On a windy Edinburgh Sunday, a little stroll to Stockbridge seemed like good idea; well, an idea, anyway.
After a decent buffeting, it was time to seek lunchtime solace in a suitably appointed cafe. Henri, the smart French cafe and deli, was our choice.
I’d been for a visit, previously, to sample their espresso, of which I hadn’t been overly fond, but I was very impressed with the look of the place, so made a mental note to visit again, soon.
I was joined today by my mother, Anne, who’d recently been with me for a soup stop at Firth of Froth.
While I suspect the real treats of Henri lie with their charcuterie, cheeses, and tartes, we were in need of the cockle-warming goodness that only soup can provide. Their soup of the day was an intriguing sounding Thai spiced pepper, so we ordered two bowls that.
The interior is split between a front deli shop, and a cafe to the rear. A fair battalion of waiters and waitresses flit between the two, not least because a large portion of the cafe dishes feature items from the deli counter. The constant flow means that catching someone’s eye is a fairly straightforward business, allowing service to remain brisk.
The soup proved to be very good, with a wonderfully aromatic and chunky broth providing us with just the warming comfort that was required. It was served with lovely, fresh bread.
We followed with a couple of pots of tea, which were every bit as good as the soup. The orange oolong was particularly delicate and refreshing.
So overall, I was very pleased with Henri. Again, I feel that another visit is required, next time with a cheese and meat lover, as I imagine a very relaxing afternoon of nibbling on delicious morsels can be had. Their impressive selection of wines also look to be worth investigating. I’d happily recommend that you pay the place a visit, soon.
Blythe scores Henri
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
Today’s questers were: Anne, Blythe
We ate: Thai spiced pepper soup
We drank: water, orange oolong, darjeeling
We wore: windswept and interesting apparel
Total bill: £11.90