Café St Honoré

Café St Honoré
34 North West Thistle Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 1EA
  • Telephone 0131 226 2211
  • Seasonal times Festival: open till 10.30pm.
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–2pm, 5.15–10pm; Sat/Sun noon–2pm, 5.30–10pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.cafesthonore.com
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Café St Honoré

The dedicated team at Café Saint Honoré celebrate Scotland's abundant larder through a palpable love of great ingredients.

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Tucked down a dark cobbled lane, Parisian charm oozes from the bentwood chairs, aged mirrors and chessboard-tiled floor of this New Town stalwart. As you settle into a quiet corner for a romantic tête-à-tête, you might be forgiven for assuming this is your standard French-style bistro, but Café Saint Honoré should not be judged on appearances alone. Lauded by the Soil Association and the Sustainable Restaurant Association for its continued dedication to sustainable and ethically sourced produce, the menu reads like a Scottish food directory. The Burnside Farm rabbit rillettes is salty and earthy and balanced beautifully by sharp pickled cabbage. A hefty portion of North Sea hake bobs atop an intense fennel and seafood bisque with Shetland mussels and squid (again sourced from the North Sea) adding texture and giving this maritime broth even greater depth. Venison is meltingly tender, skilfully seasoned and complemented by sweet parsnip mash and Stornoway black pudding. As you would expect for a restaurant with such a pedigree, the wine list is accomplished with a compelling choice of old and new world plus a particularly generous selection by the glass.

The List's rating
9.4

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J. Alford visited Café St Honoré on 18 January 2018
  • High point: Delicious food with a conscience
  • Low point: The inevitable adieu
  • Notable dish: Venison with parsnip mash and Stornoway black pudding
  • Average price: £14.50 (set lunch); £33 (dinner)

Concealed down a charming cobbled lane in Edinburgh's New Town, Cafe St Honore oozes French brasserie-style chic. Effortlessly elegant, timeless Art Deco flourishes come in the form of mosaic floor tiling and glitzy mirrored panels.

Chef Neil Forbes and his team pride themselves on producing everything in-house, using ingredients sourced from local producers and suppliers in line with their 'Slow Food' philosophy. The à la carte menu changes daily, reflecting the seasons, and is supported by a Cafe Classics menu of favourites, such as organic Scotch beef bourguignon and mash, whole grilled sardines, coq au vin made with organic Perthshire chickens, and local cheeses with home-made oatcakes and chutney. Members of the Sustainable Restaurant Association since 2009, Cafe St Honoré was awarded the highest accolade of 3-star champion status in August 2012.

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  • Private dining: Up to 14 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Classic jazz
  • Capacity: 48
  • Largest group: 48
  • Open since: 1993
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £21 per bottle

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