- Telephone 0131 538 0664
- Food served Mon–Sat 9am–2.30pm, 5–8.30pm; Sun 10am–2.30pm, 5–8.30pm.
- Average price £17 (lunch); £17 (evening meal)
- Website www.bijoubistro.co.uk
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Bijou came under new ownership in 2011 but both head chef Alastair Berry and the quirky but useful menu formula of offering most items in bijou, medium or large size have remained. The low-key interior features a sprinkling of café-style tables, a small bar and windows that look out on to Leith Links. These unassuming environs and casual ambience belie greater ambitions in the kitchen, which offers some creative and accomplished cooking. A light, herbal chicken and tarragon boudin in bijou size makes a great starter when paired with creamy leeks and potato rösti. Likewise a comforting cassoulet is porky and rich, with a medium size, at the keen price of £10.95, being ample as a main for all but the stoutest of appetites. Puddings are similarly good; the homemade ice-cream is a highlight. Busy weekend breakfasts, storytelling events and BYOB for £2.50 (not all at the same time, thankfully) are more good reasons to visit this over-achiever and great addition to the local community.
- High point: Great food and good prices at this friendly neighbourhood eatery
- Low point: Evening food service stops at 8.30pm
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Live music, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: pop music
- Capacity: 20
- Largest group: 20
- Open since: 2007
- House wine: £15 per bottle
- BYOB: £2.50 corkage
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