- Telephone 0131 557 1600
- Seasonal times Open seven days during the Edinburgh Festival.
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–3pm, 5.30–10.30pm. Closed Sun.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 5.30–7pm
- Average price £12.90 (set lunch); £24 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £12.90
- Website www.lescargotbleu.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2014) edition.
L’escargot Bleu is the kind of place that compels you to burst into your dimly remembered and slightly embarrassing school French. It’s just … so French. In fact, it’s everything you'd expect from a French bistro, except (whisper it) with better ingredients, as most produce (apart from cheese, wine and the odd bit of horse and rabbit) is sourced in Scotland. That means snails from Barra, duck from Gartmorn and fabulous beef from one of three breeds, including Dexter. This is best sampled in the steak tartare, piquant and yielding and mixed to your taste at the table. A special of rose veal is beyond tender and could single-handedly bring this Scottish, high-welfare product back into fashion, while plaice and prawns surprisingly hold their own against a Comté cheese sauce. Desserts include a tarte au chocolat (mais bien sûr!) which manages to be intensely chocolatey yet light at the same time, and a not-so-French-but-still-fantastic sticky toffee pudding. Vegetarians are perhaps a tiny bit of an afterthought but overall the cooking here is warm, generous, joyful and clearly straight from the heart.
- High point: The veal
- Low point: Tables are a bit squashed together
- Notable dish: Steak tartare
- Private dining: Up to 16 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu
- Capacity: 55
- Largest group: 55 / 16
- Open since: 2009
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
- House wine: £16.90 per bottle
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