One thing you MUST take with you to the High Street Bistro in Falkirk is an appetite.
While owners Melisa Tocher and Graham McNee will be delighted to serve you from its selection of light bites, pasta, traditional dishes and stone baked pizza. my eyes were drawn to the tempting choice of burgers on offer.
Everything at the High Street Bistro is home made and cooked fresh to order - and that’s a big plus. My pick of handmade ground beef burger on a seeded bun with homemade chips (having their skins on made them extra special), freshly prepared coleslaw and side salad did not disappoint.
In fact, opting to have the soup of the day as my starter, a warming broth served with crusty bread and butter, proved a mistake because it was so filling my main choice was just that bit too much and I failed miserably to clear my plate.
However, I enjoyed every mouthful and took a mental note that next time I will have the appetite I mentioned earlier with me.
The High Street Bistro will be better remembered by many Bairns as the York Cafe. But just as the ownership of the premises has changed, so has its look and the culinary delights on offer.
The cosy booths and rectangular tables have have been replaced by a more modern open-plan look which is as welcoming as it is comfortable. And, while you can still enjoy fish and chips, the eating choice has moved well away from the typical cafe offering to provide a host of delightful options.
Starters range from soup to prawn cocktail and black putting, chorizo and potato skewer. Light bites include baked potato with a choice of two fillings and sandwiches with the option of 11. Pasta lovers will enjoy Penne Arrabbiata and Chicken and Prawn Alfredo while traditional mains take some serious study and range from macaroni cheese, to vegetable tikka masala, battered haddock, steak pie and chicken Caesar salad.
My beef burger was delicious, but chicken breast and cajun chicken breast can also be prepared and served with a variety of toppings. The pizza selection is also impressive - you can even create you own - but remember to leave room for something from the dessert cabinet.
There are many eating out options out there, but having seen the effort Melissa and Graham and their friendly staff are putting into the business I have no hesitation in recommending you give The High Street Bistro a try.
High Street Bistro, 179 High Street, Falkirk, Tel: 01324 227010