Although Edinburgh doesn’t fully feel like home to a west coaster like me, it does have its plus points. Hills pushing through the town cobbles, crescents of beautiful buildings and — quite conveniently for my stomach — a host of new eateries to explore. At weekends, our haunt seems to be Henderson’s, an established veggie restaurant just over the New Town’s hump. And, finally, we’ve settled on a weekday favourite: Relish.
Being based in Leith does give us quite a lot of choice when it comes to food (although our wallets do restrict us slightly). There’s Tom Kitchin’s aptly named ‘The Kitchin‘, Martin Wishart on the Shore, and Hardeep Singh Kohli’s ‘V Deep‘ (I cannot WAIT to go here for curry once my bloody brace is off). But if — like us — your pennies don’t quite go that far on a regular basis, I cannot recommend Relish enough.
Sitting right on Commercial Street — just along from the Water of Leith — Relish is a small deli offering coffee, filled sandwiches and foodie treats. What’s lost in the lack of tables is made up for with the deli counter. Full of cheese, pesto chicken, roasted vegetables and falafel, this is the basis of Relish’s lunchtime sandwich rush. Wraps and rolls are freshly made, toasted and then popped in a brown paper bag… like how I imagine the good old days to be.
So here’s what to eat. I devour the pesto chicken, sundried tomato and rocket toasted wrap (it’s taken me 2 months to get these photos, because I’m too busy eating it to care about pressing the shutter.) The soups are also great: freshly made, served in a massive bowl and with a thick chunk of homemade bread on the side.
And if you can resist the cakes… well let me tell you, YOU ARE MISSING OUT. Cakes this good are never a bad thing. There’s a table full of homemade tray bakes and sponges, the best of which are 1) the mint aero slice, and 2) the peanut butter brownie (yes, you are reading this right… cake combos this amazing do exist).
And as a little addition to the food, the staff are lovely. At lunch they are understandably rushed, but catch them for a quick five minute chat and you’ll find them friendly and thoughtful. They even know my lunch order off by heart… Service which is far more personal than scribbling your name on a coffee cup.