Wednesday 12 June 2019

Gannet and Guga

Unit 2, 3 The Arches
Open every day
Coffee: Dear Green
Also: Gourmet sandwiches
Coolness: Origami bird filled arched ceiling

Gannet and Guga is a gourmet sandwich shop in The Arches, near Waverley Station in Edinburgh's Old Town.

While food is very much the focus of both the owner and the shop, they've applied their discerning tastebuds to their approach to coffee - chosing Glasgow-based roaster Dear Green.

The food is many and varied and cooked onsite in the historic and curved stone 'cave' under the roadway above. You'll be greeted with tantalising smells when you stop in, conjured from several pots simmering behind the counter. Scottish fresh and locally sourced ingredients are showcased in menu items such 'Risk it for a Brisket' - home made traditional salt beef with their own sweet juniper pickled cucumber, cheese and mustard, 'Banh Mi for Life' - super tasty vietnamese inspired sandwiches and 'Jerk's on you' - chargrilled jerk spiced chicken, mango chutney and lime, coriander and red onion slaw, plus soups, cakes, vietnamese rice paper rolls and wide range of healthy drinks and juices.

For visitors who may be unaware, gannets are north sea birds and guga's are their babies. They're the subject of local sayings such as "eating like gannets" meaning eating a lot which makes perfect sense when you smell the food here! The bird theme is carried through the elegant origami flock of paper birds that adorn the arched stone ceiling above the servery.

Gannet and Guga gets the thumbs up from us!


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