Following a leisurely stroll through the city, I found myself on my old stomping ground in the West End so popped in to check on an old favourite cafe.
Noir opened back at the start of 2016. We held a very successful Scran Salon there, and when they were first starting I helped out with their social media in return for free coffee, something that apparently still holds good today.
Curiously though, this was the first time I’d stopped in for something to eat.
The interior is a very smart bank conversion with the cafe extending across multiple rooms. I sat in the main area after I’d placed my order for a slice of quiche and an espresso.
Today’s coffee was a Brazilian from Williams & Johnson. It was excellent. It was interesting to see their white coffee was from Belfast roastery Bailie’s. I’d sampled their wares before in District Coffee so it was interesting to see it in Scotland for the first time.
The quiche arrived with a simple accompaniment of rocket leaves and sun-blushed tomatoes. It proved really impressive. The filling was an excellent blend of artichoke and pesto and the lightly flaky pastry was spot on. It was a joy to hear that it had been made in-house which is the case for an ever-increasing percentage of their menu.
So overall, it was great to see Noir on such fine form. I miss my regular stops here but am very glad to see that alongside the likes of Strumpets and Zest & Co it has established itself as a fine coffee purveyor in an area that was once poorly served for this sort of thing. Give them a look next time you’re after a quality lunch and excellent coffee.
Blythe scores Noir
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 16.5/20
I ate: artichoke and pesto quiche
I drank: espresso, water
I wore: mainly blue
Total bill: £6.40 (but I ended up with £2.20 change as I still don’t pay for coffee here, it seems)
Address: 1 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AF