink such as cola or a pot of tea.
Mimi’s Bakehouse Rating
Overall, I can’t fault Mimi’s. It’s just too good and the staff are always upbeat and friendly. If you’re in Edinburgh and would like to try Mimi’s but don’t have time to visit you can also order from them online. Looking for more sweet stops around Scotland’s capital? Check out our review of Karines.
Dishoom Edinburgh is very well known and it’s no surprise. Based on the old Irani cafes of Bombay, the food is pretty unique!
My husband is a big fan and has eaten here lots but somehow neither of us realised Dishoom also have a breakfast menu and oh is it good! Here’s our review of Dishoom Edinburgh’s breakfast and what we tried.
BREAKFAST MENU ITEM: KEEMA PER EEDU (£10.90)
If you order this breakfast dish you better have room! Full of flavour and protein keema per eedu will definitely fill you up. It consists of spicy chicken keema and liver. If you don’t know what that is (I didn’t) just imagine minced beef but chicken and liver flavoured. This makes up most of the bowl and is topped with two runny yolk-fried eggs and sali crisp-chips. But that’s not all, you also get two home-made buns to eat with the dish.
I don’t think I have ever been so full after a breakfast before but it was great. The food was hot, fresh and the flavours well balanced. The runny eggs were cooked to perfection.
DISHOOM EDINBURGH: KEJRIWAL
The next dish we tried from Dishoom’s breakfast menu was Kejriwal which consists of two fried eggs on chilli cheese toast. The toast and eggs were done well and hubby really enjoyed the flavours, again a good balance.
BREAKFAST MENU ITEM:BUN MASKA (£3.70)
Lastly we had Bun Maska, a soft bun that comes with a tall glass of sweet chai tea. It’s eaten by dipping the bun in the tea and then taking a bite. Both of us really enjoyed this one and it only cost £3.70. I highly recommend it.
DRINKS:GINGER, LEMON & HONEY TEA (£2.90)
For £2.90 you can get a full pot of tea. There wasn’t anything different about this tea from any other but it arrived hot, the lemon was a refreshing palette cleanser, and I really enjoyed it.
Overall, I highly recommend the breakfast menu at Dishoom Edinburgh. The dishes were flavourful, unique and well put together. All of the food was fresh and hot. The service provided was superb and the staff were friendly and polite. We’ll definitely be returning in the future.
Wandering through Edinburgh’s Morningside on a Saturday afternoon, we found everywhere to be full. Until we were lucky enough to stumble up this hidden gem, Marie Delices Creperie & Tea Room. A traditional French creperie and tea room specialising in breton crepes and galettes.
We’d never heard of or tried a galette before coming here but we were glad that we did. You might be wondering what a galette is exactly? According to Google it’s a French term that describes “various types of flat, round, or freeform crusty cakes”.
I chose the salmon and cheese galette while hubby chose one with hummus, onion, olive and avocado. Both were delicious. The salmon and cheese with the sour cream went so well together. For drinks we ordered a simple chamomile tea and water. They arrived quickly and the staff were very friendly and talkative.
Overall, I think we both fell in love with this place. The decor was adorable and it has a calm atmosphere. We will definitely be returning for more.
I love small cafes and patisseries, they are so cozy! We recently decided to stop at Karine Deli & Cafe in Edinburgh’s Morningside, in the mood to snack on something sweet and get out of the cold.
Arriving at 4pm, we didn’t realise Karine closes at 4:30. Despite it being 30 minutes until close, the staff were very welcoming and genuinely happy to serve us. Of course, we made sure we were out before closing time and tidied up after ourselves.
Cakes & Drinks
Choosing our drinks, I went for a simple tea while the hubby chose a latte. It was then time for one of the things Karine is most known for – the cakes / sweets! We ordered a burnt basque cheesecake and raspberry meringue which arrived with a side of cream, both were so good! However, between the two, we recommend the cheesecake the most. It wasn’t overly sweet and well balanced. 🍰
Karine is also full of unique French products. There were lots of wines, spreads, and so much cheeeese. A great place to buy some condiments for Christmas!
Looking at the displays it was clear that there’s usually a lot more pastries and desserts available earlier in the day. So I’d definitely recommend going before the afternoon if you want to browse the full selection of what Karine has to offer. We will definitely be back to try even more goodies! 🙂 You can also see more of what they have to offer on their website at http://karinedeli.com/.
