- Telephone 0141 237 7880
- Food served Mon–Fri 7am–3pm. Closed Sat/Sun.
- Average price £4.95 (set lunch)
- Website www.social-bite.co.uk
Takeaway lunches which feed the conscience
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
This canny social business scored a coup by getting George Clooney to publicise their Edinburgh branch – his grinning mug adorns the wall of this small café with a few tables and stools and a thriving takeaway trade. All the profits go to good causes and one in four of the staff were formerly homeless. The food is saintly too, designed by Michelin Star chef Mike Mathieson to compete with the upmarket chains and with an NHS Healthy Living Award – satisfying soups, posh pot noodles and sandwiches, wraps and salads are the staples. Hot meals include a filling mackerel salad lightly flavoured with honey and mustard and warmly spicy Moroccan meatballs, and there are cakes and pastries made on the premises. Meal deals are good value but if you want to spend more, leave cash for someone in need to have a meal or drink on you under their suspended items scheme – around a quarter of customers do.
- High point: The warm feeling of supporting a good cause
- Low point: Can get mobbed with takeaway trade
- Notable dish: Moroccan meatballs
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: pop mix
- Capacity: 18
- Open since: 2011