The legendary film director Orson Welles once said, ‘Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch?’
Direct your own legendary lunch by taking up today’s Big Deal on a 2 course lunch for two in the welcoming Bistro at Edinburgh’s Hotel du Vin.
The Bistro du Vin is tucked away off a beguiling courtyard in Edinburgh’s atmospheric Old Town. It’s a warm, welcoming space with restored fireplaces, reclaimed floorboards and lots of wine merchant memorabilia.
Seasonal & locally sourced
The kitchen brigade specialise in producing the sort of hearty, delicious cooking that people want to eat.
It’s not fine dining or faffy but it is fresh, seasonal, locally sourced and, wherever possible, created from organic produce.
Available from noon to 2pm, Monday to Saturday, the offer is for two people to have a 2 courses from the plats du jour menu.
The exact dishes available change every day depending on what is available but typical starters might be the duck rillettes served with mixed pickles or the grilled goat’s cheese with a rocket and watercress salad.
Popular main courses include the whole plaice Meuniere and the chicken cordon bleu which is accompanied by a potato salad.
Leave room for desserts such as the apple crumble; chocolate pot with Chantilly cream or the very tempting profiteroles.
This 5pm Big Deal writer is a fan of HdV’s Bistro. I like the cosy feel of the place; the food is hearty, satisfying and the wine list, as you might imagine, makes for fun reading.
I’m not alone. At the time of writing, just over a hundred 5pm Restaurant customers have rated the bistro a healthy 4.2/5. This is what a couple of recent diners had to say about their experiences:
‘Stylish dining. We had been to the Hotel du Vin earlier in the week and the whole experience was so good we returned within a week… we were all more than satisfied with the evening. The food was top class and the service was even better than before, if that was possible. We are already looking forward to… another return, this time with more friends.’ Rating 4.6/5
‘Favourite Place. Lovely bistro with nice outside eating area. Food is top class and staff are wonderful.’ Rating 5/5