L’Etoile Salon de Tea
I’d spotted L’Etoile Salon de Tea close by Dragonfly and the Coffee Mill on my travels a few weeks ago and made a note to visit. It struck me as a slightly awkward location but I was keen to see whether what sounded like an interesting offering would work there.
The space is a rather odd mix with unfinished walls bounding a large room that’s sparsely populated with tables. It has some bedding-in to do before it feels like a really welcoming space, but it has the potential to do so.
I quickly settled on their lunch deal of soup and their veggie quiche of the day. Both were heated to order and soon with me.
Aside from the pointless slate the items sat on, things looked pretty smart with a good little dressed salad included between the two main items.
The soup, which today was Scotch broth, was under-seasoned but otherwise hearty fare. The quiche was a notch or two better. The pastry was light and flaky, and although it lacked some crispness this was more than made up for by the warmly satisfying courgette-topped filling. This was a good quality item.
So overall, I know I missed out actually trying the tea at L’Etoile Salon de Tea, but I was impressed enough by what else was on offer to mean that a return for tea sampling is guaranteed. I still have some concerns about the slightly betwixt and between location, but once the interior feels a little more homely I think the place has a good chance to build a loyal following. Stop in and give it a try next time you’re passing.
Blythe scores L’Etoile
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: soup, courgette quiche
I drank: water
I wore: mainly grey
Total bill: £5.50
Address: 44 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LD