All for love….

Brasserie Les Amis was created in what used to be Murray’s Tool Store; we opened the doors in early July 2015. I have loved being the owner, it fulfilled a life-long dream. We have had many customers who declared their love for what we did here but it is for the sake of love that I decided to bring the story of Les Amis to
an end.

When I first opened Les Amis, I spent most of my life in the South of France with my partner Isabelle, a beautiful French lady who I have shared my life with for seven years now. In the last nine months, I have hardly been in France and despite my love of Les Amis, my love for Isabelle is much stronger and so in the last three months I have had a consultant search discreetly for someone who would lease the restaurant from me. Immediately, we had several seriously interested parties but I was not at all enamoured by what they planned to do with it, until now that is…

…I will remain the owner of the premises, but I am delighted to tell you that on 4 May, only weeks away, there will a fantastic, brand new restaurant and cocktail bar here, ISHKA. I have been promised they will offer you “delicious Scottish seafood, game & meat, wonderful vegetarian dishes, all with the influence of Mediterranean flavours; plus champagne and cocktails in their bar area.” Sounds exciting!

The person taking the lease, the owner of ISHKA, is as enthusiastic as I was to have his own place right here in the heart of Edinburgh’s business district and I hope you will give him your support and patronage. You can make advance bookings for Ishka for the 4 May 2017 onwards so please contact them by email on and by telephone on 07792 573831 (temporary number for them until they are up and running here).

Thanks to all our many loyal customers, we loved having you as an ‘amis’ of Les Amis. I still have my family, and indeed other businesses, based in Edinburgh so will be popping in often to Ishka; expect I’m going to love it.

I hope to see you all again sometime.

Au revoir et a bientot!

Peter McGrail

Our Deli

We offer a fully stocked delicatessen counter where you can buy your lunch to eat elsewhere or simply buy any of our wide range of French or Scottish cheeses, charcuterie, olives, cornichons, mushrooms, tapenades and so many other things.

Bread and Patisserie

This is always on sale for you to take home so why not treat yourself to the finest French breads, patisserie and other bakery products including scones and cakes. Talking of which you can order complete cakes for your own celebrations at home or at work! Next day if ordered by 11.00am!