Maison Bleue reopens

Dancers on the menu at restaurant reopening

belly dancersThere was a good turnout for Maison Bleue’s re-opening following the Edinburgh restaurant’s refurbishment. Among the treats was a Bedouin Mechoui Feast, introduced by a couple of belly dancers.

The restaurant in Victoria Street  has undergone a complete re-fit and now features a Marrakesh-inspired palette, pink neon, North African tiles and mismatched seating. As owner Dean Gassabi says, the interior is “every bit as eclectic as our menu”.

Maison Bleue is well known for its blend of French, African and Scottish cuisine. The new dish, the Mechoui (Arabic for “slow cooked”, was introduced to celebrate completion of the six-figure makeover of the 70-cover restaurant.

It is a whole sheep or lamb enjoyed by tribes of Saharan camel herders. It really lives up to its name by requiring diners to order it 24 hours in advance.

The restaurant has been a popular haunt for celebrity visitors to the city, including Kristen Scott Thomas, Kiefer Sutherland and Gwen Stefani who held her birthday party there in 2003.


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