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“Huge Disappointment” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Modern One

Cafe Modern One
Ranked #597 of 2,437 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$15
Cuisines: Cafe, British, Scottish, Mediterranean, European
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Stockbridge & Dean Village
Description: Take a scenic stroll along the Water of Leith and approached across the extraordinary Jencks landform green lawns, you'll find the neon-lit, neoclassical building that is the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. If you prefer to drive there is plenty of parking. Our stylish contemporary cafe space here is light and bright with tables spilling out onto a stone terrace in the beautiful walled garden, making it one of the prettiest lunch spots in the city on a sunny day. The kitchen garden, lovingly cultivated by our Gardner Wendy, is a fantastic source of fruit and veg throughout the year, producing apples, plums, pears, berries, rhubarb, asparagus, salad leaves and herbs, even edible flowers - they all make their way into our 'cooking from scratch' menu. We reckon the journey from plot to plate doesn't get much shorter than that. As well as huge sandwiches made using delectable ingredients and artisan bread; wholesome but zingy salads and soups, the Modern One cakes and puds are gaining iconic status - once tasted, the Belgian chocolate brownie is notorious for its irresistibility to even the strictest dieter. If you're looking for a gift for a foodie, you can't go wrong with one of our gift vouchers - the perfect solution for 'tricky to buy for' friends and family. Despite our natural modesty we were so delighted to get this 5* review from those sticklers at The List magazine for their most recent (2014) Guide to Eating and Drinking in Edinburgh, which we think sums us up brilliantly: "In keeping with the ambience, food here is stylishly prepared with a creative use of fresh, healthy ingredients. . . A cabbage and carrot salad with hints of orange and cumin, or curried cauliflower with almonds, cranberries and potatoes are highlights alongside koftas and a sweet potato and spinach dahl. . . The salted caramel billionaire slice is not to be missed, along with other home-made bakes like a raspberry and green tea loaf. . . A great spot for a relaxed al-fresco coffee with delicious cake." The List Guide to Eating & Drinking in Edinburgh 2014. Our team at Modern One is headed up by Claire the manager, supported by Rachel and Aga out front and in the kitchen are Iwona and Cris.
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“Huge Disappointment”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2013

Stopped by the Cafe on a Saturday afternoon around 3.00, there were plenty of clean tables and it was less than half full with customers. Went up to the servery and several people were wanting to choose some cakes (from a fair selection) unfortunately there were no plates to put the selected cakes upon. When a customer pointed this out to the staff member working behind the counter, she just shrugged her shoulders and carried on with making an Americano. The customer then had to reach over the counter and retrieve some dinner plates in order to be able to pick out some cakes for his family. The customer after him and myself had to do exactly the same thing, all the while numerous members of staff were coming and going from the back kitchen area and none offered any assistance to the backlog of customers waiting to pay.
While I was waiting to be served my roasted vegetable ciabatta (which was very good) several members of staff came out to speak to the one member making coffees and then taking the cash, all the time ignoring the customers.
All the members of staff that I saw were wearing large badges that proclaimed "I am passionate" what they are passionate about is a true mystery, as it certainly isn't customer service. I would not recommend eating here unless it was a sunny day (excellent outdoor area) and you have loads of time, as the service is pathetic.

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“Good lunch venue”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2013

We enjoyed a soup and sandwich lunch here on a Saturday. The cafe was busy and there was pressure on tables, but the food is of a high quality and reasonably priced. I would imagine that during the week this would be a really relaxing and enjoyable place to go for lunch or coffee.

Visited January 2013
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