Dishoom Edinburgh | Breakfast Review

Food Reviews

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.

Kerjiwal

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.

SUMMARY

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.

DISHOOM EDINBURGH REVIEW RATING

5 Scottish Unicorns out of 5!

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Looking for something to do in Edinburgh after breakfast? See our reviews of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Mercat Tours, and The Department of Magic.

Marie Delices Creperie & Tea Room – Review

Food Reviews

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”.

Inside of Marie Delices in Morningisde, Edinburgh.

The Galettes

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.

Marie Delices Creperie & Tea Room Rating

Rating: 4 Scottish Unicorns out of 5 🦄🦄🦄🦄

Looking for more French food in Edinburgh? Check out our review of Karine Deli & Cafe.

Karine Deli & Cafe Edinburgh – Review 🍰

Food Reviews

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/.

Karine Deli & Cafe Review Rating

Rating: 4 Scottish Unicorns Out of 5 🦄🦄🦄🦄

Looking for more great French cuisine in Edinburgh? Read our review of Marie Delices Creperie & Tea Room.

Tattu Restaurant Edinburgh – Review

Food Reviews

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? 🌸

Starters

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.

Mains

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.

Drinks

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.

Mercat Tours – Edinburgh Ghost & History Tours 🚶‍♂️

Things To Do Edinburgh

Mercat Tours have been showing people Edinburgh’s most interesting sites for 35 years. Their award-winning, 5-star rated walking tours are a great way to get to know the city. They also have exclusive access to the Blair Street Underground Vaults!

For transparency reasons, I must mention that I do work here. However, I’m not obligated to write this blog and genuinely think the tours are great. As part of my induction training I got to go on almost all of them. So with that said here are my favourites!

A visit to Edinburgh’s Blair Street Underground Vaults

Doomed, Dead & Buried – Ghost Tour

Why is Doomed, Dead, & Buried my favourite Mercat ghost tour? Because of the Canongate Kirkyard of course! Several notable figures with intriguing stories buried here including Adam Smith, David Riccio (assistant and friend of Mary Queen of Scots), and an ex-lover of Robert Burns. However, aside from the incredible history there are also some much darker tales to be told and when better to hear them than in the dead of night, with only a cloaked figure and torch light to guide you?

Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirkyard

Evening of Ghosts & Ghouls – Ghost Tour

Unfortunately, due to CV-19 this tour isn’t running at the moment but it’s definitely one of my favourites. After a visit to the dark and mysterious 18th-century Blair Street Underground Vaults, you’ll join your storyteller and the rest of the tour group in Mercat’s Megget’s Cellar. There you’ll have a dram of whisky (or a soft-drink if you’d prefer) and hear some more gruesome stories, including that of the notorious serial killers Burke and Hare. Mercat Tours even have a death mask of Burke’s face taken after his death, creepy but fascinating!

William Burke Death Mask in Mercat Tours’ Meggets Cellar

Secrets of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile – History Tour

There’s so much to see on this tour and you’ll learn a lot. As an Outlander fan, I especially enjoyed hearing about Bonnie Prince Charlie, it seems he was just as obnoxious in real life as he was in the series. There was also a lot of focus on the life of Mary Queen of Scots. I finished the tour not only with a lot more appreciation for all that Mary Queen of Scots went through, but also for Edinburgh as a whole.

Even if you’re already from Scotland the tour is very eye-opening and entertaining.

Edinburgh Castle

Historic Underground – History Tour

The Historic Underground tour is brilliant. There is so much history to be discovered in the centuries old Blair Street Underground Vaults – from an abandoned tavern and illegal whisky distilling, to people living there. The stories will truly fascinate you and you can even see some of the artefacts that continue to be uncovered to this day! Some of my favourites are the old shoes which you can see in the discovery room and oyster shells, which were a common bar snack back in the “Auld Reekie” days.

Sin In The City – History Tour

This is a seasonal tour and oh my goodness, I love it! The tour, which usually runs in February, is an anti-valentines tour. Telling hilarious stories from Edinburgh’s past, including that of a local tree-lover, it’s a brilliant gals day out. This tour also finishes in Mercat’s Megget’s Cellar with some champagne and chocolate hearts, perfect.

