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“could not eat my meal - twice!”
Review of Eat Me Cafe

Eat Me Cafe
Ranked #6 of 365 Restaurants in Scarborough
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $14
Cuisines: American, Asian, British
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Eat Me Cafe sits quietly in a backstreet of Scarborough behind the world-famous Stephen Joseph Theatre. We offer a diverse multicultural menu, serving hand-packed burgers, Japanese Ramen, Shetland Pie, Thai Curries.... And much much more. 95% Of our food is made in-house from scratch. Our wide range of cakes changes daily. We serve our own much loved blend of coffee, fair trade certified and expertly roasted by The Heavenly Coffee Company and this can't be found anywhere else. All our food is cooked to order, and at busy times there may be a delay. Our chips are skin on for goodness and seasoned with Eat Me's own blend seasoning. We only use Butter on our breads and please be aware that Our Kitchen contains nuts, both kinds. If you have special dietary requirements please let us know and we will try to accommodate. We always have dairy free butter alternatives and soya milk on request, as well as Gluten Free bread for those sandwich requirements. Also, during the day when busy you may be asked to share a table, you never know who you might meet. We love Yorkshire and Scarborough and were so proud to receive The Good Food Guide Cafe of the Year 2014 award and be in the guide again for 2015. We embrace our quirkiness, bringing a smile to our customers faces from the moment they walk in! Finally if you are in a rush for the theatre, the train or collecting the kids please let us know, we will do all we humanly can!
Reviewed March 28, 2013

My friend wanted my opinion on this place as she noticed the good reviews and although she had visited before didn't understand why it was so popular. I agree - I could not understand why people think this place is so good - it isn't!
I ordered an omelette - pretty easy to get right you would think, but what i received was under cooked and runny. I sent it back and received another runny omelette which, of course I could not eat. The little bit around the edges that I did try was tasteless - virtually no seasoning at all.Using an excuse of 'It's French style' did not help - this means it is a folded omelette with little colouring - not raw and runny inside. As for the 'Homeslaw' - they would have been better buying it from Tesco! It was acidic and not at all creamy. No imagination went into the salad either. My sweet was also not nice, it just tasted quite nasty.
We also had to wait some time for our meals to arrive and then wait again for our sweets to arrive.
The decor also leaves a little to be desired - 1970's front parlour with a bit of warehouse thrown in. The cutlery, condiment sets, enamel plates (why?!) and tea pots appeared to have come from a car boot sale and the empty golden syrup tins used to house the cutlery were not very clean. There is no comfort in this cafe either - cold, hard plastic chairs and very cheap looking tables.
Also for some strange reason everything seemed to come wrapped in paper - I hope it is recycled - or else there will soon be no rain forest left!
Eat Me's saving grace were the fries - they were pretty good.

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6  Thank wendy-butler
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marste007, Owner at Eat Me Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2013

Hello Wendy-Butler
Thanks for taking your time to write us a review, we enjoy reading all our customer comments and take all valid issues very seriously.
Let us start by mentioning the fact that you stayed on long enough for cake after being so vastly disappointed. Thanks, it's nice to know that though we had "failed" you twice with the omlette, you stayed on long enough to be further disappointed in the cake selection.
We find it very odd that a friend of yours wanted to revisit us even though she had visited previoulsy and couldn't understand why we are so popular and known for being "good". And then to further it by getting yourself to visit with her to ensure that we aren't as good as our reputation mentions. Yourself having visited before too, which isnt mentioned I add!
Our omlettes are served french style, which doessimply mean a folded omlette, the critisicm that it was runny and not seasoned is simply not the case, the "runny" issue is caused by the cheese in the middle of the folded omlette melting and hence the release it's fat content, a known cooking parameter of using cheese in omlettes and also toasted cheese sandwiches, another of our very popular dishes, like our omlettes. Tasteless around the edges, which is the only part you tried on the second omlette, doesn't really lend itself to knowing what the rest of the perfectly cooked cheese omlette would have tasted like but we accept your opinion.
Our Homeslaw is all made fresh daily too, we aim to not have the slaw smothered in mayonnaise as this detracts from the purpose of the slaw, to give a wonderful tasty crunchy addition to the plate, not just mayonnaise with a little carrot and cabbage and onion thrown in for good measure, we sell our ever popular Homeslaw in our Urban Farm Shop too now, clearly a much desired take home pot of loveliness for our always appreciative customers.
Critisicm of the salad? It's fresh salad with our own lovely homemade dressing, it sells itself. Cake you chose was fresh in that day from the wonderful Cake Lady, who supplies us daily with the freshest of homemade cake and dessert pies, our customers order cakes direct with her for occassions as her delights are now renowned with our regular patrons.
Onto the critique of the decor.
We have a chosen style that has been ours from our beginnings back in February 2011. The new venue is a little more how we wanted in from the beginning and we are very proud of it. It's a vision of how we like it, a little nostalgia, a little kitsch and a little modern with quirkyness thrown in for good measure. That includes our choice of enamel tin ware for serving some of our dishes, the Vintage wallpaper in the waiting area, the Golden Syrup tins for the cutlery, apologies if they were a little unkempt that day, they are cleaned every second day. The teapots have been a welcome sight for many in their lovely oldy worldy style with cozies on. There are only 2 chairs that are plastic, they are both very expensive satellite chairs, the rest are predominantly metal chairs and 6 are from the original venue still made of wood. The tables were hand built to our own design by both myself and Martyn, they have been purpose built to match our style and requirements for the new venue, made with the love and passion we both have for our business.
Finally, the comment on all things wrapped in paper, it's our style again behind these decisions, and one that our customers really love, it makes us different again from the rest, something we have strived to maintain since we opened, our uniqueness. The paper we use is from a recycled source, and furthermore we assume that you do not frequent other take away franchises where their blatant over use of packaging most certainly will be contributing to the eradication of the rainforests.
Thanks for enjoying the chips, they are our own skin on, hand cut, eat me seasoned, twice cooked chips.
And thanks again for your review, it has been enlightening at the least.
Stephen @eatmecafe

