The City Café
- Box office 0131 220 0125
- General enquiries 0131 220 0125
- Opening times Mon–Sun 11am–1am
- Bar open Mon–Sun 9am–1am. Extended in Festival
- Food served Mon–Sun 9am–10pm
- Average price £6.50 (set lunch); £12.50 (evening meal)
- Website www.thecitycafe.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Having adopted the theme of a classic American diner, the City Cafe, with its chequered floor, cosy booths and old-fashioned jukebox, makes a definite nod to 1950s USA. With a menu packed with burgers and fries, pancakes and milkshakes, the City Cafe’s American influence is further cemented by it being home to a ‘Man vs Food’ contest, the Ultimate Burger Challenge, in which diners attempt to munch their way through a bun stuffed with seven separate burgers complete with toppings. Under the close scrutiny of the bar staff, if the plate is cleared in under 45 minutes, the £30 price tag is waived. It’s not all about the food, however, and the American theme is kept running through the booze side of things, with a Stateside Cocktail Menu. And if a Dry Cherry Manhattan or Margarita Slush isn’t your thing, there are plenty of standard pints and affordable wines on offer too.
- High point: All-day breakfasts served until10pm
- Low point: Booths are slightly cramped
From February 2013. We’ve all heard of the Man V Food phenomenon; a programme so full of food that it makes you at once nauseated and extremely hungry … well this year a popular stateside-themed spot in Edinburgh has decided to jump on the craze and challenge Edinburgh to its first year-long Ultimate Burger Challenge.
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- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- Private dining: Up to 150 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Live music, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Day: 50s soul. Night: mix of dance, indie, hip hop and electronica
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 150 at City Café 2 downstairs
- Open since: 1985
- House wine: £14.50 per bottle
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