La Vallee Blanche

Address: 360 Byers Road, Glasgow, G12 8AY, Scotland
Telephone: 0141 334 3333

- Expensive

4.5

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
4.5
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Service
4.4
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Food and drink
4.5
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Value for money
4.4
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Ambience
4.4
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Location
4.1
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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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Nightlife
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness

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