La Vallée Blanche
- Telephone 0141 334 3333
- Food served Tue–Fri noon–2.15pm, 5.30–9.15pm; Sat noon–3.15pm, 5.30pm–10pm; Sun noon–3.15pm, 5.30pm–9.15pm; Closed Mon.
- Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu 5.30–7pm, Fri–Sat 5.30–6.15
- Average price £12.95 (set lunch); £23 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £12.95
- Website www.lavalleeblanche.com
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
It’s named after a French Alps off-piste ski run, but La Vallée Blanche is very much on the beaten track, with an excellent first-floor location above the summit of Byres Road. An eye-catchingly good value lunch/pre-theatre deal steers a steady stream of regulars through its innocuous doorway. Decked out alpine lodge-style – all rustic, if mildly tacky, wood-panelling – with red upholstered seats, cosy booths in the corners and a row of glowing candles along the window ledge, the square dining room feels immediately warm and welcoming. Likewise the service: fresh bread and canapés are offered straight away, and friendly but unobtrusive white-aproned staff deliver courses in pairs – one carrying, one serving – which is a classy touch (presumably ditched at peak times). An all-French wine list and a menu studded with classics favours authenticity and dependability over innovation. Think starters of fois gras bavarois and Jerusalem artichoke velouté, and mains from steak frites (not their best dish – the meat is on the stringy side) to red wine and pearl barley cassoulet. Desserts such as coconut financier with lime curd or banana parfait, make for an agreeably refreshing as opposed to decadent finish.
- High point: Happy service
- Low point: Sorry steak
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Soft-rock
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 80 (weekdays)
- Open since: 2008
- House wine: £16.95 per bottle
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