Entering its 15th year, this Haymarket stalwart continues to do everything well at affordable prices.
As the capital’s restaurant scene ebbs and flows with big-brand openings, First Coast quietly goes about its business. The interior is simple and unpretentious, the fireplace arguably being the stand-out spot. Asian flavours often feature on the regularly updated menu, like spicy Malaysian salad with green beans, peanuts and poached egg. Stuffed baby squid with mussels and spinach also delivers a mouth-tingle while the seafood is perfectly cooked. For mains, steamed hake is complemented by crispy aubergine with a punch of ginger in the sauce, while venison haunch with pine nuts is set off by an excellent onion purée. A dessert of baked apple is sensational, a hint of citrus offsetting the powerful richness of the accompanying set custard. Prices are uniformly reasonable for both food and drink (the short wine list offers every option by the glass) and the early evening menu is particularly good value. Service is friendly and unobtrusive, exactly as you’d want it to be in your own favourite local restaurant.
- Private dining: Up to 22 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Popular indie
- Capacity: 85
- Largest group: 90
- Open since: 2003
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 23
- House wine: £16 per bottle
Reviews & features
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Hector Macrae of First Coast on Reestit Mutton1 May 2009
It’s important to me to source quality Scottish produce. As a youngster I worked in a local fish factory in Skye and it was heartbreaking to see about 99 per cent of the langoustines and scallops being shipped abroad. Times are changing and chefs are…