ON a dark rainy midweek night, the steamy windows of La Garrigue proved irresistible, and stepping inside, we were welcomed with a warm welcome and bustling atmosphere. Ushered to the back of the restaurant, we pass two other lively sections, which fills us with confidence.
Starting with a bottle of sparkling water (£3.50) we began to wade through the undoubtedly impressive wine list. Personally I found it a touch overwhelming, however, we found a vaguely familiar Pinot Noir from Pays d’Oc (£20).
The starter menu is intrinsically French with snails, sardines and veggie options. Sharing the Roquefort soufflé and a paté of confit rabbit, we were given a basket of French bread and a delicious triangle of olive bread whilst we waited. The texture of the soufflé was impeccable and teamed with a classic walnut and pear. Although potentially overpowering, the dish had just the right amount of Roquefort and crunch. The paté was served on a bed of green lentils and crisp carrots with a well-toasted slice of baguette. The paté was delicious, but the winner was the lentil salad.
Next my friend chose the confit of pork belly. Served with flageolet beans and parsley tomatoes, the dish was warming and garlicky. My chicken stuffed with black pudding was, in spite of the tender meat, amazingly creamy. For just £25 for two courses, it is undeniable value for money.
After a necessary break, we couldn’t resist the lavender crème brulée and an espresso (£2.20). A perfect end to a delicious meal. Credit has to be given to the warm atmosphere created by Jean Michel and his staff.
La Garrigue, 31 Jeffrey Street, 0131 557 3032, www.lagarrigue.co.uk