|Value for money|
L’Escargot Blanc has been one of our favourite brasseries in Edinburgh for as long as we can remember. The food is good, the atmosphere is warm, the staff are friendly and the addition of the wine bar downstairs just adds to the experience.
I last visited L’Escargot Blanc with a friend who I met long ago when we both lived in Paris and I knew that we’d feel like we’d been transported back in time as soon as we took our seats. The decor alone is enough to make you think you’ve crossed the Channel and when you had to that classic French bistro cooking the journey is complete.
As a starter I chose mussels. These were served deliciously sweet and tender and the broth of onions and IPA gave the dish a deeply satisfying warmth. I was obviously in a maritime mood and chose the Monkfish with shrimps, prawns and saffron as a main course. Monkfish is very easily overcooked and rubbery, but this offering was anything but. The fish was firm but tender and the addition of shrimp and prawns created an aroma of the sea which was enhanced by the subtle use of saffron – an absolute delight.
Dessert was a bit of a dilemma because they all sounded so wonderful, but in a nod to a classic we discovered many years ago on the Left Bank we both opted for a Colonel. This very simple dish relies solely on the quality of the vodka (in this case Arbikie Scottish Vodka) and sorbet, which was the perfect balance of tart and sweetness.
The staff at L’Escargot Blanc are friendly and courteous, the service is prompt without being rushed and the overall atmosphere is relaxed and homely.
After dinner we couldn’t resist one for the road (which turned into three) at their wine bar which you pass through on the way out, which we’ve featured in our choice of Edinburgh’s Best Wine Bars
Address: 17 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4QW
Phone: 0131 226 1890
Website: L’Escargot Blanc
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