Aurora

Aurora

26th November 2017 11am

www.auroraedinburgh.co.uk

We’d been invited by the lovely peeps at Aurora to try out their place. Newly opened in Leith, Aurora had only been open a couple of weeks when we visited but are clearly aware that their small shop front might mean people don’t realise they are there. So here I am, waving a flag for them – because the food is lush. This is not so surprising though, as the chef comes from Salt in Morningside.

Coffee - Aurora

Coffee – Aurora

We decided to visit late on a Sunday morning for brunch (they are currently open 9am-5pm 7 days a week but are trialling some evening openings). The venue is small but perfectly formed. Decked out in stripped wood and interesting decorative features, Aurora is definitely not a greasy spoon. I couldn’t resist ordering the full breakfast – although I toyed with the idea of eggs Benedict and the shakshuka – whilst my friend chose eggs royale with a coffee.

Full Breakfast - Aurora

Full Breakfast – Aurora

We saw some fellow diners’ food come past us and it got us excited. It looked amazing and we weren’t disappointed when our plates arrived. The plates somehow still managed to look clean and sharp, even with breakfasts on them. My breakfast consisted of bacon, sausage, Stornaway black pudding, eggs, tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, sourdough and a smattering of rocket on top. I had asked for my eggs fried but they came poached but I was actually so glad they did as this worked better with the rest of the food and oozed golden yolk. It was clear the foodie cosmos was on my side. I couldn’t fault anything on the dish. I was most amazed by the portobello mushrooms. They had so much intensity that I could have eaten a plateful of those alone. The bacon was crispy without being overdone. The eggs, as I mentioned before, were cooked to perfection.

Eggs Royale - Aurora

Eggs Royale – Aurora

Across from me, my friend was delighted by her eggs royale. The Loch Fyne hot smoked salmon was generous in portion and tasted delicious. The poached eggs were just as good as mine has been. They were sat on top of sourdough and accompanied by wilted spinach. The hollandaise was very clever though. Laced with truffle, the sauce was sparse on the plate. My friend was a little worried there wasn’t enough but with the yolk of the egg, the dish was perfectly balanced. Licking the plate clean was discussed.

We were mightily impressed by Aurora’s offering and was reasonably priced for the quality of the food. It’s worth seeking out that small shop front for the big flavours hidden inside.

Food – 9/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 34/40

Would I eat here again? Yes as I have already got my eye on other dishes on the menu.

Cost – this meal was complimentary but would have likely cost just under £20 for a full breakfast, eggs royale and a coffee.

Whilst this meal was complimentary, all views are my own. Thank you to Margherita for organising.

Hummus - Yeni

Yeni

26th April 2017 12.10pm

www.yenirestaurant.com

I wanted hummus. I am not sure if it was my subconscious picking up on the supermarket hummus shortage but I wanted some lovely fresh hummus. So I wandered along to Yeni on Hanover Street for some lunch. Yeni offers Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Meze dishes. They have a pretty nifty lunchtime offer of three meze for £9.95 so I decided to order some plates from that, although the a la carte menu is also available should you feel like pushing the boat out. Whilst some of the options come with a cost supplement, everything I chose did not. So I obviously went for the hummus but also picked the anchovies and the calamari.

Hummus - Yeni

Hummus – Yeni

Not too long after, the hummus, with a side of pitta, arrived along with the anchovies. Meze, like tapas, comes out when it’s ready so the calamari took a little bit longer to arrive as it required more prep and cooking time. I dolloped a beautiful spoonful of hummus onto my plate and scooped up some with the comfortingly warm pitta. This was very good stuff. The garlic was present but not overpowering and light oil swirl added some extra moisture to make it go just that little bit further. The anchovies were a delightful surprise. Whilst they were in a lemon and herb oil, there was almost something sharp about the dressing that brought out the beauty of the oily fish. They melted deliciously on the tongue too. I had to stop myself from gobbling them all up in one go. The calamari didn’t look how I expected it. More often than not it will arrive in rings and if not, in wide rectangles. These were long strips but still had a bit of thickness to them. They came breadcrumbed and I have to say the colour (a slightly Trump-orange hue) made me worry that the calamari may be chewy inside. I was wrong – they were perfectly fine. The accompanying chilli mayo dip seemed more of a paprika heavy flavour which I think was ok but perhaps not the best match for the calamari. Perhaps this was the dish I was least enthused about.

All in all, Yeni provided a good lunch and certainly hit my hummus craving. However, it’ll actually be the anchovies I will race back for.

Food – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere -8/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 32/40

Would I eat here again? Mmmmm anchovies and hummus

Cost £9.95 for the lunchtime three meze deal