Since opening in 2015, Edinburgh's Bistro Provence has received an AA Rosette and a recommendation in the Michelin Guide 2016. The muse this impressive restaurant is the Provencal region of France, which is lapped by the Mediterranean. With the establishment suitable for either a casual lunch, intimate dinner or private function, indulge your senses with quality French and European cuisine in a contemporary atmosphere.
Bistro Provence champion Michael originates from French seaport of Marseille, and is passionate about bringing a taste of his home country to the people of Leith. Chosen through a vigorous selection process, the freshest ingrediants are provided by the finest local suppliers, before being turned into authentic and often elaborate French dishes.
The menu is celebration of rich taste and vibrant colour. Instead of using butters and creams, the team at Bistro Provence replace these dairy products with a lighter alternative: an alchemy of olive oil seasoned with thyme, parsley and garlic. The menu itself follows an emphasis on quality as opposed to quantity, and the offering transforms with the seasons, given the availability of ingrediants.
To start, try a traditional fish soup with rouille and cheese, or the pigeon breast sautéed with shallot puree and a port reduction. For the vegetarians, roasted peppers and chilli panna cotta seasoned with mixed leaves and basil pesto makes a tasty alternative.
With a great selection of main dishes, it will be hard to narrow down your choice. Try the fillet of sea bass, accompanied with a fennel salsa, creamy chive mash, drizzled in a mussel and saffron sauce. Diners also enjoy the stuffed French rabbit with celeriac fondant, drizzled with a brandy and mustard sauce. When it comes to classic dishes and an all-round crowd pleaser, 28 day aged rib eye steak with a mushroom fricassee, pepper sauce and a side of Sarladaise potatoes never fails.
Now that Bistro Provence has tantalised your savoury taste buds, let the team tempt your sweet tooth. For a true sample of French cuisine, the crème brulee with honey and almond madeleine is both delicious and light. Hankering after something a little richer? The amalgamation of flavours in the bitter chocolate tart with blood orange sorbet is a feast of the senses.