Cafe de la PosteI’d noted with interest the arrival of Cafe de la Poste in the old post office next to the King’s Hall. Regular guest quester Rachel had spotted it too so together we plotted a lunchtime visit.
A French bistro, the place had an unmistakably Gallic feel to it, from the staff to the eclectic mix of the menu to the well-considered wine list.They’ve done a pretty smart refit of the place with dark wood and red seat coverings to the fore. I noted the private dining room for ten downstairs next to their wine cellar.
The starter options included bone marrow on toast which sounded tempting but sadly today’s supply hadn’t arrived, so we opted instead for mussels and a tomato and mozzarella salad.These promptly arrived looking very stylish. My salad was served as a little millefeuille tower. While the mozzarella wasn’t the best quality, it was an accomplished dish that was nicely seasoned and fresh on the palette. I enjoyed it.
Rachel’s Loch Etive mussels were presented on a snail dish and prepared very much in snail fashion with a buttery garlic sauce. It was another good dish.The main course bavette looked much as expected and hit the spot. My veal escalope was stuffed with beef mince and served with vegetables in a red wine jus. The idea of young cattle stuff with older cattle seemed a little strange to me, but I couldn’t argue with the depth of flavour. It was simple and delicious cooking.
We accompanied things with a really good Crozes Hermitage with which I was very impressed. It was one of the better bottles of red I’ve had in a good while.So overall, I really enjoyed Cafe de la Poste. During the week they serve a competitively-priced set lunch but the dishes on the full a la carte were still very reasonable. Service is very friendly but has a kink or two to iron-out. I can definitely see myself visiting again as it has a lovely atmosphere and simple, enjoyable dishes that are likely to please. Make sure to try it soon.
Blythe scores Cafe de la Poste
3.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20
Today’s questers were: Rachel, Blythe
We ate: mussels, tomato and mozzarella millefeuille, bavette, veal
We drank: water, Riesling, Crozes Hermitage
We wore: flip-flops, concealed animal print
Total bill: £85.40
Address: 41 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9NZ