A Day at The Pitt

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As a couple, one of our favourite things to do is to go out to eat - whether that’s a fancy dinner, a casual brunch, or, as in the case of a few weekends ago, a trip to a street food market. We live quite close to Edinburgh’s only street food market, The Pitt, and a few weekends back, we were invited down to be a part of the Scottish Street Food Awards and sample the best street food stalls that Scotland has to offer. Of course, we jumped at the chance!

The Pitt is usually half inside an old warehouse, and half outside in the adjacent car park, but for the Awards, it had taken over half of the street to make room for all of the additional stalls, so we were truly spoiled for choice. Armed with our tokens and free to choose whatever we wanted to eat, it was hard to know where to start. Our usual favourites are the fried chicken from The Buffalo Truck (surely everyone in Edinburgh knows who they are by now!) and the chimichurri steak and fries from Barnacles & Bones, but after having these dishes just a few weeks ago, it felt like a good time to try some new stands and experiment.

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My first dish was the Spanish grilled chicken from Moskito Spanish Bites, which was marinated grilled chicken and patatas bravas, smothered in aioli and paprika - spicy, fresh and completely delicious (I actually voted for them to win, it was my favourite dish of the day), whilst Lewis opted for their whitebait dish, with crisp fried fish and more patatas bravas, which he tells me was also seriously good.

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Next up, Lewis went for a pheasant burger from Rost, which he devoured whilst I was in the queue for Ginger & Chilli. I wanted bao buns and I got them! One was a butter chicken bao, with house Asian slaw, pickled cucumber, spring onions, green chutney, sour mango & jaggery topped with Bombay mix - incredible. It was so interesting having Indian flavours served in a typically Chinese dish and I thought it worked perfectly (especially having the crunchy Bombay mix packed in too - yum!). I did also try their special banh mi bao, especially created for the Awards, but sadly this one didn’t really do it for me. Lemongrass pulled pork was piled in with Asian slaw, umami mayo, sriracha satay sauce, pickles herbs and a crushed prawn cracker - it sounded amazing but the flavours were too much for me. However, Lewis devoured the entire thing so it was just a personal taste thing.

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By this point, we were pretty stuffed, but with two options left to choose each, we couldn’t finish quite yet. So we decided to go for dessert at Moopie Gelato, both opting for the ice-cream cookie sandwich; two warm chocolate cookies sandwiched with amazingly creamy salted caramel gelato and scattered with chocolate flakes. SO good. The perfect dessert!

And to finish, there was no better choice than a drink each from the Smith & Gertrude wine bar, listening to the brass band and admiring the many (many!) dogs that come along to The Pitt too. The perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon? I think it might just be…

Huge thanks to The Pitt and the Scottish Street Food Awards for hosting us, we had a great time!