I’d visited Cafe Grille last year and found it a fine, if slightly down-at-heel, burger purveyor. Since then, it has closed down and changed hands, but recently reopened trading under the same name. I thought it best to give the new place an early look.
The interior is largely unaltered with the new folks taking on what they found. Menu wise, they’ve taken the main influence away from speciality burgers but retained a menu of classic burger options, then given the menu more of an all-day breakfast feel. It consequently feels even more down-at-heel and very much in the caff style.
I thought I’d check to see whether the burgers retained any of the previous appeal so ordered a cheeseburger. Priced at £3.20 (I added some fried onions) I wasn’t sure quite what to expect.
Cooked to order on the grill plate, the item was soon with me, encased in a good morning roll.
It proved pretty good and put me in mind of the quality you’d expect from a burger cooked by someone who knew what they were doing at a home barbecue. It was a decent, inexpensive effort but not to the same standard as had been on offer under the previous management.
So overall, Cafe Grille is a fairly good little caff, but on the basis that the previous occupants couldn’t build an audience with a much better offering, I don’t hold out much hope for it establishing itself in this tricky location. If you find yourself enjoying what they’re doing, and I’m not far from being among that number, I’d visit soon and visit often as without quickly building a core custom, I suspect they’re screwed.
Blythe scores Cafe Grille
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13.5/20
I ate: cheeseburger
I drank: water
I wore: tweeds
Total bill: £3.40
Address: 32 South Clerk Street, EH8 9PR