Pierre serves up classic French fare with a touch of Gallic flair

PIERRE Levicky's newest restaurant, Chez Jules on Cockburn Street, looks likely to follow on from the success of his other city ventures, Pierre Victoire on Eyre Place and Chez Jules on Hanover Street.

Along with business partner Mark Lawrence, international restaurateur Pierre has created a French bistro based on the most simple of concepts and one that is expected to prove popular with customers.

The menu comprises three tasty wines (white, red, and ros at only 11.50 per bottle), three steaks (8oz rib eye, 8oz sirloin and 8oz fillet), all with a choice of sauces and hand-cut chunky "Pommes Pont Neuf" potato chips.

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There is also a modest selection of additional French dishes, from soupe l'oignon gratine (French onion soup) to moules l'tuve (steamed mussels in white wine with shallots and garlic), and customers should always expect fresh, crusty bread, saucisson and a jug of water on every table too.

It sounds easy - simple, wholesome, tasty food in a relaxed environment. Something of a home-from-home almost.

But it is one Pierre has worked hard to perfect since he opened his first restaurant in the 1990s, believing the key to his success is serving rustic French food.

With a range of Christmas feasts throughout December, and a Hogmanay and Christmas Day menu, Chez Jules will have something to tempt everyone.

Christmas has also come slightly early this week with special offers for all diners. Visit the website for more details.

Chez Jules, 25/27 Cockburn Street, 0131-225 2832, www.chezjulesbistro.com.