Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Dinner at Maison Bleue

Last week the lovely people at Piper-Heidsieck invited me to dine at Maison Bleue (French restaurant on Victoria Street) and enjoy a specially matched dinner & champagne menu.

There’s really no need to ask if I had a good time, it was the wee hours by the time I left and some of the party (mainly the industry professionals – you know who you are!!!) were still ‘sampling’.

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Last year when Piper’s chef de cave Régis Camus visited Edinburgh we found out that he was a great advocate of drinking Champagne with food instead of wine throughout a meal & for any occasion – he gave us some recommendations (see ‘Bubbles at The Balmoral’ article here) – but was he right….?

It was a great opportunity to find out!

So what was on our menu…….

Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque

A glass or two of Piper-Heidsieck Brut en Magnum on arrival (we were a pretty jolly bunch of press, customers and industry folk) and we started with a lobster bisque amuse bouche (I had a courgette one though & mighty tasty it was too)

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Baked fig & melted goat’s cheese wrapped in Jamon Iberico with reduced sherry teardrops accompanied by Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage (a nice one for red wine drinkers like myself).

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Scallops & tuna tartare (I had a salmon & tuna tartare) with mirin, soya sauce, sesame seeds & a wasabi dressing, this was accompanied by a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002

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Borders spring lamb shoulder confit, North African tagine style, legumes vert, cumin & coriander & sautéed potatoes, this was served with a special treat, the Piper-Heidsieck  Cuvée Rare 1998

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A Passion fruit & Champagne parfait with a  Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Sublime to polish the dinner off nicely.

Nadine Pierce with piper Heidsieck Champagne

Needless to say, we didn’t have just one glass of each, I was taking my tasting duties far too seriously! And, as someone who usually prefers a glass of red, I certainly coped admirably.

Back to the initial question – was Regus right, can you drink Champagne in place of wine?

Quite possibly, I’ve never drunk champagne throughout a meal before and it didn’t disagree with me, although for the sake of one’s wallet I wouldn’t recommend it on a regular basis.

It was real treat and a lovely evening so huge thanks & ‘merci’ to Piper-Heidsieck and Maison Bleue – c’etait formidable!



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3 Responses to “Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Dinner at Maison Bleue”

  1. Trevor
    May 9, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    Hi Nadine

    Just wanted to say that I really enjoy all your reviews and look forward to trying these out when my wife and I visit Edinburgh. Purslane and Wedgewood, which we tried recently were just our sort of places – great food and good value when compared to some of the Michelin starred restaurants and Maison Bleue is maybe in the same mould. Keep up the good work!


    • Nadine
      May 9, 2014 at 11:35 am #

      Thanks Trevor – we’re really spoilt for choice here when it comes to great restaurants, the city is bursting with them!


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