You know when you find something good and half of you wants to share it with people but the other half wants to keep it a secret so it stays as good as you first experienced? I have decided, for the greater good to share with you… ‘The Pitt‘.
If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a weekly run food and drink pop-up venue with live music / DJs every Saturday in Leith bringing you the hottest offerings in street food. Having heard only good things, my boyfriend and I headed down there for the opening day on Saturday with Stanley (our dog, for those not in the know). There were loads of other wee dogs there for Stan to have a sniff of – it’s good for him to socialise too! Stan pictured below on the way home (not a diva at all).
The Pitt is an unused industrial site on Pitt Street in Leith and has a super cool vibe, with a laid back arrangement of standing tables, crates and make shift seating at the back. There is some shelter down there for when the weather turns, but we were there on quite a nice (if cold) evening. They also have big drum fires to keep you cosy.
There were seven food vans, Crumbs of Portobello was there with their tea and coffee stand and then there were three bars – one with wine, one with spirits and cocktails and one with beer.
We did a full recce around the site to see who was there and what they were offering up for us. We then had the very difficult task of picking what to eat, from which cart and in what order! We got ourselves a drink to handle this mammoth task, I had a very nice and crisp prosecco from the wine bar and my boyfriend had the most amazing G&T from the cocktail guys – it was the Christmas edition of Edinburgh Gin with Fentimans tonic and a slice of pink grapefruit. I don’t like gin, or tonic, or pink grapefruit but the combination of all three was delicious, I might just be a gin convert now.
To the food. We decided to start with some posh mac n cheese from I Heart Mac n Cheese and went for forest mushrooms, pancetta and truffle oil. It was so tasty, the pancetta was crispy, the mushrooms were flavoursome and the ratio of truffle oil to mac was perfect. It was a strong start.
Up next, we went for the Highland Slider – a pork belly and haggis burger from Fresh Revolution. The pork belly was so tender and crispy and the haggis was really tasty. There was also a celeriac remoulade was really complementary to the burger. For my personal taste, there was a bit too much haggis to pork but it was really good nonetheless. These guys win friendliest staff hands down.
For our final dish, we went for Shrimp Wreck’s king prawn burger. Oh my days. It was definitely a case of saving the best til last; the prawns were so succulent and cooked perfectly in a light batter, not over oily or rubbery in the slightest. It came with fried samphire which is fast becoming one of my favourite vegetables, red onion, gherkins and lemon mayonnaise. These guys are definitely one to watch and I am going to hunt them down to eat everything else on the menu.
So, what are you doing this Saturday? I thoroughly recommend you head down to The Pitt, I might just have to go back myself to try out more food from Bruadair, The Marshmallow Lady, Rost and Barnacles & Bones.
the wee food blogger 💛