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La P'tite Folie - A little madness in the West End
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La P'tite Folie
9 Randolph Place,
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0131 225 8678
12pm - 3pm / 6pm - 10pm (11pm Fri & Sat) / Closed Sun

"Would beef carpaccio and ribeye steak be bovine overload do you think?” My dining partner asked as we perused the tempting menu at La P’tite Folie on a Saturday evening.

Possibly, but I was too distracted by trying to decide if mussels followed by king scallops would be overdoing the shellfish. In the end we resisted our initial impulses and varied our choices, mussels and venison for me, cheese soufflé and steak for him.

One of the joys of Edinburgh is being able to discover a new favourite eatery every week (cash flow allowing). I had obviously seen the beautiful ‘Tudor House’ building, but despite the inviting exterior and excellent customer reviews, had never been to La P’tite Folie. I’m so glad I have now rectified this error as it was a culinary delight that I will certainly be repeating!

The mussels were plump and fresh, served in a delicious shallot, cider and camembert cream sauce; I was informed that the ‘twice baked Roquefort cheese soufflé with walnuts’ was also excellent and predictably "very cheesy”.

The loin of red deer venison was beautifully presented and served with red cabbage, greens and new potatoes in a gin and blackberry jus. It was rich, sweet and balanced, with a slight tartness from the blackberries cutting through the other strong flavours – the essence of autumn on a plate.

The ‘35 days dry-aged ribeye steak’ was served with gratin dauphinoise, wild mushrooms and tarragon jus, and although perhaps not the best steak (there are so many excellent steak restaurants in Edinburgh after all), my companion said it was one of the most perfectly flavoured meals he’d ever eaten.

The portions were generous and we were pretty stuffed, but had to sample the crème brulee, as this seems to be the standard by which all French restaurants shall be judged. We were not disappointed, the desert had the ideal proportions of creamy vanilla to slightly bitter, sweet crackly topping.

The building also houses wine bar Le Di-Vin, another new discovery for me, and the ideal place to relax and digest with a glass or two of something. (D. Spencer) 



Reader Reviews / Comments (view all) Average Rating: 5

Charlene Ann Revie (26th March 2012), Rated: 5

An underrated gem in the heart of the city

I’ve been going through a run of bad dining experiences lately. Meals showing up late, appalling service and random items that I hadn’t ordered appearing on restaurant bills have all led to me becoming disillusioned by the Edinburgh restaurant scene. However, a trip to La P’tite Folie on Hanover Street soon restored my faith in the culinary delights of the city.

La p’tite folie – roughly translated as “the little madness” - is situated in two convenient locations in the New Town. I visited the Frederick Street branch on a Friday night and was immediately met with a warm welcome. The décor of the small restaurant was a sharp contrast to a dark and windy Friday night. The deep red walls are decorated with authentic French movie posters, the mood for night-time dining achieved by soft candlelight and attractive pine tables, creating a stylish yet cosy atmosphere. The restaurant achieved the perfect mix of seeming intimate and exclusive whilst still suitably busy and the gentle chatter of other customers provided a warm, lively and homely atmosphere.

The staff were immediately attentive and helpful, waiting patiently while I perused the impressive menu. The food selection at La Petite Folie focuses on quality rather than quantity and offers six choices of starters and mains, including one vegetarian selection. Typical French fare can be found such as steak, fish and chicken, cooked the French way. I chose the herb-encrusted fillet of cod served with crushed potatoes, roasted cherry tomatoes and a medley of vegetables. Despite eating my weight in crisp French bread whilst waiting for it to arrive, I still found room for the meal, a credit to the sensible portion size. The flavours were intense and merged perfectly together, the crushed potatos were rich, creamy and soft, and the fish was perfectly cooked, the breadcrumbs adding a zingy kick to the dish. The portion was generous without being overly filling. My friends tried the goats cheese and pepper terrine, served with rocket and raved about it’s taste and quality. At £23.50, the main dish of steak is not cheap, but the high quality cooking makes it worth it. The other dishes on the menu are relatively cheaper at £15-16, but it’s fair to say that La p’tite folie is not a choice for diners looking for a cheap and cheerful meal.

Of course, no meal is complete without a desert and I immediately picked the chocolate fondant, a delicious chocolate slice filled with a melting chocolate middle, dusted with icing sugar and served with fresh, rich cream. It was rich, velvety smooth and although heavy, a glass of Kir Royale washed it down nicely.

With it’s atmosphere, quality cooking and friendly staff, La p’tite folie is an underrated gem in the Edinburgh restaurant scene. It’s quirky nature combined with delicious, well-cooked food is ideal for diners who want something a bit different from their dining experience.

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