Bia Bistrot

Bia Bistrot
19 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5DP
  • Telephone 0131 452 8453
  • Food served Tue–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5–10pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Sat 5–6pm.
  • Pre-theatre price £9.50
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This stylish neighbourhood bistro doesn’t rest on its justifiable laurels, offering diners creative seasonal menus.

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Since opening in 2010, so many good things have been said about the charming, neighbourhood Bia Bistrot. Happily they remain true, as husband and wife team Matthias and Roisin Llorente continue to deliver the goods with style and confidence. The welcome is warm, the atmosphere comfortable and relaxed, and the menu diverse and pleasing. Now a Bia tradition, the roasted bone marrow glistens as it is spread onto sourdough toast, heightened by caramelised red onion jam and sea salt. From the daily specials, grilled pigeon on a bed of salad is gamey but delicate. Tender and sweet confit of pork belly with glazed apples is countered on the plate by turnip sauerkraut and Morteau sausage, while savoury lamb rump is served classically pink. Silky smooth chocolate & chilli crème brulée is partnered with wee chocolate chip cookies and poached pear, with hints of fennel, is a soothing finish, served up with frangipane bake & crème fraiche.

  • High point: The roasted marrow alone is worth booking ahead
  • Low point: Pre-theatre menu ends a bit early
  • Notable dish: Roasted bone marrow
  • Average price: £9.50 (set lunch); £22.50 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 24 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Pop
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 24
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £16 per bottle

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