Bia Bistrot

Bia Bistrot
19 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5DP
  • 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
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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
  • 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
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £15 per bottle

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2. bangersandmash19 Sep 2010, 8:28pm5 stars Bia Bistrot Report

We have visited Bia Bistrot twice in the last month and it has been faultless each time. The quality of the ingredients has been superb:oysters, orkney beef, lamb, scallops, foie gras...treated with respect and always delicious. The wood pigeon and game pie was indescribably good and silence fell when the whole table had the gooey chocolate cake until it had all gone. This restaurant is a real treasure: fabulous food, very good value and charming service. Without doubt the best meals we have had in Edinburgh this year.
Sample dishes:
foie gras on home made brioche
sirloin of orkney beef
wood pigeon breast with game pie
gooey chocolate cake

1. Gastronomica10 Sep 2010, 9:28pm4 stars Bia Bistrot Report

I made a last minute booking for Friday night and they were very obliging in squeezing us in. The place was comfortably busy making for a good atmosphere. We started with the parsley pesto & bread which sounded unusual and was quite, quite delicious...wanted more but was saving myself for their signature dish of lamb rump, layered potatoes, spiced aubergine and mint sauce - simply wonderful- lamb cooked to perfection. My hubby had plaice with brown shrimp,tomato, potato and other ingredients blended together with a very subtle anisette good as if not a tad better than the lamb. For pudding I had lemon possett with the shortest of shortbread and strawberries and the other half had pear crumble and icecream - both excellent. I like the limited menu and emphasis on seasonal specials of good quality local produce. We shall be returning soon

Sample dishes
•Soup of the day
•Ploughman’s lunch
•Lemon posset, fresh strawberries and shortbreadlamb

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Average rating 4.5/5 from 2 reviews of Bia Bistrot.

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