- Box office 0131 557 3032
- General enquiries 0131 557 3032
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–2.30pm, 6.30–9.30pm.
- Average price £12.50 (set lunch); £25 (evening meal)
- Website www.lagarrigue.co.uk
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
It is tempting to describe La Garrigue as an Edinburgh institution. You know the name, and perhaps you’ve long wanted to go. And go you should. Multi-awarded and much-exulted, La Garrigue is Jean Michel Gauffre’s proud paean to the cuisine of his native Languedoc. While the setting is straightforward, unfussy – a homely space hung with flags from the region and paintings of its landscapes – the menu poses selection problems. You can’t have it all, so plump for an as-it-should-be fish soup or a blue cheese soufflé which will be forever impossible to recreate at home. Then beef cheek in a reduction oh-so rich, served with parsnip puree and signed off with a scallop-esque marrowbone croquette. Or try roast rabbit enrobing a liver and walnut stuffing like the richest of pâté, served with crunchy salsify. Finish, in quite some style, with a chocolate fondant oozing its insides like a collapsing camembert, or the hot sweet soufflé of the day – an ephemeral pleasure with a lingering loveliness. It’s worth going for that moment alone.
- High point: The souffle masterclass
- Low point: Making a decision from such an inviting menu
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
- Private dining: Up to 10 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Nothing
- Capacity: 45
- Largest group: 45
- Open since: 2001
- House wine: £16 per bottle
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