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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

Hotel du Vin Bistro

1 Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UX

From the plush entrance vestibule and manager’s greeting, to the opulent décor and restrained atmosphere of the bistro itself, Hotel du Vin knows how to do formal dining like no one else in Glasgow. For those with plenty of change jangling in their…

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…

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…

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…

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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.

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

13 Antigua Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3NH

Don’t come here to snap pictures of your grub before you scoff it. Not that what’s on your plate is unappetising, or entirely uneasy on the eye. Rather, this is more relaxed French-influenced café than starched-linen restaurant. It’s an all-day affair.

Hotel du Vin Bistro

11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ

They care about ‘the finer things in life’ at this French bistro, hidden from the street in an Old Town hotel – a smart conversion of a former asylum. Wine lovers find over 500 bottles on offer; whisky connoisseurs can sample 170 single malts in the…

1901

1534 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G43 1RF

Though a little removed from the main Shawlands dining strip the value of the food along with the decidedly relaxed and jovial atmosphere at this unassuming corner pub and bistro make it worth the venture. New owner Graham Sutherland, who also has the…

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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…

Pierre Victoire

18 Eyre Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5EP

No story of Edinburgh’s dining scene in the last two decades can be fully told without Pierre Victoire being mentioned. Through thick and thin, ups and downs, Pierre Levicky is still part of the scene; these days he’s operating in relative seclusion at…

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…

Café Tartine

72 Commercial Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX

To the restaurant strip on the ground floor of the old bonded warehouses along Commercial Quay (already home of The Kitchin and Bond No.9) comes a touch of homely French elegance. Within a long, slim, fresh dining room, selections include grilled steaks…

Fleur de Sel

61 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1LH

Everything about Fleur de Sel speaks of authentic France. From the waiting staff's welcoming 'Bonjour' to the buckwheat flour and cider that's imported directly from Brittany and the handful of 'formules' (set menus), this new creperie is as French as…

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La Garrigue

31 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH

On the very short list of French restaurateurs who’ve imported a genuine taste of their homeland’s regional cuisine to Scotland, La Garrigue’s Jean Michel Gauffre will certainly be near the top. Here you’ll find the professionalism and élan of a proper…

Schottische

16–18 Blackfriars Street, Glasgow, G1 1PE

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…

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…

Chez Gerard - Tower of London

14 Trinity Square, London, EC3N 4AA

Chez Gérard by the Tower of London is the perfect location for the finest line in French cuisine in the heart of the City, with this branch in pretty Trinity Square (Tower Hill). The brasserie-style menu features the restaurant's renowned…