With just a couple of Fringe days left, if you’re still looking for show recommendations with a difference, I can highly recommend Comfort Food Cabaret at the New Town Cookery School on Queen Street.
Australia’s singing cook, Michelle Pearson, presents her award-winning musical food cabaret in its UK debut. A totally unique show, you’re serenaded by the soulful, voluptuous songstress as she cooks a comfort-food inspired three-course meal before your eyes… and you get to taste each dish, all for the bargain price of £16.50.
You’ll be delighted by Michelle’s indulgent cooking, her remarkable sound and interpretations of popular rock, pop and jazz hits accompanied by her well-fed maestro, Aaron Nash, on keyboards.
In fact, the evening I visited Comfort Food Cabaret, my day had started much earlier with my own favourite comfort food at Spatch. My idea of heaven is chicken, chips, coleslaw and a ranch or Caesar dressing.
I’d been looking for somewhere to catch up with two Aussies mates, both working during the Festival that was close to Monkey Barrell, so one of them could rush off for a 1.30pm show and Spatch perfectly fitted the bill, being located on Hunter Square, just up the road.
Despite this being Spatch’s second fringe, for some reason, it hadn’t hit my radar before but I was delighted to have found it. The staff were lovely and Amy, their manageress and Charlotte, out waitress made us feel really welcome and let us linger much longer than your average Fringe visitor.
They make some pretty mean cocktails and their espresso martinis certainly hit the spot and woke us up for our day of Fringe shows and they kept us refuelled with wine too.
The food is pretty sublime too. Two of us opted for the half spatchcock chicken with chips, coleslaw, served with a homemade buttermilk ranch dressing. Grilled over charcoal, the skin was crispy and the meat juicy. The half portion was also generous compared to the ones you get served at a well-known Portuguese flamed chicken joint, elsewhere in the city.
Hannah meanwhile chose the imaginatively named ‘Cluck-Norris’, a breaded chicken burger topped with BBQ pulled chicken, Virginia sweet cured bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo, served in a freshly baked bun. While chicken is the name of the game here, they also serve ribs, steaks and other burgers.
It’s safe to say now Spatch is on my radar, I’ll be back. I wish I’d know that they’re open till 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays as it would have been a far superior option than the other chicken fast-food option we resorted to as we couldn’t find a restaurant that would serve us after 11pm the other night!
3 Hunter Square
Edinburgh EH1 1QW
Tel: 0131 285 5240
Comfort Food Cabaret – 19.00-20.30hrs
Run ends Sunday, 26 August
New Town Cookery School, Edinburgh