L'Escargot Blanc Restaurant & Wine Bar

L'Escargot Blanc Restaurant & Wine Bar
17 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4QW
  • Telephone 0131 226 1890
  • Bar open Mon–Sat noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–3pm, 5.30–10pm. Closed Sun.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 5.30–6.45pm
  • Pre-theatre price £14.90
  • Email
  • Website www.lescargotblanc.co.uk
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L'Escargot Blanc Restaurant & Wine Bar

Above its own charming street level bar, this West End bistro blends classic French cuisine with the best of Scotland’s larder.

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Older sister to its Broughton Street sibling, L’Escargot Blanc’s West End bistro continues to blend classic French cuisine with the best of Scotland’s larder. A charming street-level bar offering dozens of wines and evenly priced sharing boards leads up to a pair of politely dressed dining rooms lined with colourful cooking pots and old-school cookbooks. Passionate chef-owner Fred Berkmiller draws on impeccable product provenance to influence an appealing à la carte menu of well-prepared and simply presented traditional dishes. Plump Orkney scallops on homemade boudin noir and snails in pastis and ham butter lead to confit duck leg and a splendid vanilla crème brûlée. Mangalitsa pigs boarding at Gorgie Farm provide the pork shoulder for comforting casseroles, alongside two-day marinated beef cheek bourguignon and rabbit in dijon mustard sauce. Pork terrine and braised duck neck pie appear as nose to tail offerings on a good value fixed-price lunch and pre-theatre menu. In a venue with a lengthy Gallic heritage, this white snail still proudly promotes the very best of the Auld Alliance.

The List's rating
7.2

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Ian Hogg visited L'Escargot Blanc Restaurant & Wine Bar on 12 February 2018
  • High point: Bookending a visit in its delightful bar
  • Low point: Room can get pretty noisy
  • Notable dish: Casseroles presented in their pots – for instance, rabbit in Dijon mustard sauce
  • Average price: £12.90 (set lunch); £27 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 20 covers
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: French radio
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 2009
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
  • House wine: £19.90 per bottle
  • BYOB: (£7.50 Mon–Thu only)

Reviews & features

Best ways to celebrate Scottish food and drink during the festivities

16 Nov 2017

Fred Berkmiller, Scott Smith, Paul Kitching and others share their tips on celebrating local produce

With such a rich larder right on our doorstep, we've asked nine local chefs how we can make the most of Scottish food and drink over the festive period. From whisky to salmon, here's what they recommend. Fred Berkmiller, l'escargot bleu and…

Breakfast ideas for New Year's Day

16 Nov 2017

Smoked salmon, french toast, haggis and Bloody Marys to help a sore head

If you've seen it through to the bells and partied until the wee hours, you'll be in need of a hearty breakfast for your first meal of 2018. Or if you've planned a quiet one, then even more reason to get up sharp and celebrate New Year's Day with a…

Christmas dinner: to turkey or not to turkey?

16 Nov 2017

Rib roasts, haggis and 'tofurkey' are great alternatives to Christmas Turkey, say these Scottish chefs

For some of us, Turkey will always be the centrepiece to our Christmas table. But, if tradition's never really been your thing then these tips from chefs across Edinburgh and Glasgow should help you find a tasty alternative to try out this year.

Christmas Food Q&A: Fred Berkmiller – L’escargot Bleu & Blanc

17 Nov 2015

Edinburgh chef divulges his top festive tips

Christmas should be fun and stress-free when it comes to cooking. A slowly cooked casserole is great, there’s no reason for not cooking a leg of lamb and a nice shoulder of beef on the corner of the AGA.

Q&A: Fred Berkmiller – L’escargot Bleu & Blanc

27 Oct 2014

Owner talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? Both of our restaurants have put on our Christmas fur so we're extremely warm and winter friendly for the wintry season. What are the challenges in…

Festive Food - Griottines Clafoutis

16 Nov 2012

The L'escargot Blanc owner shares his recipe for an ideal festive dessert

Ingredients 50ml milk 2 vanilla pods 3 eggs 80g caster sugar 30g crème fraîche 50g Maizena 100g ground almonds 50g melted butter 6-10 griottines (cherries) 50g flour pinch of salt Preparation ‘Split the vanilla pods in two. Bring the milk…

Fred Berkmiller on Gartmorn Farm chicken

17 Sep 2010

The Larder: Chef's Choice

It’s not everyday a Frenchman will admit that non-Gallic produce rivals their own. Fred Berkmiller, of Edinburgh’s L’Escargot chain, on why Scottish Gartmorn chicken cuts it as an alternative to the famous authenticated Poularde de Bresse.