I decided to give First Coast a try while on the hunt for a ‘good dining – low budget’ venue during one of my visits to Edinburgh. Overall the experience was very agreeable.
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.
First Coast also has a limited but nice selection of wines on offer and many of the wines are available by the glass. The service is very attentive and pleasant at First Coast and the decoration and ambiance cosy and warm. In total my dinner at First Coast £37 (including 10% service charge and a glass of wine).