Michael Fons, the Marseille-raised patron of this cosy and intimate bistro, comes with an impeccable pedigree and impressive culinary background, having worked in all manner of Michelin-starred restaurants, including those run by Tom Kitchin and Michael Caines. It should therefore come as little surprise that his first solo venture, which opened in September 2013, has been widely hailed as one of the most exciting recent additions to Leith's already flourishing dining scene.
The food is elegant yet unpretentious and combines classic Mediterranean recipes with the best French and Scottish ingredients, with a particular focus on cuisine from Provence. Even dishes that sound deceptively simple, such as the traditional fish soup starter, boast a complex blend of flavours, while the likes of duck breast with ratatouille, roast garlic and tapenade sauce, or saffron baked cod with grilled chorizo, chickpea, cumin and spinach casserole, are amongst the highlights of the mains.
Sipping Ricard in the sunshine on the terrace outside, it's easy enough to imagine yourself in the Côte d'Azur, especially thanks to the diverse yet reasonably priced wine list. Michael and his team also offer a regularly changing, four course menu degustation, with optional cheese and wine, which is a celebration of both the flavourful food of Provence and the generous Scottish larder.