ALWAYS SUNDAY - Written December 2008
IT'S PROBABLY A UNANIMOUS AGREEMENT AMOUNG MOST PEOPLE THAT OF ALL THE DAYS OF THE WEEK, SUNDAY IS THE MOST DESIRABLE ONE TO FIND YOURSELF IN. YOU CAN DO ALMOST ANYTHING WITH YOUR SUBCONCIOUS VOICE NUDGING, "WHATEVER, IT'S SUNDAY." IT CAN BE A DAY OF LAZINESS, A DAY TO FEAST ON SWEETS, A DAY TO LEISURELY CATCH UP WITH FRIENDS AND LEAVE THE WORRIES OF THE OTHER SIX DAYS BEHIND AS YOU CELEBRATE THE BEST DAY, THE DAY OF REST.
Seeing the name of this cafe, Always Sunday, from the bustling and ‘Baltic’ High Street is enough to entice anyone to seek refuge inside. Owner Mary Macdonald has done an undeniably amazing job of giving this place an all-encompassing feel of a sunny, relaxing Sunday, even if it's a miserable Monday outside. Her goal to "appeal to all five senses" and to create an atmosphere that is "lit with a sense of sunshine" is an admirable and accomplished one. From enormous wall hangings depicting seasonal scenes in progress to the sincerity of the smiles from the staff, it is a place that begs for your lingered presence.
The room is lively and energetic during my visit. It's all counter service here with your menu beautifully displayed before your eyes, allowing you to choose from what you see. This menu is fresh and changes daily, with many of the favourites reappearing often so there are many things you can count on eating again in the future.
I was spoilt for choice between the unusual likes of a chocolate and ginger tray bake, chocolate and coconut cheesecake, cranachan raspberry cake, wholemeal scones, handmade shortbread and carrot cake. I opted for a slice of Polish cheesecake, which I have been craving ever since, with a sweetened soya (because they actually give you a choice) latte.
On the savoury side, you can go for a cheeseboard, a haggis breakfast (mornings only) and hot specials like steak pie, lasagne and focaccia treats. They also let you mix and match between items like homemade soup, specialty breads (think walnut, olive, sun-dried tomato), and a vast range of salads such as spinach and sweet potato.
There's so much more that you must experience yourself someday, any day, soon!
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