S Luca of Musselburgh
It may be hard, but try not to be waylaid by the sweetie emporium that greets you on first entering S Luca. This is kiddie heaven and it's hard to imagine anyone, even the adults, getting past the selection of chocolates, ice-cream, sorbets and other delights without picking something out as a treat. The meals are served upstairs, however, and once you reach your table there's a decent menu of burgers, pasta and pizza to choose from. 'Lite bites' such as goat's cheese and roast pepper salad or chicken and mozzarella panini add variety, while juniors and seniors have their own mini selection of dishes. A great array of breakfast dishes including hash browns and potato scones are served all day. Lasagne in a rich tomato sauce and a succulent fried chicken fillet are satisfyingly filling, but, as all children know, the best bit is dessert and this is where S Luca excels. Dip into a classic knickerbocker glory layered with admirably fresh chunks of fruit, or amarena cherries on Madeira cake. It's all served with that glorious, silky Luca ice-cream the family has been churning out in Musselburgh for three generations. Let's face it: that's why you're really here, so enjoy!
S Luca have been making ice-cream since 1908, and clearly practice makes perfect: a couple of scoops of vanilla served in a retro ice-cream glass is a faultless spoonful of pleasure. Channelling the bright hubbub and strip-lit vibe of a 70s diner, S Luca is accessed via a spiral staircase that rises up from a chocolate shop, which Willy Wonka would have given a hearty seal of approval. The café bustles with children in for an après-school bite, and mothers with toddlers and babies, who, undaunted by the stairs, converge for a gossip and a coffee, safe in the certainty that noise levels won't rile other patrons. Panini, chips, soups, burgers and sandwiches are all on offer as a sideline to the main event, which is of course the ice-cream.
- High point: Vanilla ice-cream
- Low point: Can be quite noisy
- Notable dish: Ice Cream
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Largest group: No bookings taken
Reviews & features
Ice Cream1 Jun 2009
Ice-cream queen Joanne Eadie tells us about her love affair with Luca’s of Musselburgh and decides to go for a wee tasting session. Any excuse, really.
Ice cream days: growing up in an old school ice cream parlour1 May 2009
Mary Contini of Valvonna & Crolla describes her enviable upbringing
It took two men, my father and Tommy Dougal, to lift up each milk churn and tip it into the stainless-steel vat. It could be four or five churns at a time – even more in July and August when the factory was working at full capacity. Once the 20-gallon…