The Educated Flea is the newest member of the stable of gluten free friendly restaurants which began with The Three Birds in Bruntsfield. Second on the list was The Apiary in Newington and now this newest opening is on Broughton Street.
Small, but with a nice atmosphere and the same GF focused menu, this was a terrific spot for lunch. The service is ultra-friendly and we enjoyed the relaxed approach and the honesty of the waiter who checked on gluten free ingredients with kitchen.
With a set lunch of two courses for £10, this represents superb value for money, with high quality cooking. Choosing is easy as they tend to point out what you can’t have rather than what you can. There is a focus on fresh and seasonal and the only problem is being spoilt for choice!
My starter of venison biltong with purple potatoes, a chilli dressing and rocket was punchy, salty and yet not too filling. The potatoes were an incredible shade of lavender, yet just tasted like potatoes. My newly-wed fellow diner had tempura which was, of course, off limits for me, but looked delicious.
We chose main courses from the specials and he had hake in a saffron creamy sauce with mash, while I had seabass on a bed of mashed carrot with jalapeno and a dill sauce. The sharpness of the sauce matched the sweetness of the carrot perfectly and how nice to have a different mash from the ubiquitous potato. We were both very satisied with our choices and would have loved to test out the puddings, but time was not on our side. However, I did see what looked like a very tall Eton Mess appear for someone else, which tells me the puddings are worth returning for.
The Educated Flea serves the terrific Bellfield Brewery gluten free beers and has a good wine list and plenty of water. It is hard to fault this place, as is the case with its sister restaurants. It is worth seeking out if you want excellent food and a relaxed vibe.