Bia Bistrot

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Bia Bistrot
19 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5DP
  • Telephone 0131 452 8453
  • Food served Tue–Sat noon–2pm, 5–10pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Sat 5–5.45pm.
  • Average price £10 (set lunch); £22 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £9.50
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Year on year this creative neighbourhood bistro punches well above its weight while remaining loyal to many local suppliers.

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The junction of Holy Corner in Morningside can be a bit chaotic, but metres to the west you'll find respite and care in the Gallic embrace of Bia Bistrot. Now in its eighth year, plaudits continue to amass for the clever, satisfying dining produced by chef-owners Roisin & Matthias Llorente. For this pair, local sourcing, sustainability and seasonality are not just words but guiding principles in their mission to deliver fine food. The menu changes regularly, supplemented by daily specials, reflecting what's in season. To start, roasted bone marrow that glistens on toasted sourdough is cause for appreciation, while a tangy beetroot carpaccio is both jewel-like on the plate and refreshing on the palate. Mains balance the unusual with the comforting. A 28-day aged steak is solidly familiar bistro territory, but how often does roasted partridge or braised Orkney brisket appear on menus around town? Not often, and they're a treat, handled with confidence by the kitchen. Sweets are equally pleasing and definitely satisfying.

  • High point: Creative menu that puts ingredients first
  • Low point: Dining room could be a bit cosier
  • Notable dish: Slow-braised Orkney beef brisket 'bourguignon style'
  • Average price: £10 (set lunch); £22 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 24 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 24
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £18 per bottle

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