It is a good day when you discover a new gluten free friendly restaurant in Edinburgh. Today I did just that with a visit to the Water of Leith Cafe Bistro. Set in the area of Cannonmills and close to the Royal Botanic Gardens, this is a great spot for cake or lunch.
When I asked about the gluten free menu I almost wanted to hug the staff. There is no menu because they want to have a conversation about requirements! And with the choices for the gluten free eater being pretty extensive, it was not a short conversation, but a very good one. Salads, soup, falafel burgers, CHIPS, meat dishes and there is even gluten free bread which can be toasted. This is a brilliant place.
I chose the falafel burger with coleslaw, salad, creme fraiche and chips. The burger came without a bun which, given it was lunchtime, was ideal. It was a lovely soft veggie pattie with a very tasty pot of creme fraiche to spread on it and a good punchy salad and coleslaw. I went easy on the chips as it was lunchtime, but they were good little fries and, obviously, gluten free. My gluten-eating friend had the soup (which was GF) and a delicious looking gluten-loaded ciabatta.
I could also have had gluten free salad and two choices of gluten free cake to follow: a gorgeous looking pear and almond cake and a flourless chocolate cake. I shall certainly be back to try the pear and almond cake as it looked really good and would go well with a mid morning cup of coffee. I was told that the cakes are made on the premises and they like to make the effort to ensure a good selection of choices for the gluten free eater. No wonder I wanted to hug them!
The price was good, the service was exceptional, and the atmosphere and decor is great. Even if you do not live or work near here, it is worth the detour. I believe they sometimes open in the evening, but largely this is a daytime place – and a great one at that.