Heading to the seating area to the back of the shop, we had to pass the irresistible counter of delicious cheeses, cured meats and other antipasti.
Presented with a menu which changes daily, we were told, it was hard not to want to try it all. Featuring charcuterie and cheese options, there was also fresh quiche, tasty sandwiches, a specials column and many other French delights almost all under £10.
Unable to resist the mixed charcuterie and cheese assiettes, we decided to share a large one (£15.95) and some mixed Provencal olives (£2.50) to pick while we waited. The olives, despite still having stones, were of great quality. The charcuterie platter came on a rustic chopping board with a basket of mixed bread on the side. Each meat and cheese was of a decent size, allowing us to both try each one. Ranging from chorizo to honey roast ham in the meats and reblechon to a lovely cheddar in the cheeses, the selection varies daily depending on what is at its best.
Pairing this was an Austrian white (£16.95) from the concise wine list – we could also have chosen any wine from the shelves with a £1 corkage fee. With the daily menu and consistently good quality in produce, Henri is perfect for pretending you are on the continent in this dismal summer. I would recommend going early afternoon, though, as some of our bread was a touch stale that late in the day.
• Henri of Edinburgh, 48 Raeburn Place, 0131-332 8963