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Café Modern Two

73 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS

((((* Afternoon Tea
  •  - Edinburgh
  •  - Edinburgh
Average
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25

I was made to feel very welcome. Food was delicious. I preferred a light lunch, but later, after standing for quite a while in the galleries admiring paintings, I could not resist calling in again for tea and a cake!

Helen 23 March 2018
from Edinburgh

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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

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3.9 ((((* (based on 58 reviews)
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  • lunch (43)
  • afternoon tea (30)
  • value (11)
  • child friendly (5)
  • trendy (5)
  • views (5)
  • romantic (3)
  • breakfast (2)
  • luxury (2)
  • al fresco (1)
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  • private dining (1)
  • ((*** 6 June 2018 by Hamish from Modern2 edinburgh

    Lunch was OK. I had the Cullen Skink which is a very Scottish soup/broth based on smoked haddock. The stock was well balanced and not too creamy, an oft make error. However I would have described the dish as Grannies Tattie Soup as it cintained more potato and less fish, pity! My wife had smoked salmon fish cakes which again contained too much potato and peas (really?) and not very much fish. Oh well, cannot win them all.

  • (**** 2 April 2018 by Carolyn from Edinburgh

    The wine is expensive for the type of place this is. The portion of mackerel pate was ridiculously small - literally 3 teaspoons with 2 small oatcakes and a salad garnish. When we complained we were told it was because we had chosen from the light bites menu. We asked to be given some more and were given 2 more tespoons but no more oatcakes. This cost £6.50. The Croque Madame was dry with not enough cheese. The fish cakes were a decent portion but not particularly tasty. They don't do a daily special, despite it saying so when I looked at the menu on the website. We had to go to the counter to ask them to take away our plates and to take our order for coffee. When we complained about the service, nothing was said - no word of apology. One reaso we chose to go there was for the convenient parking but the car park was full at 12.20pm. I have been here before and had a satisfactory meal but I am not sure that I will go again.

  • ((((( 23 March 2018 by Helen from Edinburgh

    I was made to feel very welcome. Food was delicious. I preferred a light lunch, but later, after standing for quite a while in the galleries admiring paintings, I could not resist calling in again for tea and a cake!

  • ((((( 17 March 2018 by Ann from Edinburgh

    Excellent service and ambience. Food here is utterly fresh, made to order and piping hot. Soups change daily and are wonderful with bread, oatcakes or a scone. Cakes to die for as so good. Very popular so try and book.

  • (**** 8 March 2018 by Lesley from Edinburgh

    First, Inwas given the wrong type of soup, it was sent back and correct soup arrived, it was sent back as it was cold, I had ordered a cheese scone with soup, it never arrived. Cakes disappointing. Coffee excellent.

  • ((((* 14 February 2018 by Lesley from Edinburgh

    Lovely building, lovely menu, good service. All just right for a family lunch.

  • ((*** 27 December 2017 by C from Edinburgh

    Very poor service - really spoils this nice place - indifferent, inattentive, can't be bothered attitude. Service means serving!

  • ((((* 21 December 2017 by Ruth from Edinburgh

    Food and service was good but fishcakes were burnt. They were replaced when we raised it with the staff. Probably shouldn't have been served in the first place.

  • ((((( 21 December 2017 by IAIN from DUNDEE

    We had an excellent lunch reasonably priced. The service was great and very friendly.

  • ((((* 29 November 2017 by Sheila from Edinburgh

    Delightful staff, excellent service. An ideal light lunch in pleasant surroundings.

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