L'escargot blanc

Price guide: Mid-range

17 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4QW

Price guide: Mid-range

Es'cargot Blanc bright charming interior

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#28 of 40
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Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
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Ambience:
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Service:
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Location:
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Value for money:
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Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Singles, People watching, Relaxation, Romance

Expert review of L'escargot blanc

Come to Scotland for French bistro food at its best.

Bonjour! This is France! From the huge original prints of 1950s' French posters to the music and buzz, you are instantly transported to another culture. The staff are charming, French and...the chef! Well, if he wasn't already spoken for there would be a queue a mile long. Boy, can he cook. You don’t go once; you go once, discover it and tell your friends.

Food and drink: 

Meals are served in individual copper pans and cast-iron casserole dishes. They do a daily casserole that is hard to beat; lamb, beef or fish - it is always delicous and the portions very generous indeed. Beef, veal, game and fish are served and, in the case of their sister restaurant Le Petit Bleu in Broughton Street, horse! Oui! It's true. A home-made terrine of the meat arrives in a great slab, with a small jar of home-pickled gherkins on the side. 

Just for a change from wine you could try an l’apéritif gratte cul that translates as "scratch bottom", a distillation of fermented rosehips.

Recommended dishes: 

On a Tuesday they do a raclette - essentially a melted cheese frenzy, which is great during the winter months. In fact you might only need to eat it every two days as it is filling.

Ambience: 

Wooden chairs and tables, stripped floor, light painted walls, French music and big colourful French posters on the walls. Quaint and authentic; it's quite shocking when you leave and remember you are actually in Scotland, not the heart of France. Bon Appetit.

Service: 

The same manager means the consistency of service is great. Always fast, efficient and friendly, a home from home.

Location: 

In the West End, the entrance is nothing special and you have to climb a small flight of stairs to get to the dining room, and there is no lift so no disbaled access. The restaurant itself if split into three eating areas, all of which are equally attractive. The decor is basic but approachable and it just feels so authentic that you sit down, get a glass of wine and get on with it.

Price advice: 

The restaurant offers an early dining offer before 7pm, which is also valid at lunchtime. Otherwise, starters from £4.50 and main courses from £11.90. There are always offers on the go through the website, or on an A-board outside.

Other useful branches: 

L'escargot Bleu in Broughton Street is the sister operation and also very good indeed. Especially if you like horse. Why the long face?

More information on L'escargot blanc:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Brasserie, Restaurant
Food:
British, French, Traditional
Address:
17 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4QW
Telephone:
0131 226 1890
Website:
http://www.lescargotblanc.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thurs noon-3pm and 5.30pm-10pm, Fri and Sat until 10.30pm; closed Sundays
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to L'escargot blanc? Would you recommended it?