Cocktails & Dinner at La Petite Mort

Aviation Porthole Cocktail

Any restaurant that names itself after the French phrase for an orgasm has to be pretty confident in it’s offering so when La Petite Mort asked me to come along and try their porthole cocktails and have dinner they didn’t need to ask twice. Tucked away around the corner from the Kings Theatre and adjoining Bennets Bar this is a hidden gem.

Pork Belly on a Black Pudding and Pancetta disk

While looking at the menu we started off with one of their stunning porthole cocktails – ordered 24 hours in advance it takes some planning but we went for an ‘Aviation’ – Eden Mill Gin, Creme De Violette, Maraschino Cherry Liqueur and lemon juice infused with cherries, berries and citrus fruit. It tasted as good as it looked and always a treat to get something so unique.

Leek-wrapped Duck Terrine

The menu was concise and littered with intriguing combos and delicious sounding dishes – even the vegetarian option sounded lovely and coming from ‘steak girl’ that’s probably a first. After quite come deliberation it has to be said, I went for the slow cooked pork belly on a pancetta and black pudding disk and Welshgastronaut (a fellow Gastronomy student) went for a leek wrapped duck terrine from their specials. The pork belly was excellent and like the cocktail beautifully presented. I sampled the terrine, which was hearty and refined, the accompanying red cabbage swirls were a treat.

Flat Iron Steak with Roast Chestnut Dauphinoise

It may sound predictable but I ended up choosing the flat iron steak but the accompanying roast chestnut dauphinoise, basil & mushroom pesto and truffle cauliflower puree sold it – it was wonderful, very rich and completely indulgent. Welshgastronaut went for the Parma ham and chorizo crusted cod fillet with cullen skink arancini (rice balls), Parma ham crisp, sauteed chorizo and cabbage and a brussel sprout and nutmeg puree – there was certainly a lot going on in this dish but there weren’t any complaints.

Parma Ham and Chorizo Crusted Cod

We weren’t really sure we could manage dessert but we bravely soldiered on for your benefit (it’s a tough gig at times), I went for the cheese – Blue Murder is a favourite of mine and the apple & ginger chutney was fabulous. Welshgastronaut went for the apple and sage bavarois with saffron poached pears. We were also brought the boozy fruit from our cocktail to munch on. A great way to round off our experience. We’d been having such a lovely time that we’d lost all sense of time and I happened to look at my phone thinking it was about an hour earlier than it actually was so a mad scramble ensued for me to catch my last bus home, which thankfully, I made.

Apple and Sage Bavarois

To summarise, the restaurant is elegant and quirky, the menu offers a lot of surprises and intriguing dishes and the porthole cocktails are an absolute winner. It’s not often I get a unique dining experience these days so it was a real treat from start to finish. This was a complimentary meal however the prices are very reasonable for the quality – starters around £7 and mains around £16. The sharing cocktails are around £18 which gives you a healthy 5-6 small glasses – it’s very potent. I’d go back for the cocktails alone, let alone the food and will be recommending La Petite Mort for sure.


La Petite Mort

32 Valleyfield Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9LR


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