I’m slowly starting to explore the south side of Edinburgh (Tollcross, Bruntsfield, Morningside) with recent visits including Meltmongers, Harajuku Kitchen and now La Petite Mort.
La Petite Mort is a hidden gem in full view located on Valleyfield Street. It’s the perfect spot for pre theatre dining at the Kings or just for escaping the hustle and bustle of city. It’s an elegant and charming oasis with a lovely casual interior and a truly beautiful painting on the stone exposed wall! I also love the fact that they have converted old Singer sewing machine stands into tables. The design work on the table legs is stunning.
The menu is small but perfectly formed; they only use the best of Scottish produce. According to their website 80% of their gins come from Scotland, they roast their coffee beans in Stockbridge and select their fresh fish, meats and cheeses from a range of Edinburgh establishments. They also create great cocktails using their own homemade syrups, serve a selection of craft beers and have an extensive wine list. What’s not to love?!
But onto the food as this is what we came for…
We were greeted with big smiles at the door and shown to our table by the window. The staff here are an absolute delight; friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and efficient. First class! If only so many other restaurants in Edinburgh had their staff.
We ordered some drinks, chatted a lot (it was girlie catch-up night), ate some pumpkin bread which was yummy (excuse the slab of butter!) and eventually managed to look at the menu and order.
I started off with the Pan Fried Wood Pigeon with fried truffled gnocchi, parsnip and beetroot purée and saffron roast peanuts. The plate was so beautiful I didn’t want to eat it. The pigeon meat was quite rare, a little of the sinew hadn’t been removed from one slice (easily removed), but it was sweet and tender. The truffled gnocchi with the peanuts were absolutely delicious and I wish there was more on the plate. I thought the beetroot puree would over power the dish but it was quite delicate and brought the earthiness of the pigeon and the truffle together.
My dining partner had the Honey and Sesame Tempura Courgettes, aubergine and spring onion with a cauliflower wasabi purée. Oh my these were superb. The tempura batter was light and fluffy and the courgettes were cooked to absolute perfection. The cauliflower wasabi puree was full of flavour and added a lovely layer to the whole dish. Again another gorgeous plate of food. Simple but effective.
For mains I opted for the Roast Venison Haunch with herb crusted black pudding dauphinoise potatoes, butternut squash purée, tempura shallot rings and blackberry jus. Most of the components on this dish I love individually, so I was hoping for a party in my mouth once all combined. The plate was impressive and such attention to details. The dauphinoise potatoes were a tribute to architecture and looked like mini stone walls; layers and layers of thin potato with a bright green herb and black pudding crust. There was a lot of cumin in this and I’m use to my dauphinoise potatoes with cream, but these towers definitely put a new spin on dauphinoise. The venison was sumptuous, and the blackberry jus was very sharp on its own however combined with the venison and potato, it made for a delightful mouthful.
My friends main was the Mixed Seafood Bouillabaisse with calamari, mussels, seabass, red pepper, potato and samphire. This dish on arrival looked so impressive with the fish and seafood standing proud. I find bouillabaisse one of the most difficult dishes to get right, there is so much going on in the dish, with every element needing to be cooked to perfection, all at different times. The seabass was flaky and fall apart but the broth, we both thought could have been a little sweeter and more flavourful. This dish is big, bold and robust; and heading into Autumn/Winter would definitely warm the cockles of your heart.
After a wee breather and attempting to be good, we caved in at the persuasion of the staff to give desserts a go and oh my, we are so glad we did.
We ordered the Toffee Apple Crème Brulée with apple purée, butterscotch, fresh apple, honeycomb and blackberries. And the White Chocolate and Lime Cheesecake with raspberry jam top and fresh raspberries.
The crème brulee was amazing! Warm, creamy vanilla custard with a hint of apple & toffee and the honeycomb was super yummy; however the cheesecake for us was the star of the show. The lime hit was intense and run throughout the cheesecake topped by the slight sweetness of the raspberries. Lets just say we could have devoured the entire cheesecake (one each!).
La Petite Mort, is genuinely lovely. It has a great atmosphere and caters to locals and tourists alike. They are open for lunch and dinner. I can’t thank them enough for inviting me to review them and I certainly hope that you will all give them a try.
My Spoon Award : Gold