Baba, Ediburgh

Wednesday, 22 August 2018
I've got a never ending list of foodie spots in Edinburgh that I want to try out. And Baba has been at the top of said list since it opened a few months ago. 

Kirsty ordered the cauliflower fritters which were absolutely phenomenal. Cauliflower is a seriously underrated vegetable, isn't it! If I were to go back I would definitely order them. The batter was light and crispy and the sauce was really refreshing. Definitely one of those veggie dishes that doesn't feel like eating vegetables!

We ordered a hummus for the table and despite not being a massive hummus fan, I thought that it was delicious. Topped with lovely crunchy pine nuts and a zingy pesto-like sauce. We made fast work of it. Any of the tips come with a pitta bread and this pitta was the best I have ever tasted. Soft, fluffy and served still warm in a brown paper bag. Perfect for tearing into and dipping into all their lovely dishes. 

The highlight of the whole meal for me was the whipped goat's cheese with pistachio, lemon and courgette. It had the perfect balance of tangy citrus and rich, indulgent creaminess. I shared one with Charlotte but I'd have happily stuffed a whole one into my face. And I haven't stopped thinking about it since. 

I love it when foreign food restaurants in Scotland incorporate haggis into the menu. And so when I see it, I kind of have to order it. Haggis and harissa kibbeh, therefore, really caught my eye. They were little kofta style fritters. Haggis is relatively spicy to begin so works really well with harissa. They were very rich, so four little ones as a nibbling dish is the perfect portion.  Thumbs up from me. 

The only part of the meal that I didn't really enjoy was the scallop. They sell their scallops individually and they come served on a shell with tzatziki and another pesto-style sauce called chermoula which is coriander based. I love scallops so I ordered one anyway despite it being £5 because I thought 'treat yourself!'. The sauces were so strong in flavour that the flavour of the scallop was totally masked. So it wasn't actually that enjoyable and certainly not worth £5 in my opinion. 

I also ordered the baked sweet potato side which came with creme fraiche and zhug, the spicy coriander sauce that was served with the fritters. This was lovely. The potato was baked perfectly and really went well with the sauces. It was nice in that it felt very carby after we had just eaten a lot of dips! This is something I could definitely see myself trying to recreate at home. 

Baba is located at 130 George Street and its full menu is available here

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