Travelling the world is something that I am always seeking to do, but I tell you it can get expensive. Enjoying the side streets of Rome looking for the trattoria where the locals eat, to seeking out New York’s finest Reuben, or just flying around the NC500 staying in some of North Scotland’s finest independent hotels, the last twelve months has definitely cost me a fair few pounds as I’ve been eating and drinking my way around the world.
If only there was a way to sample some of those global experiences in one place, somewhere closer to home where you can enjoy drinks from around the world, alongside internationally inspired cuisine in relaxed, but luxurious surroundings.
Le Monde has been doing just that since 2006 on Edinburgh’s George Street. But this year a four-month, £1 million renovation has seen the venue’s entire ground floor bar and restaurant area beautifully transformed to create a glamorous getaway in the city, perfect for any occasion - from brunches and afternoon teas through to late night dinners and drinks. The new look Le Monde will transport guests to a place of relaxed, global glamour, offering a taste of far off cities with its new food and drink menus.
Coming in from George Street the sumptuous Art-Deco lounge is a wonderful space, I can definitely see myself coming back to enjoy a quiet drink with friends or family. The striking semi-circular Laurent Perrier champagne bar, complete with marble bar top, crimson leather bar stools, and welcoming velvet booths is a perfect destination for sipping a glass of fine vintage fizz at any time of the day.
The intimate elegance of the lounge opens up into the glass-walled main bar and restaurant area. Designed to showcase the building’s stunning Georgian architecture, shimmering velvets, gleaming brass and custom made neons have been used throughout bringing a warm, luxurious ambience.
Drinking at Le Monde
The transformation is led by Le Monde’s spectacular new cocktail menu, which promises a journey of discovery to some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities.
From Cairo to Casablanca, Reykjavik to Rio, Beijing to Barcelona…
Le Monde’s bar team has searched the globe for inspiration, creating their own luscious versions of lesser known drinks from each city: the ones with a great story to tell, loved by locals and served up in favourite nightclubs, hotels and hotspots around town.
Prestigious vintage and non-vintage champagnes, a beautifully curated selection of old and new world wines, premium spirits and a modern range of craft beer and lagers are also on the menu – alongside an impressive choice of refreshing, non-alcoholic cocktails and soft drinks.
Dining at Le Monde
Le Monde is also unveiling a mouth-watering new small plate dining menu, inspired by favourite world flavours and made with locally sourced Scottish produce.
Guests can nibble on delicious bites such as Garlic & lemon marinated artichokes, Aubergine bruschetta and Warm focaccia, balsamic & olive oil.
There’s a selection of plates from the ‘Land’ such as Chorizo & manchego croquettes with a burnt pineapple & chilli ketchup; Serrano ham & stem broccoli with tarragon crème fraiche; and a selection of premium cut steaks sourced from local family butcher John Gilmour, served with a choice of chef’s sauces. The diamond cut is one of these fantastic options and the quality of the meat is allowed to shine through.
Options from the ‘Sea’ include Oak smoked salmon with fennel, orange and dill crème fraiche; and King prawns with paprika, chilli, garlic, herbs.
Vegetarians and vegans are in for a treat with dishes including Spinach & cheddar croquettes with beetroot mayonnaise; Roast pepper & olive salad with feta. dukkah; and Beetroot textures with gremolata. The croquettes were beautifully flavoured, but it was the beetroot mayonnaise that set the dish apart, adding a big bold contrast.
All can be served with a range of tasty sides, including the chef’s home-made Skin-on fries, Roast green beans & walnut dressing and Sesame slaw.
Delightful small sweet plates complete the menu and include Chocolate brownie with strawberry ice cream, Vegan cranachan with raspberries, whisky and maple; and Vanilla poached pear with pistachio & oat crumble, coconut & raspberry.
A team of skilled and passionate staff are bringing Le Monde’s exciting new vision to life. Darren Scott joined the venue in early 2019 as General Manager to oversee the refurbishment and manage operations, while Mike Caldwell takes up the post of Bar Manager. Michael Wren is restaurant manager and the kitchen will be headed by Daniel Schlegal,
Le Monde Hotel is situated on Edinburgh’s majestic George Street in the heart of the city centre, just minutes from St Andrew Square. It is one of the city’s most popular boutique hotels, featuring 18 individually designed bedrooms inspired by stylish cosmopolitan cities. Guests can wake up under the stars in Los Angeles, experience the urban cool of New York, enjoy the carnival spirit of Rio or indulge in the luxe vintage vibe of Paris - all under one roof in Edinburgh’s New Town.
The newly designed Le Monde features five flexible event spaces which can be configured to suit groups of all shapes and sizes, from intimate dining to larger parties and receptions – including an exciting festive dining and party programme for 2019. The venue also houses the Dirty Martini, Le Monde’s vibrant upstairs bar and event space; and Shanghai Nightclub, one of Edinburgh’s continuously popular late night destinations.
The venue’s refurbishment was designed and project managed by architecture and interior design studio RYE Design. Their aim was to enhance the building’s fine period features with the use of beautiful metals and marbles, and bold contemporary colours.
16 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PF