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  • “Only food I have eaten here has been the "all day breakfast" at the weekend but that has been excellent!” in 3 reviews

  • “I had their fruit scone which was really delicious - it had lots of fruit pieces in it and it was very moist - yum!” in 2 reviews

  • “The bacon and sausages are excellent quality, and it comes with tomato, beans, eggs, mushrooms and toast... no black pudding, with is definitely a brownie point for me as I hate the thing ;-)” in 3 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    17/2/2013

    The excellent roasted vegetable soup was the highlight of our visit to Two Thin Laddies. It really was profoundly satisfying. The place is quirky, too, so I can see myself popping back, from time to time.

    Overall, we said: "Two Thin Laddies served us pretty nicely. The soup was really good, while the main courses were decent. I'd happily come back, though I may favour it as a soup stop, solely. For generously portioned, healthy fare, it seemed like a reliable place, to me."

  • 3.0 star rating
    13/4/2014
    1 check-in here

    Average. Spurred on by all the trip advisor reviews on the wall I opted for the all day breakfast. It was £6.50 so wasn't expecting the best ever but was a bit disappointed by the quality of the sausages and bacon. Good toast and scrambled eggs balanced it out a bit.

    Still, it was ok. Nothing special. Service was nice and the place itself is a good size and in a handy location. I'd give it another go but probably opt for something out with the breakfast options.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/10/2013
    3 check-ins here ROTD 17/11/2013

    Only food I have eaten here has been the "all day breakfast" at the weekend but that has been excellent! The only negative is the toast, it's a little but underdone for my taste but it does come buttered so you are not faffing about with butter/spread portions lol.
    The service can be a bit slow at times but all the food is freshly prepared to order so it's not too big an issue...however, the staff are polite and friendly and do bother to come back and ask if everything is okay after you have started (without leaving it too late).

  • 1.0 star rating
    3/2/2014 Updated review
    3 check-ins here

    I recently went back to Two Thin Laddies and discovered they had changed owners.  Unfortunately not for the best.  The coffee, which was already bad, is even worse than before; the food is bland, of poor quality, and the service slow and rude.  I don't understand how they can expect to run a successful business with such low standards.  In any case, I sure won't go back.  There are plenty better cafes in the area!

    3.0 star rating
    24/2/2013 Previous review
    I seem to have had mixed experiences at Two Thin Laddies.  
    My past experiences were pretty good,…
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  • 3.0 star rating
    2/8/2013
    1 check-in here

    Not bad but nothing special. Very friendly staff.
    Had bacon and eggs.

  • 3.0 star rating
    28/10/2012
    1 check-in here

    This place used to be right near my first place in Edinburgh. So naturally, I used to hang out here loads. Only until I moved away I stopped frequenting the place, plus, I noticed the service was starting to go downhill.

    I went back for old times sake last week and noticed that the service was very poor. I felt like I was waiting forever for a cup of tea, and our breakfasts took ages. We only ordered yogurt w/fruit and a toasted bagel. Normally, that shouldn't take a really long time, we must have waited a 20 minutes for our tea alone.

    Plus, it was extremely drafty. The front door was WIDE open and everyone in the cafe had their coats left on. You would think that the staff would keep the heat in for their customers?

    Besides that, the food is quite good! There's all day breakfast on weekends, and there's always newspapers to pick up and read. :)

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/2/2011

    Two Thin Laddies keeps it simple. Not sure what the range is for lunch as I visited at breakfast, so assuming the plates of cheese out in the cabinet are not the only items on offer. Not even a veggie sausage on their breakfast menu. They keep it real.

    But, what I did like about TTL is the bagel I had for breakfast this morning. Oddly, they allow you to pick your own roll of choice. That did confuse me a little. The bagel I chose was seeded, and felt nothing like a bagel. It was light and turned out to be much lighter a bite than the bagels you find at your local supermarket, or other cafes for that matter. It's expanded my bagel mind, man. I've had boiled bagels from Brick Lane, and New York style bagels, but these bready versions were entirely new to me, and I liked it. Still fills you up, but with a less stodgy consistency. A bit like an armadillo when toasted (geddit? Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside!)

    I liked the portion control here as well - cream cheese not oozing out in gargantuan proportions, with a reasonable amount of salmon. So many times, you get a ration of 75% cheese to 25% salmon - too much for my liking, so TTL gets a tick from me here. Closing out with a brownie (still to try), I left feeling satisfied. Next time I have a hospital trip, I'll be factoring in a wee breakfast visit to TTL again.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/8/2011
    1 check-in here

    I can't work out if the name is ironic, or just a cute play on 'two fat ladies' (of which there is a restaurant in Glasgow coincidentally). Ironic due to the fact that if I were a regular here I certainly wouldn't be a thin lassie.

