First Coast

First Coast
97–101 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2AB
  • Telephone 0131 313 4404
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–2pm, 5–10.30pm. Closed Sun.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 5–6.30pm
  • Average price £13.50 (set lunch); £21 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £13.50
  • Email
  • Website www.first-coast.co.uk
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First Coast

Relaxed Dalry Road bistro with a friendly front of house and good value lunch and early dining offers.

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Don’t let the name or the nautically tinged interior fool you. First Coast is about more than just fish. The blue and white tongue-and-groove walls hint at a menu packed with seafood options, but there is much from the land that will tempt, such as pork from Gorgie City Farm and succulent venison haunch served with pink fir potatoes. The decision to venture from the city centre to this Dalry favourite is rewarded when a beautifully plated octopus, black rice and saffron aioli starter arrives: its tender tentacles provide the perfect foil against the crunch of the grain. Contrast is again key in a generous gurnard fillet served with crispy polenta squares, given a boot up the backside with a sweet salsa rosso. Thankfully, portions are well-considered at First Coast, meaning it's possible to enjoy something decadent from the pudding list after two courses. The jam roly-poly and custard has the ability to temporarily transport diners back to childhood, before coming back to reality with a liqueur from the well-curated selection.

  • High point: Great neighbourhood dining at good prices
  • Low point: For some, it will be a trek from the city centre
  • Notable dish: Venison haunch with pink firs, onion purée, broccoli, pine nuts
  • 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: Indie
  • Live entertainment: Occasional regional cuisine evenings
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 90
  • Open since: 2003
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 23
  • House wine: £15 per bottle

Reviews & features

Hector Macrae of First Coast on Reestit Mutton

1 May 2009

Chef's Choice

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…