As regular visitors to the King’s Theatre, it seems criminal that we were oblivious to the culinary delights just around the corner. La Petite Mort might just be the perfect pre-theatre dining option in Tollcross, especially given the theatrical nature of their wonderful porthole cocktails.
La Petite Mort Review
The French phrase translates as “the brief loss or weakening of consciousness”, which is likened to an orgasm. This seems pretty apt given the groans of pleasure coming from our table throughout the meal.
La Petite Mort drew us in with their intriguing porthole cocktails, which need to be ordered 24 hours in advance. Deciding which of the cocktails to order was incredibly difficult, but I’m pretty sure we nailed it, the Lemon and Thyme Daiquiri was delightful. The flavours were well balanced and thankfully not overpowered by the thyme, pouring our own cocktails into miniature glasses was great fun and the perfect way to start our evening.
Some goats cheese and red pepper tarts arrived at our table to amuse our bouche. An unexpected tasty treat, but this was just foreplay, La Petite Mort was simply teasing us.
Deciding what to eat was even more difficult than pre-ordering our porthole cocktail, we were torn between all of the options on the menu. When in doubt, sip a little more of the potent porthole cocktail and go with your gut…
To start, duck, foie gras and pistachio terrine wrapped in leek, with a prune and port puree and pickled radicchio. Duck can be hit or miss for me and I’m yet to be fully sold on foie gras, but this was wonderful.
The tender duck and smooth foie gras were sublime, pistachios added an interesting texture. The bold flavours of the terrine were complemented beautifully by the sweet port puree and tart pickled radicchio.
I’m now fully on board with duck and foie gras (provided it always tastes this good). La Petite Mort’s website makes a bold claim that their food and drinks are guaranteed to leave you begging for more. I can vouch for that, I was one daiquiri away from performing Oliver to the entire restaurant!
My dining partner opted for a lighter option, a well-presented crab mascarpone and chive parcel with asparagus, quails egg, crayfish popcorn and radish salad.
This was an incredibly satisfying dish, all the elements worked well together and much like me, my dining partner could easily have eaten another portion. Delicious.
For my main course, I thought I’d try another meat which can often go wrong. But, after thoroughly enjoying my duck starter, I knew I’d be in safe hands at La Petite Mort with their roast lamb rump.
The meat was juicy, flavoursome and tender. I’m sure I’ve had lamb rump before, but don’t ever remember it being so enjoyable. The lamb rump was on a par with some of the best steaks I’ve had in Edinburgh.
Another lighter option for my dining partner, a sun-dried tomato crusted cod fillet, with sweet potato fondant and a life changing celeriac and black sesame sphere with a red pepper centre.
To fish was cooked to perfection, with a lovely texture from the crust. The sphere was a lovely surprise and was the perfect accompaniment to the heavenly fish.
I had absolutely no room for dessert but couldn’t resist ordering something, especially given that my dining partner had decided she wanted dessert within seconds of seeing the menu.
A dark chocolate delice with white Russian cream and Nutella ice cream. After such rich starters and mains, you’d think I would have gone a little lighter with dessert, oh no, not me, I like to be consistent.
The delice’s texture was closer to a cake or brownie but still tasted fantastic.
I was pretty jealous of the baked Alaska, even more so after I shared a bite. This was heavenly, I can see why this dessert decision was made so swiftly.
The big reveal of the ice-cream was everything my dining partner could have hoped for and the dehydrated apple and honeycomb added a lovely texture.
Salted caramel is always a winner and a welcome addition to the dish. Please sir, could we have some more?
You’ve guessed it, we loved La Petite Mort and will be back soon to try a different porthole cocktail and the other dishes on the menu that we were so close to ordering.
The service throughout our meal was fantastic, La Petite Mort has a relaxed atmosphere which makes it the perfect place to unwind after work. The restaurant will also be high on our list when considering pre-theatre dining options.
It’s been a while since we’ve awarded our EdinBraw seal of approval, but La Petite Mort truly deserves it:
La Petite Mort
32 Valleyfield St, Edinburgh, EH3 9LR
Our bill was covered by La Petite Mort.