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I am not entirely sure that 7 weeks away sums up my definition of “I will be back in a few weeks” but there you have it, I have spent the past weeks relaxing and transitioning back into fulltime education. It’s only Week 3 but I am already over it, nonetheless, we move. [We move; slang commonly used to describe moving on regardless of the situation, UrbanDictionary.com]
I have actually been cooking and will have a recipe for you soon, but it looks like Riki Eats is here to stay so before we get into the real gist; here are some shots of what Riki Cooks has been up to.
Ewa Agoyin and Agege Bread; Rigatoni Pesto Pasta; click here for more
Being back in Edinburgh for my final year at University has made me appreciate the little moments that have morphed my experience into a disorientated perfection. For over a year, I have been walking past Cafe Presko and only recently, I more-or-less misstepped into this intimate Filipino Cafe. My visit left me with a subtle reminder to never underestimate anything based on its environment, so here we are, my foodie experience in Episode 7 of Riki Eats: at Cafe Presko, Edinburgh.
Trip Advisor Rating as of 21/09/19: 4.5/5 (Wooopie!)
Waiting Time: 10 – 15 mins
343 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh EH11 2QU Sun – Thurs [10am – 10pm], Fri – Sat [10am – 11pm]
WHY SHOULD YOU VISIT CAFE PRESKO, EDINBURGH?
Cafe Presko is located in the Gorgie/Dalry area of Edinburgh City; this area is home to Hearts Football Club and BT Murrayfield stadium which is the largest in Scotland. You will also find an array of African, Eastern European and Asian stores in the vicinity, which for me, is an absolute joy as I live close by.
As part of my daily commute, I usually walk past Cafe Presko but haven’t paid much attention because of my ” there’s rice at home “ mentality. However, a few weeks ago, I realized it was a Filipino foodie hub which seemed to cross between a restaurant and a dessert parlor and instantly thought: why not?
As usual, take it from the source…
We specialise in Filipino Asian cuisine, we prepare the food the way we do it at home. Very authentic! and offers variety of our own made burgers. We also have selection of cakes and milkshakes to choose from. We offer vegetarian options and Scottish specialities for breakfast lunch and dinner. We deliver healthy and delicious food at an affordable price (BYOB we charge corkage).
WHAT’S ON THE MENU AT CAFE PRESKO, EDINBURGH?
Filipino cuisine is influenced by a broad range of cultures whilst being inspired by Philippine’s rich biodiversity, trade routes, and colonial masters. All their main dishes are gluten-free and pork dishes seem to stand out on their menu as a staple. However, Cafe Presko also recommends you sample Chicken Adobo, Beef Tapa or seafood dishes, like Ginataang Isda: a tuna steak & sea bass fillet cooked with ginger, garlic, onions, and coconut milk.
In all honesty, I was skeptical because I didn’t want to try out the wrong dish and asked the recommendation of the lady who was serving me. She suggested Sisig which is chopped Pork belly fried with onions, chilli, lemon and herbs with fried egg served with Fried Rice; this should have cost me £11.50 but I paid £10.35 because they also offer 10% student discount which is great because every penny saving helps. The meal came out looking simple, the perfect portion size and was really flavorsome leaving me pleased with the experience.
Watch and please share by tagging @RikiCooks, #RikiEats on Social Media; my video experience at Cafe Presko, Edinburgh below:
Music: NOTHIN LIKE U – Kaytranada
WAGWAN FOR THE RATINGS?
[Wagwan; Jamaican slang for ‘What’s going on?’ UrbanDictionary.com]
Food 8/10: This was a solo experience, but as mentioned above, I was pretty pleased with the meal. I was also taken aback by its similarity to even Asian and West African Cuisine.
Atmosphere 7/10: It was late afternoon, the cafe was somewhat quiet when I arrived but soon picked up the pace as my dishes arrived with people coming in for dinner or dessert breaks.
Service 9/10: The lady who served me was really friendly and guided me through the menu as they do have a lot on it. She also checked up on my experience at regular intervals.
WHEN IS THE BEST DAY TO VISIT CAFE PRESKO, EDINBURGH?
Anyday, Anytime! This truly depends on whatever you’re craving and obviously their opening times.
IS THIS AN AD?
This is not an ad but I miss going out for dinner with friends who pay for my meals lol.
As always, this has been a sweet experience; I hope you have been entertained and hopefully get to visit Cafe Presko if you are ever in Edinburgh City. I will be back pretty soon to chat with you about my latest foodie worry. Your thoughts and suggestions are always welcome, please leave a comment below or message me on Instagram: @RikiCooks
x Ciao Bella x