    Not that the food is unhealthy per se. It all just looks too delicious, and I have heard that they do have some amazing comfort food type dishes such as the mac & cheese.

    Situated at the actual cross part of Tollcross, it's tucked up a wee bit from the main streets but you can't miss the bright yellow shop front sitting on the corner. With a few chairs outside, and more room than you'd first think inside it'd be great for a summer's afternoon or a cold winter's morning.

    The cheese scones are legendary. They even proudly proclaim it on a wee note. But when Caitlin N invited me for coffee here, she also happened to mention the cheese scone. The muffin flavours sounded very tempting too - cranberry and seeds I think? A small but impressive deli counter looks like it could whip up any sandwich filling you could so wish, and with some home-made dishes like the aforementioned mac and cheese there's something here to please everyone, from teas and coffees,cakes and pastries, to sandwiches and full on lunch-time meals.

    I only got to try a tea but plan to come back soon to try one of their sandwiches, and maybe a muffin (Greg D sounds very impressed by it and I trust his judgement of sweet stuffs!) The staff behind the counter were also really friendly when I went in, always a plus.

    Next time I'm in I'll need to ask what inspired the name too...but whether they're thin or not, they're definitely two happy laddies.

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/1/2011

    I really have to stop and think why I give this cafe four stars and not five...and it's damned hard to put my finger on it!

    The cafe reeks of "local" - the serving area is small but open and reveals fresh preparation; the cafe area is larger and has an almost ethnic hippy vibe.  The food has caught the same feel, with an always-tasty combination of Scottish favourites and Spanish imports, but also the possibility of a perfectly respectable salad.

    The portions are always quite large and good value, the atmosphere somewhere between student, art crowd, grassroots and ...business lunch?  It's indefinable until.... until I realise that it's got what so many other places lack:  true character.  Not painted onto the walls, not franchised culture, but true, locals-eat-and-meet here comfortableness.

    And a cafe that knows what is, is proud of what it is, and that does it so well, should get five stars, shouldn't it?

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/6/2010
    First to Review

    From the look of Two Thin Laddies, and the pun in the name, I had a feeling this place was going to be one of these fancy, teeny tiny portioned places with humorous quips on the menu. It wasn't at all.

    The best way to describe this place is a bistro, serving good, homely and tasty grub which is about as un-pretentious as you could get.

    They serve things like Mac and cheese, salads, paninis and baked tatties, all of which are served in big portions, ample enough to fill even the hungriest tums. I had a cheese and ham panini with a humungous side salad which was delicious.

    The greatest thing about this place is the tray bakes, the sort of cakes your mum or granny make, and the millionaire's shortbread I had with a cup of tea was literally heavenly! Best I have tasted in a long time, maybe even ever! (Don't tell my mum I said that!)

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/4/2012
    3 check-ins here
    Listed in Morning after

    I could write two reviews for this café. I went there loads of times, living next door for all those years...

    My first review would be on a school day: light breakfast menu during the week, it's more a place where you'd go for a long lunch break. Nice specials always on the menu. I has a mighty beef lasagne there once. There's always a selection of homemade muffins and cakes to accompany the lot, too.

    My other review would talk about the weekends. The cooked breakfast is absolutely awesome. The bacon and sausages are excellent quality, and it comes with tomato, beans, eggs, mushrooms and toast... no black pudding, with is definitely a brownie point for me as I hate the thing ;-)

    If you live in Tollcross, this is definitely the place to be on a Sunday morning after partying hard for a solid breakfast, and definitely the place to be on a Sunday afternoon for a nice cuppa before heading home. Maybe after a smoothie at Hula's?

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/7/2010

    It took me a while to find this place, but I am pleased that I finally have as it is definitely worth a visit.  Situated in the Tollcross area of Edinburgh, Two Thin Laddies is just a short walk from the city centre and so it is convenient place to reach.

    The Two Thin Laddies is a sophisticated bistro which serves breakfasts, as well as lunch and dinner. Their menu is fairly traditional serving meals such as baked potatoes, sandwiches and fish and chips.

    I came here for afternoon tea and they offer a very tempting and mouth watering selection of home made cakes and short breads. I had their fruit scone which was really delicious - it had lots of fruit pieces in it and it was very moist - yum!

    The staff are really friendly and welcoming, although the service can be quite slow when it gets busy. The Two Thin Laddies also have a children's menu available and there is a good selection of vegetarian meals on the menu. The meals are really well priced and the portion sizes are huge so you definitely get the most for your money.

