- Telephone 0131 538 0664
- Food served Sun-Thurs 10am–8.30pm; Fri/Sat 9am–8.30pm.
- Average price £14 (lunch); £20 (evening meal)
- Website www.bijoubistro.co.uk
A pocket-sized gem among the city’s bistros, open for business from breakfast right through to dinner.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
True to its name, Bijou is a real, pocket-sized gem among the city’s independent restaurants. The décor evokes a backstreet Parisian bistro, especially if there’s something French and jazzy on the stereo, and despite overlooking Leith Links, you do half expect Amélie to pop in. The wee menu reflects the wee space and features handmade burgers; pasta such as wild mushroom gnocchi; and hot-smoked salmon fishcakes. To finish, try and at least share some sticky toffee pudding and homemade rhubarb ice-cream. There is also an ever-changing mix of specials with 2-3 starters and 4-5 mains depending on the season and the whims of James Harrison – as gregarious and hands-on an owner as you could wish for. Add in a talented chef and some well-chosen wines from Great Grog, and it’s a winning combination. A few yards closer into town and Bijou would be mobbed every night.
- High point: The sheer quality of the cooking
- Low point: Location may be far-flung for some
- Notable dish: Homemade hot-smoked salmon fishcakes with sweet chilli mayo and mixed leaves
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz / Nina Simone
- Live entertainment: Some story-telling events, jazz nights and wine tasting
- Capacity: 20
- Largest group: 20
- Open since: 2007
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £16 per bottle