Home is a new restaurant that has taken up residence where Wannaburger used to live. It’s a venture by Maison Bleue (which we recently visited) and social enterprise, SocialBite (not yet visited).
The restaurant exists for a social mission, providing hot meals and training and employment for homeless people around Edinburgh. The restaurant closes to paying diners every Monday afternoon, and those struggling can book in for a two course dinner.
I have to say I was completely won over by the idea which is funded by the Pay It Forward cards that you’ll find at your table.
Social mission aside, let’s have a look at the food.
The menu in some ways is very similar to the one at Maison Bleue, the main difference is a new street food section, so we decided to go for that.
We chose: Chicken Kemia, Mac N Cheese with truffle oil, West Coast King Scallops with boudin noir, Haggis Balls with clapshot and whisky jus, King Prawns marinated in a masala style sauce.
Everything tasted really good, but the highlight for me was the Haggis Balls which had a really comforting quality about it, I could have eaten a larger portion as a main dish. My only complaint was the portion size of the ‘King Prawns’ (plural), we only had one prawn on our dish, which I felt at £7.50 was out of sync. As my dining partner said, it’s also a lot of work (peeling one prawn) for not a lot of reward.
We decided to share a dessert, and opted for the Tia Maria Crème Brûleé – no portion issues here, more than enough for the two of us!
We finished off our meal by using our Pay It Forward card to buy dinner for someone else. A great concept that seems to be well received.
Location: 7-8 Queensferry St, Edinburgh, EH2 4PA
Price: Street Food Menu £9.90 for two courses, £14.50 for three
Good for: Paying it forward