B'est

B'est
16 Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9TX
  • Telephone 0131 556 4448
  • Seasonal times Open all day during the Edinburgh Festival
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–2.45pm, 5–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5–6.30pm
  • Average price £7.90 (set lunch); £16 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £12.90
  • Email
  • Website www.best-restaurant.co.uk
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Billing itself boldly as ‘Edinburgh’s most exciting eatery’, B’est has a lot to live up to, and somewhat inevitably falls short of its claim. Paintings of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe and stencilled words en Français say ‘this is a French bistro’, and the interior design is enlivened with eclectic curiosities from maritime paraphernalia to wall-mounted antlers. Service likewise is fittingly muddled. The food falls on the Scottish side of the Auld Alliance, with some tourist favourites thrown in: to start, you could have a routine haggis, neeps and tatties tower with an off-key whisky sauce, or a fish and seafood gratin served retro-style in a scallop shell and minus much seafood. A main of grilled cod fillet is perked up by its lemon mash and dill sauce, while a ‘chicken à-la stroganoff’ suffers from the inescapable, inexplicable taste of a ready-meal curry. To finish, you can fill up on a chocolate crêpe, or cleanse the palate with simple sorbet. During the Festival, B’est hosts the ‘Fawlty Towers Experience’: the irony is probably not intentional.

  • High point: Eclectic decor
  • Low point: Lacklustre cooking
  • Private dining: Up to 25 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu
  • Music on stereo: Old pop hits
  • Capacity: 35
  • Largest group: 35
  • Open since: 2005
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £13.95 per bottle