I’ve long been a fan of Petit Paris. Prior to setting out on our questing odyssey, it was a place that I frequently recommended to people, as I’ve had a number of very good meals there, down the years. So, after deciding to visit, on the spur of the moment, I was interested to see how it would match-up, given that my acquaintance with the Edinburgh dining scene is now greatly improved.
The place is small and intimate inside, with ample additional daytime seating for hardy souls, outside on the Grassmarket. We timed it well, as the largely full restaurant was just disgorging itself of a couple of punters, as we arrived, so with a quick wipe-down of the table, we were good to go.
The menu showcases a fairly focussed selection of dishes. From that, I chose to open with classic French snails, while my companion for the evening, Nadine, opted for the seafood soup, which came served with a rouille and toasts.
The soup was very good, and so were my snails. Escargots are not everyone’s cup of tea, nor is intensely over-powering garlic, but it’s a dish of which I am very fond. This was a simple and accurate execution of this classic.
Main courses were sea bream, and Toulouse sausages. The sausages came with an excellent selection of mustard, including an intriguing sounding nettle variety. I think the sharply piquant tarragon one was best suited to my tastes, though.
A standard selection of cheese, then brandies and espresso rounded things out neatly, on what had been a very enjoyable dinner.
So I was very happy with my return to Petit Paris. The welcome is warm, the staff knowledgeable, and it radiates a winning charm. Dishes are smartly prepared and packed with flavour. I’d happily point you towards their door, for understated, classically prepared French cuisine.
Blythe scores Petit Paris
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14.5/20
Today’s questers were: Nadine, Blythe
We ate: seafood soup, escargot, sea bream, Toulouse sausages with wholegrain, Dijon, tarragon and nettle mustards.
We drank: water, Chablis, armagnac, calvados, espresso
We wore: denim, blue suit
Total bill: c.£80