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Vegan macaroni cheese at Harmonium

Harmonium

Harmonium
60 Henderson Street
Leith, Edinburgh
EH6 6BS

+44(0)131 555 3160
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Overall score: ★★★★★

Harmonium has been one of the most eagerly-awaited vegan openings in Edinburgh for a long time. This new bar and restaurant in Leith is from the team who run Mono, Stereo and The Flying Duck – all very popular vegan haunts in Glasgow. As you can imagine, the vegan community in Edinburgh is very, VERY excited about this latest development.

So, is Harmonium worthy of all the hype? Read on to find out…

Vegan food available at Harmonium

Well, the good news is that Harmonium is completely animal produce free – so you can have your pick of whatever you want on the menu! The wine list is vegan too, so you can enjoy a glass of red (or white, or rose) with your meal safe in the knowledge there were no animal products involved in the process.

So without further ado, here is the current menu at Harmonium. Because it’s still quite new they might still be changing things around a bit, but these are the kind of dishes you can expect to find:

Start

  • Queen Green Olives
  • Grilled Artichokes with lemon and olive oil
  • Crusty Sourdough Bread with harissa, rapeseed oil and flaky salt
  • Chipotle Roasted Almonds
  • Greek Salad – tomato, red onion, greek style “cheese”, olives, sourdough
  • Pan Catalan with chorizo, garlic and olive oil
  • Panzanella with baby plum tomatoes, capers, sourdough, fresh basil, red onion and olive oil

Small

  • Soup of the Day with sourdough or oatcakes
  • Cullen Skink with artisan bread or oatcakes
  • Harissa Baked Cauliflower with za’atar, pomegranate, coriander seed, mint, dill, parsley, lemon and almond
  • Pan Seared King Oyster Mushroom Scallops with crispy chorizo, sage butter and leaf
  • Roasted Baby Leeks with butter beans, fresh chilli, lemon, parsley and dry vermouth

Middle

  • Crab Cake with steamed greens, baby potatoes, samphire and tartare sauce
  • Wild Mushroom, Kale, Truffle Oil and Crispy Aubergine ‘Bacon’ Rigatoni with Walnut Parmesan
  • Macaroni Cheese with hand cut chips or garlic bread and leaf
  • Bhan Mi – crispy smoked tofu on baguette with special mayo, picked daikon, carrot, fresh jalapeños, red onion, fresh basil and coriander

Burgers (served with home cut chips and salad)

(add cheese or jalapeños for an extra charge)

  • Harmonium 1/4 Pounder – homemade seitan patty with classic burger sauce, diced white onion, beef tomato and crispy lettuce
  • Filet ó To-fish – Tofu in crispy beer batter with diced white onion, beef tomato, tartare sauce and crispy lettuce

Pizza

  • Marinara – tomato, oregano, olive oils and garlic
  • Margherita – tomato confit with soft “cheese”, olive oil, fresh basil and rocket
  • Philly Cheese Steak – Ground hot “beef” with mixed peppers, white onion, fresh parsley and Philly cheese sauce
  • Italian Sausage – Roasted fennel, green olives, sausage, white onion, green chillies and “cheese”
  • Fungi – Wild mushrooms, Italian broccoli, capers, truffle oil and walnut parmesan

Sides

  • Caesar Wedge with sourdough crouton and walnut parmesan
  • Green Salad with house dressing
  • Home Cut Chips
  • Home Cut Chipotle Chips with house mayo

Desserts

  • Rhubarb and Peach Cobbler with vanilla custard or vanilla ice cream
  • Seabuckthorn and Chocolate “Cheese” Cake with vanilla ice cream
  • Sorbet with seasonal fruit coulis
  • Ice Cream Sundae with banana, mixed chopped nuts, chocolate sauce and cherry

Harmonium vegan bar and restaurant sign

 

Wall art at Harmonium, vegan bar and restaurant in Edinburgh

 

Plant at Harmonium Edinburgh

 

Harrissa baked cauliflower at Harmonium Edinburgh
Harissa Baked Cauliflower

 

Fillet of tofu fish at Harmonium, vegan bar and restaurant in Edinburgh
Filet ó To-fish – I see what they did there 😉

 

Pizza at Harmonium vegan bar and restaurant Edinburgh
Philly Steak Pizza – check out that greasy goodness

 

Mushroom rigatoni at Harmonium vegan bar and restaurant Edinburgh
Mushroom and “Bacon” Rigatoni

 

Vegan burger at Harmonium Edinburgh
The Harmonium 1/4 Pounder Burger

 

Vegan macaroni cheese at Harmonium
Macaroni Cheese with chips and salad

 

Pizza at Harmonium vegan bar and restaurant Edinburgh
Seriously, that pizza tho

 

Fillet of tofu fish at Harmonium, vegan bar and restaurant in Edinburgh
So turns out tofu makes an excellent fish substitute

 

Vegan burger at Harmonium Edinburgh
The 1/4 pounder burger comes with salad and chips

 

Vegan doughnut at Harmonium
One of the two(!) donuts left

 

Vegan peach and rhubarb cobbler at Harmonium Edinburgh
Peach and rhubarb cobbler with a dollop of ice cream

 

Vegan chocolate cheesecake at Harmonium Edinburgh
Chocolate and seabuckthorn “cheese”cake

So, is it worthy of all the hype? For us – it absolutely was! As you can see from the pics above, we ordered quite the spread and it was all really delicious. The Filet ó To-fish (love the pun)  replaced the usual fish fillet with tofu but it worked perfectly, even down to the slightly salty flavour you would expect from traditional seafood. The Harmonium 1/4 burger was made from seitan, protein essence and a tasty combo of seasoning, which gave it a texture surprisingly close to the real thing. Both were served with home cut chips, which were cooked to perfection and really delicious when dipped in a generous serving of house mayo.

We’d also heard really good things about the macaroni cheese – and thankfully it did not disappoint. With a rich and creamy sauce, this comfort food classic baked with a crispy top will take you back to the dinners your mum used to make. The mushroom rigatoni is a dark horse on the menu but highly recommended, with a creamy mushroom sauce and crispy aubergine “bacon”. We can also see this dish becoming a firm favourite with punters.

There was a small but interesting range of desserts to finish with. The peach and rhubarb cobbler was a comforting end to the meal, or you can take your pick of the day’s freshly baked goodies (if there’s any left!). The seabuckthorn chocolate cheesecake was an interesting concoction – the first couple of bites are a bit strange, but once you get used to the flavour it is a very tasty dessert indeed.

So, in short, yes. Harmonium has been worth the wait. With a varied menu of inventive dishes as well as crowd-pleasing classics, we hope that this completely vegan establishment is a stalwart of the Leith dining scene for many years to come!

Choice: ★★★★★
Menu info: ★★★★★
Deliciousness: ★★★★★
Value for money: ★★★★☆

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2 comments

  • This food looks absolutely delicious 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us! I visit Edinburgh every year with my husband on our anniversary in August so really looking forward to trying out new places to eat. Is Leith easy to get to on public transport from the city? Would love to try Harmonium. I adore Edinburgh – such a gorgeous city <3

    • Thanks for your kind words! Leith is very easy to get to on public transport – a 22 bus from Edinburgh city centre will do the trick. It’s definitely worth the trip 🙂