Cafe St Honore is a French restaurant, tucked away in a back street of Edinburgh. It has been around for a while so it must be doing something right. We’ve been there before many years ago but it was a night of a major international football match and, to be honest, the staff were not really focused on their work.
I was reminded of Cafe St Honore by a recent review so decided to go there for a family birthday meal. It was a Monday night so not the busiest night of the week but I guess about half the tables were occupied.
The decor is very French – none of your minimalism here – mirrors, wine racks, etc. The menu is certainly not French but Scottish with a French influence. They focus on using local produce and certainly some dishes that I’ve never seen in France. No smears or dots of this and that thank goodness. The lighting is low (not great for photography but iPhones are remarkably good in low light) but very atmospheric.
I started with crispy lamb belly, which is shredded lamb formed into a rissole. It was superb. Others had cheese tart, scallops and smoked haddock but actually I think I got the best of the bunch.
My main course was Perthshire venison haunch with red cabbage and black pudding. Like the starter, it was superb – perfectly cooked rare venison, intensely rich cabbage and crispy black pudding.
And there was no nonsense about miniature portions – as you would expect in a French bistro, the portions were substantial and we were too full for pudding. I was sorry to miss the new season Rhubarb crumble.
I’d certainly recommend Cafe St Honore – good service, great food and I think on a busier evening, the atmosphere would be buzzing. Not too expensive either- about £30 each for food.