11 March 2013

Mimi's Bakehouse-"I knew you were coming so I baked.".

Now this is the perfect place to go for elegant tea and cake and a cosy afternoon.
I had reason to celebrate (the end of 3 strenuous essays!) and had been waiting for the opportunity to visit Mimi's after having caught a glimpse of glorious cakes on their twitter account.

It's about 10 minutes on the bus from the centre of Edinburgh, at Leith shore, and is well worth a visit. 

It's a boutique-styled bakery that oozes vintage elegance with fun wallpaper and comfy velvet chairs.
It was bustling on a Friday lunch time and quickly began to fill up- if you're going for afternoon tea with a group then I'd ring them to book a table.

There are a few really quirky touches to Mimi's which I loved:- the vintage bunting draped from the ceilings, the restored painted furniture, the bakery items hanging from the walls and the ornate pink chandeliers.
One of my favourite features is the mirror frames on the wall which contain clear glass as a sort of spy hole through into the working bakery which is a lovely touch and allows you to see the bakers in action.

It has a lovely cosy feel that is chic and elegant and the staff are also very attentive and friendly.

Their cake display, the main feature as you walk in to Mimi's, presents some of the delicious homemade cakes on offer, including their coconut and lime cake, three-tiered red velvet cake and aero rocky road!

However, just as I had ordered, the ladies next to me ordered the famous Mimi's afternoon tea- which looked amazing! Dainty little cakes and sandwiches served on vintage style cake stands that looked perfect for celebrating an occasion or simply just a luxurious lunch to share. 

Their menu includes homemade sandwiches, savoury tarts, pasta, fishcakes, soup and breakfast french toast served the whole day long!- sounds perfect to me!

I had the lentil soup and half a sandwich deal. I was very impressed that on their menu they cater for gluten-free requests and can substitute any bread with gluten-free. 

The soup was delicious but the cake that followed was even better- I chose a chocolate mars bar crispy cake.

I've also become a bit hooked to chai tea latte- If you haven't tried one- try one now. I love chai tea as it has a smoky and spiced deep flavour that once mixed with steamed frothy milk and extra cinnamon is so comforting!

Mimi, the head chef is the current holder of the Scottish Casual Dining Chef of the Year award and the business is family run.

The mix of elegant vintage furniture and the black and white blinds and lampshades created a great atmosphere and I loved their little mottos hung to the walls such as "I knew you were coming so I baked."

As you walk in there is also a dresser full of cake decorating supplies to buy and old kitchen scales displayed throughout.

It's a lovely place to spend an afternoon and sample some of their great food- their slightly experimental approach to cake flavours alongside original classics and specials such as their all day french toast has won them a great reputation.

I walked back up from Leith shore towards Princes Street, and had a potter down Broughton Street. It's become a favourite place of mine to stroll along as it's lined with beautiful shops selling really unique interior pieces and furniture as well as great little restaurants and bars and this charming flower shop on the corner which is well worth a visit.

Mimi's is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and is situated at 63 Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA.

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