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, 6–10pm.
  • Average price £18.50 (set lunch); £30 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.cafesthonore.com
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Café St Honoré

A taste of Paris with 97% sustainable and mostly Scottish ingredients, this is a top choice for ethical eaters. Daily changing menus include gluten and dairy-free options.

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Chef-patron Neil Forbes must get a kick out of contradictions. His café is one of the Frenchiest venues in town, all bentwood chairs, tiled floors and spotty mirrors but his menu reads like a Scottish travelogue, with no fewer than 18 producers name-checked on the menu. It’s like inviting Edith Piaf round for tea and having Eddi Reader show up instead – a bit of a surprise, but still totally brilliant. And that’s before the food even arrives … first Forbes takes three beautiful, plump hand-dived Isle of Mull scallops and essentially (sensibly) leaves them alone – searing them, popping them onto a puddle of earthy lentils then sending them out. Job done. Venison follows, rich and soft with that gamey tang that sends your heart racing off across the heather. There’s only one veggie choice (back to France again?) but it’s a satisfying one: a celeriac and potato bake with a blue stilton croquette that puts hairs on your chest. Finally, chocolate fondant completes the circle, bringing you back to Paris and Edith and that time you fell in love. Braw.

  • High point: Those scallops
  • Low point: Exiting back to the cold hard cobbles of an insalubrious lane

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 16 covers
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 48
  • Largest group: 48
  • Open since: 1993
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 18
  • House wine: £19.50 per bottle

Reviews & features

Q&A: Neil Forbes – Cafe St Honoré

27 Oct 2014

Head Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? Cafe St Honoré doesn't add much to its already wonderful Parisian-feel. We simply add a few twinkles to the lighting and have our own Christmas…