I have now learnt that Bon Vivant have a number of different places dotted around Edinburgh, clearly a popular place. I like the sound of their concept which is to create an informal dining scene like that you find on the continent with great food and great drink.
A considerable amount of the menu is served in small portions and this seems to be the most popular choice.
We'd only popped in for something light so this was perfect for us. We ordered a pot of tea each (as it's bloody freezing in Scotland and needed to warm our cockles) and took a look over the menu.
The menu took a bit of deciphering and being new to the place we could have used some guidance, we didn't get any but got the idea in the end. You can either order the starters as starters or as small bite, the small bites is basically one piece (which we didn't know until it was served) and come in at around £1-1.50 each.
D ordered a pork and chorizo sausage roll, soy and sesame glazed pork belly, a curried vegetable bhaji and a venison salami rowanberry jelly and oatcake. He liked it all, I can't comment specifically as I didn't want to try and reduce his dish down further!
For myself I ordered from the 'middle bites' menu, this was serrano ham, olives, bread and manchego cheese served as one dish (on two dishes). It was perfect little afternoon nibbles and I invited D to try and olive or two and some of my ham.
All was very delectable and I would visit again now I have a better idea of how things work! It seemed to be a popular place for ladies who lunch, ladies who shop and ladies who are mother and daughter. I suspect the larger crowds and come in on an evening. They seem very big on their alcohol here and it was a pity we didn't have time to try any as they boast that they serve 40 wines by the glass and carafes too (I do like a good carafe - see previous posts).
The Bon Vivant
55 Thistle Street