First Coast is a wonderful restaurant on Dalry Road, within spitting distance of Haymarket station, so not the hike out of town it may seem. I first began to eat here many years ago when I lived in the area but regularly make the trip back as the food and service is unbeatable.
One of the many great things about First Coast is its menu as it changes for the regulars who eat here and has a wide variety of fish, meat, chicken and vegetarian dishes so perfect for a group of eaters with different tastes.
I arrived early one evening, straight from my friends’ work and and made use of their early dining offer. £10.95 for two courses and £13.50 for three. We reserved a table as it can get busy, even during midweek and despite it being a night of torrential rain, it was almost at capacity by the time we left (7.30ish).
The three of us were warmly welcomed by the staff and immediately offered iced tap water along with our glasses of wine and a beer. The menu is hard to decide from, but what I did know is that I would eat three courses! We were served warm bread rolls and butter whilst waiting on our starters.
I ordered the white pudding with caramelised apples and honey gravy top begin with and it was outstanding. The white pudding was soft and flavoursome with the apples complimenting it nicely along with the honey gravy. A real starting treat to this fabulous feast.
One of my dining partners passed on starter for some strange reason and the other one went for the beef skewers, hoisin and peanut sauce. Again, this dish was fabulous as we exchanged tasting portions across the table, both wishing we had the other starter as well as our own.
I have always found the presentation at First Coast faultless and this continued into our main courses. I ordered the thai marintated chicken salad with peppers, cucumber and mango which was nothing short of divine even on such a wet wintery night. The chicken was warm and full of wonderful thai herbs and spices and the salad was just the right amount of ingredients without one dominating the other.
One of my dining partners opted for the vegetarian dish of bulgar and spinach pilaf with roast chilli tomatoes, cinnamon onions and labneh (a cheese / yoghurt based dish) Again, it was presented beautifully and tasted wondeful. The roast chilli tomatoes were wonderful and at first glance would have passed as mushrooms as they had been roasted properly. Our knives, forks and spoons were doing dances across the table and between the plates as we all tasted each others’ dishes.
The last dining friend opted for the thai pork and beef meatballs with noodles and an extra side of stir fried greens , £3.50. He was also given a spoon so that he could enjoy all the sauce so it wouldn’t go to waste. The accompanying vegetables were cooked to perfection and we all tucked into the spinach, aubergine and snap peas along with our food, making for an interesting combination of everything on the table.
What a meal! We were all pretty full by this time, but I managed to order dessert whilst the others had coffee and opted for the layered hazelnut and chocolate meringue cake with hazelnut cream. The dessert was delicious and I made it clear to the waiter there was to be only one spoon given to the table 😉
I don’t think this picture does the size justice, but it was ample and every mouthful was savoured whilst the others talked and looked on in jealousy.
A thoroughly enjoyable meal in comfortable surroundings with a good atmosphere. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu and ready to offer suggestions. At the great price of £50 including drinks (plus tip) I would wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant to anyone. I have always had a good meal here.
Well worth the 200 metre journey from Haymarket.
Suitable for disabled ? Yes, it’s on ground floor as are the accessible bathrooms.