Riki Eats at The Kilted Kitchen; Brunch in Stockbridge, Edinburgh

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With ‘Exam season’ over, I took a short trip home to visit my family. The experience left me feeling slightly melancholic because, during my A-levels, I was so eager to get as far away from home as possible. My desires were granted when I moved to Edinburgh for University and having experienced the frisson of excitement that life is; I can’t help but feel sad every time I visit home, realizing how much I truly miss home. Strange isn’t it? Probably not, I guess this is a part of the adulthood experience…

Moving on from that piece of reflection, I have moved to Glasgow this summer for work purposes. And as I explore new dishes and experiences, I have decided to be more consistent in enjoying my passions [insert *rolling eyes* emoji]. I will be sharing my thoughts with you every Sunday, for the next 6 weeks as part of a new series called Riki Eats

Simply put, I will be doing a lot more eating than cooking, so this is me, giving you snippets into how food sparks Joy in my life [Shout Out to Aunty Marie Kondo]. I will also be uploading short video content alongside each post [which will can be accessed through Riki Cooks’ Instagram Page] so that I can practice creating better visual content, you can enjoy the extra insight into my foodie trips and hopefully, you can offer me some constructive feedback too [Yes, it seems like a win for us all]. 

So here we are Episode 1 of Riki Eats, Brunch at The Kilted Kitchen in Stockbridge, Edinburgh.

Food 8/10
Atmosphere 8/10
Service 9/10

The Kilted Kitchen 55 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh EH4, 0131 315 2346. Breakfast Menu [7 days 9am – 12 noon], Lunch Menu [7 days 12 noon – 5pm], Dinner Menu [6pm – 8pm (Sun-Tue), 6pm-Midnight (Thurs – Sat)]

“The Kilted Kitchen is a small, independent bistro in the heart of fashionable Stockbridge, Edinburgh. Our open kitchen experience offers the most delicious freshly cooked contemporary Scottish dishes, made to order from local Scottish produce. Our waiting staff are dressed in kilts, are friendly and attentive and will offer you a very warm welcome.”

[From The Kilted Kitchen Official Website, thekiltedkitchen.co.uk]

As soon as my friend suggested the meeting place for brunch, I surfed through the menu on their website. It seemed very much different from my usual West-African inspired cuisine; they mentioned ‘Scottish’ so many times that I realized, that I did not really know much about Scottish food except for Haggis, Deep-Fried Mars Bars, and Irn Bru.
As I stepped into the café, the ambiance was airy and relaxing, thanks to their large windows which indulged the whole bistro with natural light [Yes, I’m sure there’s a blog out there explaining the psychological benefits of natural light]. I was welcomed by their friendly waiting staff and was swiftly guided to my table. It seemed like I was in for a treat, having found myself in the infamous Stockbridge area, at a quirky café, surfing through a menu which offered a range of dishes from the good ol’ Scottish Full Breakfast to a refreshing Superfood Winter Berry Bowl.
Somewhere in the middle, I found what was meant for me, Laird’s Crumpet (£8); this is a soft giant Crumpet, topped with Scottish Cheese, tender slow-cooked Pork Belly, Chorizo, Scrambled Eggs and sprinkled with chopped Spring Onions [But for real, who is Laird? Can I hug Laird?]. Laird’s Crumpet (£8) arrived in good time and was so elegantly presented that I almost forgot that I was having Pork Belly for breakfast, and of course, it turned out to be the hangover cure that I did not realize I needed [Yes, I had been partying a few hours earlier]. 
My friend ordered the Luxury French Toast (£8), and I had to bite my tongue from asking for a taste because; he wasn’t my man, that would have certainly been awkward and I am learning to exercise self-control [insert *rolling eyes* emoji]. However, he attested that he is a regular at The Kilted Kitchen, always tries out something new on the menu and has never left disappointed. 
I could go on and on, but I will leave the rest to your imagination. I am not an expert cuisine critic but I will add The Kilted Kitchen to my list of ‘Best Places for Brunch in Edinburgh’. The café is relatively intimate, so it is perfect for a date or wee catch up with your buddy or even if you’d like to hang out with yourself alone in public. I’d maybe give them a call beforehand if you plan to show up with your squad, but nonetheless, it is a well worthwhile trip for urban explorers. 
Watch and please share by tagging @RikiCooks, #RikiEats on Social Media; the short video experience at The Kilted Kitchen, Edinburgh below:

Question Time

How far is The Kilted Kitchen from Edinburgh City Centre?

Less than 10 mins from the City Centre by bus or car, also about 20 mins walking distance on a good day.

When is the best day to visit? 

I had brunch on a Saturday, however, a little birdie told me that the Sunday Markets in Stockbridge are a hit, so I’d probably suggest a Sunday visit as part of your itinerary whilst exploring Dean’s Village.

Do they offer Vegan/Vegetarian options?

I don’t know why I thought this would be a popular question, it’s 2019, it’d be slightly problematic if they don’t offer Meat-free options.

Is this an ad?

Not in the slightest. We paid for our meal [well my friend paid for our meal, lol].

This is the part where I would usually say: “I hope you try out this recipe”, but I hope you have been entertained, and hopefully get the chance to pay The Kilted Kitchen a visit if you’re ever exploring Edinburgh City.
If you have any suggestions or thoughts, please leave a comment below or message me on Instagram – RikiCooks. 
x Ciao Bella x


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