It is common knowledge that restaurateurs start their own cafes to share their food, meet new people, and to get their hands on some northern flounder fish. Eat for the halibut with today’s Groupon: £19 for a three-course meal for two at B’est Restaurant.
Just a stone’s throw from the Festival Theatre, B’est Restaurant gets playful with chic French fare in a quiet bistro atmosphere seven days a week. Quaint wood-panelled walls host a myriad of culinary delights, with locally sourced produce whenever possible steamed up in two or three course lunches for pre-theatre victuals, or dinner set menus. The eclectic continental grub serves to highlight the restaurant’s unique ambiance, which serves as the stage for the Faulty Towers Dining Experience during the Fringe festival in August.
Two epicurean customers can chow down on a three-course meal at B’est, choosing from the à la carte or set menus. The gastronomic extravagance starts with a piping-hot seared tuna loin nicoise salad (£4.85) or a surprising soup of the day (£2.95). Armed with a knife and fork, carnivores can tingle taste buds with a medallion of venison with creamy dauphinoise potatoes (£12.95) or go whole hog with a sirloin steak (£14.95). Deserting restraint with a tiramisu (£3) or crepes, patrons can sit back and contemplate their bounty while Edinburgh’s city centre whooshes past.
B’est Restaurant received a palatable 3/5 from TripAdvisor users, while Yelp and Qype reviewers were also enthusiastic. Opinions varied on the restaurant during busy periods, but for the most part visitors were quick to praise the friendly service and cosy atmosphere.
After a slog round looking for somewhere to eat this was just what we wanted. Basic food but well cooked, decent portions, good value. The service was prompt and friendly.
– sunskirty, TripAdvisor, Nov 2011
Stilton Cauliflower soup, venison & dauphinoise [sic] potatoes, and the profiteroles were all great. Really nice little place down a quiet street with friendly service from what I think was the owner. Recommended.
– bharper, Qype, Jan 2012