We’ve visited Edinburgh a couple of times now and have to stick to Pip’s itinerary to fit everything in. We tend to use a variety of guides to help us find new places to try, but Holy Cow was firmly planted on Pip’s list. This meant creating a strategy of how to eat LOTS of food in a short space of time.
It was solved with some simple mathematics.
10,000 steps = more food consumed.
We may have ended up doing more steps as Holy Cow wasn’t the easiest place to find. It’s in a basement and the way we walked to it meant that we could have completely missed it with its not so in your face signage.
It was quiet when we arrived as it was later in the afternoon so easily managed to get a table. It’s a nice, bright open space which was good as I’m never keen on tables being crammed together. Holy Cow is one of the only places I’ve visited for a while that have long opening hours. 10am – 10pm Monday through to Saturday and 9am – 6pm on a Sunday.
We were both excited to get to the menu and went through our “if you get that, then I’ll get this” conversation which happens every time. I went for a Quarter Pounder while Pip ordered the Three Cheeses. The burger was really nice, it held together well and was very tasty. The BBQ sauce added that little extra kick to bring it to life. The chips can only be described as “those chips that your Mum used to make” and were spot on. I miss those types of chips.
If I could make one suggestion, I like my burgers not to topple when eating them, so filling them with large pieces of tomato never helps. I always end up removing them.
Pip’s Three Cheeses was different to what was anticipated. Without it being listed on the menu there was apple included. It made it quite sweet and with the three types of cheese it was an acquired taste. It could be entirely subjective, and whilst Pip did eat it, she made a beeline for my chips and started eyeing up the dessert cabinet to make up for it. She said she had presumed this would be a toastie rather than an open sandwich.
I wish I’d take a full photo of the dessert cabinet! Everything looked fantastic and we weren’t necessarily going to get a dessert due to how much we’d already eaten that day. When you see a banoffee pie sat there, however, you’re not going to let it go to waste. I have a big sweet tooth so I was loving how sweet, soft and moist it was. We did think £4.50 for a slice was on the expensive side.
All in all, we had a good visit to Holy Cow. With the amount of vegan-friendly places in Edinburgh we have to get through, it might be a while before we go back, but it’s definitely worth a trip if you’re in the area.
Thanks for reading,