17 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, Scotland EH11 2BQ
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7 reviews of Cafe Fish in English
We made a return visit to Cafe Fish, having last visited it a couple of years ago, in it’s former Leith location. Our last visit was disappointing. The problem back then was small portions, limited choice, and high prices. I put it down to them having a bad day when we visited. Unfortunately things haven’t changed. It’s an overrated restaurant serving small portions of adequately cooked food at inflated prices. Drinks are expensive too, the cheapest bottles of wine being £18-£19. Don’t be fooled by the so called fixed price menu. Most of the dishes have a hefty £5-£6 supplement, and the dishes that don’t have a supplement are invariably sold out. Edinburgh has many excellent restaurants serving fish at reasonable prices. This isn’t one of them. I’ve been scalped. I won’t go again.
The food was good.
We had octopus confit and oysters to start and for mains we had the duck leg confit and the seabass. Oh, and loads of chips.
I was SO pleased by the freshness of the oysters and the texture of the duck confit.
We also had some lovely glasses of wine.
SO, three stars only because our service was atrocious. First we were nearly denied our table because they stopped using the service I booked it with (the restaurant was empty at the time we came, too). Second we tried to order around some food allergies and our server was horrific about it. It was clearly a big deal for him to have to check with the kitchen and he offered no substitutes. Here was an exchange: “I’ll take the masala without the raitha…” “the masala has butter in it.” “oh, ok well the cod…” “that has a cream sauce.” (do you want me to move through each menu item???)
I won’t be coming back and I wont be suggesting it. I can get great oysters elsewhere. This is Edinburgh; they have a sh*t tonne of oysters.
Wow.. the sea food s fantastic, me and my hubby went last saturday for lunch.. would definately recommend was served by a lovely girl called tess she was very professional and tended to our every need.
We will be back.
Food was very well balanced and tasted great but unfortunately we felt a bit let down by the service and wine selection with the cheapest bottle being £34 – I know they are looking for a star but that is just ludicrous.
Service was friendly but no wow-factor especially considering we were not asked how the food was until paying the bill. Glad we tried it but the lack of ambience and service would not entice us to return in a hurry.
Operating out of the Stockbridge site previously occupied by Zanzero this is the new home for Cafe Fish.
Business wasn’t too brisk on Monday evening but the service was attentive (possibly overso in terms of checking how we were getting along with only two other tables occupied) and swift with empty glasses of water being topped up regularly.
My serrano ham, mozzarella balls & peach starter was tasty and well presented and the haddock on a borlotti bean & spring onion base was well cooked and filling. Overall two courses for £22 was good vfm although they could maybe do with getting in some wine around the £12 mark.
Not then somewhere I see myself going on a regular basis (the acoustics could I think be a problem at busy times) but my experience chimed well with a friend’s recent account so it seems you could do worse in the city in terms of fish restaurants pitched at this level of the market.
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