Sin In The City Tour

Overall, there’s a lot of tours to choose from. If you live in Edinburgh I’d recommend trying a tour at least once, you can view all Mercat has to offer here. The team have taken a lot of care to have CV-19 procedures in place and to make sure everyone is safe on tour. 😊

The Department of Magic – Edinburgh Escape Room 🧙🏼‍♂️

Things To Do Edinburgh

With trick-or-treating and partying off the menu this Halloween – we opted to celebrate a little differently, by trying one of Edinburgh’s many escape rooms. With strong Harry Potter vibes, The Department of Magic Escape Room felt like the perfect place!

At this escape room, you get to decide which side you’re on. If you consider yourself a Gryffindor, for example, then you may want to play the Prophecies Quest. In this game, you aim to defeat the Dark Lord. But if you’re more Slytherin, then you may want to play the Dark Lord Resurrection Quest. After all, where’s the fun in being good all the time?

We opted for Dark Lord Resurrection as what better year to summon a dark overlord than 2020?! 🧛🏻‍♂️

Here’s How It Went

After waiting at the meeting point, we were soon greeted by a wizard who helped us navigate our way past some muggles (his words not ours) and onto the escape room. We stopped briefly in a waiting area while our wizard sanitised the room, which was reassuring. We were then surprised when he re-appeared in a mask and cloak and asked in a very deep voice if we were “ready to resurrect the Dark Lord”? To which of course we both said yes!

The Waiting Area

Upon entering there were several different stations where puzzles needed to be solved to win the game. Unfortunately, I have no photos for this part as that would give too much away! Clues were hidden throughout the room, and we had to solve various riddles. A timer placed on the wall counts down so you know exactly how much time you have. For Dark Lord Resurrection it’s 50 minutes.

Normally, your witch or wizard would be in the room with you but on this occasion we were given occasional prompts over a speaker. We managed to solve three of the several puzzles, unfortunately not enough to win. However, this was our first ever escape room and we still had a great time! Would I do it again? Definitely!

The Department of Magic Escape Room Prices

I believe if we had a larger group we likely could have beaten it. Pricing is as follows:

3 for £55

4 for £60

5 for £70

Essentially, the bigger your group the better the price per person and it’s easier to win. There are a lot of escape rooms in Edinburgh and after this experience, I’ll definitely be trying more!

If you’re looking for another fun-filled activity, check out our review of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

Pizzeria 1926 Edinburgh Entrance

Pizzeria 1926 Review – Dalry, Edinburgh

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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.

Rating

We rate Pizzeria 1926 – 4 Scottish unicorns out of 5: 🦄🦄🦄🦄

Things To Do In The Scottish Borders – Abbotsford House

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Nature, scenery, and history often come hand-in-hand in Scotland. If these are things you enjoy, then Abbotsford is the perfect place to visit. Tucked away in the Scottish Borders, Abbotsford House was once home to one of Scotland’s greatest writers – Sir Walter Scott. If you’ve been to Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, then you’ve likely seen the massive Scots monument dedicated to him.

When was Abbotsford House built?

The site was originally a small farm named Cartleyhole. Walter Scott bought the location in 1811 and gave it the name Abbotsford. Modest, as farmhouses typically are, Walter enlarged the building between 1811-1812 and made further expansions from 1816-1824, resulting in the mansion we see today.

Things to see & do at Abbotsford House

Having previously been farmland the mansion is surrounded by nature. Not only does it have a stunning garden that visitors can walk through, but it also meets with the River Tweed and has benches where visitors can stop for a rest or a quick lunch.

While we didn’t go inside on this visit, you can also enter the mansion. Adult tickets are priced at £5.70. Inside you’ll find an incredible vintage library where Walter Scott himself used to read and write. There’s also a cafe which I’m determined to go back and visit as it supposedly does some amazing scones!

Photographed by Elman

Things near Abbotsford House

Assuming you’ve traveled by car then it’s easy to stop at the nearby Tweedbank Park. As a Scottish girl from Fife that’s seen a lot of lochs, and lived in the country for 24 of my 26 years – I was amazed to see so many swans! It’s probably the first time I’ve seen them almost outnumber the ducks.

At the edge of the park you’ll find the 4-star restaurant, Herges On The Loch. If you go, definitely try the fish and chips! While the fish is a little on the small side, It’s incredibly fresh and the batter just melts in your mouth. If you sit outdoors, you can enjoy your lovely fresh meal with a beautiful view of the park, loch, and fountain.

Overall, the Scottish Borders make the perfect getaway, day-trip or staycation! Only an hours drive from Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, the area is a peaceful contrast from the city.