Restaurant review: Henderson’s Bistro, Edinburgh

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WALKING past the buzzing Henderson’s Bistro on Saturday lunchtime, we couldn’t resist popping in to try some of the food giving of such delicious smells.

The menu, which is vegetarian, consists of so many wonderfully well-thought-out dishes that we both agreed any hearty meat lover would find something for themselves quite happily.

My friend chose the warm butternut salad (£4.25 for starter size, £6.95 for main) whilst I went for the slightly more robust savoury crepe (£9.10). This changes daily and mine was spinach and leek. 

The salad was a fruity number with raisins, shredded apricot as well as grilled chunks of tofu, mixed seeds and red onion. This all comes served on a bed of rocket and sprinkled with parmesan. Slightly too many raisins for my liking, with the bursts of flavour from the rest of the ingredients, it is not a hardship to remove a few clumps of raisins. Quite filling even as a starter, a punchy not remotely boring version of the humble salad. Similarly, my savoury crepe was crammed with flavour. Fluffy and light, the crepe was filled with spinach and leek, topped with a creamy sauce, a sprinkling of cheese and served on a bed of rocket. Pine nuts scattered over the top added a lovely nutty bite. With our delicious meals we each had a glass of organic Sauvignon Blanc (£6.10) from a list of solely organic wines. A vegetarian restaurant certainly not only suitable for vegetarians, Henderson’s has a wonderful array of offerings at reasonable prices. With specials changing daily there is always something new. They were advertising for kitchen staff which hopefully explains the long wait we had for two seemingly uncomplicated dishes – they were worth it, though.

• Henderson’s Bistro, 25 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, 0131 225 2605, www.hendersonsofedinburgh.co.uk

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