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Place Category: Eating Out
This bistro has the delightful tagline ‘French Twist Using The Best of Scotland’ and it truly does. Both these delightful bistros are totally French in style yet proud of their use of Scottish produce. Meats, usually named by breed, are often slow cooked for full flavour; fish and shellfish are skilfully cooked with a lightness of touch. It would be hard to find someone more passionate about locally sourced fine produce than Fred!
The Auld Alliance is alive here and Fred & Betty have their own version of “entente-cordiale”. Fred seeks out others that share his passion for excellence. He is very involved in the Slow Food Movement, often hosting fascinating Big Table events linked with local Slow Food Convivium.
One evening we dined we had steaming pots of moules mariniere, excellent vegetarian woodland mushroom vol au vents and an individual pot au feu brimming with braised lamb and roots slow cooked in their juices.
Originally only upstairs, Fred now has Bar à Vin at ground floor level where he is offering a fine selection of wines with top notch range of finest local & French charcuterie with Scottish and Auld Alliance Cheeseboard and an Honorary Member of Scottish Cheese Trail. This is a fabulous meeting place for conviviality and fun, relishing Fred’s creative platters of artisan produce.
Finalist, Catering in Scotland Excellence Award Chef of the Year 2016
Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Awards in association with RHASS Food Pioneer Award 2016
Fred is a Member of the Slow Food Chefs’ Alliance and is pictured here with Slow Food Founder Carlo Petrini over on a visit from Italy.
They also have the lovely L’escargot Bleu on Broughton Street.