A few more places that have caught our eye this August
21 and 22 August, Location: 67 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AU. Cost£10 booking fee, then pay what you feel
There’s been plenty of chatter about Enroot amongst foodies in Edinburgh”a nomadic, grassroots venture that travels around hosting farm-to-table events in collaboration with local farmers and businesses alike”. This week, they are hosting pop ups on 21 and 22 August, at Henderson’s new venue and the meal promises to be wonderful. Ingredients will be brought along from local producers and farmers – we hear that they will be making cream from scratch!
You pay a £10 booking fee, then, once you’ve eaten the meal, you pay what you feel it is worth.You will savour FOUR courses, with a cocktail and wine pairings. This is surely going to be one of the most talked about foodie events this festival.
Until August 31st, Boxsmall can be found on top of Princes Mall, offering some pretty cool views across Waverley to North Bridge and Arthurs’ Seat. It’s a great use of the space. Comprising seven food stalls including coffee, as well as a bar, children’s play area and a number of craft stalls, there’s a lot on offer for all ages and interests. From Haggis & Neeps rolls at Howie’s to ice cream at Cow to Cone, through South African arepas from Orninoco to noodles from Kampung Ali, there’s a great international selection of food on offer, with each stall offering a £5 meal deal too. Portions are filling and a large number of benches mean there’s usually somewhere to sit. Evenings see bands play and there’s the odd show too. A great city-centre escape from the crowds and Fringe madness.
Boxsmall, Princes St Mall, 10am-7pm until August 31st
Jones & Son
Special mention must go to Jones & Son though, whose offering at Boxsmall really stands out for its quality. Taking a break from pulled pork but sticking to their BBQ roots, Jones & Son’s range of burgers are top notch. Amy recommends you give the BLT a go. A well cooked, moist beef patty from Shaws Fine Meats sits on crisp fresh iceberg and sliced tomato, topped with bacon and slathered in homemade chilli jam mayo. Sandwiched between buns from Lovecrumbs, it all makes for the perfect mouthful – if you can open that wide. Also highly recommended is the Double Cheeseburger with Black Pudding. Guaranteed to soak up the overpriced lager of the Festival and keep you going through all those improvised musicals.
Union of Genius
Just for the Fringe, soup empresarios Union of Genius are open until 9pm at both their cafe and their van. Alongside the usual offerings of soup and salad, they’ll be serving vegan chilli and hotpots. Made from bulgar wheat, the vegan chilli has the texture of mince but offers a hearty meat-free alternative to festival goers. It’s served with tortilla chips as well as sour cream and cheese for the non-vegans. Hotpot flavours include BBQ beef and Moroccan lamb, both of which are served with bread. Drop in to Union for an affordable, healthier option that’ll fill you up after a hard day’s show watching or ready you for an evening of drinking.
Union of Genius, 8 Forrest Road – open 7 days 830am-9pm until August 31st
UoG Street, NW Corner of George Square – open Mon-Sat 11am-9pm until August 28th
Another great city centre option when you’re after a quick, fresh and filling bite to eat. Soul Sushi’s lovely rolls are made at their kitchen in Meadowbank and delivered to C Nova in Victoria St where the ever cheery and enthusiastic Budge will assemble plates of fish, meat or veggie sushi for you. Try the edamame beans with spicy garlic salt for the perfect savoury snack or the unusual but delightful dill-coated salmon avocado maki and the moreish crispy butternut and sweet chilli rolls. With the most expensive plate at just £7.50, you can be sure of good value (never guaranteed at the Fringe), plus there’s a bar and coffee is available too.
Find Soul Sushi at C Nova on Victoria Street until August 31st.