Urban Fox: A Hidden Gem...
In the heart of Edinburgh, not far from Summerhall and amongst the bustling streets of Newington, there lies a secret little spot that a lucky group of people have discovered: the Urban Fox restaurant. Whilst the area of Causewayside is not short of a place or two to eat, few are as mouth-wateringly delicious, attractive and inexpensive as this gem.
We were invited along to try their latest menu. Having had a sneak peek of their Facebook and heard a whisper of Halloumi on the menu, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. We ended up having one of the best meals I have ever had.
First of all, we have to mention the decor. It is amazing - school chairs, stunning wooden tables and quirky decor throughout is exactly my cup of tea - it oozes cool. The staff equally so; they were charming, funny and quick to help. They provided an air of friendliness that meant it almost felt you were sitting in their living room.
We were also hugely surprised by the prices. A starter was around £5, with mains around £11-12. The tapas (5 for £18) is also a bargain, given the size of the portions.
On that note, I send a warning: their portions are HUGE. If you think you can easily manage all three courses, you will be mistaken. It is incredible value for money but come hungry!
So let's talk about the food. To begin with, I had a warm goats cheese salad with walnuts and thin toasted bread. I don't exaggerate when I say it was a starter to remember. Phil opted for the Pate and given he didn't speak for 15 minutes, I assume it went down equally as well - check out his face below. Being the nominated driver, he opted for a coke whereas I enjoyed a Merlot - again excellent value for money.
Whilst waiting all of 5 minutes for our mains, I managed to fall in love with pretty much all of the Urban Fox's decor, including the salt and pepper pots - on sale at the bargain price of £5.00 in aid of Children 1st. Guess who couldn't resist?
On to the main event - the huge main courses. I opted for Twice Cooked Pork Belly, complete with baby leeks and a black pudding mash which is my new favourite thing. The pictures may not do it justice but the meat and sides were so generous. The pork belly was tender - melting in my mouth - with crispy crackling to give it a punch. Phil's Urban Fox burger (not made from fox)... well... it took him a long time but he eventually devoured it. Do you think you could manage?
Of course I didn't have room for a dessert but for the purposes of this review I "insisted" Phil get a sticky toffee pudding and I ordered a cocktail just to wash everything down. I was sorely tempted by the Atholl Browse Ice Cream that is based on a traditional Scottish drink infused with whisky, oats and honey but that is for next time. Again, puddings were £4.00 - £4.50 and very generous in portion size.
We have dined in many places and it is not often we find somewhere that will become a regular haunt of ours but the service, food and prices were flawless. The atmosphere is just lovely and this restaurant deserves to have a waiting list of people trying to get a table. No doubt that will happen in the near future. For now, make sure you pop down and see why the Urban Fox really stands out as one of Edinburgh's best eateries.
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With thanks to the Urban Fox and Crimson Edge PR for a meal for 2.
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