- Telephone 0131 225 4431
- Food served Tue–Thu noon–3pm, 5–9.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–9.30pm; Closed Sun/Mon.
- Average price £14 (lunch); £25 (evening meal)
- Website www.cafefish.net
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Remember that bit in Bedknobs and Broomsticks where everyone marvels at the fun times to be had at the bottom of the beautiful briny (shimmery shiny) sea? Café Fish is just like that. Except you get to eat your fellow guests at the piscine ball. And there’s no Angela Lansbury. But it’s still a heck of a party, with a tightly focused, daily-changing menu which is seasonal from soup to nuts. As a general rule you can expect smoking and curing to feature heavily in the starters (chef Stuart Lynch happily admits to being ‘obsessed’), like a beautiful plate of rosy-pink trout scattered with fennel and super-sweet blood oranges, or Scandi-influenced sweet cured herring with potato salad. Mains always include the signature fish and chips – a thick slab of pearly hake, visibly steaming when its light batter wrapper is sliced open. A light curry showcases prawns and monkfish, cleverly balancing flavours. Sourcing is taken seriously here, and it shows – and while not cheap, it’s good value, with quality running through every mouthful. It’s fresh, modern and skilful – a real treat. Angela would approve.
- High point: Skillful cooking and sourcing
- Low point: It's a big, booming space
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- Private dining: Up to 16 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Music on stereo: Cool pop covers
- Capacity: 76
- Largest group: 18
- Open since: 2009
- House wine: £19 per bottle
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