Red Kite Café
Stylish urban café in Abbeyhill serving inventive food and quality beverages, with an emphasis on provenance and seasonality.
This spacious urban café provides a welcome boost to Edinburgh’s Abbeyhill area. Inside, minimalist light bulbs drape from high ceilings, with exposed ornate cornicing and brickwork. Old wooden floorboards and rustic furniture complement hues of scarlet red and aged blue. The food is just as stylish and inventive. On weekdays, enticing breakfast and lunch menus are available, while the weekend brunch menu offers the widest choice. Specials, alongside classics like the full and veggie breakfast, are often influenced by Middle Eastern and Indian flavours, such as a vibrant lemon-roasted aubergine, chickpea, tomato and coriander stew with crumbled feta, garlic yoghurt and bread. Daily home bakes, like a dense bittersweet chocolate and prune brownie, accompany well-executed coffees and quality loose leaf teas. Provenance and seasonality of ingredients is important with an emphasis on local artisan goods. It’s really hard to find anything wrong with this gem.
- High point: Inventive and appetising weekend brunch menu
- Low point: Not currently open in the evenings
- Notable dish: Lemon roasted aubergine, chickpea, tomato and coriander stew, crumbled feta, garlic yoghurt and bread
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Eclectic playlist
- Capacity: 45
- Largest group: 20
- Open since: 2016