Tattu Restaurant Edinburgh. When we heard that this stunningly decorated restaurant was coming to Scotland’s capital, we just knew we had to try it. A restaurant filled with cherry-blossoms, gold details, and lanterns – would the food live up to its beauty? 🌸
I’m going to start off by saying the starters were incredible! We went for the Chilli Salt Baby Squid and Chicken Truffle Shumai Dim Sum. Both were very fresh and bursting with flavour. I’d go as far as saying it’s the best calamari I’ve had. The Shumai Dim Sum were soft, delicious, and complimented well by the soy sauce.
With the starters setting the bar high, we expected the mains to be even better. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.
We went for the Vegetarian Chicken Black Bean Dish and the Wok Fried Angry Bird. The Wok Fried Angry Bird was cooked well, a thin chewy batter with a soft chicken underneath. However, given the name, we expected it to have more spice and there wasn’t much “anger” in this dish. In the vegetarian chicken dish, the black bean sauce was extremely salty and overpowering. Due to this, I ended up only eating the chicken and leaving the veg which was saturated in it.
Overall, pretty underwhelming especially for the price and there wasn’t much to say about the presentation either.
For drinks hubby chose his go to glass of coke and I went for the sweet skullduggery drink (non-alcoholic), which is flavoured with kiwi, blueberry and apple. It was nice, sweet and very aesthetic but slightly on the small side.
Tattu Restaurant Edinburgh Desserts
We didn’t have dessert on this occasion but aim to try it in the future. From what we could see the desserts looked good and were beautifully presented, so that may increase our rating later on.
Overall we felt disappointed. If you were going to eat here I’d highly recommend getting a range of starters and then going straight to the dessert. The mains just don’t seem worth it. Despite elegant decor, the music and close together tables created an atmosphere that felt more like the VIP area of a nightclub than a high end restaurant. Service however was good and the staff kept a positive attitude despite a very busy restaurant.
Tattu Restaurant Edinburgh Rating
2.5 Scottish unicorns out of 5. 🦄🦄🦄
Looking for another unique location to eat out in Edinburgh? Check out our review of Dishoom Edinburgh at St. Andrew’s Square.
Woo-hoo! Who doesn’t love a good slice of pizza (or ten)? 🍕
As pizza lovers, we opted to spend our latest date-night at Pizzeria 1926, located on Dalry Road in Edinburgh. Rated 4.6 stars on Google, I’ve been hearing great things about this place for years. So with that said – let’s get into it!
Freshly Made Italian Pizzas
Pizzeria 1926 is known for its fresh and authentic Italian style pizzas. Founded by an Italian family from Naples, they know their stuff. The Pizzeria 1926 website states:
“All the ingredients used at Pizzeria 1926 are fresh and simple. The very best varieties of tomatoes, burrata, mozzarella, sausage, flour and olive oil are imported from Italy, whilst meat, seafood and vegetables are sourced as locally as possible.”
The inside of the restaurant is small but cozy, emblazoned with Napoli Football Club memorabilia, and decorated in their team colours, blue and white. The name of the restaurant even comes from the year the football club was founded, 1926.
As a Scots girl and Bengali guy, we found the menu a little difficult to navigate – with Italian titles and no pictures, it was hard to grasp what each pizza was. We decided on the A’ Caprese and Ko’ Pesto.
The A’ Caprese description was as follows: Cream of Vesuvian Piennolo tomatoes, garlic, basil, and burrata. It came uniquely presented, with a tasty ball of burrata in the middle! After spreading the burrata around the pizza, it was definitely creamy, which was a nice contrast to the tanginess of the tomato.
The Ko’Pesto was delicious – Italian pesto is extremely flavourful, and it really shone through. Both pizzas were fresh, with soft stretchy dough, cooked within view of customers in a large pizza oven. Each priced at £10.95, we felt it was excellent value for money.
To wash our pizzas down, we had a nice cool drink of Cola and San Pellegrino Lemonade. Both came in glass bottles, which added to the authentic Italian vibe. Despite the restaurant being busy, service was fast and the staff were upbeat and friendly. We were surprised to receive our pizzas within roughly 10 minutes! Will definitely be back.
We rate Pizzeria 1926 – 4 Scottish unicorns out of 5: 🦄🦄🦄🦄