Maison Bleue at Home
Social Bite has been a considerable force for good since first opening its doors in 2012 and I’ve been a regular visitor to their Edinburgh and Glasgow branches.
I was intrigued when they announced their first restaurant project in partnership with the folks at Maison Bleue (as well as some involvement from Martin Wishart and the Montpelier folks). It has played to strong reviews in its opening months so I was keen see what was what.
The menu is very familiar to fans of Maison Bleue’s Victoria Street base with their popular French classics with a North African twist the core of the offering.
From their lunch a la carte – they have a keenly priced set menu, too – I started with the goat’s cheese balls and followed with the Merguez sausages and fries.
The balls arrived promptly and were pretty good with a lightly crisp coating and nicely tangy cheese. The accompanying avocado dip was good, as were the crunchy little bites of jalapeno.
The sausages to follow were typically warmly spiced and satisfying but the fries were a little peely-wally. Still it was a good lunchtime eat.
I accompanied things with another fine and commendable product, a tin of Brewgooder clean water lager, which is a light and refreshing middle of the day drink.
So overall, I enjoyed my visit to Maison Bleue at Home. I’m not sure it has the scope to catch fire as a replicable concept in quite the same way as the Social Bite shops have done but it’s a good place for a pleasing meal. You can also contribute to the wider aims of the business through their pay-it-forward offer where you add a little more to your final bill to feed someone in need at the restaurant’s regular weekly dinners for the homeless. Make sure to visit and do your bit.
Blythe scores Home
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: goat’s cheese balls, Merguez sausages and fries
I drank: lager
I wore: spring coat
Total bill: £17.30 (plus £10 pay it forward)
Address: 7-8 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PA