- Telephone 0131 226 6992
- Food served Sun–Thu noon–11pm; Fri/Sat noon–midnight.
- Average price £7.90 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
- Website www.chezjulesbistro.com
Serving up all the French classics in a popular candlelit basement in town.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
In a world of hipster culture full of fake authenticity, Chez Jules comes across as the real thing, not an imitation. This candlelit cellar with its red gingham table cloths is properly French – there are no ersatz old booze adverts; instead there’s the handwritten story of someone’s Uncle Jules on the wall, alongside a map of France helpfully annotated with domaines of the wines on the mostly French list. The menu covers the spectrum of classics, from escargots, frog’s legs, and steak tartare to confit de canard, steak-frîtes, and saucissons. Generous portions of salad, charcuterie and baskets of bread are presented free of charge on arrival. Chocolate mousse or crème brûlée should see you right for dessert – or there’s a French cheese plate if you want to do things properly. This place is unreconstructed but it’s all the better for it. The cheap-as-frîtes lunch menu might be the thing that first draws people in, but the friendly hospitality and honest cooking are also worth a mention.
- High point: Classic French food in a fun setting
- Low point: You might miss some of the action if you're tucked away in a corner
- Notable dish: Lapin a la moutarde (for two)
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables
- Music on stereo: Low-key French tunes
- Capacity: 72 (8 outdoors)
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 2009
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- House wine: £14.75 per bottle