Last night I ate at Café Nom de Plume in Edinburgh’s LGBT Centre on Broughton Street for the first time. It’s been a long time coming, with Alan and Colin taking well over a year to get the place to their liking.
The menu is varied, inspired by dishes from all over the world. Vegetarian and vegan options are clearly marked, but only on the specials board, not on the main menu. I opted for the tomato and mint soup, which consisted mostly of tomato cooked down just enough to be really tasty, yet still have some texture. I followed it with stuffed vine leaves with red pepper salad, which turned out to be an enormous plate of stuff, including hummous and pita bread. I was full, and did not eat all of my greens.
The beer range isn’t bad either, including Schneider Weisse and the Leifmans Kriek and Frambozen, back after a break when the brewery went bust and was taken over by Duvel. The only thing that’s changed about the beer is a 6pt note on the label indicating who the new owners are.
The beer is expensive, but the food is good value. There aren’t many vegan options, but what there is was interesting and delicious.