Fri 1 Jun 2018
Maison Bleue is a restaurant on Victoria Street, just around the corner from the Grassmarket. It serves French, North African and Scottish dishes. My husband and I went there for dinner recently, probably about 10 years since the last time we were there. And it hasn’t really changed in that time. Still the same cosy and quirky interior, friendly service and tempting-looking menu.
We arrived at about 7 pm and were seated downstairs in the restaurant. They were fully booked that night I believe, but it was still fairly quiet when we arrived. More people came in after us, which gave the place more of an atmosphere. We decided to eat from the “Le Banquet Bleue” menu, a special menu which offers 3 courses for £29.90, served from 5 pm every evening.
For starters I had haggis balls, deep fried in beer batter, with clapshot tatties and whisky sauce. This was delicious! Then for my main course I went for duck leg confit with cassoulet. I also enjoyed this, particularly the cassoulet, which is a traditional casserole with white beans and Toulouse sausage. I had never heard of it before, so it was nice to try something new. The service was very quick. In fact, there was no gap at all between the starters and the main. We would have preferred a few minutes in between, but I think it was still quite quiet in the restaurant at that time.
I chose cheesecake for dessert, which was lovely. But my husband had the creme brulee and I tried some. It was honestly the most amazing creme brulee EVER! It was just the right consistency and the crunchy top was perfect. I would definitely have that next time!
We had a lovely evening at Maison Bleue. Although, I do prefer to visit there in the wintertime, when it’s dark outside. It creates a really nice candle-lit atmosphere that you just don’t get in the summer. Our bill came to £85 for three courses each, including a bottle wine to share, which we felt was a fair price.
Maison Bleue, 36/38 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW