• Vegan Vegan
    ( 6 reviews )



Shining Light, 246 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 8DT

Daily changing raw food menu might include crackers and dips, flat breads, salad, chocolate, juices, smoothies, cakes, and savory snacks. Bright, large open space on the first floor of The Shining Light Holistic centre where you can also shop for crystals, incense, and angelic ornaments and grab yourself a tarot reading at the same time. Established Dec 2012. AUG 2013 SHUT DOWN PER OWNER.

Categories: Vegan, Organic, Western, Take-out, All Raw

6 Reviews

First Review by limegreen07

ORB, Edinburgh - Edit

I had lunch here today and I have a wealth of positive things to say.

1stly it feels like quite a spacious environment. Its not the biggest room in the world (neither is it the smallest). Rather than being packed to full seating capacity, the environment has a more optimised seating arrangement to contribute to the relaxed atmo. The decor is contemporary with a clear intention of creating a 360 degree experience of not just eating but creating relaxation.

Its all vegan. I asked if there was any soup on the menu and was told no, but they rustled me a gaspacho easily enough. It was very pleasant, neither too subtle nor overpowering.

Main course,I asked for a recommendation and had the brazil burger. It came with a nicely dressed salad, a couple of small pieces of onion bread, a couple of dips and some stuff that was like a purple coleslaw (I have probably described that completely inaccurately and apologise to the kitchen staff if the coleslaw description is beyond comedic). The burger has cashew cheese on top.

Last but no means least, I had a drink. I asked for the almond milk shake (home made almond milk), which was with cacao, dates, vanilla and banana among other things. I was told almond milk was finished so instead was offered same concoction but with pecan ice cream instead. Again very pleasant other than giving myself ice cream brain freeze.

The staff were thoroughly pleasant. There was other things going on such as tarot readings and head massage if that is your thing.

Overall this a very enjoyable experience. One thing I would say though is that it would be for anyone on a tight budget (£23 for the above 3 items).

Pros: All vegan, Interesting & tasty food, Staff

Cons: Not for a shoe string budget

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Delicious raw, vegan food which is very filling - Edit

This is my third visit to ORB Cafe since they opened around 7 or 8 months ago - if I lived in Edinburgh rather than Glasgow I'm sure I would have visited more often. I would definitely not call myself a raw foodist, but since becoming vegan almost 4 years ago I have been getting more enthusiastic about delicious salads and incorporating a lot more raw foods into my diet. Orb always has delicious and healthy nut/fruit/veg combinations on offer. One thing which also surprised me is that I find the mains incredibly filling, especially as I now take the time to eat my meals more slowly to help with digestion. The first evening I visited, I am ashamed to say that I'd brought a packet of ginger nuts with me in case I was still hungry on the journey home!! However, after my main and my sweet, fresh dessert, I was absolutely stuffed! For people who have never considered raw meals, the prices can seem expensive (Why so much for vegetables?! And they're not even hot!), however, Glasgow west end/city centre pubs get punters willing to pay £6/£7 for a burger on its own, and the labour, presentation, and quality of the fresh and organic ingredients used at Orb are not nearly as good as the food in most of those places. Also, there are no worries here about meaty smells or cross contamination.

Yesterday I had a Pear & Walnut salad, then the Orange & Passionfruit cheesecake, both of which were fantastic. Service is not fast, however, I would guess due to the freshness of ingredients a lot of the sauces and other parts of dishes are made to order, and the service is great; it's lovely to be served by people who genuinely want to work there rather it just being another job in any high street pub with microwaved food and unimaginative dishes-by-numbers. For my drink I got the Green Smoothie, a mixture of green veg and sweet fruit, and that was like another meal itself, but I couldn't imagine going without having one of the desserts! It can be quite tricky to locate as it's not that obvious from the high street, so I recommend mapping it online before you go looking for it. Thank you Orb for a lovely dinner.

Pros: Fabulous presentation, Delicious combination of flavours, Interesting variety of drinks

Cons: Interior could do with more colour, Not very noticeable from the high street, Hard to get their news unless you on FB

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Hearty Organic Raw Bountiful! - Edit

Welcomed by lively and friendly greetings with simple but nice and warm atmosphere.
Every dish was prepared freshly from the kitchen. The chef, Claire, who is also the owner of the café concerned for every question and specialty that I asked. The Menu is creative, ingredients are brought to mix and match together very well to become delicious dishes. I did feel that every dish was fulfilled with love and care, created delicately by heart.

For over 15 years experience in being vegetarian, vegan, and for 4 years being a raw food eater, I can say that ORB Café is the best raw food and vegan restaurant I have ever tasted in the world, comparing to many in other towns and countries. I know that I will always miss this place, if I visit Edinburgh again in the future, I will absolutely go to ORB.

Although you are not vegan/vegetarian or raw food lover, you should give it a try.
It's good for your health, it's good for your life. Then you will know how's an angel's food taste like! :)

Pros: Creative & Delicate, Hearty & Healthy, Delicious

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Delicious raw vegan dishes in an informal setting - Edit

Delicious, organic, raw vegan dishes made by lovely people who really care about their customers. To the extent that they prepared a 7 day raw food plan for me and supplied all my lunches and dinners so that I didn't have to think about what to eat! That made things SO easy - by day 5 I was zinging - SO much energy. The food is amazing - puddings are a must (particularly the pumpkin pie) and savoury dishes mouth-wateringly tasty (favourite so far is the tomato and red pepper quiche).

Pros: Delicious food, Super friendly

Cons: Cash only (at the moment)

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Great Raw Vegan Cafe in Edinburgh - Edit

Gorgeous food, very tasty - a delight for your tastebuds. Great service and attention to all needs and tastes. Being nut intolerant, I wasn't sure how much I'd be able to try, as raw food is very reliant on nuts, but I needn't have worried as Claire and Lizzie have made sure I will never miss out by having at least one nut free dish on every day :)

It's fantastic for Edinburgh to have a totally vegan place at last. I'll be making many more trips there.
Updated from previous review on Thursday February 07, 2013

Pros: Friendly, Vegan, Handy location - Haymarket

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A great new addition to Edinburgh dining - Edit

We loved the friendliness and enthusiasm of the 2 women that run this newly opened cafe. It's nicely-lit inside and when busy should be a great place to relax and dine in a laid back atmosphere.
It's been set-up on a budget but they've made the most of the surroundings and most importantly of all - the food hits the mark.
The taster menu of the 3 dishes on offer was lovely and well worth a tenner for the beautifully presented food and flavours, as were the fruit juices (thick like a smoothie) and the crumble dessert with booja-booja ginger and coconut vegan ice-cream. They plan to make their own vegan ice-cream in the future.
It's in a central location above Chop Chop (through a door to the side), near to Haymarket Station. It offers breakfast through to dinner (dinner Fri/Sat) at present but check the hours on their web-site in case this changes, and runs regular evenings such as talks or films. I'd really like to try their Burns' Night but sadly won't be able to investigate what raw foodies would have to rival veggie haggis, neeps and tatties!
Although we are not raw diet followers, it's really nice to see something like this arrive in Edinburgh and deserves to be a success for daring to be different in this city! We'll certainly pay more visits in future.

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff, good value

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