L'Escargot Bleu

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L'Escargot Bleu
56 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SA
  • Telephone 0131 557 1600
  • Seasonal times Festival: open seven days
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–3pm, 5.30–10.30pm. Closed Sun.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 5.30–6.45pm
  • Pre-theatre price £14.90
  • Email
  • Website www.lescargotbleu.co.uk
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L'Escargot Bleu

Delightful Broughton Street bistro with good sourcing and a skilful kitchen fine-tuning familiar classics.

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L’Escargot Bleu is only six months the junior of its West End sibling Blanc, but both do the same things very well: hearty portions and excellent ingredients, delivered with flair and confidence. However, Bleu has a little more busy bistro bustle than her slightly more sedate sister. Unashamedly meaty and French, you can enjoy steak tartare or snails for starter, or a sublimely comforting gratin de St Jacques. The menu changes monthly and is seasonal, while the set menu changes daily. Owner Fred Berkmiller is passionate about provenance, knows his suppliers personally and grows as many herbs and veg as he can in a walled garden in East Lothian. Do lunch French-style with the fantastic-value set menu and a large glass of chardonnay, or settle in for the evening with a gutsy red and a Shetland beef bourguignon. Most days there’s not only a soup of the day but a terrine, fish, casserole and dessert of the day too. You may think you don't have room for that dessert but, for goodness sake, make the effort; the creme brûlée is the best in town.

The List's rating
9

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Megan Welford visited L'Escargot Bleu
  • High point: A good experience guaranteed
  • Low point: Love thy neighbour: the tables are close together
  • Notable dish: Le steak tartare de boeuf
  • Average price: £12.90 (set lunch); £28.50 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 16 (can book, included in 55 capacity though)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: French radio - jazz, 80s
  • Capacity: 55
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2009
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £19.90 per bottle
  • BYOB: £7 corkage (Mon–Thu. Not December and not during Festival.)

Reviews & features

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22 May 2019

From classic Parisian cookery to Michelin-starred greatness

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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…

Neighbourhood Watch: Broughton Street, Edinburgh

9 Jan 2012

A guide to Edinburgh's hip gay hub

What’s it like? A street full of bars, restaurants and delightful eateries nestled underneath old tenement flats. Ideal for stuffing your face full of food and hitting a pub with friends just a stone’s throw from the centre of the city. Where’s it…

A guide to some of the best restaurants in Edinburgh

16 Feb 2011

The Scottish capital has some of the best restaurants for Scottish cuisine

Some visitors may come to Scotland with a sense of dread that they’ll be force-fed salty porridge or be obliged to eat everything deep fried in fat. It’s true that the more adventurous may well encounter food here they’re unlikely to find elsewhere…

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.