It’s not often I get to be one of the first visitors to a new restaurant. This site is a bit too niche for many food businesses, as I suspect they fear a queue of Edinburgh’s gluten free eaters outside their door demanding a fully GF menu.
However, this week I was asked along for a preview of Bruntsfield’s newest “Modern Eatery” on the corner of Merchiston Place: Honeycomb & Co. And while it is not a GF restaurant, there’s plenty there to keep a GF eater happy and even more quality food for your friends and family. This is just the place that Brunstsfield needs and Honeycomb will be doing delicious breakfasts, lunches and early dinners from this week onwards. It’s also ideal for a cup of tea and piece of (seriously delicious) cake. Honeycomb is definitely more restaurant than cafe, but still has that lovely relaxed and bustly style of a cafe, rather than a more formal overtone.
I skipped the starters as they were largely things connected to the delicious looking homemade bread, such as dips and dukkah. However, there was also a vibrantly coloured pea soup with locally foraged wild garlic oil, which my gluten eating husband enjoyed with a big chunk of sourdough in it. Obviously, I could have had the soup without the sourdough, but was saving myself for some delights I had spotted further down the menu.
It’s early days for Honeycomb, but it looks like it’s going to become one of the best places to eat in Bruntsfield – and south Edinburgh – very quickly. They serve the fabulous local Bellfield Brewery gluten free beer, some really good wines and the GFE team even tipped them off about the location of some quality gluten free bread, so you’ll be in for a treat when you drop by.
Breakfasts look good too, including a Granola made with gluten free oats and seeds, plus some gorgeous sounding smokey baked beans…