The Shore in Edinburgh has become a real destination for high end food in Edinburgh. Several Michelin starred restaurants, high end fish restaurants and top gastropubs are all within walking distance. Nestled amongst them is Cafe Tartine, a French style cafe bistro serving breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a selection of excellent wines and beers.
We went for lunch and were impressed with the variety on the menu and also the comfortable relaxed surroundings. The perfect place then to order a Croque Madame, a classic french sandwich with ham, emmental cheese and bechemel sauce, topped with a fried egg. Delicious, very indulgent and satisfying.
They also do a savoury crepe selection, so I decided on Club Crepe (pictured at the top), filled with chicken, cheese and bacon. It was really strange at first, expecting sweet flavours you would associate with a crepe but getting savoury instead but I really enjoyed it. You can’t really go wrong with the chicken, bacon and cheese combination.
There is also a kids menu, containing several kid friendly classics. We chose the Fish and Chips. A substantial crispy piece of battered fish and some well cooked chips arrived, which looked and tasted amazing. A great choice.
Finally we had Mushroom Soup with a side of Truffle Chips. The mushroom soup was really smooth and creamy with an intense mushroom flavour. The Truffle Chips were covered generously with grated parmesan. These were crispy and the cheese and truffle flavours packed a punch.
For dessert we indulged in a few sweet crepes to share. We went for the Bounty Crepe, which had melted Belgian chocolate and coconut in it and the Chocolate and Marshmallow crepe. Both were sweet, generously filled and really hit the spot and were made fresh, as the photo proves.
Location: 72 Commercial Street.
Price: Main Dishes £7.50, Soup £4.50, Dessert Crepes £4.95
Good for: Good quality French classics in a nice setting. A good all day venue.