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It’s named after a tiny settlement in Wester Ross, but First Coast plies its trade as an engaging, eclectic bistro near Haymarket station. Inside, it feels fresh and carefully maintained, with
pastel colours, well-trodden wood floors and perky staff on hand to do the necessary duties. The kitchen knows its stuff and plunders the globe without resorting to fusion excesses. Come here for
pork cheeks in black vinegar, braised ox cheek with polenta, Thai marinated chicken salad or Sri Lankan crab curry with jasmine rice. There are some home-grown flavours too (Aberdeen Angus steaks,
maple-glazed ham hough), while puds could bring anything from rhubarb fool to gingerbread with poached pear and crème fraîche. Regular themed night focus on food from particular regions or
countries (South Africa, for example), and there’s a short, affordable wine list too.
First Coast offers a fairly limited menu and a few daily specials for each course (including 1 or 2 vegetarian options). However, what’s on offer all sounds appetising and many of the dishes have a twist.For instance, my sticky pork belly salad starter (7/10) offered a nice combination of texture and flavours (traditional savoury pork belly with sweet Asian salad dressing). However, I wish the salad would be a bit bigger. Also the pork belly was slightly overcooked and as a result the meat was not as juicy as I would have liked it to be. The pork crackling skin on the meat and crunchy fried onion did however provide a nice texture to the dish...
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