The Colony Gourmet

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The Colony Gourmet
The Colony Gourmet
58 Home Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9NA
  • Telephone 0131 228 1354
  • Opening times Mon–Fri 6am–7pm, Sat 8am–7pm, Sun 9am–6pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 8am–7pm; Sun 9am–6pm.
  • Average price £6 (lunch)
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Tollcross café inspired by the Portuguese colonies around the world.

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Step through the doors of The Colony Gourmet and experience a taste of the Portuguese colonies. The brick-walled front of the shop may appear small but it's like a Tardis as you venture further – walk through the corridor and it opens up into a bright high-ceilinged room, with a spectacular mural covering the full height of the back wall and plenty of books to browse and brush up on your knowledge of exactly where Portugal's colonies were. Customers are greeted by Andres and Luis like old friends, and they're only too happy to talk through the array of Portuguese and Brazilian-influenced pastries, savoury and sweet, created that morning. The custard tart, a true Portuguese classic, is the perfect marriage of warm cinnamon custard and crispy puff pastry. Alternatively, sit and enjoy a coffee with a slice of cake of the day, or a warming soup. There's also a range of products to buy like favourite foods from those former colonies or prettily packaged Portuguese soaps,

  • High point: The custard tart
  • Low point: Baking does sell out
  • Notable dish: Custard tart
  • Average price: £6 (lunch)
  • Provides: Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 30
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: Feb 2017