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.
The Roast Dornoch lamb rump with slow cooked spiced belly, fennel compote and grilled spring onions brings tears to my eyes.
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.
Exemplary and more polished than a silver service fork.
Near the Great Western Road and Byers Road interchange, La Vallee Blanche is rather surprisingly tucked above a popular independent record shop.
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.
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions