Being the one chip shop down The Shore in Leith, Pierinos is the sort of place that is super busy at 11pm on a Friday night.
As well as serving conventional chippie staples such as fish & chips, smoked sausage & chips, and pizza & (do you see where this is going?) chips they also serve baked potatoes.
When I worked in the vicinity, there was some debate in the office about where to get the best baked potato in the area. Colin suggested I pay a visit to Peirinos for my lunchtime munch, as the potatoes are huge and value for money.
I was reminded of this when James and I popped in for a lazy takeaway a few nights ago; it had been a while since I’d had chips with chippy sauce (mmm Edinburgh chippie sauce; an amazing combo of Gold Star brown sauce and water. I could bathe in it). Although I went for chips, my Irishman didn’t want to break with tradition and decided to get a baked potato.
I asked him what he thought (since he was the originator of the BPR) and even nabbed a bite. So my first real post on the BPR is still kind of written by the boy, but what do you want from me? I’m not a machine.
As you can see the potato had a bit too much in the way of onions. The pieces were quite big and as it was raw onion it was quite strong. It would have been a bit nicer if the onion was diced, and maybe if less of it had been used.
But let’s get down to the nitty gritty; how did it measure up against the original criteria?
Price: At £3.00 the potato leans towards the pricier end of the scale, although this is generally the average price for a baked tattie. This does include a double topping; getting a potato with just cheese would only cost £2.50, but opting for a warm topping such as chilli con carne and cheese will cost you $4 so it can go either way.
Taste: The taste of the potato was sadly overpowered by the flavour of the onions, but the texture wasn’t quite right anyway so I doubt we missed much.
Fluffiness: This potato lacked the fluffiness you get from a proper oven cooked potato. I suspect the potato had been half microwaved, then finished off quickly in an oven.
Skin: Again the skin wasn’t crisp, as a baked potato should be. This was another indicator that the potato had been microwaved.
So despite some recommendations from ex-work colleagues, Pierinos was distinctly below average. There are definitely better potato options out there.