City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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The Roamin' Nose


Average Rating:
3
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Restaurant profile
Edinburgh Area: 
New Town, Edinburgh
Serving times: 
Tues-Fri: 08:30-22:00; Sat/Sun 10:00-22:00; Closed Monday.
Telephone: 
(0131) 629 3135
Restaurant Established: 
12

Taking over the address of the former Duck's a la Marche Noir, and latterly Garrigue, the restaurant space is now transformed into a very casual, laid back Cafe-Bistro. The design style is a farmhouse kitchen with vintage, scrubbed wood tables and chairs. Call in for breakfast, coffee & cake, lunch or supper for a taste of Italian and "Roaming around the World" homely dishes. 


The Reviews

3

Italian cafe with a global twist

Reviewed by Vivien Devlin

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 7:41pm

You might know the corner site of this new Italian cafe, for many years the exemplary, fine dining Ducks a la Marche Noir, and then the French restaurant Garrigue. Now it is furnished in Farmhouse kitchen style, with scrubbed vintage wooden tables and chairs.

It is open for breakfast and morning coffee, tea and cakes, light lunches and suppers. Stefano the chef does offer a selection of Italian dishes but the cafe's name, Roamin' Nose infers a wider cuisine, throwing in Pork Schnitzel and very British fish and chips.

My dining companion and I visited for an early supper in December -a chilly night and sadly it was icy cold inside too and the "old school" seats were hard on the bottom. (I found a cushion on a sofa to sit on!).

The ambience at night is like a laid back coffee house; a girl sitting alone at the next table was busy tapping at her laptop all evening, drinking her cappuccino while unfortunately taking up a table which could sit four people.

A bowl of creamy vegetable soup was welcome on the other side of the table, while I sampled a mixed platter of grilled aubergines, peppers, olives and cheesy rice balls as an apetiser. Then a Rustic Tart with courgettes and gorganzola served with salad for him, and Fried sole with salad and potatoes for me.

We sipped a few glasses of Merlot - Corvina, soft and brambley. This is definitely a casual Cafe rather than a Restaurant, offering a small menu of homely dishes from pasta to burgers with daily specials.

Having only been open a few months, it is proving very popular with local residents around Eyre Place and the New Town. I shall return for breakfast sometime soon to try the Roamin' Scrambled eggs!

3

Tasty home cooked food and relaxed atmosphere

Reviewed by Irene Brown

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 10:19am

A good espresso is like a good Guinness. The golden foam should leave a line on the cup’s side with each sip. When The Roamin’ Nose recently opened its doors, having taken the place of the Eyre Place branch of La Garrigue, I tried the coffee and was delighted that it met the criteria. 

Too many cafés and restaurants hope that a small black coffee will pass muster as an espresso, just because it’s in a tiny cup! As the standard of the coffee augured well, I promised myself a return visit and have since managed to have a couple of meals from this new café /bistro that offers the same moderately priced menu throughout the day which is ideal for EdinburghGuide.com’s £10 Challenge.

A couch and comfy cushioned chairs sit in the main window creating an inviting, relaxing café atmosphere. The eclectic wooden tables and chairs in the small dining area beyond are not pre- set, allowing a visit for just a drink or snack and encouraging the idea of casual dining.

The walls are decorated with painting of actor Bill Murray in various guises, painted by a fan of his and there is always background music. It was Ella Fitzgerald on our visit.

The hard working, efficient and pleasant partnership of waitress and chef offers breakfast till 10am (12 noon at the weekend) and home-made bakery treats.

From noon onwards, soup, pasta, small choice of mains, salads and sandwiches like roast beef, green cashew nut pesto and slow cooked onions, are available. From 5.30pm the small bites and Roamin’ Selection kicks in, the former comprising a selection of breads with a large choice like hummus, tomato and basil salad or artichoke hearts in olive oil and the latter Italian cured meats with a selection of dips and crudités for a very reasonable £8.50.

There is a good selection of Italian wines on offer with a range of quality soft drinks and of course a choice of Italian aperitifs and digestifs. I decided to eat at The Roamin’ Nose one evening on the spur of the moment. On that visit, I was intrigued by the dish called Oh! Bergina! which turned out to be a lovely plate of fusilli served with finely cut aubergines, tomatoes and parmigiano.

Accompanied by a glass of Trebbiano Rubicone, it was an ideal tasty early evening meal at a modest price. But on this latest visit we were three and a bottle of Merlot Corvina (ponte pietra) at £14.50 seemed just the job. (It was!) From the mains menu, S. chose pork schnitzel.

It came with home-made chips and two dips (spicy tomato/chutney) and salad and cost £7.50 . I.’s choice was home-made tagliatelle with mushrooms, cream, parsley and parmigiano (£8.00)and my choice of Ravioli della Mamma was the cushioned pasta filled with spinach and ricotta cheese, served in a light tomato sauce (£7.00).

The portions were generous and the food delicious, but the plates were not warm enough, which was disappointing.

Coffee, however, was its usual high standard. While this open style of eating is welcome, there is somehow a sense that The Roamin’ Nose isn’t quite sure if it’s a café or a restaurant but maybe we are just not used to the concept of such flexibility.

A more permanent menu for the likes of drinks and breakfast with the typed menu for the changing daily dishes would be better as it is a bit confusing to have to go through the many pages. With its varied, changing menu of tasty home cooked food and relaxed atmosphere, The Roamin’ Nose is a place that deserves to be discovered and is a welcome addition to the area.