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Café Modern Two

73 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS

((((* Afternoon Tea
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25

Lovely, varied lunch menu with lots of tempting items and emphasis on local produce. Reasonably priced. Attractive surroundings. Friendly, professional service.

Linda 12 February 2017
from Glasgow

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Inside the iconic Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Café Modern Two is a stylish eatery that boasts period features, mirrored ceilings, and even sculptures from the gallery itself. Wholesome lunches and traditional afternoon teas are paired with a carefully crafted wine list.

The Café Modern Two menu focuses on wholesome, flavourful European recipes for its lunch menus. Fresh focaccia sandwiches are generously filled, while mains include lightly chargrilled salmon with fresh greens. Warming soups are popular choices, and antipasti platters of cured meats and delicate cheeses are perfect for groups to share.

Afternoon teas at Café Modern Two in Edinburgh are wonderfully traditional, and include warm scones with jam and clotted cream, loose leaf teas, fingers sandwiches, and sweet treats like mini redcurrant and almond cakes.

A tranquil, stylish spot to refuel whilst browsing the galleries, Café Modern Two is moments from the Water of Leith, and only 15 minutes' walk from Haymarket Train Station.

Café Modern Two

73 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS

Contact +44 1316246273

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Customer reviews for Café Modern Two

3.9 ((((* (based on 19 reviews)
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  • lunch (13)
  • afternoon tea (9)
  • value (3)
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  • al fresco (1)
  • child friendly (1)
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  • ((*** 23 February 2017 by Nadia Schofield from Edinburgh

    The afternoon tea was a bit disappointing. The small cup of soup was tasty but on the cool side. Sandwiches were very nice and the cheesecake in a glass was yummy. However the scones were burnt to a cinder. The fruit currant was just like charcoal. We had to send back and the second ones were only slightly less burnt. I noticed that other people had to complain about their scones too. We had tea strainers but nothing to lay on so we let them drain on a napkin. Won't be having afternoon tea there again.

  • ((((( 20 February 2017 by Babs Mccool from Falkirk

    It was fine, thanks

  • ((((* 18 February 2017 by L&G from Edinburgh/perth

    Our experience at the venue was mostly positive.
    (1) food was excellent, good variety and no complaints. (2) staff were pleasant and attentive although they were clearly very busy, they did all they could to make our visit enjoyable.
    The only aspect we were disappointed with was the table offered on our arrival which was in the busy footfall area, however on asking to be re- sited to a table at the window this was arranged for us. We would have been happier not to have had to make this request considering we booked well in advance and arrived promptly at the time arranged.

  • ((((( 18 February 2017 by Christine Monaghan from Burntisland

    Husband had soup and croquet madam, daughter had Cullen skink and a cheese scone, granddaughter and I each had chicken and bacon toasted wrap plus drinks. All agreed that all the dishes were delicious with an attention to detail. All very moreish and to be recommended. Staff were very welcoming and attentive when needed. I'm in a wheel chair but the table was rearranged without any fuss to make it easier for me.
    Next time we hope to try the sweet options.

  • ((((( 12 February 2017 by Linda from Glasgow

    Lovely, varied lunch menu with lots of tempting items and emphasis on local produce. Reasonably priced. Attractive surroundings. Friendly, professional service.

  • ((((* 10 February 2017 by F R from Edinburgh

    Friendly service and lovely lunch

  • ((((* 9 February 2017 by Shona Cameron from Edinburgh

    Range of offerings on the afternoon tea was wonderful.
    However, long wait between the drinks and then the food arriving.
    Cakes lovely, but we would have preferred more sandwiches. The chilli jam is an acquired taste!
    Staff very helpful.

  • (((** 4 February 2017 by Susan Taylor from Alford

    Service was too slow and we had to remind them of missing items from our order

  • ((*** 30 January 2017 by Norma Murray from Edinburgh

    I have eaten here before and enjoyed the experience especially afternoon tea. However yesterday's experience was less satisfactory.
    Despite having booked we had to wait in a queue. We then found that one of our party who arrived separately was seated at a different table despite giving the name of the booking and it was 15 minutes before this was realised via texts! Three of our party were happy with their food. Two however ordered the Croque Monsieur which turned just to be a ham and cheese toastie not a proper croque and very disappointing. We then ordered coffee and cakes. Coffee came to the table but one of us had to go and get the cakes as they never arrived. The cafe was very busy but our experience means we probably won't be back any time soon. Such a pity.

  • ((((( 20 January 2017 by Helen from Dunblane

    very agreeable light lunch. Excellent service - I walk with a stick, and was given every form of help and consideration, choice of table, etc..

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