Ideally nestled under the Festival Theatre, it is a bright and spacious little cafe with plenty of quick bites and hot food on offer. The hot main courses looked fresh yet comforting, ranging from a hot dish of the day to a broccoli and blue cheese tart to pan fried chicken escalope (all under £8). While a fellow diner recommended the lasagne, apparently comparable with her Italian mother’s, we instead opted for light bites menu.
I chose a classic summer salad (£4.95) and was presented with an enormous offering of mixed leaves and spinach, topped with a pleasingly huge round of goat’s cheese, caramelised onions and a sweet, tart balsamic glaze. A perfect “summer” lunch.
My mummy friend had big afternoon plans at the playgroup and chose the three egg omelette to get her through. With a choice of two fillings, there was happily a good cheese selection here too – brie, cheddar and, of course, the mammoth goat’s cheese (£4.95). For those who are not quite as much of a tyrophile, the standard tomato, ham spinach and mushroom options are there also.
Cafe Lucia’s service was friendly and fast, and the relaxed atmosphere and simple fare make this Nicolson Street venue a good choice for a little respite from the rain, or, come August, the festival throng.
Cafe Lucia, Festival Theatre, 13-29 Nicolson Street, 0131-662 1112.