Le Bistrot by Patisserie Maxime
I’d visited Le Bistrot at L’Institut Francais d’Ecosse two years ago and enjoyed this rather charming little hideaway just around the corner from the Book Festival.
This year things are delivered in partnership with nearby Patisserie Maxime for another Festival pop-up. In between Book Fest shows I popped in to renew acquaintances.
A couple of floors down from their Randolph Crescent entrance, the Bistrot is open intermittently through the year but mainly functions as the in-house cafe for the workers at the institute. It’s consequently charmingly home-spun and rather like dining in someone’s front room.
The menu packs in a range of light meals such as omelettes and toasties, with meat and cheese platters also available. A croque madame sounded like a good plan to me so I ordered one of them, along with a lightly fruity glass of muscadet.
Accompanied by a beautifully dressed salad of green leaves and sun-dried tomatoes, the toastie was a monster. Packed with delicious ham and nicely melted emmental, the egg on top had a runny yolk and accurately crisp edges. The bread was first rate.
It was the best dish of its type I’ve been served in Edinburgh. It made me very happy indeed.
So overall, it’s cinq etoiles for Le Bistrot. The Maxime folks are doing outstanding work and deserve to do a very brisk trade in the second half of the Festival. Make sure to save me a wee space when y’all flood them with visitors as I’ll definitely be back for more from this beautifully judged menu.