2 Restalrig Road, Edinburgh, EH6 8BN
  • Telephone 0131 538 0664
  • Food served Mon & Wed–Sat 10am–2.30pm, 5–8.30pm; Sun 10am–8.30pm.
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Neighbourhood bistro with loyal local customers, open from breakfast to dinner.

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This neighbourhood gem overlooking Leith Links has had a revamp to create a rustic French-style bistro, with pretty light pendants and ornate gilt-edged mirrors set against reclaimed wood, original cornicing and exposed stonework. A refreshingly unassuming vibe permeates throughout, from dish descriptions to service, yet the food is fine dining standard – without the exorbitant prices. Talented head chef Alastair Berry uses Scottish produce to deliver his seasonal menu of French-inspired dishes. At dinner, scallops come gently seared and softly succulent, served over moist, crumbled black pudding, with sweet pink rhubarb, and watercress garnish. For mains, pan-fried seabass, alongside aromatic fennel and orange, and creamy dauphinoise potato, is delicately cooked with golden crisp skin. Last, but not least, hot chocolate fondant oozes a gloriously gooey chocolate centre, paired with delicious vanilla ice-cream. Ensuring the wine is just as wonderful, exuberant owner James Harrison works closely with local wine merchants Great Grog to provide a small yet unique and affordable wine list. Extremely popular among locals, Saturday evenings can be lively with banter flowing between diners and the owner alike.

The List's rating






Tara Klein visited Bijou on 3 March 2018
  • High point: Open for the whole shebang – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Low point: You'll need to book ahead
  • Notable dish: Pan-fried scallops, pink rhubarb, black pudding & watercress
  • Average price: £16 (lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Spotify playlist
  • Live entertainment: Some storytelling events, wine tasting with Great Grog
  • Capacity: 26 (6 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £18 per bottle
  • BYOB: £4.50 corkage

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