L'Escargot Bleu

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.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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L’Escargot Bleu’s steak tartare should be on everyone’s culinary bucket list. Skilfully presented, it blends Orkney beef with all the trimmings and kicks off a reassuringly compact à la carte. Under owner Fred Berkmiller’s watchful eye, head chef Tomasz marshals an accomplished kitchen, tweaking and fine-tuning familiar classics with carefully sourced produce to the fore. Petit gris snails from the Isle of Barra get a bone marrow and persillade twist, alongside pigeon breast with sweet potato purée and crispy pancetta. Good value plat du jour lunch and early dining deals reveal delicately flavoured plaice and smoked haddock paupiette and a punchier baked brill with caper beurre noisette. At night, a Blanche Armagnac apéritif and a well-composed cheese board bookend a pre-ordered côte de boeuf to share, accompanied by an appealing all-Gallic wine list. Warm timber tones and super-sized antique artwork dress a delightful, comfortable candlelit room, in a convivial restaurant that’s still hitting all the right notes.

The List's rating






Ian Hogg visited L'Escargot Bleu on 24 February 2018
  • High point: Great room and appealing à la carte
  • Low point: Rear room isn’t quite as delightful
  • Notable dish: Steak tartare
  • 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

Best French restaurants in Edinburgh

16 Apr 2018

From classic Parisian cookery to Michelin-starred greatness

The culinary Auld Alliance continues to blend classic French technique with the best of Scotland's larder. Whether it's a charming bistro full of familiar regional dishes, or polished fine dining matching precise cuisine to a bountiful Gallic cellar…

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.