This stylish neighbourhood bistro doesn’t rest on its justifiable laurels, offering diners creative seasonal menus.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Bia Bistrot is everything a neighbourhood restaurant should be. Family run, with husband and wife team Roisin and Matthias marshalling the kitchen and a familiar front of house keeping a loyal band of returning regulars content. French in origin, the bistro leans on Scotland’s larder with confident cooking matched to a well-sourced and evenly priced wine list. Roasted bone marrow with red onion jam rewards the à la carte adventurous, alongside hake fillet with smoked haddock velouté and fall-apart, tender slow-braised roe deer. All roads lead to the gooey chocolate and hazelnut brownie, with seasonal stop-offs from the popular specials board for confit duck leg and red wine jus or Borders pheasant with beetroot salad. The comfortable, compact dining room is supported by a basement level for larger parties, both offering great value lunch and early dining set menu deals. Six years in and still going strong, this Irish-French chef-owner combo continue to serve up all the right local dining ingredients.
- High point: Ticks all the bistro boxes
- Low point: Lower level not quite as charming as main room
- Notable dish: 28-day dry-aged sirloin steak
- 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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