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Bistro du Vin - Scottish suppliers, French flair
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Hotel Du Vin
11 Bristo Place,
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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 7 days

Bistro du Vin has always been much more than just a hotel restaurant, and very much a destination in its own right for traditional French cuisine and fine dining.

Their spring prix fixe menu, however, is focused instead on the Scottish larder and showcases the very best of seasonal and local ingredients. Indeed, every item details its local credentials, so it easy to see where your food originated and the local company that supplied it.

Both the starters and mains options include the usual meat, fish and veggie – no vegan options here but then French restaurants have never been good at catering for those who eat neither meat or cheese (sacrilege!)

To start, we tried the Scottish Charcuterie with Arran mustard, which features venison sausage, venison salami and wild boar salami, with olives and figs; and the Belhaven Smoked Trout with pickled cucumber and carrot salad. They couldn't have been more different, the first rich and meaty, the second, fresh and light, but both had their charms.

We then selected mains of Turriff Lamb Chops with Ramsey's of Carluke Black Pudding Hash and mint Hollandaise, and Highland Smoked Salmon Pappardelle with sprouting broccoli, peas and baby spinach. While the lamb dish was delicious and a good size, I was surprised that it didn't come with a single vegetable, even though there are no ‘sides' available on the prix fixe menu and our server never highlighted that anything extra might be needed. The salmon papparadelle, on the other hand, was the perfect spring dish, generously portioned and flavoursome. The salmon and touch of cream gave it a slightly decadent aspect, but it was lifted by the green veg.

Those without a sweet tooth will be delighted to see Auld Reekie Smoked Cheese available as one of the three dessert choices, though we went for the, unsurprisingly super sweet, Scottish Bee Company’s Heather Honey Cake and the indulgent Glenkinchie Whisky Cream with Orange Jelly.

While the choices are obviously limited, with three courses for less than £25, this is an excellent way to enjoy seasonal dishes without breaking the bank. If you have time, there is an extensive wine list to be explored too. (D. Spencer) 

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