The List Food & Drink Guide 2009

As if the warm, dark wood-panelling, benches and cushions aren’t welcoming enough the pleasure of entering Falko’s is seriously enhanced by the hanging Bretzels and rows of freshly-baked bread and cakes. This is German baking at its best. Buy a loaf to take away: lusty Kommiss Brot (70 per cent rye), or ‘golfers’ – a wholesome multigrain – or the house favourite, pumpkin seed. Or, better still, grab a table and enjoy the full dining experience. With the buzz of contented conversation all around, your meal appears on a chrome tray with a glass of water. A hummus celery and pear sandwich arrives with the components on a separate plate, to be made up at the table, while stomach-lining sweet potato and roasted red pepper soup comes with a Hapsberg Palace-sized hunk of bread. Sample speciality teas, such as Margaret Hope–a fragrant orange pecan–or Blue Lady, which is a Ceylon, bursting with fruit. The coffee, meanwhile, is strong, smooth, and served in proportion to the amount of milk and water used, so perfectly complements the sweetness of the cakes. Black Forest gateau is an astounding combination of rich chocolate, cherry and kirche, and the sacher torte is a guilty pleasure, as is the carrot cake! Made from ingredients sourced from all over Europe, the cakes available vary from day to day so can sell out early. So hurry up to Bruntsfield – it’s worth it!

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