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Jule Verne Brasserie Francaise & Cafe - On y va!"
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Jules Verne Brasserie Francaise & Cafe
13 Antigua Street,
8am-10pm everyday

Edinburgh loves a new restaurant and this year the city has seen a gastronomic expansion to rival the infamous Mr Creosote’s waistline in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.

From the chain restaurants around St Andrew Square to the independents in Leith – some have opened with much brouhaha, others have been quieter.

Jules Verne, formerly Café Marlayne popped up casually in the summer and Mr Bite and Iwent in for a spot of supper.

It’s a café as well as a brasserie and everything, including show stopping cakes, is made in-house; from moules frites to macarons, from duck to dauphinoise all your Gallic faves are here.

Owner/Chef Frederic Deprez tells me the duck is cooked for 20 hours in the Sous Vide. Mr Bite ordered it and the gamey texture and flavour was wonderful with a forkful of roast fig and a drenching of cumin and honey sauce. The dauphinoise were exactly the right - neither too firm nor too soft – consistency and as sublimely garlicky and creamy as they should be.

Sauces, creams and jus are one of the reasons I love French food and the prominent Ricard sauce with my scallops didn’t disappoint. Sweet potato crumble however, was too soft texturally as an accompaniment.

Starters had been beetroot cured salmon and salmon rillettte, both just as good with salad leaves as spread on the homemade bread and Mr Bite had pigeon with wild mushrooms and cranberries. The plump fruity berries providing balance to the iron rich bird and earthy fungi.

I don’t quite know how to tell you readers that after two substantial courses Mr Bite, henceforth to be known as Mr Creosote, had the audacity to order and consume a chocolate and peanut crunchy bar topped with Lyon red praline in caramel sauce. When I mentioned this to Frederic he commented "Oh I love this dessert it’s like a giant snicker bar, did you taste it?”

I replied that ‘I just couldn’t’. I did however, manage a toothsome pear and caramel entremet in caramel sauce avec un petit chocolate macaron sat like a Chanel pill box hat on top of the dessert.

The French don’t hold back when it comes to the good things in life and neither does Mr Bite.

This new addition to the top of Leith Walk provides great value classic French food. "On y va!" (S. Wilson)

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