Wee Buddha

Wee Buddha has been on my list since i accidentally stumbled across it walking back from The Stockbridge Market a couple of years ago; tucked away on Jamaica street the warm and inviting restaurant serves tasty Thai/Scottish fusion food, crisp beers and sharp tangy cocktails. We were given a cosy corner by the window where we ooed and aahed at everything; with an extensive drinks list, plenty of ‘wee hings’ to share and a solid selection of hearty mains there is plenty to chose from.

Starting with cocktails, as per usual, we got a rhubarb wire which was a deliciously sour creation of lemongrass infused vodka, rhubarb liqueur, sweet vermouth, cranberry juice, fresh lime juice and grapefruit juice; my taste buds sang with alcoholic joy.

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The second heavenly delight was a ladyboy martiniwith vanilla infused vodka, kwai feh lychee liqueur, fresh passion fruit, lychee juice, fresh lime and house vanilla syrup. This cocktail comes with a shot of sambuca, and grenadine, in a half a passion fruit, on fire. The guys at Wee Buddha certainly know how to nail flamboyancy at its finest.

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Deciding to share a couple of the starters and then share a main between us meant i could try their haggis wontons, chicken gyoza AND their salt and pepper squid. Just in case you hadn’t picked up it, i am a lil olde greedy guts.

The squid was the perfect balance of salty and spicy; fiery golden circles coated in chilli, garlic and coriander that went far too quickly even though the portion was hefty.

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The chicken gyoza were soft and moist; perfect parcels for dipping in the salty soy sauce dip.

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The haggis wontons were pretty and delicate; the crispy shell was delicious by itself but the combination of the rich denseness of the haggis with the tangy sweet chilli sauce was divine.

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For the main event was a saucy Thai green prawn curry with jasmine rice; served on a board in our own wee pot the curry was fragrant, warming and full of flavour. The prawns were plump and juicy and the veg crisp and plentiful. If it was socially acceptable to lick plates clean then i would have done so.

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To wash down this scrumptious curry we chose a Chang beer and  beer Lao, both were crisp, cold and refreshing; a good accompaniment to a hearty curry.

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The staff at Wee Buddha were so attentive and service was quick meaning we were never left long without fresh drinks or our food; the music was classic after classic and the small restaurant was cosy and lively with the chatter from neighbouring tables. The Wee Buddha satisfied my inner buddha, buddha belly more like, and between the delicious food and lovely staff i will back again ready to try more of their tantalising menu.

 

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At Pizza

Tucked away on Charlotte Lane, hungry patrons step into the bright lights and line up eagerly to sample the carefully made, rustic sourdough pizzas from the At Pizza team. Recently my Instagram became flooded with excited posts from fellow foodies raving about the unusual pizza parlour so naturally i felt a need to try it out.

Deciding to try some of the creations the team have put together we chose the Heart Breaker and the White Dog and washed both down with a couple of cold brewski’s; locally re-made by Edinburgh Paolozzis.

The Heart Breaker was a hot n spicy mix of roquito pepper, Scottish mozzarella, pepperoni, spicy Italian sausage, fresh jalapeño, grilled red onion, rosemary and sriracha sauce. Even after skirting round the jalapeños this pizza gave that delicious fiery kick that made your eyes water and nose run, in the best way possible.

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The White Dog was a deliciously indulgent collaboration of garlic and ricotta, Scottish mozzarella, grilled red onion, pesto Basilico drizzle, garlic oil and gran Moravia cheese; the nuttiness of the pesto cut through the creamy ricotta and thick stringy mozzarella and the red onions gave a welcome crunch to this cheesy feast.

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The staff carefully and delicately assembled each pizza and were friendly and chatty as i moved through the process from creation to baked perfection. The Paolozzi’s, crisp and cold, helped combat the fire from the Heart Breaker and the casual picnic table style of the restaurant gave a no muss, no fuss feel which is perfect for a casual Friday night of tasty pizza and refreshing beer.

All in all i am glad i have gone to see what all the hype was about and will definitely be back to try some of their other inventions and to create my own; though that could get a little out of hand as the lovely people at At Pizza don’t charge for extra toppings unless you go fancy with king prawns. Which in all honestly will most definitely happen.

 

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Pizza Posto

Pizza Posto was soon top of my list of places to try after seeing an excited flurry of fellow foodies raving about the authentic Neapolitan pizza parlour; photos of delicious colourful pizzas teased me and I knew I had to get a slice, or ten, of the action. Pizza Posto sits opposite the festival theatre on Nicholson street and appears smaller from the outside, once inside the restaurant spans vastly through the back with an open kitchen enabling you to ogle the talented pizza chefs at work.

Their menu is so affordable and not too extensive that you are sat for an eternity trying to chose one of their delicious creations. We opted for one of their number 4’s; nduja base, Tuscan sausage, tender stem broccoli, mozzarella and olive oil.

The nduja base was rich and the sausage spicy, giving a slow burning kick of chilli with every mouthful, the broccoli melted beautifully into the gooey mozzarella which oozed flavour and the crusts made perfect for mopping up the nutty olive oil.

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Our second choice was one of Pizza Posto’s specials; parma ham, fresh rocket, parmesan, mozzarella, olive oil and a big juicy ball of burrata. The burrata, although cold, fell apart as we carefully spread it over the pizza, the parma ham’s saltiness cut through the creaminess of the cheese and the rocket gave a welcome peppery kick; a king of pizzas.

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A bottle of their merlot, pinot nero from Veneto, Italy complimented both pizzas happily and by the end of this unapologetically indulgent feast we were comfortably stuffed and happy. Now I am one of these foodies working myself up in a frenzy over how good, no great, Pizza Posto pizzas are.

As soon as I got home I raved to my flatmate who took her sisters the next again day and all three were very happy campers.

If you have not been then go – don’t put it off any longer because once you eat there you will be planning your next visit mid meal. Thank you Pizza Posto for helping me rediscover what good authentic pizza can taste like, until next time, Ciao.

 

 

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