  • 1.0 star rating
    28/1/2014

    Unfortunately I have not had good experiences at Two Thin Laddies. I have been here several times for both food and coffee. Just the other day I stopped in for a mocha for takeaway and it was the worst coffee I've had in a long time. The service wasn't good (I was standing at the counter without any acknowledgement from the staff and then he didn't know how to make the mocha once I'd ordered). The food is basic and has no presentation to it at all. Even though it is handily open early in the morning I'll be skipping it from now on. Its a shame because I had heard good things about it in the past.

  • 3.0 star rating
    5/7/2010

    I had been wanting to try out Two Thin Laddies for a while. I used to pass this cafe bistro every day, and I would glance at their appealing looking cafe (bright attractive yellow on the outside, warm timbered interior) along with its entertaining menu.

    Eventually I persuaded myself to stop and go inside. Unfortunately I was a little let down. In a nutshell the coffee and cake were neither very nice, and I wasn't very happy with the price I paid for them.

    Having said that, the atmosphere of the place lived up to my expectations. All wood furniture and natural materials give this place an arboreous atmosphere. The natural browns couple with the decorative fairy lights give the place a cosy atmosphere. Furthermore I was happy with the friendly smiley staff.

    Of course everywhere has its bad days and reviewers and critics often don't keep this mind. Perhaps I should give this place another try.

  • 3.0 star rating
    3/8/2010

    Located on Tollcross, Two Thin Laddies is a bit of a disappointment. Maybe my experience of it was like when you go see a film that's been ranted and raved about so much that you're expecting cordon bleu and you get a glorified greasy spoon, or in cinema terms, you're expecting Scorsese and you get Love, Actually. That's not to mean it's not satisfying, but I came out with a very disappointing taste in my mouth.

    I went out of my way to go there for breakfast because I had to wait a couple of hours before being attended at the GUM clinic. My main disappointment was that if you go somewhere for breakfast and order a poached egg, you kind of expect it to actually be poached and not just cracked and boiled and overdone in water. But my egg was definitely the latter. On a redeeming note, the person I went there with said the sausages were actually quite good, and I'm guessing, not overdone.

    This isn't to say that Two Thin Laddies is terrible. It does decent food, but when somewhere's been talked up so much, it'll almost inevitably be a disappoint. I may as well have paid less and gone to Snax that morning.

    • Qype User review…
    • Edinburgh
    • 2 friends
    • 25 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    3/8/2011

    A lovely family run cafe/bistro at Tollcross. On my first visit I had a coffee which was better than avarage and then went back to try their lunch. Had their famous macaronni cheese. It tasted wonderful and was a very large portion! So much so that I ended up taking some home with me for my evening meal :-)
    There is a seperate weekend menu to the weekday one. Recommended when you are in the mood for a nice large comfort meal well prepared and served with care. I would also try the muffins  baked fresh each day they are what a muffin ought to be! Full of flavour and crumble as you eat.

    • Qype User sfscot…
    • Edinburgh
    • 3 friends
    • 40 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    10/11/2007

    This is a little cafe on a handy corner at toll cross. Very central but unlike an over crowded main street it is a calm and relaxing place. It serves amazing tea and coffee at reasonable prices. It is also very private, good for intense little chats and general banter. Food is also served.

    • Qype User paga_m…
    • Edinburgh
    • 5 friends
    • 232 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    7/4/2010

    This is the exotic name of a small bistro in Tollcross. It offers homely atmosphere, good menu, gluten free dishes for vegetarians and children's portions. If you are in a hurry you can just pop in for a takeaway meal. The staff welcomes smokers too and accommodates them outdoors when the weather is good. This is a great place for people with sweet tooth like me - difficult to resist the parade of freshly-baked cakes and crumbly shortbreads.

    • Qype User Phoeb…
    • Edinburgh
    • 2 friends
    • 39 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    6/11/2007

    Two Thin Laddies is a lovely wee cafe in Tollcross. It's menu includes toasted panninis, soup, baked potatoes, pasta bakes, nachos and lots more. The portions are big and the accompanying side salads beat the usual bit of lettuce and one slice of tomato and cucumber. I must mention the best fruit scones in Edinburgh, they are pretty substantial and I've yet to find a better scone! The only negative is that the service can be a bit on the slow side, it's a good idea to let the staff know you are there before you sit down! This is one of my favourite places where you feel perfectly at ease lingering over lunch with friends or on your own with a good book. They do takeaway too!

    • Qype User fullst…
    • Edinburgh
    • 0 friends
    • 4 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    23/2/2012

    I used to love the place but unfortunately the waitering is not that good anymore, it became expensive, and it is extremely slow to get served, even when they are not busy.

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