BONSOIR! is the enthusiastic greeting to meet us as we reach the top of the wooden staircase at La P’tite Folie.
The French speaking continues as our waiter shows us to out seats in the cosy wooden dining room of the Tudor House. Thankfully, after noting our fluency is lacking, he reverts back to English as he asks what we shall be drinking tonight from the extensive wine menu.
Set in the heart of the city’s West End, its authentic ambience and traditional touches take my back to a Parisienne holiday last summer. The adventurous menu offers starters including herb-crusted carpaccio of venison served with port jus and poached fillet of halibut with baby vegetables, herb-crushed potato and Hollandaise sauce.
For starters, I opt for the classic of steamed mussels in shallots, garlic and white wine cream and I am not disappointed. The mussels are fresh, plentiful and the sauce, in particular, is deliciously rich and creamy. On to mains, and the Aberdeen Angus steak – which comes beautifully presented amongst mange tout, green beans and an arrangement of layered potato – is tender and perfectly pink, with juices oozing from its centre. The succulent cut of beef almost melts in the mouth, nicely contrasting with the crisp crunch of the vegetables.
The sweets again offer everything you would expect in a French restaurant and include the classic crème brûlée, profiteroles, cheesecake, a sumptuous sticky toffee pudding and a selection of fromage. It is all washed down with a plummy bottle of Merlot.
With starters averaging £5.95, mains coming in between £12.95 to £28 and puddings, £4.95, diners can enjoy quality food and a fine dining experience, at a price to suit. Très bien La P’tite Folie.
• La P’tite Folie, 9 Randolph Place, 0131-225 8678, www.laptitefolie.co.uk.