I am a creature of habit, once I have found somewhere I enjoy I tend to revisit it time and time again. Now I have had to change these tendencies in order to add some variety to my reviews, but luckily I get to return to my favourites at least once more. I tend to have two favourites in Stirling, Gabe's Diner which I have previously reviewed and Toast. Both are at Forthside, which means they are easy to get to, easy to park at and both serve quality food at reasonable prices.
Toast is located down from the cinema tucked away around the corner, it may not be immediately apparent from the car park, but trust me it is there. There is not much space inside but the tables and stools around the windows make the best possible use of the space. The tables outside are sheltered by the overhanging roof, so provided you are wrapped up they are also perfectly usable all year round.
I went inside to start with, to see what I fancied, and decided on a hot chocolate I was told to take a seat and it would be brought over. The staff are cheerful and efficient, only minutes later I had a steaming Hot Chocolate in front of me. I was waiting for my wife to join me for lunch and decided to spend my time writing another review and sipping from my large cup.
Pre-empting her arrival I went in to order our lunches and asked for a menu. I was met with a barrage of apologies for not not being offered one sooner, which were of course not necessary. I took my menu to my table and consulted the wide range of items, between that and the specials you are spoiled for choice. A short time later my order was taken, a Croque Monsieur Lentil Soup and two diet cokes were organised and I hoped my wife would arrive before the food.
Tragically Toast were more efficient than my wife and the food arrived just before she did, but they did offer to reheat her soup when she arrived. To be honest it was served so hot that the delay of her arrival meant it was just ready to be eaten when she arrived. The Lentil soup was nicely spiced and had good rounded flavours and a nice thick texture. The two simple slabs of buttered brown bread were a simple but perfect compliment.
The Croque Monsieur has added fried mushrooms and uses 'mustannaise' rather than the traditional Béchamel sauce. The toasted brown bread was beautifully crunchy and the gooey melted cheese nicely oozed out the side, but not enough to make a mess. The Emmenthal had a mellow sweetness to it that the light mustard sauce went well with. The ham is decent quality and thickly sliced and the mushrooms are an interesting addition, adding more flavour to the combination. I am sure the obliging staff would leave them out if requested, but I quite liked their addition. The dressed leaves with stray pepper and cucumber piece were a nice accompaniment.
About halfway through lunch one of the staff came and checked we were happy and to see if we needed any more drinks and they were pretty prompt at clearing the table at the end of the meal. The staff were without exception friendly and cheerful and there is a good vibe as a result.
Soup, Croque Monsieur sandwich, two Diet Cokes and the Hot Chocolate set me back £13.45, which I felt was very reasonable. All in all a good venue for lunch, or they can prepare food for collection or deliver, which is even better if you are in Stirling.
Toast 01786 471887