Holy Cow

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Holy Cow
34 Elder Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3DX
  • Food served Mon–Sat 10am–10pm; Sun 10am–6pm.
  • Average price £8.50 (lunch)
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  • Website holycowedinburgh.com
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Vegan café building a buzz about its take on the burger.

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You come out of Holy Cow feeling like everything is a bit right-er in the world than it was before. It may be vegan, vegetarian and mostly gluten-free but the food is delicious. It may be in a basement but the interior design, if minimalist, is cheerful and pretty. The decorations are homemade and change with the seasons, as does the food. There’s always a choice of five burgers (such as pulled jackfruit, which tastes much like pulled pork, apparently), five sandwiches on lovely, spongey homemade gluten-free bread and a soup, such as tasty beetroot and green lentil. Ingredients change according to what’s available organically and in season. There are several huge, homemade vegan cakes and it's very child-friendly. Seriously good, without being earnest.

  • High point: Extremely tasty food
  • Low point: It makes other vegan cafés look bad
  • Notable dish: Pulled jackfruit burger
  • Average price: £8.50 (lunch)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Reggae, ambient
  • Capacity: 30
  • Open since: 2017

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