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Restaurant of the Week: Grams, 68 Hamilton Place, Edinburgh

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Inside Grams

Avocados feature heavily on the menu at Grams, and it’s unsurprising – did you know, every hour, 6,000 are sold in the UK?

Location

Tucked away from Stockbridge’s main thoroughfare, Grams has good bus links but only limited parking. If you’re coming from the city centre, it’s a 20-minute walk from Waverley.

First impressions

The decor at this cool eatery can only be described as “Instagram friendly”. The walls are millennial pink (yes, it’s a real shade) and neon lights hang from the ceiling for a minimalist vibe.

Service

The staff couldn’t be faulted. Friendly and attentive, our hot drinks arrived promptly and the food (piping hot) not long after.

Menu

The Grams motto is “eat better, not less” so the menu is filled with the likes of acai smoothie bowls, pancakes made with whey protein and a healthier version of beans on toast. It’s a fantastic place for those with dietary requirements as every dish is clearly marked with allergens, and there’s options for both vegan and gluten-free diners.

Taste

Our party of four (two vegans, one gluten-free) opted for the big breakfast, two plant-based breakfasts – a hearty fry-up that won’t clog your arteries – and clean beans with poached eggs. There’s no skimping on portion sizes at Grams, that’s for sure! Our dishes were delicious, but we all regretted not ordering the pancakes as we were all quite envious watching the next table squeeze a syringe of strawberry sauce on their stack.

Ambience

Overall, friendly and fun, but the music was a little too loud, so it was hard to chat.

Value

Four meals, seven coffees (it was that kind of morning) and a takeaway cake came to just over £70. Very reasonable.

Grams, 68 Hamilton Place, Edinburgh EH3 5AZ