In between being tourists in the Grassmarket and the Royal Mile we stopped off for lunch in Maison Bleue on Victoria Street.
Victoria Street is easily one of my favourite streets in Edinburgh. This sweeping street connects the Grassmarket and George IV Bridge as well as having an upper level leading back to the Royal Mile. This is one of the unusual things about Edinburgh. All the streets are on several levels and it’s something to watch out for when map reading as things may not be as they seem!
Victoria Street features lots of like boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops, and is a safer choice to head for somewhere to eat rather than the Royal Mile. Many places have offers available for lunch, including Maison Bleue which is where we ended up and offered two course for under £10.
Offering a fusion of Scottish, French and North African cuisine, Maison Bleue easily has something to suit everyone. It had been a while since we last ate here and the place has recently undergone a little make over. The architecture inside is lovely and traditional with exposed columns and a spiral staircase but the soft furnishings add a nice cosyiness and warmth.
We both settled on Scottish starters from the two course set menu. I opted for Scottish mussels in simple white wine cream sauce and CB went for haggis bonbons with a whisky sauce. The whisky sauce was lovely and light, unlike normal whisky sauces which can be we quite heavy and creamy.
We hopped over to France for our main with Coq au Vin and lots of crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce. It was the perfect portion size for a two course lunch menu and the chicken just fell of the bone.
We didn’t opt for dessert as we decided to head off to the meadows to check out the beautiful blossom tree lined walkways I’d seen photos of popping up everywhere.
And head to Peter’s Yard for an afternoon tea stop and a cinnamon bun. Peter’s Yard is a Swedish bakery offering delicious breads and pastries. Their cinnamon or cardamom buns are always on my mind when I’m near so it only seemed right to get one! If you are around the meadows at lunch time they also offer a great selection of sandwiches to eat in or take out for a picnic in the park, weather permitting of course!
I love finding these hidden historic gems in Edinburgh.