Steak Frites for two at Le Passepartout

The PR: “Passepartout is a new food and film experience in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic old town where friends come together to share great food at good prices.  Or, if the mood takes them – watch a classic film while they eat.

Inspired by the world travels of two of Edinburgh’s top chefs – Pierre Levicky and Mark Lawrence – Passepartout offers exciting culinary combinations from far flung corners of the planet. Passionate about informal dining Levicky and Lawrence have created a friendly laid back vibe, serving delicious food unconfined by the constraints of a traditional restaurant.”

The downstairs cinema room at Le Passepartout

The downstairs cinema room at Le Passepartout

How did I get on?

Sharing food (my favourite kind) AND a cinema?!  Would I like to go along and try it out with my friend who’s recently just taken on Passepartout as a client? er, yes, most definitely! Completely tucked away in Fishmarket Close just off the Royal Mile, Passepartout looks inviting and quirky, so much so I wasn’t really looking where I was going and almost fell through the door (luckily I didn’t smash it but did need helping up from my knees by a rather surprised waitress). Thankfully the subdued lighting inside hid my burning cheeks and I sat down and let the snug warmth calm me down as I checked out the menu waiting for my friend ‘Hotcat’ to arrive.

Platelets at Le Passepartout

Platelets at Le Passepartout

The menu is right up my street uncomplicated and tasty – tapas style dishes (appealingly called Platelets) or larger platters for 2 – so much so that I wanted to try one of each of the platelets and couldn’t choose between the sharing platters either. The prices were so good that we’d assumed t the tapas dishes would be just a bite each but the look of surprise followed by an ‘are you REALLY hungry?’ from our waitress when we started ordering should maybe have alerted us! (and I’d already seen the size of the larger dishes as they’d wafted past to other tables).

We selected a few platelets including Jalapenos & cream cheese fritters, Chorizo & spiced bean stew, Pulled pork belly with fondant rosemary potatoes and Moroccan chicken with lemon, anis and almonds (each dish between £2-£4) and followed it all with  a 1/2kg of chargrilled Scottish Tbone steak with pommes frites, green salad, a selection of sauces and a baguette sharing plate (although I could easily have gone with the Lamb or chicken dish too!) The Lobster looked outstanding but alas shellfish doesn’t like me – each of these dishes between a purse pleasing £12-£20).

Steak frites for two at Le Passepartout

Steak frites for two at Le Passepartout

It was busy and there was a lovely friendly yet understated bohemian vibe, the food was good value & tasty although I’m not sure if I liked our huge steak dish arriving whilst we were mid-platelets but maybe that’s a cultural thing.

We decided to check out the cinema while we rounded off with desserts (chocolate mousse with vanilla ice cream & raspberry coulis for Hotcat & don’t laugh, but a liquid dessert – of espresso ice cream with cognac & creme de cacao for me)! We wolfed them down so quickly I forgot to take any photos (sorry). I wasn’t sure what to expect but the downstairs area made my night, just genius and seeing Juliette Binoche on the screen in Chocolat inspired me to dig out the book which I’m thoroughly enjoying all over again!

Downstairs cinema & dining area at Le Passepartout

Downstairs cinema & dining area at Le Passepartout

I’ll definitely be going back, it’s the perfect place to hide away from the weather, watch a movie or two and eat some decent tucker at exceedingly decent prices!

Le Passepartout, 5/7 Old Fishmarket Close, Edinburgh EH1 1RW  – Tel: 0131 629 0252

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