La Petite Mort
- Telephone 0131 229 3693
- Opening times Mon–Fri & Sun noon–11pm; Sat noon–midnight.
- Seasonal times Mon–Sun noon–10pm Festival, Mon–Sun noon–4pm, 5–10pm Christmas
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–4pm, 5–9.30pm.
- Average price £11.95 (set lunch); £24 (evening meal)
- Website www.lapetitemortedinburgh.co.uk
La Petite Mort offers a riveting gastronomic performance in the shadows of the King's Theatre.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Tucked around the corner from the King's Theatre, La Petite Mort feels intimate while a back corridor linking it to Bennets delivers all the benefits of having a great bar on site. As such, there is a wide selection of real ale on tap, single malts and cocktail choices. This cosy gastropub takes that overused phrase quite seriously and delivers. The limited menu features interesting choices, including Scottish game highlighting good local sourcing. A starter of ginger cured, Scottish salmon tartare, balanced with bright cubes of beetroot, makes a colourful welcome to table. The earthy duo of rabbit is mellow but sparked by the vibrant tang of turmeric-laced piccalilli. Sliced breast of duck in soy reduction on a bed of string beans could be slightly pinker but the chunky herb-crumbed fillet of cod is expertly cooked resting on a savoury, melting heap of butter beans, butternut squash, samphire and pancetta, awakened by a flash of chilli. Puddings show a strong finish, with a trio of apple pastry, mousse and crumble particularly fun and filling.
- High point: Delightful and tasty addition to the neighbourhood
- Low point: Explaining the bistro’s name in polite company
- Notable dish: Hake on seaweed and crab risotto with spinach
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Ambient, chilled and indie
- Capacity: 36
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2015
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
- House wine: £18.95 per bottle