87 – 91 Henderson Street
+44(0)131 629 9234
Overall score: ★★★★☆
I first came across Kcal Kitchen a few years ago in Glasgow – I had just turned vegan and I was desperately trying to find somewhere for breakfast, when I came across this gem. Aimed at wellness and fitness fanatics, the labelling was crystal clear with calorie values, macros, allergens and, of course, whether the dish was vegan, vegetarian or otherwise.
I really enjoyed my breakfast at Kcal in Glasgow, so you can imagine my excitement when I realised that they had popped along the M8 and set up shop in a new café in Leith. It’s been a couple of years since my first visit to their Glasgow branch, so I recently popped along with a friend to put their latest vegan offering through its paces.
Vegan food at Kcal Kitchen
Because dietary precision is the unique selling point of Kcal Kitchen, you know that everything on the menu is clearly marked, from vegan-friendly to high protein and gluten free. There is a menu key that is explained on the front page, but just so you know – everything marked with an apple is vegan.
Of course I would have loved a slightly larger selection of vegan dishes to choose from, but considering this place caters for EVERYONE, they have made a pretty good effort on the vegan front.
- Full vegan brekkie Vegan sausage, potato scone, sourdough toast, spinach, grilled tomato, mushrooms, avocado and scrambled tofu
- Vegan caramel protein pancakes Served with fresh fruit and homemade vegan caramel sauce
- Chickpea pakora Four pieces of handmade crispy vegetable pakora and a pot of salsa
- Vegan carbonara Wholegrain spaghetti in a homemade cream and cashew sauce with mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and toasted pine nuts
- Fit falafel Homemade falafel patty, crispy lettuce, beef tomato, red onion topped with harissa ketchup
Protein Power Bowls
- Sweet potato chickpea bowl Roasted sweet potato chunks, roasted red onion, kale, crunchy broccoli and pan cooked chickpeas, drizzled with a sweet maple tahini sauce
- Cajun bean chilli Topped with sliced avocado in fresh lime dressing
- Vegan chocolate peanut butter pie Drizzled with vegan chocolate sauce
- Beet the Blues Beetroot, blueberries, apple, pear and lime
- Sunshine Smoothie Carrot, pineapple, mango and orange juice
- Drink Your Greens Apples, kale, spinach, cucumber and ginger
- Raw Cleanse Apple, cucumber, carrot, celery and lemon
- Kcal Special Coconut milk, mango, pineapple, banana, lemongrass and spinach
- Muscle Freak Vegan chocolate protein, organic peanut butter, banana and almond milk
- Protein Punch Almond milk, vanilla vegan protein, oats and espresso
- Flu Shot Lemon, ginger and ceyenne pepper
- Green Goblin Lime, ginger and matcha
- Cure Me Now Ginger, lemon, cayenne pepper and turmeric
How much does it cost?
The meal above, with two mains, a sharer and two juices, came to just under £30. Juices are £4, and main dishes range from £7 – £10.
Is it any good?
Even though it is mainly aimed at the healthy eating market, the food at Kcal Kitchen is really tasty. You would be forgiven for thinking that Kcal Kitchen is all just protein shakes, salads and buddha bowls, but its offering is so much more than that.
The ‘Beet the Blues’ juice was sweet and moreish, and my dining companion loved her creamy Kcal Special. The pakora were bright yellow with turmeric, but thankfully this flavour wasn’t overpowering and the texture was soft, crumbly and delicious.
I really enjoyed my cajun bean tacos. While they look quite small on the plate, the portion size was actually perfect – any more and I would have been stuffed! The sauce was quite hot, but I quite enjoyed that being the spice-addict that I am 😉
My dining companion had the chickpea sweet potato power bowl, which also looked amazing. She really enjoyed it but unlike the tacos, the serving was a little on the large side for her. Still, this would be a really good option to go for if you are chasing after those gains!
I am so happy that Kcal Kitchen has come to Edinburgh. If you are training for an event or just looking to eat well, then this is definitely the place to be. Having said that, the food is so tasty that it can easily be enjoyed by anyone. Whether you are a fitness fanatic or not, this place is well worth a visit.
Menu info: ★★★★★
Value for money: ★★★★☆
Kcal Kitchen Opening Hours
These opening hours are correct at the time of writing. For the most accurate times, check the Kcal Kitchen website (linked above).
Monday 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday 10 am – 8 pm
Friday 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
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