Cafe Grande is one of those places I’ve walked past so many times but never timed it right for a visit. I’ve never been entirely sure whether it was a cafe, restaurant or bar so that’s at least partly the reason I’ve not popped in but when I was recently hungry in the neighbourhood I seized the opportunity.
A smart bistro set-up, the place had a welcoming feel backed up by effusively friendly staff.
I was brought a menu which had the eclectic feel of a French bistro but with dishes drawn from a range of cooking traditions.
I opted for the fish sandwich and added a cup of soup on the side, which today was sweet potato and butternut squash.
This was promptly delivered looking much as expected. The soup had a lovely rustic texture and packed a good amount of bright, sweet flavour. I liked it.
The sandwich was a notch better with delicious and profuse battered fish in a brioche bun. I’m a fan of sandwiches in this style and this was one of the better ones I’ve sampled.
So overall, Cafe Grande proved a smart place for a light lunch. I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and warm welcome very much. I look forward to coming back again in the future for further exploration of their menu.
Blythe scores Cafe Grande
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: fish sandwich; sweet potato and squash soup
I drank: water
I wore: grey
Total bill: £9
Address: 184 Bruntsfield Place, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh EH10 4DF