‘Pimp my toast’ is a delicious alternative to the traditional breakfast, consisting of two slices of perfectly toasted ciabatta topped with fried mushroom, warmed cocktail tomatoes, and spectacular feta and rocket. It’s enough for two to share. Courgette carbonara is elegantly simple, made with baby marrow, egg, parmesan and mascarpone, while the tangy ‘the tin man sandwich’ is made with tuna mayo, parsley, red onions, sundried tomatoes and gherkins. One would be hard pressed to find better quality easy eating anywhere else.
A simple but well chosen list that includes a fair number of great wines by the glass. Try the Carpenè Malvolti Prosecco. If you’re on the wagon, large baskets filled with fresh fruit are waiting to be pressed for fresh juice.
Waiters and managers all wear funky khaki-grey uniforms that create a coherent feel. Friendly and helpful.
The interior reflects the brand’s emphasis on quality in an understated way, with large display cabinets and tables showing off baked goods that include cute gingerbread men, cakes, cloche-covered Turkish delight and macaroons. Each branch features a unique décor touch; here, it’s hundreds of linen napkins suspended from the ceiling.
Different branches have their own identity, from the original in Atholl to this branch that specialises in healthier options. Only the Melrose Arch and Brooklyn branches offer dinner, while Atholl introduced a new initiative, ‘Tashas at the office’, delivering meals to your place of work. (HF, October 2011)