La Vallee Blanche

Price guide: Expensive

360 Byers Road, Glasgow, G12 8AY

Price guide: Expensive

La Vallee Blanche

By Mike MacEacheran, your Glasgow expert

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#5 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Glasgow
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
4.4
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Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Nightlife, Romance, Special occasions, Trendiness

Expert review of La Vallee Blanche

Nostalgic French haute cuisine in the heart of Glasgow’s West End.

Lauded by the critics, La Vallee Blanche feels like walking into a wood-panelled Alpine chalet from Val d’Isere or Chamonix – something I absolutely love. A la carte dining is the French speciality and this restaurant is no different. Cream of white onion and Normandy cider soup and braised pig’s cheeks sits alongside lip smacking roast rib-eye of rose veal and breast of guinea fowl. It’s menu is bucolic, sourced from the farm and the sea, and washed down with a vintage bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, adds further credence to Scotland’s historical tie-up with France as the ‘Auld Alliance’. Don’t fret like I do: the on hand sommelier is on hand to talk you through the racks and racks of regional French wines that line the sidewalls like mortars.

Food and drink: 

Coming from the same stables as the great present day chefs – Alain Ducasse, Joël Robuchon, Yannick Aleno and the Roux Brothers – La Valle Blanche’s top team know how to create edible art. It’s fixed price lunch menu and pre-theatre selection includes: confit corn fed chicken leg, served with pommes purée, roast beetroot, young turnips and red wine sauce; crisp fillet of Scrabster hake with herb crushed potatoes, leeks, peas and shellfish velouté; and chargrilled pork chop with braised red cabbage, baby onions and black pudding. I feel like my head wants to explode from the amount of choice on offer.

Recommended dishes: 

The Roast Dornoch lamb rump with slow cooked spiced belly, fennel compote and grilled spring onions brings tears to my eyes.

Ambience: 

As Gusteau, the cartoon French chef from Disney’s Ratatouille, says: “Good food is like music you can taste, colour you can smell. There is excellence all around you. You need only to be aware to stop and savour it.” I think this sums up La Vallee Blanche perfectly.

Service: 

Exemplary and more polished than a silver service fork.

Location: 

Near the Great Western Road and Byers Road interchange, La Vallee Blanche is rather surprisingly tucked above a popular independent record shop.

Price advice: 

Starters are around £7 and the main courses on the a la carte menu are a rather steep £20. Good value on the fixed price menu at £16.50 for three courses.

More information on La Vallee Blanche:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
French, Traditional
Address:
360 Byers Road, Glasgow, G12 8AY
Telephone:
0141 334 3333
Website:
http://www.lavalleeblanche.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Lunch, noon-2.15pm, Tue-Fri. Pre-Theatre, daily from 5.30pm-7pm (last orders 6:15 Fri/Sat). Evening, A La Carte daily from 6.30pm-10pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to La Vallee Blanche? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

One of my favourite Glasgow restaurants, La Vallee Blanche sits atop Fopp Records at the upper end of Byres Road and across from Bovine/Bo Bar at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel.

The brunch, lunch and early evening dining options are eminently affordable, and La Vallee has an easy to use booking tool on it's website. No point in adding much more to the food description, it's all been said, but the place is a bit special and the staff excel at their job. Despite this being a french restaurant, vegetarians are acknowledged and there is always a veggie option on the menu. If booking do let them know if there is a veggie in your party, and the complimentary canapes will be adjusted appropriately. Deserves it's place among the top Restaurants in town, and worth seeking out. Hillhead Subway is a short stroll down the road from the restaurant.