The Basement

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The Basement, 10a-12a Broughton Street, Edinburgh 

PRICE RANGE: around £14 for brunch for two, excluding drinks

When we were invited to try trendy eatery The Basement’s brunch menu, we were very excited. With a seasonal cocktail menu as vibrant as the décor and a great selection of tequilas, it has become a popular hotspot in the uber-trendy Broughton Street area.

Alas, with the intention to taste some delicious Mexican fare, we descend to the Basement and are welcomed by the lovely staff. It is surprisingly empty, a far cry from the buzzing atmosphere it boasts in the evenings, when getting a table is almost impossible. With the entire restaurant to ourselves, however, we get to admire the quirky Dia de los Muertos-inspired artwork and suspended plant pot decorated wall, something that proves hard when the lighting is dim and you are struggling for a spot at the bar.

A quick look at the brunch menu will make you want to ditch the full Scottish for something a little spicier. Breakfast burritos are on the rise, and my partner jumps at the chance to give The Basement’s a try. The combination of fresh avocado, scrambled eggs, melting cheese and refried black beans perfectly wrapped in a warm flour tortilla is an instant hit. I must admit I am jealous, although my migas –eggs, chorizo and potato sitting on a bed of crispy tostadas- are delicious, with a piquant touch that definitely beats traditional scrambled eggs on toast, the burrito definitely steals the show.

I notice they have just launched their take-away menu, ideal if you are in a hurry or want to grab some lunch to eat at work or at home. I catch sight of the sweet potato and goat’s cheese burrito and know I’ll definitely be coming back to give it a try.

By Lidia Molina Whyte

www.basement-bar-edinburgh.co.uk

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