- Telephone 0131 452 8453
- Food served Tue–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5–10pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
- Pre-theatre times Tue–Sat 5pm–6pm
- Average price £9.50 (set lunch); £30 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £9.50
- Website www.biabistrot.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
It’s what everyone wants to find, local or visitor: the hidden gem that, through clever use of ingredients, manages simultaneously to guarantee you a good meal, offer something a bit unusual, and do it for blindingly good value. Since taking on this difficult spot just off the main Bruntsfield drag in 2010, Roisin and Matthias Llorente have been doing just that. She’s in the kitchen, creating dishes like veal head salad – finely sliced and succulent salty, fatty meat freshened by pickled veg – and perfectly moist pork fillet with slightly smoky cabbage. He’s the wine buff, planning regular six-course meals paired with everything from sherry to calvados. Despite the likes of foie gras making an appearance on the specials board, prices are astoundingly good for such thoughtful, out of the ordinary dishes – roast bone marrow, Borders hare and surf clams are typical of an unpatronising, inventive menu that eschews the clichéd. And with its muted, relatively un-styled appearance, it feels very much like the kind of authentic, laidback place where the focus is on the food, rather than the interior design brief.
- High point: It’s all in the details: two kinds of homemade bread and small glasses of house wine for £2.50
- Low point: Not a huge choice of puddings
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- Private dining: Up to 24 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: various easy listening
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 24
- Open since: 2010
- House wine: £15 per bottle
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