Cocktails and street food. Two of my absolute favourite things in life, and it turns out, excellent bedfellows. I was recently asked to do a tasting of Juniper’s street food menu alongside a few cocktails. We picked a sunny Sunday afternoon and this is what happened…
The menu wasn’t quite as I expected, their take on street food being a little different, however everything looked really tasty and I was keen to get stuck in ordering. In terms of portions, they were a bit bigger than I had expected – bigger than tapas – a couple of dishes each is about right, or just one if you’re looking for more of a bar snack.
To start we went for two long cocktails to quench our thirst – Edinburgh Bramble and Purple Passion. Ryan, the barman who created Purple Passion delivered it personally and (excuse the pun) was very passionate about it. He’s a real credit to the team. Unfortunately, whilst trying to take the picture at the top I managed to spill my Purple Passion all over the floor! Thankfully Ryan was on hand to make a new one, with a profuse apology from me!
From the menu we chose;
Chicken Kiev with Garam Masala Aioli – I’m not sure Chicken Kiev was the best description for these little deep fried balls of chicken, however they were very moreish and the curry style mayo on the side was a well chosen accompaniment. Perfect alongside a cold beer or a cocktail!
Broad Bean Hummus & Muhammara – Like chickpeas, I’m not a fan of broad beans, however in hummus form I love them both. Muhammara is a spicy red pepper dip originating from Syria which really livened up the hummus.
Josper Grilled Bratwurst – A great version of the traditional German sausage which had the tasty char marks and served with a honey and mustard dip.
Philly Cheese Steak Roll – this was a large portion, enough on its own for lunch, or order some fries on the side for a complete meal. The steak was tender and it seemed good quality, no fat or chewy bits here.
After all that we needed a couple more cocktails. This time we had Juniper’s signature cocktail, you’ve guessed it, Juniper, and a Russian Roulette.
We had a little bit of space left and we just couldn’t resist the Mini Nutella and Cinnamon Doughnuts, and I’m so glad we didn’t. Truth be told, I could have polished off a whole portion to myself!
We finished off a great afternoon with a couple more cocktails. Road of Roses (above) and the the theatrical Ordinary Madness below made to look like a steaming caffetier of coffee.
I love Juniper. It’s everything you want in a cocktail bar. It’s a nice place to sit, the service is good, the cocktails and food are all great, and above all, it’s fun.
Location: 20 Princes Street
Price: Street Food Dishes £4-£14
Good for: Relaxed dining with great cocktails