If you are looking for a taste of France to banish the winter blues, then head to one of Artmag’s favourite Edinburgh wine bars this month. At Le Di-Vin in Randolph Place there’s a new food menu to accompany the broad choice of wines that underpins this stylish place’s growing reputation. Regular special events are popular, so make a note to book for the Cheese and Wine Tasting on Tuesday 12 February from 7pm. With nine cheeses and five wines to taste there will be plenty to talk about with proprietor Ghislain and his knowledgeable staff. On 21 February there’s a Steak-Tartare et Frites lunch to tempt you, while the Raclette evening is likely to be repeated next month. Popular on the Continent, and sure to bring back memories of Alpine skiing, these cheese-and-meat meals are a sociable way to relax with friends.
If it’s a full French meal you fancy, then upstairs in the same building as Le Di-Vin, is La P’tite Folie. Here Frenchman Chef Tom Falcony obviously enjoys creating his evening menus and tempting his guests down new culinary boulevards. With half a dozen starters and the same number of mains, you obligingly become more adventurous in your choices. The reward might be roast rump of locally-sourced Scottish lamb with ratatouille, black olive and rosemary jus. It is just the thing for a cold night. The mound of crushed potatoes topped with a nicely subtle ratatouille is the ideal platform for the rich tender (but slightly pink) lamb with its crunchy mangetout and beans. Read the rest of Artmag’s exclusive review here
Le Di-Vin and La P’tite Folie, Randolph Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7TE. Artmag review of Le DiVin