Our small group from the office visited the Cafe Source @ St Andrews in the Square to eat before a night out in the Merchant City. We found the entrance to this basement restaurant near the front of a church in the centre of an almost deserted St Andrews Square, just off the Saltmarket. The often busy, brasserie style restaurant and bar were very quiet at 6pm but we were shown to a booth by the welcoming waiter.
The fixed price dinner menu offered a choice of 7 starters and 7 mains plus 4 sweets and cheese. There was a good choice of dishes which majored in fresh Scottish produce. The food was hearty, tasty and well presented. For starters we particularly enjoyed the excellent creamy Cullen Skink soup and the crispy Goat’s Cheese Risotto Balls with sweet red pepper and tomato dip. For mains most of our group chose the oven Roasted Breast of Chicken which was wrapped in Parma Ham, perfectly cooked and moist and also the roasted Coley which was the fish of the day. To finish the Crème Brulee was rich with vanilla and the sticky toffee pudding was hot and sweet and topped off with a rich butterscotch sauce and a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream.
The dinner offer came with a complimentary half bottle of wine per person. There is a short wine list offering bottles of wine from £14 per bottle and several wines by the glass.
Cafe Source has casual and more formal dining and the menu provides a wide choice ranging from a Croque Monsieur to Pan-Fried King Scallops. There are also daily specials chalked up on a blackboard. Although this establishment is a bit out of the way and located in a basement, the food is good, the service is relaxed and efficient and the wine included dinner offer is great value for money. Definitely recommended.
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