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Reviewed March 27, 2013

My wife and I have been fans of Eat Me for some time - when in Scarborough, we either eat there or go hungry! They soon outgrew their smaller premises at number 7 Hanover Road - it only seated a dozen or so people. Once the secret was out as to what a great place this tucked away Bistro is, it was just bursting at the seams and became a victim of its own success. However, the good news is that in January this year it moved to larger premises at number 1 Hanover Road and now seats 34 people, but nevertheless, quickly fills up, so waiting at times is inevitable, but it's most certainly worth the wait.

'Eat Me' has never claimed to be a restaurant, and the owners refer to it as a 'gastro cafe' - an apt description. They don't take bookings and if you ring up, you'll get an answerphone - they're too busy trying to look after customers. They will ring you back, but if the purpose of your call was to book a table, it will have been a wasted call.

The menu is excellent, both for breakfasts lunches, and early evening (when open). The 'Shetland Pies' - the recipes of which change daily - are excellent, and often with quirky names 'puffin & troll' for example! They come with hand-cut chips. The food is nicely served up, and there are some nice little touches - milk for your tea in a school milk bottle, water for your table in a sterilised milk bottle. Remember those?

They still also occupy the original 'Eat Me' premises at Number 7, which is now a a deli, selling some of the produce that is used in the cafe, including excellent bread, scones, sausages, and so on.

Inevitably, with the Stephen Joseph Theatre just around the corner, now that the secret is out, those of us who discovered the place a while ago have rather shot ourselves in the foot and sometimes have to wait to get a table, but in fairness, they do now stress that you must be prepared to share a table, whereas too often in the past, if two people sat at a table for four and selfishly dumped their coats or shopping on the two vacant seats, other diners would have to wait. How rude and inconsiderate is that?

In short, #1 Hanover Road is the #1 place to eat in Scarborough!

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1  Thank Yorkieguy62
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Good food, service and choice but we had to wait 25 mins for a table- on a Tuesday lunchtime! The food didn't take too long to arrive and was very tasty.

2  Thank slrUk
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Eat Me Cafe is a quirky 'off the beaten track' Cafe.It reminds me of cafe's in San Fransisco and San Diego, Rustic,arty and cosy.Even a simple thing as pouring water is made to be enjoyable served in kilner topped bottles.Only trouble is, they are soooo good at what they do, they need a bigger place as it's full everytime we pass or go there.That is not a negative comment,it's a success story in a recession.
The food is beautiful, as is the presentation. They now have a deli' selling high quality local preserves, chutney's and all sorts of items like an old suitcase that has legs on it,and the most lovely sour dough bread. I took it home it was gone in 2 minutes the whole family loved it.

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2  Thank Debbie190744
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

Excellent service, quality food, great ambient atmosphere to relax, nice decor with some nice little touches. These guys know how to run an exceptional Cafe/Bistro.

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