- Telephone 0131 554 2588
- Food served Mon–Thu 8am–11pm; Fri 8am–1am; Sat 9am–1am; Sun 9am–11pm.
- Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu 3–7pm
- Average price £15 (lunch); £20 (evening meal)
- Website www.cafetartine.co.uk
Adaptable French café and crêperie that transforms into a romantic dinner location.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
This is the place to be on a sunny afternoon – light streams in through the windows, and the low-ceilinged, white-walled room feels like a breath of fresh air. Sofas are mixed in with sturdy, rustic tables, and an open crêperie means you can start contemplating dessert from arrival. The emphasis is on relaxed, good time dining. A starter of broccoli and rosemary soup is wholesome and mildly medicinal while also rich and soothing. Still hungry? Try one of the café’s substantial and impressive burgers. Alternatively, the caesar salad is an exemplary expression of the form, with light, crisp lettuce, chicken slightly caught around the edges, crunchy croutons and sharp, salty anchovies. Come dessert you may regret that burger – these are worth planning ahead for. A salted caramel tart is a memorable, soft, endorphin-releasing chocolate truffle, seeded with crunchy salt flakes and atop a rich, caramel and light flaky base. And then, of course, there are the crêpes – freshly made and deliciously sweet – you’ll be glad there’s some soft seating nearby to collapse onto.
- High point: Transforms into a very romantic dinner location
- Low point: Uncoordinated service can lead to repetitive questions and some delays on a busy day
- Notable dish: Salted caramel and dark chocolate tart
- Private dining: Any permutation available
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: General French and popular music
- Live entertainment: During jazz festival and Hogmanay
- Capacity: 100
- Largest group: 100
- Open since: 2014
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
- House wine: £16.95 per bottle