OVERLOOKING the Meadows, Victor Hugo offers Marchmont residents a little respite from students. Full to the brim with families and workers, there is also a queue out the door when we popped in for some lunch.
The deli section is brimming with mountains of olives, cheeses and meats as well as a selection of fresh pestos and other gourmet delights. Seating arrangements on this side of the cafe are attractive booths whilst on the sandwich serving side the tables are slightly crammed and the queues of people do little to relieve this.
Lunch offerings range from hot dishes, such as lamb and Bordeaux stew to sweet and sour chicken, to pakora or baguette pizzas, to standard sandwiches of cold mayonnaise based fillings to the gourmet range.
A range of tray bakes, desserts and smoothies round off the seemingly endless menu. With the seemingly spring weather tentatively appearing, we were feeling overly summery and decided on sandwiches. My friend had the Loire (£4.15) on a baguette with extra olives which came with layers of goat’s cheese, roasted marinated red peppers and salad on a thick spread of green pesto. With a great combination of flavours, each ingredient was patently of excellent quality. My baguette with Italian chicken (£2.50) was a mixture of chunks of chicken, olives and sun-dried tomatoes came with salad leaves and a little added pesto, without which it may have been a touch on the dry side. Although a decent lunch, it proved that you get what you pay for as the Gourmet was of a much higher standard. To end we shared a brownie (£2) and a gluten-free date slice (£2). We couldn’t work out if they were low quality home bakes or had been bought in frozen. Either way they were distinctly disappointing after the high quality of the rest of our meal.
• Victor Hugo, 26/27 Melville Terrace, 0131-667 1827