L'Escargot Blanc Restaurant & Wine Bar
- Telephone 0131 226 1890
- Bar open Mon–Sat 11.30am–late. Closed Sun.
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–3pm, 5.30–10pm. Closed Sun. Closed Sun.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 5.30–7pm
- Average price £11.90 (set lunch); £25 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £13.90
- Website www.lescargotblanc.co.uk
A West End favourite that celebrates the Auld Alliance with Scottish produce shining in French bistro classics.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Cosy candlelit tables, old-style posters for classic movies and French liqueurs lining the walls, the impressive room-temperature cheese board on display for all to admire – this place ticks all the boxes for a relaxed dinner. Especially if you bag a window table with a great friend and watch the world pass by below. There has been a well-regarded French bistro on this spot for many years, the latest of which – open since 2009 – is the little sister of Broughton Street's Bleu. Provenance and sourceability are watch words here: the produce is proudly Scottish with few exceptions: rabbit from France, and snails too when the Barra ones are in hibernation. The hearty food covers all the French bistro classics – fish soup, tartiflette, cassoulet, and sausages all feature heavily. Nice touches like complimentary amuse-bouches and petit fours with coffee – even with the cracking value set dinner – are an unexpected treat, and the addition of a wine bar at street level adds much to the restaurant's appeal, providing both a warm welcome and an informal spot for an aperitif or plate of charcuterie at any time of day.
- High point: Reliably excellent cooking in an elegant and charming atmosphere
- Low point: It's incredibly easy to eat until you hurt
- Notable dish: Grilled sea bass with chive beurre blanc and avruga caviar
- Private dining: Up to 20 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: French radio
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 2009
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 20
- House wine: £18.90 per bottle
Reviews & features
Christmas Food Q&A: Fred Berkmiller – L’escargot Bleu & Blanc17 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 & Blanc27 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 Clafoutis16 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 chicken17 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.