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…

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…

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…

Aizle

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

With its name taken from an old Scots word meaning ember or spark, April 2014 sees the launch of ‘Scotland’s first neo-bistro’ as Aizle (rhymes with Hazel) opens on the site of the former Karen Wong’s on St Leonard’s Street. Gone are the popular Chinese…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

Castle Terrace

33/35 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EL

Delivering the full fine-dining experience beloved of Michelin inspectors, Castle Terrace continues to justify its reputation as one of the city’s finest restaurants. Discreetly expensive decor is reminiscent of a luxury spa, although a few tables are…

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…

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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.

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…

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…

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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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 - 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.

Maison Bleue

36–38 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW

It’s easy to spot the North African influence of the Algerian owner and chef at this multi-storey labyrinth on Victoria Street. The comfortable low, cushioned seating that greets you is more souk than chateau, while the menu has many nods to the…

Antidote

12A Newburgh Street, London, W1F 7RR

Close to vibrant Carnaby Street, Antidote is a contemporary wine bar with delicious seasonal French fare, including small plates and hearty main courses. Organic and biodynamic wines are available, mainly from the South of France. With a warm…

Café Cassis

Salisbury Hotel, Salisbury Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AA

Tucked neatly into the bright basement of the Salisbury Hotel, Café Cassis has become a local favourite and increasingly a destination for those seeking relaxed, high quality dining. Chef-owner Denis Guillonneau is no stranger to success, having built a…

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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 Rouge Bistro - The Strand

9-11 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NA

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…

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…

Auberge - Mark Lane

56 Mark Lane, London, EC3R 7NE

A contemporary bar and restaurant, Auberge London serves brasserie-style French cuisine and classic Gallic inspired favourites. The impressive bar serves up international beer and an excellent wine list. With elegant 1920's Art Deco-style design…

Bella Italia - Uxbridge

The Chimes Shopping Centre, 198-200 High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1LB

Nestled in the Chimes Shopping Centre, Bella Italia Uxbridge creates authentic Italian cuisine. Serving an array of Pizzas, pastas, meats, fish, and salads, Bella Italia flaunts a diverse menu. Complete with a vibrant bar, Bella Italia is home to cold…