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Published September 8th 2012
Update November 19th 2012
Moo! is now closed. No more marmalade milkshakes for us or anyone.
Moomarvelous marmalade milkshakes
Another popular lunch spot with the Canonmills crowd, Moo Cafeteria has an air of casual, shabby chic carefully put together by the owner Nigel and his graphic designer wife Kay. Retro cookery books, a micro farm and posters of vintage manga give Moo a unique interior flavour.
The menu is a flexible mix of breakfasts, big bites and lighter bites, and is perfect for a family of differing tastes, or fussy eaters.
The breakfast menu has the standard classic, the full Scottish breakfast, but also some more unusual options. I like the bubble and squeak topped with flat mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, red onion relish and a fried egg. It's satisfyingly filling, whilst being surprisingly well-priced. They also offer a choice of pretty much anything breakfasty on a morning roll, or a combination of two or three. Try a bacon and onion roll. The buttery onion offsets the salty bacon perfectly. Absolutely delicious.
And whilst one, or two, of you is enjoying an all-day breakfast and some porridge, the other can have lunch from the lighter bites or big bites menu. Here it's burgers, sandwiches, and soups. It's the kind of fare you can find in many Edinburgh cafes, but at Moo it's presented with very reasonable prices to match. Not for Moo the over-priced pretentiousness of many New Town cafes.
If you fancy something a little bit different, then turn to the drinks menu. The marmalade milkshake would have Paddington Bear quivering with excitement. It's a delicious dash of sharp and sweet, and is altogether unexpected, two flavours thrown together that you'd think wouldn't work, but do.
If you like retro-inspired food, at very retro prices, with a touch of unusual flair in the décor, then Moo is the place for you.