La Petite Mort

La Petite Mort
La Petite Mort
32 Valleyfield Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LR
  • Telephone 0131 229 3693
  • Opening times Mon–Fri & Sun noon–11pm; Sat noon–midnight.
  • Seasonal times Festival: Mon–Sun noon–10pm; Christmas: Mon–Sun noon–4pm, 5–10pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–4pm, 5–9.30pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5–7pm
  • Pre-theatre price £19.95
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La Petite Mort offers a riveting gastronomic performance in the shadows of the King's Theatre.

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Set behind Bennets Bar and accessed off Valleyfield Street, this diminutive diner punches way above its weight with a resourceful kitchen specialising in precision French technique and inventive creations. Proximity to the King's Theatre makes it a prime spot for pre-theatre adventures and inspires a stagey informal interior of deep blue walls, red velvet drapes, mismatched tables and a tapered wooden bar. The reassuringly small menu includes a starter of goat’s cheese mousse, brought into sharp focus with a smattering of spiky pickled carrots. A hefty slice of duck terrine is loaded with aromatic leg meat, enhanced by a seam of velvety foie gras in a flawless apple and celeriac sauce. Mains include a bravura vegetarian wellington comprising three swirled pastries packed with resonant pine nut, broccoli and spinach on a bed of sweet parsnip purée, with sharp lemon zest adding brazen, zingy surges. Popping flavours continue through desserts, where candied peel and dark chocolate add sweetness and indulgence to a punchy orange posset. Amiable staff and a nicely priced wine list round off an authentic bistro experience.

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Malcolm McGonigle visited La Petite Mort on 10 February 2019
  • High point: First-class cooking at amazing prices
  • Low point: Loos are shared with the adjoining bar
  • Notable dish: Broccoli Wellington
  • Average price: £11.95 (set lunch); £22 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Light jazz
  • Capacity: 32
  • Largest group: 32
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 18
  • House wine: £21 per bottle

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