BBQ Pulled ‘Pork’ jackfruit sloppy joe - Greenhouse

The Greenhouse

16th May 2018 6pm

https://www.facebook.com/Thegreenhouseleith/

I had been chatting with Emma from Vegan Edinburgh a while ago about the opening of The Greenhouse. A couple of weeks later, she was invited along to try them out and offered me the chance to be her plus one. Yay! The Greenhouse markets itself as a vegetarian and vegan place but to our surprise, there were a few meat options on the menu. However, most things can be made vegan if they are not already. I decided to go vegan and try out the bbq ‘pulled pork’ jackfruit sloppy joe bun and upgraded to sweet potato fries, and Emma picked the fried ‘chicken’ seitan burger with added avocado. I think the reference to meat in the names of the vegetarian and vegan dishes isn’t required but concede that it may be a way of enticing meat eaters to give vegetarian or vegan food a go.

BBQ Pulled ‘Pork’ jackfruit sloppy joe - Greenhouse

BBQ Pulled ‘Pork’ jackfruit sloppy joe – Greenhouse

We didn’t have to wait long for our food and were even offered vegan mayo (just as good as the non-vegan variety). Greenhouse certainly know how to present their food and my jackfruit had me drooling at the sight of it. It tasted just as good as it looked. The jackfruit was juicy and held the sumptuous barbecue flavour beautifully. The sweet potato fries were out of this world. This all came with an accompanying salad and pink slaw, which were fine but nothing memorable.

‘Chicken’ seitan burger - Greenhouse

‘Chicken’ seitan burger – Greenhouse

Across from me, my dining companion was tucking into her tower of a burger. The avocado was one of the optional add-ons and she felt that this may have been a step too far and ran the risk of making the burger too much to eat but she bravely soldiered on! Overall she enjoyed her food but found the seitan a little spongey. That didn’t detract too much from her overall enjoyment of the burger, although I think there was a little bit of plate envy on her part.

‘Chicken’ seitan burger - Greenhouse

‘Chicken’ seitan burger – Greenhouse

Desserts vary on the day but both options were vegan, so we decided to get one of each. I picked the chocolate and hazelnut mousse and Emma chose the coconut and lime pie. Mine was a little more inspiring looking than hers on arrival but both tasted delicious. My mousse was surprisingly light and had a lovely chocolate taste, with the hazelnut flavour being more subtle. There was a sliced strawberry on top which worked beautifully with it and I would have actually liked more of them.The coconut and lime pie was a perfect portion with a dollop of coconut cream on top. The lime turned it into a refreshing dessert rather than something that was too heavy.

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse - Greenhouse

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse – Greenhouse

For those of you who want to try a meat free or plant based meal, you really should give Greenhouse a try. Actually, even if you are not, you may just be surprised at how tasty it can be.

Coconut and lime pie - Greenhouse

Coconut and lime pie – Greenhouse

You can read Vegan Edinburgh’s post here: http://veganedinburgh.com/the-greenhouse/

Food – 8/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 9/10

Overall – 33/40

Would I eat here again? Yes and would quite happily eat vegan

Cost – complimentary but around £32 for two mains, two desserts and a vegan glass of wine

Whilst this meal was complimentary, all views are my own

Quay Commons

Quay Commons

27th October 2017 6.15pm

https://www.quaycommons.co/

After having a booking at Black Pig and Oyster, which we found to be shut on arrival, we took the opportunity to try Quay Commons. This restaurant is from the same people as Gardener’s Cottage (although we’ve yet to visit there). Quay Commons acts not only as a restaurant but a bakery and bar, which results in the dining space feeling relatively informal.

The dining menu is relatively short. I went for whitebait followed by mussels and my dining companion went for starter sized mussels followed by beef short rib. We also ordered some soft drinks, although they had run out of Appletise, which was a bit disappointing considering they only had a short list of options. The server gave only one of us a spoon for the mussels (and then to me having it as a main rather than to my friend who was having mussels first as a starter). The starters were great. My whitebait was decent and plentiful. They came with a scurvy grass mayo, which worked well with the fish. My friend adored her mussels. She loved the white wine sauce, which wasn’t overly creamy. The toasted baguette on the side was a nice touch.

Braised Beef Short Rib - Quay Commons

Braised Beef Short Rib – Quay Commons

The chef brought out the mains (and had a look on his face as if the waitress had forgotten). Again, the mussels were good and was essentially a larger portion of the starter. However, the cost provided better value along the way at Café Tartine, which we had dined at a few weeks previously. The beef short rib on the other side of the table was massive. It was nice but she couldn’t finish it. It would certainly be too fatty for some people the potatoes and mushrooms were also good. We waited getting on for 20 mins for our plates to be cleared and then she only took one plate and proceeded to do other jobs around the restaurant before clearing the second when we got her attention to ask for the bill. What was weirder was that by that time, we were the only diners in the restaurant so shouldn’t have been receiving such service. All in all the service was pleasant enough but just a bit odd.

Our experience was a little bit underwhelming. Not bad, just not enough that I want to rush back.

Food – 7/10
Service – 5/10
Atmosphere – 6/10
Value – 7/10

Overall – 25/40

Would I eat here again? Unlikely

Cost £46 for two starters, two mains and two soft drinks