La Garrigue

La Garrigue

British

0.5 miles
31 Jeffrey Street,, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH
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For more than 15 years Jean-Michel Gauffre has taken his nostalgic passion for his rural childhood in the Languedoc region of southern France and applied it to the rustic, hearty cooking that has earned La Garrigue two AA rosettes, The Good Food Guide’s Restaurant of the Year award and the praise of being Gordon Ramsay’s favourite French bistro. Loosely translated, ‘garrigue’ refers to the hills along the Mediterranean coastline where luxuriant and fragrant plants such as juniper, thyme, rosemary and lavender grow wild. Walking through the doors of the restaurant, we instantly felt transported to the sun-drenched south of France.

At La Garrigue, ideas for dishes are as bountiful as the herbs that season them. The menu boasts traditional specialities of the Languedoc region, which have been updated with a contemporary twist, featuring ingredients sourced personally by Jean-Michel. A showcase of comforting French starters, such as fish soup with saffron, whet the appetite for a substantial main of rich paprika-dusted monkfish served on a bed of fennel and broad beans. The luscious, melt-in-your-mouth tenderloin of lamb draped over an aubergine tartine was beautifully seasoned and garnished with tempura anchovies.

We couldn’t review La Garrigue without mentioning its sublime wine list, lovingly chosen by Jean-Michel. The list exclusively features Languedoc wine and has been nominated alongside other luminaries such as Raymond Blanc for numerous awards, and won Best Restaurant/Wine List for French Wine at the France Summit, as well as being a recipient of the AA Notable Wine List accolade. Jean-Michel even offers tours around Languedoc vineyards to aficionados wanting to extend their visit to his very special bistro.

Desserts are a creative medley of French classics – the likes of lavender crème brûlée, iced nougat with mint and almond, and hazelnut meringue with chocolate and orange mousse will gratify any sweet-tooth. Those in the mood for something savoury will adore the cheeseboard, which offers a selection from the venerable Henri’s of Stockbridge deli. With panoramic views of Calton Hill and handmade shortbread served with after-dinner coffee, there are definite nods to its Scottish location, but La Garrigue remains authentically French at heart.


+3La Garrigue
Every Day
Food Served Times:
Mon:noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm
Tues:noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm
Weds:noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm
Thurs:noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm
Fri:noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm
Sat:noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm
Sun:noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm