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“Disappointed this time...”
Review of La Garrigue

La Garrigue
Ranked #88 of 2,609 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $48
Cuisines: European, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Old Town
Description: Close to the Royal Mile, La Garrigue is a low-key yet chic French restaurant in the buzzing heart of Edinburgh city centre. Smart hyacinth and white-panelled walls strike a stylishly understated tone, with simple wooden seating and bright windows offering views over Carlton Hill. Cuisine is similarly deceptively rustic, specialising in signature dishes from the rural Languedoc region of southern France heartened by deft modern cooking.
Reviewed December 13, 2012

We have been to this lovely Resto several times with excellent service and food.However today we had a lunch which was disappointing.
The starter was very bland Ravioli with chestnut filling, but the mushrooms were nice. The main a Coley fish tasted nice but was barely warm ! I should have sent back but do not like to complain. Wine and cheese and service great.
Just think need to alert staff to cold plates, mine was, and not to rest on your laurels.
However I will go back!

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Thank Peter Alastair K
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jm1789, Owner at La Garrigue, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2012

I am not going to make any silly excuses .....this should have been easily avoided ; lack of attention from our part. Sorry about that, I will make it up to you on your next visit.
Possibly due to the December madness and the volume of business we are doing just now.
I wish I had the courage to say NO and limit the parties numbers but I am thinking about January and have to fill the place just now .
Hope to see you again soon have a good Christmas,
J-M

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

People who go to Jeffrey Street to stand on its corniche and admire the classical panorama of Calton Hill, from the Tomb of Hume to the Urn of Burns, should linger and eat at La Garrigue, the purple-painted restaurant overlooking the view. Jean-Michel Gauffre's menu is based on the cuisine of his native corner of France. The menu changes with the seasons and is always interesting. The style is that of the skilled and painstaking family cook; the fish soup, cassoulet and lavender creme brulee are excellent. Jean-Michel is a friendly and careful host; the restaurant is airy and comfortable. We go there frequently and often take friends. We have never been disappointed.

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Thank Cecilia D
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

On a bitterly cold December day in Edinburgh we were treated to a warm welcome and delicious French food. The lunch prices are very reasonable and the quality of food excellent - the toulouse sausage was particularly appreciated. Unlike some other French establishments there is no snootiness. The staff and service couldn't be faulted and are a tribute to the chef patrons common-sense approach. Good French food without being pretentious, we'll definitely be back for more!

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Thank ladyguru
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

We came here last night as a group of ten for a christmassy meal out. Upon arrival, we were shown our table and one of the servers took our coats. There had been some confusion when our friend booked as we thought we were going to be having the xmas set menu but this has to be specially booked. However Jean-Michel the owner came through and not wanting to disappoint struck up a very reasonable deal with us on the menu offered. Excellent service on his part and a nice touch that he dealt with us all personally. The food was delicious. I opted for the rabbit pate to start which was very tasty and plentiful. We were offered more bread for the table which meant I scoffed the lot. For main I had the slow cooked cheek of beef which melted off the fork. Beautiful. No French meal could be finished off without a creme brulee which was done with a taste of lavender, unusual but very nice, kind of like Parma violets. All in all, everyone had an excellent time. Would love to come back again and try some more delights.

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Thank aalex2509
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

We had a day shopping for Christmas presents. Finally bought something for my aunt and decided to celebrate that we were started by going for lunch. The Doric was full, and I re breed eating here some years ago and decided we would see what it was like for lunch.

It was superb. A pheasant terrine, venison and root veg under lovely mash, followed by a delightful selection of French cheese for £16. Attentive staff, good lunchtime atmosphere and simply delicious food. It won't be long before we return.

Enjoyed it so much we didn't do anymore shopping. Memorable day.

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