Back in Edinburgh, we found ourselves arriving at Urban Fox looking very smart, well one of us did anyway! Alex had been for an interview beforehand so was fully suited and booted.
Urban Fox is a casual kinda place but I reckon they may pick up some lunch time office traffic so hopefully we didn’t stick out too much. Both of us were pretty hungry but decided to try one of their sharing platters with a couple of sides.
You can have 3 items for £12 or 5 for £18. We obviously chose 5!
Salt & Pepper Squid with Sriracha Mayo – not pictured here but very tasty and not at all chewy, cooked in a light crispy coating.
Twice Cooked Pork Belly with Apple Cider Jus – pork belly isn’t the easiest to get right, cook it too little and the fat is flabby and pretty tasteless. Cook it too much and the meat becomes hard and dry. Urban Fox did a great job of it, meat was still juicy and the skin crackly.
Meatballs With Tomato Sauce – sounds a bit pedestrian but really packed a good punch of flavour, a nice contrast with the fried elements too.
Crispy Halloumi Salsa Verdi – not quite as good as the ones at Otro, but still very nice and I liked the freshness of the salsa verde garnish which was very welcome.
These platters can be a bit hit or miss. It requires the chef to be good at a variety of things and have the ability to bring it altogether in a smart fashion and still hot – this was absolutely achieved and we were very happy diners.
We also had a very delicious Mac N Cheese which had been cooked how I like, quite loose and creamy with penne pasta – not too claggy (or actually too cheesy) as they can sometimes be. To bring some balance to proceedings, a Green Salad (don’t laugh!).
What with it being a celebration (though we didn’t know it at the time), we decided to go all out with a dessert each. The desserts are HUGE at Urban Fox (and quite cheap at £4-£4.50), Alex had his favourite Sticky Toffee Pudding which was so big he couldn’t finish it. Mine had the intriguing title of Chocolate Terrine, it was a cross between a set mousse and a parfait, it actually tasted quite nice and not nearly as sickly as it looked, it was however crying out for something crunchy, a nut crumb or praline of some type would have been ideal.
A nice lunch with competent cookery, it’s not going to break the bank either. Oh and now it’s all official I can say that he got the job and is off to be a bus driving instructor!
Location: 19-21 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1QF
Good for: Casual food