Never has a small cafe been recommended so much in the Foodinburgh Supper Club, but over a series of months I saw this little place being promoted passionately on several occasions.
With that kind of hype can a restaurant/cafe ever live up to expectation? Yes it can!
Ostara is a bit tucked away, the sort of place you have to go looking for, but once you’ve found it you’ll never forget where it is because you’ll be a regular visitor. I’ve already been twice!
They pride themselves on using local producers, and that includes both the the tea and coffee which are both by Edinburgh based retailers.
The menu is succinct and appears to be made up of things they like to eat, along with dishes that can incorporate local and seasonal ingredients. This was proven correct when I selected a comforting dish of Mushroom Baked Egg only for the waitress to inform me that she regularly comes in on her day off for it. The baked egg was floating in a deliciously creamy béchamel sauce with wild mushrooms and spinach. Such a simple idea, I was left wondering why I never make breakfasts like this at home? On my return visit I had the same dish. That tells you all you need to know.
On his first visit, Alex had the Toffee Apple Pancakes (pictured at the top) which he absolutely loved. Somewhat indulgent for brunch with a whole scoop of ice cream, but he wasn’t complaining!
On his second visit he toned it down a bit and had porridge which was huge and came with a crumbly top.
Ostara is not somewhere you go if you want to be healthy. Well it’s not if you’re me, I’m sure there are plenty of options for those with more self control! On neither occasion did I manage to walk past the Double Mocha Cake. That’s ok though, it’s pretty much the best cake I’ve had in Edinburgh this year.
Ostara is now a firm favourite. Good food is accompanied by friendly service and great music. I don’t need anymore in life to be happy than that.
Location: 52 Coburg St, Edinburgh EH6 6HJ
Good for: Great brunch, featuring local producers