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.
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.
Hula Juice Bar and Healthy Eatery is one of those places that I keep coming back to. With two locations in Edinburgh, one at Fountainbridge, and another near Victoria Street – I’m very lucky to live near one and work near the other.
They also have a great selection of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options and all of their food and coffee is sourced locally.
Hula does some incredible smoothie bowls which come beautifully presented. This is the Acai Bowl priced at £7.65 with;
“A frozen base of organic acai berry, strawberry, banana, blueberry and coconut. Topped with granola, goji berries, banana, chia seeds, cacao nibs, blueberries and coconut shavings.”
It’s bursting with berry flavour, the portion is well-sized, and I was definitely full afterward. Something I love about Hula is that I never have to feel guilty for eating there because it’s healthy! Although, they do have a great selection of cakes too if you’ve got room for it.
We’ve had a few different lunches at Hula including, the Sriracha Chicken Wrap (£6.95), Teriyaki Jackfruit & Kimchi bowl (£8.25), and Harissa Chicken Sourdough Sandwich (£6.95). My favourite out of all of them? The wrap. It was perfectly toasted, light, and gently flavoured, with a teeny kick of spice. Hula’s side salads are also always fresh with a yummy dressing.
The harissa sandwich is very similar in taste to the wrap and the sourdough was soft, and crisp – but it was a bit fragile and crumbly, making for a difficult eating experience. In terms of the teriyaki bowl – all of the ingredients were so fresh, but we just felt like it needed more of a kick.
However, if you’re someone who prefers natural, clean flavours, then you’d probably enjoy it, and I think that’s what Hula is all about natural, fresh, healthy food that’s good for you!
Hula has a great range of smoothies, and I’ve yet to try all of them.
So far, my favourite is the Blue Hawaiian made with strawberry, blueberry, banana and apple. It’s sweet and is a berry lover’s dream. The Betty Ford is also nice, not quite as sweet as the Hawaiian, and mostly strawberry flavoured with a hint of banana. Smoothies are priced at £3.95 for a small, £4.95 for a large.
You can also choose to add one of Hula’s organic boosters, such as multivitamins and antioxidants, for 85p.
Hula do milkshakes as well! Hubby went for the Nutty Professor, made with peanut butter and banana. It was thick and smooth and overall very tasty.
When it comes to their hot drinks, Hula also have a brilliant range. The menu is divided into coffee and not-coffee for those that are caffeine sensitive. I chose the cinnamon latte, it was deep and rich, with earthy undertones. Plus, it was nice to know the beans were roasted locally in Edinburgh. I think now, more than ever, we need to support our local businesses.
I’d recommend trying Hula at least once, especially their breakfast menu and smoothies. Portion sizes are good and fairly priced. To some, £3.95 may seem steep for a smoothie, but not when you consider the ingredients that go into them, plus they taste fantastic!