La Garrigue

Price guide: Mid-range

31 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DY

Price guide: Mid-range

Interior of La Garrigue

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#5 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.7
4.7
Service:
4.8
4.8
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Singles, Relaxation, Romance

Expert review of La Garrigue

A charming and authentic French restaurant.

Wafts of wonderful French food tantalise you as soon as you enter this rustic French gem of a place. Chef proprietor Jean Michel Gauffre really knows his oignons. A passionate foodie, he sources produce direct from the Languedoc region, not far from Catalonia, adding up to the great combination of both French and Spanish flavours.

If you watched Gordon Ramsay's Best Restaurant you will recognise La Garrigue as the Edinburgh business that came out on top on the program and for good reason.

There is also some exciting news as of January 2011 - there is a second La Garrigue in Edinburgh's new town. Details below.

Food and drink: 

Cassoulets, lamb shanks, rabbit, black pudding - really great French food cooked very well indeed. The wine list is comprehensive too.

The menu is written in French but there's a translation in English underneath. This allows you to pretend you are fluent as you order your La bourride de baudroie, huitres, moules et petits legumes - eh pardon? Ah oui, you mean monk fish with mussels, oysters and spring vegetables in garlic sauce.

Recommended dishes: 

Rustic French delights. The menu changes daily. 

Expect spicy Carmargue rice with sea bream, smoked ham hock terrine, mussels, toulouse sausage & mash, melt in the mouth beef stew and the lemon tart must be tasted even if you have no room left in your tum. Really it is sublime.

Ambience: 

It's a lovely wee restaurant: wooden tables and chairs and warmly painted walls, and it's usually packed with locals and visitors alike. No-one stands on ceremony here, so there is always a good volume of conversation.

Service: 

Delightful, French, enthusiastic.

Location: 

50 yards off The Royal Mile; almost directly opposite Waverley station and five minutes walk from Princes Street.

Price advice: 

Great value lunch menu £12.95 for 2 courses 3 courses £15.50 this offer also applies at weekends.

It's £25.50 for the two-course dinner menu between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, mention the special offer when booking.

Other useful branches: 

La Garrigue,14 Eyre Place, Edinburgh

More information on La Garrigue:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Restaurant
Food:
French
Address:
31 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DY
Telephone:
0131 557 3032
Website:
http://www.lagarrigue.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6.30-9.30pm. Closed Sundays. Sister restaurant: Tue-Sun noon-2.30pm, 6.30-9.30pm. Closed Mondays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Languedoc, French rustic, Wine

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