WE DROVE PAST L’Escargot Bleu a couple of weeks ago, with Sarah stating “We should go back there soon, it was unbelievable last time”. A discreet smile briefly adorned my face, as I had booked a table for her forthcoming birthday just the day before.
Sarah and I last visited L’Escargot Bleu – which holds one AA Rosette – a year or two ago and can still remember a slightly nervous waiter knocking up a knockout steak tartare. I would have happily ordered any of the starters, but couldn’t resist revisiting what I regard as one of the best I’ve had in Edinburgh; but would it come through this time? Well, the answer is, yes, of course, it did. The added theatre of assembling the dish at the table drew glances from other diners and only adds to this particular French classic (priced at £8.90). The quality of the shorthorn beef is unquestionable and all the flavours of shallots, capers, Dijon mustard, egg yolk, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and herbs tantalise the palette. If you are afraid of eating raw meat then 1) Get a grip and 2) Visit L’Escargot Bleu and have this dish.
The dining room was full, meaning there was a bustling atmosphere you kind of hope for from a French bistro. Service was slick and very professional; I particularly like it when the French speak English and slip in little phrases in their native tongue; it adds to the authenticism.
Phone: (0131) 557 1600
56 Broughton Street,