- Telephone 0131 556 0006
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
- Average price £7.90 (set lunch); £17 (evening meal)
- Website www.pierrevictoirerestaurant.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
No story of Edinburgh's dining scene in the last two decades can be fully told without Pierre Victoire being mentioned. Through thick and thin, ups and downs, Pierre Levicky is still part of the scene; these days he's operating in relative seclusion at the lower end of the New Town near Canonmills. The medium-sized, and still popular, restaurant of today is probably not the PV of old – beyond the accents, the scribbled menus and certain classic dishes it's not as French as you might expect, with exotic twists and what might be described as Scottish bistro dishes showing up regularly these days. That said, the sense of spontaneity – which on different nights and to different folk can be translated either as enjoyable buzz or impending chaos – is attractive, and there's always likely to be something on the menu to draw you in. A focus on keen prices (a three-course dinner can be a sprightly fifteen quid) means that cheaper cuts are a regular feature: featherblade, for example, is the focus of a hearty and delicious main. At other times, a lack of due care and attention mars simple dishes, the case in an over-dressed salad or a slap-dash cheese board.
- High point: The buzz
- Low point: The blips
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- Private dining: Up to 45 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Music on stereo: Nothing at all
- Capacity: 75
- Largest group: 45
- Open since: May 2010
- House wine: £13.95 per bottle
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Chez Pierre5 Jun 2008
Sometimes we get a bit too serious about food. But then it is a serious business, it’s what keeps us upright, but like any realm of human interest some folk, among them food journalists and chefs, become just a bit too earnest about the whole subject.
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