The Bon Vivant
May 11, 2018
A bon vivant is a person who lives well, who likes life’s finer things, especially those one can ingest and imbibe, a suitable name for this wine bar and restaurant with its dash of Gallic charm. The Thistle Street bar stocks a superb selection of wines and champagnes, with over 30 available by the glass and carafe. (There’s a wine shop next door if you’re still not sated). They have a frequently rotating cocktail list and the opening hours make it the perfect stop off for a late night tipple. They also serve an array of lovely things on which to nibble, with both their starters and desserts served in miniature portions, which is great if you’re indecisive or if you only want a tiny bite, though ‘normal’ sized meals are available too. Mains (or in this case, ‘middles’) are modern European in influence, pan roast pork fillet, butter-poached brill and the like. Desserts are worth saving room for, particularly the praline chocolate tart. The prices are reasonable and the place is simply but attractively, decorated, slightly pub-like in atmosphere, busy and buzzy, with candles on the table-tops and warm, dark walls. DJs play on Fridays and Saturdays and they also have regular Sunday jazz sessions, perfect for a weekend chill out.