Monday, 25 July 2016

Hendersons Salad Table Restaurant Hanover Street Edinburgh 25th July 2016

Hendersons Salad Table Restaurant is underneath their shop and deli, with a small seating area, approached via steps from pavement level and first impressions were excellent.

We wanted breakfast, before our train home and there were a number of vegan options, on the menu, so I chose tomatoes, mushrooms and fried potatoes, with thick slices of granary toast and their bottomless coffee refills, served until 11.30 am.

The breakfast was made to order and really delicious and I polished it off, with a second mug of coffee.

Their salad table looked fantastic, with big bowls of salads, dressings, breads and cakes and a lunch visit will be in order, on my next trip to Edinburgh.

We had a look in the shop upstairs, on the way out and apart from being so full, I was very nearly tempted, with the vegan doughnuts, cupcakes and carrot cake on display.

Hendersons should be on everyone's to visit list, when in Edinburgh, it will definitely remain on mine.

Yeni Meze Bar Hanover Street Edinburgh 23rd July 2016

Yeni Meze Bar is on busy Hanover Street and was an easy choice, with its clearly labelled menu, with so many vegan options.   It is a popular venue, judging by the number of customers inside and you relax, as soon as you walk through the door.

Our waiter Dimitris, was really friendly and helpful, explaining they had a special lunch menu at £9.95 per person for three dishes.

It was so easy to order wine, as the list was labelled with a selection of vegan wines, so I chose a delicious Picpoul de Pinet, one of my favourite white wines.

I chose five dishes, so I had plenty of choice and Steven chose one for himself, though he was more than happy to eat my vegan choices, being Imam Biyaldi, fattoush salad, falafels, houmous with pitta breads and patates.   The flavours and freshness of the food really shone through, I could not pick a favourite, so delicious was each one.

We finished our meal with a medium Turkish coffee and vegan Turkish Delight, again clearly labelled on the menu.

The whole meal was faultless, from beginning to end, the service, the food, the wine and Dimitris did a great job, always with a smile.   Whoever is responsible, for paying such attention to detail about dietary requirements, deserves a medal, it is wonderful to see such clearly labelled menus.   Would I go back to Yeni, too right I would.

Leo's Beanery Howe Street Edinburgh 23rd July 2016

Leo's Beanery was a breakfast recommendation, by Scottish chef Tom Kitchin, in the Sunday Times, so I emailed them to ask about vegan options.   I had a fabulous reply from Marie, assuring me their breads were suitable and a number of options could be made vegan friendly, you cannot say fairer than that.

On a warm Saturday morning, we paid Leo's a visit, I really loved its frontage of duck egg blue, with seating outside on the small terrace, approached down some steps from pavement level.

Leo's is warm and welcoming inside and we bagged the last free table, as it was very busy. I mentioned to the waitress who brought menus, about my correspondence with Marie, who had briefed Manager Josie, who suggested a number of options, one being almond milk porridge with apple and cinnamon compote.   I was in Scotland, it would be rude not to sample its national dish and I was so glad I did, it was hearty and filling and with a large coffee, just the ticket for a morning of sightseeing.

As we went to pay, Josie came out of the kitchen, holding a tin containing a vegan fruit and nut loaf, so I had to have a takeaway slice, which came in very handy about two hours later, during a coffee rest stop.   The cake was delicious, moist, crumbly and energising.

I would definitely return to Leo's Beanery, when I come back to the beautiful city of Edinburgh and its all down to Tom Kitchin, so thank you Tom for your recommendation.

David Bann Restaurant St Mary's Street Edinburgh 23rd July 2016

A trip to Edinburgh, had to include a visit to David Bann, a well known vegetarian and vegan restaurant in the city, which gets great reviews.

We arrived on a Sunday evening, expecting it to be quiet, it was packed to the rafters, just shows how popular vegan and vegetarian cuisine has become.

Whilst perusing the menus, we had a Mongozo organic buckwheat beer and a very nice vegan Rioja.

I ordered the vegan version of the salad of fennel, beetroot, raspberry and poached egg, not realising it would be replaced with fried smoked tofu, which Steven kindly devoured for me.   The salad was delicious, with broccoli and broad beans amongst the leaves and a delicious dressing.

Mains was aubergine and chickpeas koftas in a spicy coconut sauce, with sweet potato and toasted almonds.   What a beauty of a dish this was, especially as I love all the ingredients, perfectly executed and so good I nearly licked the plate.

I was way too full for dessert or coffee, although I was very tempted, but enjoyed the rest of the fantastic Rioja.

David Bann is not your everyday vegetarian restaurant, its fine dining, in a casual atmosphere, with service throughout friendly and professional.   We had a laugh with our Spanish waiter, who said he enjoyed the cooler Scottish weather, than the heat of his home city of Barcelona.   Would I go back, you bet I would.

Hendersons Vegan Restaurant Thistle Street Edinburgh 22nd July 2016

A trip to Edinburgh, had to include a visit to Hendersons Vegan, after reading great reviews, as Hendersons is an institution in the city, with four locations to choose from.

Hendersons vegan restaurant, is just round the corner from their shop and deli and looks very attractive and inviting.

We were shown to our table and perused the menu, with numerous choices for each course, which all sounded excellent.

I chose an Emiliana Organic Vineyards Adobe Sauvignon Blanc,  I love Emilana wines and always look out for them on wine lists.

I chose grilled polenta wedges with sweet chilli dip and my husband ordered fig and olive tapenade with pine nuts, apple chutney and oatcakes, both were very tasty dishes and we left clean plates.

Mains were spiralised squash and courgette zoodles, with dukkah and curried coconut sauce and tofu teriyaki, with coconut brown rice, greens beans and pineapple salsa.   The dishes were well presented, using fresh ingredients and very tasty.

We shared dessert, a lemon and thyme cheesecake, with coconut whipped cream, a perfect, light tasty finish to our dinner.

We had a chat with our young waiter Connor, who had been vegan for four months, was very friendly and helpful, recommending the excellent Whistle Binkies bar, for an after dinner drink.   I would recommend Hendersons Vegan and look forward to returning sometime in the future.