Having just climbed The Mound from Princess Street on the way to the Royal Mile, I saw the Café on the Mound sign. Since I didn’t have breakfast and it was 1PM already, I thought I would drop in and at least get tea and a scone. When I walked in, the outside foyer had the plaque showing it had received a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award, so I was immediately encouraged that I was in for a treat.
The café is nice, bright and spacious with a combination of high tables and chairs, regular tables and chairs and sofas with coffee tables (it also has a lovely view over to Princess Gardens). I ordered one of their soups of the day, a curried chicken along with their cranberry and brie panini. Total cost including a Diet Coke was around £8.50. The staff was very friendly and the food arrived fairly quickly.
The best part was the food. The soup arrived hot and was incredibly good; it hit the spot on a very cold day. There isn’t much you can do to ruin brie but there are ways to make it great and the sandwich was one of them. It was nice and crusty on the outside, gooey and wonderful on the inside. They don’t scrimp on the brie and the combination with the cranberry made it near perfect. Overall, the food was exceptional, the atmosphere was relaxing and the staff was great. This is the perfect place for a lunch while out touring Edinburgh and you need a respite from crowded, cramped and hectic restaurants.