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Bistro Provence Review

The new bistro, which opened its doors earlier this autumn, occupies a premises that has been home to French restaurants for a number of years, most recently to La Garrique and before that, to Daniel's Bistro. In fact, today's owner, Marseille-born Michael Fons and his Leith-born head chef Paul Malinen met at La Garrique.

Their new venture is themed around France's Provencal region and its dishes, but also shows off some of the traditional flavours of France's south coast. Looking at their current menus, a traditional fish soup sits next to baked Provencale scallops and duck legs with ratatouille, whilst the daytime menu features Tarte Flambee, a diners' favourite from the time when Alsacien restaurateur Daniel Wencker was based here.

Diners should expect classic French cooking with a lighter touch as Provencale cuisine is not only rich in colour and taste, but also often replaces butter and cream with olive oil, garlic, thyme and other southern flavours.

Apart from the daytime, dinner and lunch menus, the restaurant offers a four course tasting menu on Saturday with matched wines. Menus are short and succinct, allowing Michael and Paul to change them frequently.

Add to that a fantastic selection of French cheeses and indulgent desserts and it's easy to see why Bistro Provence is bound to be a hit.