Restaurants, French

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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…

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 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…

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…

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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…

Tapestry Restaurant

Norwood Hall Hotel, Garthdee Road, Cults, Aberdeen, AB15 9FX

Within the stately 19th-century mansion house hotel of Norwood Hall, the Tapestry is an intimate yet relaxed restaurant in the leafy West End of Aberdeen. So called because of the ornate tapestry hanging on the walls, the restaurant features a creative…

Galvin Brasserie de Luxe

Caledonian Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB

Galvin Brasserie de Luxe is a bit un-Edinburgh. But in a good way. Although in the city’s West End, the street outside could easily be mistaken for London, while inside interprets chic Gallic style. As would be expected in such five-star surroundings…

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…

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…

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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 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

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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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…

Baby Grand

3–7 Elmbank Gardens, Glasgow, G2 4NQ

Serving up music and main courses to Glasgow diners for 20 years, it’s clear they might be on to something here and there’s no sense they want to fix what isn’t broken. There’s a faded charm, though the traditional menu isn’t quite cheek to cheek with…

Café Rouge - Highgate

6-7 South Grove, Highgate, London, N6 6BP

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…

Café Rouge - Kew Bridge

85 Strand on the Green, London, W4 3PU

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…