Food for thought at Vesta
Nicky Howden enjoys some food for thought in the West End
As homelessness continues to rise, there is a growing appetite for conscious dining which should give us all food for thought. Vesta, owned by Social Bite and run by David Hall, previously of The Innis & Gunn Beer Kitchens and Tigerlily, is the new incarnation of the homeless charity’s first acclaimed restaurant Home. Located in the same premises, it remains firmly committed to continuing the legacy of its predecessor by helping give back to those who need it most. So, alongside training and employment opportunities for members of the Social Bite Academy –the social enterprise aiming to end homelessness in Scotland -Vesta offers a ‘Pay It Forward’ scheme where customers can choose to donate to the charity. And every Monday afternoon it hosts a two-course lunch exclusively for those affected by homelessness.
Go for the atmosphere, good service and tasty eats
If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to go for the conscious eating alone. However, Vesta is also a pretty cool destination – even on our Monday evening visit. The menu has a good mix of innovative vegan and vegetarian plates, and comfort classics with everything from starters of cauliflower buffalo wings, £4.95, and ham hock bon bons, £5.95, to mains such as the deliciously rich Mac n Cheese, £9.95, signature Vesta burger, £10.95, and chargrilled 28-day dry aged rib eye with garlic fries and béarnaise sauce, £22.95 (if you’re on a date night maybe swap the garlic fries for normal fries... they’re addictively good but potent).
A chilled place to enjoy some home comforts with friends, family or partners, go to Vesta for the atmosphere, good service and tasty eats, and to support the great work of Social Bite. I’ll see you there for the ‘Bubbles & Brunch’ Sundays where glasses of Prosecco start at just £2.50.
7-8 Queensferry St, EH2 4PA,Tel: 0131 220 0773, vestaedinburgh.co.uk