- Telephone 0131 226 2442
- Food served Sun–Thu noon–3pm, 5.30–10.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–11pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5.30–7pm
- Average price £11.90 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £11.90
- Website www.petitparis-restaurant.co.uk
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
If Petit Paris aspires to be a little piece of the French capital, it’s not the city’s grand boulevards or imposing squares, but the winding cobbled streets where time seems to stand still and there’s an old-fashioned bistro on every corner. The place just feels right, from the whitewashed walls and checked tablecloths to the murmured chatter of the (uniformly French) waiting staff. Rewards abound here for the lover of French classic dishes. Fat snails entombed in garlic, herbs and buttery breadcrumbs are the perfect foil to the daily cocotte, or stew: a delicious boeuf bourguignon generously steeped in red wine with hunks of bacon, potato and carrots. Many ingredients and accompaniments are imported from France, including some spectacular tarragon mustard with the Toulouse sausages, and all the (uniformly French) wine. If the menu prices seem a little high, take advantage of the good-value lunch and pre-theatre deals, or try one of their fondue evenings. On summer days, sit at one of the outside tables on the bustling Grassmarket: close your eyes, and you could just about be in Paris.
- High point: Don’t miss the gloriously rich crème brûlée
- Low point: Few choices for the more adventurous palate
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- Private dining: Up to 31 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables
- Music on stereo: French radio
- Capacity: 48
- Largest group: 20
- Open since: 1998
- House wine: £15.90 per bottle
- BYOB: £3.50 corkage (Mon–Thu only)
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