I’d been a big fan of the Water of Leith Cafe Bistro when it was in its original Coburg Street premises – and continue my fondness now they’ve moved up river. I did wonder, though, how future occupiers would get on with this slightly awkwardly located spot. I popped in to try the latest incarnation, Ostara, on a mackerel-skied Wednesday.



With seating for around 30, the space is configured in much the same way as before, with a slightly more rustic and family friendly detailing.

The focus is on breakfast and lunch dishes with a nicely varied menu showcasing a great selection of local suppliers. On their list are Puddledub, Grams, Archipelago, Breadshare, Bearded Baker, Pekoe, and Williams & Johnson. I sampled a really good espresso from the latter.



I was lured in by their specials board which offered pea & smoked ham soup and a wild garlic, asparagus and Mull cheddar tart.

The soup arrived first and looked brightly springish. It packed oodles of pea freshness and good chunks of deliciously smoky ham. It was really good stuff.

Quiche and salad

Quiche and salad

The quiche to follow wasn’t quite so successful. Served slightly chilled, the filling packed lots of seasonal flavour but the pastry was rather unrefined and slightly under-fired. The accompanying salad offered enough refreshing greenery to get the dish back on track, though.

So overall, I liked Ostara a lot and think it has a reallly good opportunity to build an appreciative audience. It has some refinements to make, and it needs to get the word about their excellent list of suppliers out there a little more actively. It’s a place very much worth your attention, so I look forward to visiting to check out their breakfast selection, soon.

Blythe scores Ostara
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20

I ate: pea and smoked ham soup; asparagus, wild garlic and Mull cheddar tart

I drank: water, espresso

I wore: dark blue

Total bill: £12.40

Address: 52 Coburg Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6HJ

Written by BKR