2 Restalrig Road, Edinburgh, EH6 8BN
  • Telephone 0131 538 0664
  • Food served Sun–Thurs 10am–8.30pm; Fri/Sat 9am–8.30pm.
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Photo of Bijou
in association with
Birra Moretti

A pocket-sized gem among the city’s bistros, open for business from breakfast right through to dinner.

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Every now and then you find a little neighbourhood bistro elevating the art of dining and service – Bijou is just that find. Owner James Harrison, along with his staff, make you feel instantly welcome, like you're already a regular. Befitting its name, the space is small and chic, evoking the spirit of a little Parisian bistro with gilded cornicing and ornate touches. The daytime menu offers generous breakfasts, well-filled sandwiches, and Brazilian coffee in an oasis of calm by Leith Links. At night the place transforms, offering weekly specials to rival any city centre brasserie. Well-sourced Scottish meat and fish feature heavily, with thick-cut 28-day-matured sirloin, pan-fried sea bream, queenie scallops, and juicy chicken supreme served with onion purée, potato dauphinoise and a morel jus that is simply luscious. Lemon curd brûlée makes for a decadent yet refreshing pudding, as does the berry compote with coconut cream. If sweets aren't your thing, there’s always cheese and charcuterie boards for nibbling while you finish your well-chosen wine.

  • High point: Great tunes, great company, great food, all on Leith's doorstep
  • Low point: Trying to get a table for the popular wine tasting events
  • Notable dish: Wild mushroom & rocket gnocchi
  • Average price: £11 (lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Eclectic mix
  • Live entertainment: Some storytelling events, jazz nights and wine tasting
  • Capacity: 24
  • Largest group: 24
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £17.50 per bottle