Discover what makes our team tick in the second of our new series of interviews with our staff. It’s time to meet our assistant manager Justina. Originally from Lithuania, Justina has been with us since June 2017.
What does your job entail?
I take care of the day-to-day operations at Café - that involves making an action plan for the day, ensuring the restaurant is ready for each service, and that the staff are well briefed. Even a small restaurant like Cafe has so many ‘moving pieces’, keeping everything organised and moving smoothly is of paramount importance.
What’s the favourite part of your job?
The favourite part of my job has got to be the interaction with people - both the guests and my colleagues. We are very lucky to have so many great regular patrons and that in turn makes it a great place to work. We seem to also attract great staff, so maybe just coming to work is my favorite part of the job!
What’s special about Cafe St Honoré?
Cafe is unique in so many ways but I would have to say the one thing that makes it really special is that it has such a legacy. There are so few places that have been open for as long as Cafe and, because of that, there are so many stories to be told and to hear about the restaurant.
What do you like to cook at home?
I did not cook much at home at all before working here, but I am definitely way more interested in food now. I do not have a staple dish as such. I normally buy seasonal vegetables from my local farmers’ market and start experimenting. I do put cheese on everything though.
Where do you eat out in Edinburgh?
There are so many great places to eat in Edinburgh, but I always chose to dine at Cafe if there is a special occasion.