This laid-back bistro, just a few minutes from Haymarket Station, has won a loyal following. Hardwood floors, stone walls, soft blue hues, and seaside paintings add to the coastal theme. Savory temptations include roasted butternut squash with chestnut-and-apple salad; panfried sea bass with fennel, mustard, and ginger; and Aberdeen Angus sirloin with tomato-and-red-onion salad. The international wine list is as varied as the daily specials.
Feb 27, 2008
Having had two entirely different experiences at this restaurant I'm now slightly less eulogistic about this place than I might have been after my initial visit. The first time I went I was with a large group on a summertime Friday night when the restaurant was full. The food was delicious, the staff coped admirably and it had the feel of a buzzy, busy restaurant with a dedicated team behind it. My second visit was with a small group on a cold,
mid-week winter evening. The food was disappointing and had the feel of having been cobbled together with what was left in the kitchen, the staff had a couldn't-care-less attitude and the place had a cold, empty feel. The people I had taken along seemed unlikely to recommend it or return. On balance I would say that the best thing to do is try it for yourself - hopefully you will have the former experience rather than the latter and what we experienced was just a restaurant with a case of winter blues.
Jul 24, 2006
I write this review as a regular local customer but also a hotelier who sends many guests to this restaurant. In the 3-4 years we have recommended this restaurant we have never had one complaint. In the 3-4 years we have been eating in the restaurant I have never failed to enjoy a meal. The main reason for this is that the menu is short, changes frequently is cooked with fresh, available ingredients and is honestly priced. I have tried within the
city to match the combination of quality and price offered here and failed. The small menue may not be to everyone's liking but the quality is so overwhelmingly good at the price it more than makes up for it. The location makes it more of a neighbourhood bistro than a tourist bistro (a point that our overseas guests love). Don't they always say to eat where the locals do! The service is also cheerful and friendly and the winelist simple and not overpriced. After every couple of meals elsewhere, I need to get a "fix" of a meal at First Coast and I may be shooting myself in the foot by recommending a restaurant that we have kept our "secret" for some time but after a series of less enjoyable meals elsewhere, the dedication shown here to producing quality and varied menues at affordable prices needs to be praised.It is a casual bistro in a local neighbourhood but within easy reach of any hotel in the West End of Edinburgh centre. Please note we have no commercial or personal link with this restaurant other than being enthusiastic customers.