The Bon Vivant
I guess I’ve been somewhat taking The Bon Vivant for granted, of late. I pop in for drinks, masterminded by cocktail supremo Miran Chauhan, from time to time, but aside from an occasional go at their bites menu, it’s a while since I’ve dined there. I rectified that today with a visit to try their new lunchtime menu.
Offering three courses for £13, this looked to be insanely good value upon brief acquaintance with the dishes on offer.
I settled upon the celeriac soup to start, then followed with the sea trout, which was served with giant couscous and romesco.
While things were prepared, I had time to take in my surroundings. Things have recently been given a minor spruce, particularly to some of their elegant detailing with fresh light fittings amongst other things. It retains all its signature elegance and charm.
The soup was soon with me looking very bonnie indeed. With a richly creamy texture beautifully offset by toasted crunch from walnuts, it was an absolute dazzler. It rightly takes its place amongst the soup immortals of Soupquest’s exceptionals.
The main course was delivered to much the same outstanding quality. An expertly cooked piece of delicious sea trout – the skin was shard crisp – was served on a complex bed of couscous, olives, asparagus and blushed tomatoes, with first-class romesco offering sunshine brightness. It was another winning dish.
Rather than sample a dessert, I opted for espresso. It was rather good to see this included as part of the deal, accompanied by homemade petit fours. My lack of sweet-tooth couldn’t cope with white chocolate fudge, but the brownie and macaron were both excellent. The coffee, from Glasgow roaster Dear Green, was as good restaurant coffee as you’re likely to find in the city.
So overall, it was good to see The Bon Vivant on such dazzling form. This new lunch deal is one of the best in the city. It will be served Monday-Friday throughout August, so will no doubt be popular with Festival revellers. Make it your business to visit soon and visit often.
Blythe scores The Bon Vivant
5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 17/20
I ate: celeriac soup, toasted walnuts, crème fraiche; sea trout, giant couscous, romesco; petit fours
I drank: water, espresso
I wore: action footwear
Total bill: £13
Address: 55 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DY