Friendly new Leith café-bistro with an engaged attitude to its local neighbourhood, suppliers and good, fresh food.
At Ostara, high ceilings and ornate features are made cosy by soft lighting and rich plum hues. Mismatched furniture and colourful artwork create a quirky and fun ambience, reflecting the friendly service and inventive food here. Brunch takes centre stage, served all day, alongside daily specials, soup and sandwiches – using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, with most dishes adaptable for dietary requirements. Roast sweet potato with hot smoked salmon (from Welch’s Fishmonger) comes with a colourful salad of alfalfa sprouts, yellow and pink beetroot, pickled cucumber and leaves. Inventive specials, such as venison haggis and potato cake topped with fried-egg, offer something new on every visit. Homemade sweet treats, like apple and blueberry crumble, complement coffee from Williams & Johnson or Pekoe loose leaf tea. There’s also wine and Scottish craft beer/ cider, or fresh cold-pressed juices. Overall, a neighbourhood treasure worth discovering in Leith.
- High point: The all-day brunch menu
- Low point: Not open in the evenings
- Notable dish: Roast sweet potato with hot smoked salmon
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Eclectic mix, generally old school, 80s
- Capacity: 28
- Largest group: 25
- Open since: 2016 April
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- House wine: £17 per bottle
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