Pulled chicken satay, pickled cucumber beansprouts and spring onion – £4.80
On to our next UK adventure and Edinburgh is this weekend’s destination, all for Jessica’s birthday. We had taken this Friday off from work and arrived into Edinburgh just before midday, which gave us some time to drop our bags and head to our first lunch stop, Brew Lab, an artisan coffee bar.
This was actually the only restaurant I’d heard of before I even knew this is where we would be coming this weekend. I’d remembered it from seeing it on a recent article from the Sunday Times with the best coffee shops in the UK. Having only been to one other from the list (Steam Yard in Sheffield), I had to change that!
Raspberry and almond brownie – £2.80
We arrived around 1pm to find a limited food offering as the short menu was even shorter than normal due to them running out of half the items. It was not late in the day at all so we weren’t expecting this, but we found our own seats and ordered two of the pulled chicken baguettes.
Unfortunately, our jaws had an unexpected workout as the bread on both of them were far too hard. We’re not too sure if this was intentional, but either way, it kind of stopped us from enjoying it. We are sorry to say it was a disappointing start.
Peanut butter doughnut – £2.80
Considering this place was on the best coffee list for coffee reasons, we do know why that is. They have their own freshly ground beans and you can taste the strong flavours in our drinks that we had – latte and mocha. They were both left slightly grainy and we know some people like it this way. Not us to be honest with you, but that’s just personal preference. Here they also offer lessons in coffee making and grinding, hence the science connotations in the name. We would’ve loved to have done this, but with so much of Edinburgh to see, we may go back to this if we return.
The highlight of our lunch was most certainly the desserts. The doughnut was literally full of the peanut butter, yet it wasn’t overly strong or overpowering. The brownie was superb although it could have done with more raspberry than almond, but both went perfectly with the coffees.
Mocha – £3.20, Latte, £3.20
Customer service: ★★★