Although I eat out regularly, I never randomly pick places. I don’t want to waste my money or have an unsatisfactory experience & I’m passionate about finding the best places to go. I try to minimise my chances of a shoddy meal by lots of online research and asking friends where they have been.
On my home turf in Glasgow I roughly know where to go but Edinburgh always poses so many questions for me. Ideally I usually want to eat near-ish to Haymarket or Waverley but can’t seem to find many places in this area and everything seems so spaced out. I like Leith but it’s a bit of a trek to get to so, for this visit, I asked around all of my Edinburghians for a recommendation.
It came in the shape of My Big Fat Greek Kitchen, which is not near to either of the train stations but I liked the name. It is in Tollcross (so I’m told) on Broughton Street and after seeing how many restaurants are up here I am convinced that they built the train stations in the wrong locations!
After a brisk 30 minute walk from Waverley (we may have got a bit lost) we arrived at this small restaurant and were greeted by a lovely lady who I suspect is the owner. Trying to be Sociable Sally’s we ordered the triple dips with bread. This consisted of humous, tzatziki and pantzarosalata – the latter being a new one to me but I soon found out that it was a pleasant beetroot dip. The humous was particularly tasty and obviously contained a good quality olive oil.
For mains the Greek staple Kotopoulo was ordered by the chicken lovers at the table. The chargrilled kebabs arrived with a big pile of rice, some salad & tzatziki. Chicken was perfectly cooked and both of them enjoyed the dish but one did comment that the rice was a little al dente.
Mr S & I went for the meat platter to share so that we could try as much as possible. It arrived piled high (the photo does not do it justice) with chargrilled chicken, spicy sausages, pork loin and meatballs accompanied by tzatziki, pitta, chips (which you could swap for rice) and salad. The sausage was a bit too spicy for me but Mr S loved it and we both enjoyed the rest of this meat overload. With so much food you would expect it to be more expensive but it was only £28.50 so £14.25 per person. The Kotopoulo was £13.95 so the meat platter was definite value for money.
We skipped dessert in favour of going for drinks but it was nice to see that the dessert list was slightly more varied than most Greek restaurants I have visited. The My Big Fat Greek Kitchen selection will have to be sampled next time, that’s after I’ve tried the moussaka for my main.
It was the friendliness of the staff that stuck out above everything. My ever failing phone had run out of battery so I asked if I could charge it and they were helpful & courteous about it. In particular the lady who appeared to own it came across so warm and friendly. In a city that is confusingly full of restaurants, service like that will make the decision for you.