EDINBURGH SECRET SPOTS
It’s great having secret places to go to that you think no-one else knows about but then they pop up in guide books, blogs, top tip lists and you think ‘darn it’, now I’m going to have to share that little corner with a few hundred other people from now on. Never mind, be grateful that it was, at some point, just your secret.
When you’re asked by an Edinburgh newbie to give them your ‘top Edinburgh secret spots‘ it’s hard to know where to start. Do you share them or not? If you’re writing a food blog then you we guess you have to share these things…? So here it is, a list that we’ve literally just written today which covers off ALL the major food groups and the locations where you can eat said food groups. Ding dong.
ONE – TEA AND CAKE AT THE SECRET HERB GARDEN
OK, so they’re now at nearly 7k followers on Facebook so a few of you out there know about the Secret Herb Garden but we think we got there first. Think we were follower 127 or something like that. If you need a quiet cuppa and a slice of cake or two to contemplate life, chill out, have some R&R, peace and quiet, that kinda thing then this is probably the perfect place. And the gingerbread cake? Life would be far too short without a slice of that in your life.
Not too far out of Edinburgh but far enough to be away from the buzz of the city it’s a perfect haven of tranquility that’s been created by Hamish and Liberty Martin. For them it’s a dream come true. A specialist herb nursery with a great cafe, a few bit of vintage furniture, plants for sale and plenty of open spaces. It’s also a boutique wedding venue and has some really exciting events planned over the Summer too such as the Full Moon Dinners with chefs including Brian Grigor (Balmoral Number One), Neil Forbes (Cafe St Honore) and Ben Radford (Timberyard).
TWO – EATING GYOZA AT STOCKBRIDGE MARKET
There’s going to be a queue. That’s the bad news. Yep, it’s not that much of a secret anymore but it’s definitely a top tip. Harajuku Kitchen based in Bruntsfield are doing a roaring trade by popping up at the weekly Stockbridge Market. So much so there’s usually a queue up the market steps for their awesome pork gyoza. It’s the dipping sauce that makes these the best gyoza we’ve had. My mouth is watering just typing this! 6 for a fiver, you’d best go to the cash point first as one box just isn’t enough.
THREE – POACHED EGGS AT THE PANTRY
Mrs M loves eggs. Her eating clean and #girlgains gym life of the last 12 months means she’s probably consumed 416 eggs since 1st May 2015, now that’s a lot of protein. Not everyone can cook the perfect poached egg – you order, you wait patiently, your dish arrives, you slice into the eggs with a nervous excitement, will it be runny yellowy lovely goodness or…… And O, M, G, if it’s not runny are you the most disappointed person in the world right at that moment? WE ARE!
But discovering the poached eggs at The Pantry in Stockbridge has been a revelation. Never ever ever are the eggs overdone. They are, for us, the ultimate poached eggs. Give that chef a medal, he rules.
FOUR – BIG BLU PIZZA AT THE PITT STREET MARKET
We guess it’s not much of a secret if you know your street food vans but the Big Blu Van doesn’t show up that often in the Berg which is why it’s made our list. Thankfully the new and brilliant Pitt Street market has found all the best street food vans around and brings them together once a month (the last Saturday of the month, next one being 30t April) and the Big Blu Pizza van is one of them. Authentic, fresh, thin, hot, crispy pizza with a hint of wood smoke, pretty much the perfect pizzas in our book. Keeping it simple means the best results. Try one, or two…
FIVE – LUNCH MENU AT NEW CHAPTER
Well, this is a recent find for us although it’s been open a couple of months. Mrs M has just reviewed New Chapter for OLIVE mag and gave it a huge thumbs up. Not far from Stockbridge or Canonmills it’s doing a roaring trade as quite frankly the food is fantastic. We’ll leave it to you to decide what you think but when you can get a two course set lunch for less than a bucket of latte and a cardboard panini ‘up the town’ then it’s really a no brainer. Book now.
EDINBURGH SECRET SPOTS, you heard it here first.