Restaurants, French

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Restaurant Martin Wishart

54 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA

You know that moment at the theatre when the lights go down, just before the curtain goes up? The bit when the audience holds its collective breath? That’s what an encounter with Martin Wishart’s tasting menu is like. You scan the menu before you eat…

The Kitchin

78 Commercial Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX

Treasure maps tend to be jealously guarded, prised from cold, dead hands or relinquished reluctantly at gunpoint. The Kitchin, however, does things differently, each diner presented with a wee scroll depicting Scotland in relief, X marking the spots…

L'Escargot Bleu

56 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SA

L’escargot Bleu is the kind of place that compels you to burst into your dimly remembered and slightly embarrassing school French. It’s just … so French. In fact, it’s everything you'd expect from a French bistro, except (whisper it) with better…

Plumed Horse

50–54 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6DE

To begin at the end – and a mighty fine end indeed, distinguished by desserts as delightful on the eye as the spoon. A vibrant gingerbread mousse contrasts with sweet, crunchy ‘rocks’ of honeycomb, a thing of true beauty. Then nougat parfait, delicately…

21212

3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB

Paul Kitching has been cooking his own sweet way since his Michelin-starred fine-diner opened five years ago. It starts with a menu beating a distinctive 2-1-2-1-2 rhythm of choices at each course. The two ‘ones’ are soup and cheese courses, punctuating…

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B'est

16 Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9TX

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…

Café St Honoré

34 North West Thistle Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 1EA

Barring the name and the elegant Parisian bistro-style interior, it’s been a few years since Cafe St Honore has had much to do with French food. With chef Neil Forbes at the helm the restaurant has turned its focus to using the best of seasonal Scottish…

Chez Gerard - Southbank

Whitehouse Apartments, 9 Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8YP

Step into Chez Gerard on the bustling Southbank and experience a splendid restaurant with a touch of French style, surrounded by some of the most popular sights of central London, including the London Eye, Royal Festival Hall and BFI IMAX Cinema.

Marie Delices

125 Comiston Road, Edinburgh, EH10 6AQ

A little corner of France in south Morningside, Marie Delices is the fruition of French native Marie-Claire Lafont’s long-held passion for Brittany and its most famous foods – les crepes. Bright pink and lilac mark out this friendly cafe on Comiston…

Chez Gerard - Covent Garden

38 The Market, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 8RF

Located directly opposite The Royal Opera House in a beautiful Grade II listed building, Chez Gérard in Covent Garden is a bustling 1930s-style conservatory restaurant, with a beautiful open air terrace overlooking the Covent Garden Piazza.

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The Doll's House Restaurant

3 Church Square, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9NN

One of St Andrew's better respected restaurants, centrally situated with some attractive outdoor dining and serving an internationally influenced menu based on Scottish produce.

Le Marché Français

9a West Maitland Street, Edinburgh, EH12 5DS

The human dynamo that is Pierre Pelletier has had his hands full lately, keeping his French Market alive and turning out excellent-value, classic bistro-style French food while horrendous tram works created carnage outside his front door. Now that’s…

Brian Maule at Chardon d'Or

176 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 4RL

Glasgow doesn’t currently have a Michelin-starred restaurant, but le Chardon d’Or delivers an experience that’s pretty close. Chef Brian Maule spent eleven years with Michel Roux Jr at Le Gavroche, and his experience shows in elegant, precisely…

Café Rouge - Shepherds Bush

98-100 Shepherds Bush Road, London, W6 7PD

With a combination of delicious food, great wines and a real ambience, Café Rouge has embodied the style and je ne sais quoi of French dining since it opened way back in 1989. Now with over 90 sites across the country it's just the place to mull over…

L'Escargot Blanc

17 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4QW

Perhaps the less well-known of the two ‘snails’, L’Escargot Blanc undoubtedly suffers from an uninspiring entrance. But it’s worth climbing the stairs to be greeted by a charmingly French welcome and a huge deli-fridge with promises of good things to…

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The Honours

58a North Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3LU

Martin Wishart is a local celebrity in the Edinburgh restaurant scene. His eponymous Leith restaurant won him a Michelin star – the first in Edinburgh to do so – and his cook school has built up an excellent reputation. So this, his ‘less formal’ New…

Mulberry's

42 Munro Place, Great Western Road, Anniesland, Glasgow, G13 2UW

Petit Paris

38–40 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU

Like a classic song that never quite loses its power – despite multiple plays – a good dish can continue to hit the spot. Like a generous venison stew arriving in a copper pan, rich with a properly reduced winey sauce, with a simple, well-dressed green…

The Wild Restaurant

21 Newington Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1QR

You wouldn’t guess from the unprepossessing frontage, but there’s a lot going on here. Having moved into the space vacated by The Wild Elephant, young couple Nico Masecchia and Lili Johnson are developing a unique take on what will hopefully prove more…

Yann's at Glenearn House

Perth Road, Crieff, Perth and Kinross, PH7 3EQ

Authentic home-style cooking from a French chef producing simple bistro fare with Scottish ingredients. Traditional favourites, such as French onion soup and ratatouille feature, but a cheese fondue with wild mushrooms reveals chef Yannick Grospellier's…

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Aizle

107-109 St Leonard's Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9QY

When Aizle arrived in April 2014, a lot had to be explained carefully. Aizle rhymes with hazel, we were advised, and the word itself was Scots for 'spark'. A 30-year-old Scottish chef, Stuart Ralston, and his American partner Krystal Goff, an innovative…

Aubergine at the Compleat Angler

Marlow Bridge, Bisham Road, Marlow, SL7 1RG

Sister restaurant to the legendary Chelsea restaurant Aubergine in London, Aubergine at the Compleat Angler in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, opened in October 2008 to tremendous praise from local residents and restaurant critics alike. Serving the classic…

Le Bistro Beaumartin

161 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 2UQ

In France a bistro is generally less formal than a restaurant, and here at Beaumartin the relaxed, neighbourhood feel of the Parisian model translates into mismatched tables and chairs, a wood-burning stove and some comfy old leather armchairs for…

Café Marlayne

76 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EN

If anywhere deserved the hoary old estate agent’s term ‘compact and bijou’, it’s this lilliputian bistro on Thistle Street’s restaurant row. Closely packed tables in a cosy room are good for eavesdroppers, but not gossip merchants preferring privacy.

Café Rouge - Ealing

17 The Green, Ealing, London, W5 5DA

With a combination of delicious food, great wines and a real ambience, Café Rouge has embodied the style and je ne sais quoi of French dining since it opened way back in 1989. Now with over 90 sites across the country it's just the place to mull over…