Nom de Plume is a welcome addition to Edinburgh’s small but lively ‘pink triangle’, the gay area formed between Broughton Street and Leith Walk. Painted a cheery yellow and decorated with strings of fairy lights, potted plants and random sculptures, this café-slash-restaurant gives off an eccentric’s living room vibe, with a mixed bag of families, students and older couples enjoying the relaxed atmosphere.
The menu mostly offers hearty home-style grub, comfort food that’s filling but not too heavy – my favourites are the fish pie, the macaroni cheese and the gnocchi & pesto salad, which are all absolutely delicious. Main dishes costs about £ 7.20 each and come in fairly large portions, or if you’re looking for a snack or a light bite they also serve cakes and scones as well as soup, bagels, sandwiches, nachos, etc, which are slightly cheaper.
With its homely vibe and comfortable seating, this is a great place to while away a rainy afternoon; there’s a few shelves of books that you’re welcome to flick through, or a collection of board games if you fancy a bit of after-dinner competition. As it’s open late, it’s also a nice alternative to a pub for a few drinks or even before a night out – they always play a great mix of indie music, and unlike the gay bars up the road you don’t have to scream to make yourself heard.
Nom de Plume | Bars, Coffee & tea, Restaurants | Main course £ 7.80
60 Broughton Street | +441314781372
Mon – Sat 11:00 – 23:00, Sun 12:00 – 23:00