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December 3, 2013
[The chicken terrine comes with a gingerbread sandwich and piccalilli at Bistro Moderne by Mark Greenaway][1]
The chicken terrine comes with a gingerbread sandwich and piccalilli at Bistro Moderne by Mark Greenaway

After last night’s launch party, Bistro Moderne by Mark Greenaway is now open for business on Edinburgh’s North West Circus Place. It’s the chef’s second restaurant after he opened Restaurant Mark Greenaway on North Castle Street earlier this year.

Even if you haven’t been in one of his restaurants, you may recognise Mark from his regular appearances on the Great British Menu and other popular TV shows.

Inventive style

The 5pm Dining blog had a quick chat with Mark about the business. The main thrust of the Stockbridge restaurant is that it will offer dishes which have their roots in classic bistro menus but which are prepped and served in Mark’s own, inventive style.

As he puts it, ‘In Restaurant Mark Greenaway, it might say chocolate tart on the menu but what arrives at the table will probably be very different from what you might expect. At the bistro, if we run a chocolate tart then it will look more like a conventional tart but will still have some surprises.’

Another example might be the Aberdeen Angus beef carpaccio which the bistro has on its a la carte menu. Beef carpaccio is a classic dish but Mark’s version is served with white onion ice cream and a salad of cornichons, crisp shallots and soused mushrooms.

Grazing menu

As well as offering a Sunday roast, Bistro Moderne by Mark Greenaway will serve breakfast in the latter part of the week. Another new feature will be the five course grazing menu of Scottish dishes. Diners will have the option of pairing each course with a Scottish drink – be that a wine, cocktail, beer or spirit.

On the a la carte menu, three courses will cost roughly £25-£30 a head plus drinks. A three course set menu is £15.

[Chef Greenaway at the pas][5]
Chef Greenaway at the pas