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Bistro Provence
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Bistro Provence
88 Commercial Street,
Leith,
Edinburgh
0131 344 4295
Tues-Sun 12 noon-10pm; closed Monday.

 

That's the best meal I have had this year said Mr Bite. 

Praise indeed for Bistro Provence and owner Michael Fons whose dedication to celebrating his native cuisine in Edinburgh has earned the restaurant a coveted rosette. 

Bistro Provence do offer a menu degustation but three perfectly portioned courses at £27.50 is appealing for a week day. 

We had started with complimentary  water, bread and glasses of  Malbec and Chardonnay had been ordered. By the time you read this review the wine list should  encompass new and unique wines from Provence. 

Starters were oven-baked scallops for me and a classic fish soup for Mr Bite.  The scallops were presented a la Provencale wrapped in soft, sweet roasted peppers with tapenade, ratatouille and good olive oil. Soup came with rouille and comte as you would expect; Le Midi in a bowl!

For main course I had ratatouille again this time with soft, juicy,  pink slices of  duck breast as the star of the show and sweet roasted garlic. The ratatouille was intensely colourful and sweet. Mr Bite had ordered steak 'bleu' and we were both taken aback by the tenderness achieved from both the cooking and the 28 day aged-drying. Accompaniments were roast tomatoes, mushrooms swimming in garlic butter and potato fondant which had been cooked with bacon and sliced so that it was reminiscent of tartiflette. Even the sauce was properly peppery. Maximum flavour had been squeezed and teased out of each component parts of both of our dishes. 

For puddings bitter chocolate tart with a blood orange sorbet for him and creme brulée for me. The latter was golden and as it should be and accompanied by a teardrop-shaped honey and almond Madeleine baked in-house. Mr Bite's tart was noir and glossy with a perfect visual stripe between ganache and  crispy pastry. Parfait!


If you desire authentic, seasonal produce, perfectly cooked into classic Provencal dishes  you won't be disappointed by this waterfront bistro. (S. Wilson) 


 

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