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 5pm–6pm
  • Average price £9.50 (set lunch); £16 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £9.50
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The secret, it seems, is out. After five years feeding and watering the locals around Colinton Road, chef/proprietors Matthias and Roisin Llorente have seen their reputations spread. They are now attracting a burgeoning group of travelling supporters, lured by a menu that offers an imaginative take on traditional rustic French dishes, served in premises featuring a cosy area at street level and an additional space downstairs. A great value deal ensures a steady flow of lunchtime diners, while evening service is built around a selection of established favourites enhanced by daily specials. Starters could include a rich smoked haddock velouté packed with flavour and enhanced by a sprinkling of chopped apple and dill. Tender confit duck leg in a red wine jus transports the diner to the rural France of Matthias’ roots, while the colcannon cake – which is an ideal accompaniment – offers a nod to Roisin’s Irish background. And, although the dessert selection is somewhat limited, a light almond panna cotta with pear, nut and cinnamon chutney contrasts perfectly with the hearty fare that has gone before.

  • High point: Traditional bistro food delivered with aplomb
  • Low point: Limited selection of desserts
  • Notable dish: Confit duck leg, colcannon cake, red wine jus
  • 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: Contemporary
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 24
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £16 per bottle

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2. bangersandmash19 Sep 2010, 8:28pm5 stars Bia Bistrot Report

We have visited Bia Bistrot twice in the last month and it has been faultless each time. The quality of the ingredients has been superb:oysters, orkney beef, lamb, scallops, foie gras...treated with respect and always delicious. The wood pigeon and game pie was indescribably good and silence fell when the whole table had the gooey chocolate cake until it had all gone. This restaurant is a real treasure: fabulous food, very good value and charming service. Without doubt the best meals we have had in Edinburgh this year.
Sample dishes:
foie gras on home made brioche
sirloin of orkney beef
wood pigeon breast with game pie
gooey chocolate cake

1. Gastronomica10 Sep 2010, 9:28pm4 stars Bia Bistrot Report

I made a last minute booking for Friday night and they were very obliging in squeezing us in. The place was comfortably busy making for a good atmosphere. We started with the parsley pesto & bread which sounded unusual and was quite, quite delicious...wanted more but was saving myself for their signature dish of lamb rump, layered potatoes, spiced aubergine and mint sauce - simply wonderful- lamb cooked to perfection. My hubby had plaice with brown shrimp,tomato, potato and other ingredients blended together with a very subtle anisette good as if not a tad better than the lamb. For pudding I had lemon possett with the shortest of shortbread and strawberries and the other half had pear crumble and icecream - both excellent. I like the limited menu and emphasis on seasonal specials of good quality local produce. We shall be returning soon

Sample dishes
•Soup of the day
•Ploughman’s lunch
•Lemon posset, fresh strawberries and shortbreadlamb

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Average rating 4.5/5 from 2 reviews of Bia Bistrot.

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