Maison Bleue – Le Bistrot
I was sad to see Caffe e Cucina close in Morningside, but glad to find the folks behind that venture thriving in a Newhaven location as Sasso. Taking over the Morningside premises is the second restaurant from popular Victoria Street staple Maison Bleue. Called Le Bistrot, I popped in recently for a visit.
The layout of the space is much as before but things have been given a smart refit with a nice mix of warmly welcoming fabrics and the addition of a couple of window booths. They’re making good use of their outdoor seating, too.
The lunchtime set menu offers one course for £7.90 and two for £12.50. This sounded pretty good to me and the options were nicely varied.
I settled upon of the mussels of the day which today were served as traditional marinieres to start, then followed with the chicken wrapped in Parma ham with mash.
The mussels promptly arrived and were very much as expected. This was a reliably well-judged piece of classic cooking.
The main course chicken was pretty good too. The chicken was moist, the ham suitably crisp, the mash smooth and the gruyere sauce suitably tangy. The sauce was too thin and light, though, so it got rather overwhelmed by the mash.
So overall, Le Bistrot looks to be another pleasingly good offering from the Maison Bleue stable. It served me two good courses for a very reasonable pricetag. I’d be happy to visit again.
Blythe scores Le Bistrot
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: moules marinieres; poulet cordon bleu
I drank: water
I wore: action footwear
Total bill: £12.50
Address: 372 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 5HS