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“Super soup and super staff”
Review of Union of Genius

Union of Genius
Ranked #379 of 2,478 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$8
Cuisines: Soups
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Neighbourhood: Old Town
Description: Union of Genius is Scotland's first soup café serving 6 different soups every day offered with flavour-matched artisan breads, plus a range of healthy salads and our legendary vegan chilli. Guaranteed vegan and vegetarian options as well as exclusively gluten-free cakes and artisinal coffee and hot chocolate. By working with local producers and the use of recycled and compostable packaging with a recycling loyalty scheme, we aim to minimise our impact on the environment as well as produce great soup, fast. During the Edinburgh Fringe we're open 7 days a week until 9pm. Come and say hi.
Kendal, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Super soup and super staff”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

We always look forward to a return visit to Union of Genius for the delicious food and warm welcome from Elaine and the other staff - it feels more like visiting friends for lunch than being a customer. A very special place - see you next time we're in Edinburgh!

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Kay C
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Bruce M, Owner at Union of Genius, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Wow, we're blushing here from the praise. Thanks for the lovely review and we are very much looking forwards to welcoming you back.
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Camarillo, California, United States
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“Fresh, warm, home cooked food”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Dinner here was just what we needed. Healthy, fresh, ingredients; thoughtful presentation and just plain yummy. Super warm hospitality, enjoyed talking with the owner. If we were in Edinburgh longer we would have gone back for another meal.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Ann D
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Bruce M, Owner at Union of Genius, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Thanks for the kind words. Hope we see you back this way again.
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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Yummy Soup”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

Just eaten at Union of Genius. Absolutely fab soup, great flavour. good bread to go with it and a friendly smile as service. Will definitely be going back.

Visited August 2014
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Bruce M, Owner at Union of Genius, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Thanks for visiting and glad to hear you'll be coming back. It's always good to hear that we have done well enough to bring people back for seconds (and more).
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Tasty and Healthy”
Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

I wanted a quick and not expensive bite for lunch so I could keep on walking around Edinburgh. This place was fantastic. They have great soup selection, salads and stromboli. I ordered the chickpea salad with tahine, apricot and dates and it was delicious. The place is tiny, though but food is really really good.

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Thank Maria M
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Bruce M, Owner at Union of Genius, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Thanks for dropping by. Glad you enjoyed your visit. The tagine-spiced chickpea salad is one of the very first we developed and is still one of our favourites so it warms our soupy hearts to see it getting a little love.
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“Fantastic stop for light, yummy lunch :)”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Came for a spot of lunch during the fringe and enjoyed our soup thoroughly! A nice break form burgers and beer :)

  • Visited August 2014
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Bruce M, Owner at Union of Genius, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Thanks for the review! We do like to try to offer something a little different. There's loads of places to get great burgers and so on in Edinburgh. We aim to be sure that our soups and salads are every bit as tasty.
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