At short notice my niece (now to be known as B’niece), decided to join OH and I on a trip to Edinburgh to soak up the atmosphere of the Fringe. The weather was rotten but we had come well prepared with hats and macs ’n’ sacs.
Lunch had been pre-booked in the French restaurant La Garrigue as I had thought places may have been busy or booked up as it was the first Saturday of the month long festival. This didn’t seem to be the case so maybe we could have popped in on the off chance but by reserving our seats it meant the French waiter seated us with a great view of Calton Hill.
Especially for August they had ‘Le Menu du Festival’ which invited us to have 2 courses for £14.50 or 3 for £17. We were also told the soup of the day was pea, potato and bean and the fish was coley.
Whilst OH and B’niece studied the food menu I chose a bottle of Syrah, Domaine Condamine Bertrand, 2012 from the wine list. B’niece had said she liked Shiraz so I thought it was a safe pick. When it arrived it turned out to be a great choice and served at exactly the right temperature.
Back to the food though and OH chose Globe artichoke, peas, walnut and Roquetfort salad, I couldn’t resist the sound of the soup and B’niece opted for the Seasonal melon with Bayonne ham, which looked fantastic when it arrived. OH enjoyed his salad and raved about the creaminess of the Roquetfort although he did mention that he’d have preferred a flat plate instead of the bowl, which became awkward at the end (he made it sound like a bad date – he wanted more but the curves made it tricky to get to what he wanted ;p)
For my main meal I had Fricassee of chicken Basquaise with peppers, which came with mashed potato. I’m not a big fan of meat on the bone (no I am not making this sound like a bad date too!) but this didn’t throw up the usual messy, screechy problems and I had no complaints. B’Niece chose Onion tart with Provencal vegetables and pesto dressing.
You could tell it was homemade and the vegetables turned out to be 3 different peppers and courgettes. B’niece said she’d never have thought about having an onion tart before but now would order it again. OH went for Toulouse Sausage with apple, grapes and potato persillade. OH loved the appley sausages with plenty of meat in them – he was surprised to find the grapes hot but said it worked really well with the dish.
Although we could have followed on with a choice of desserts – floating island with ice cream, crème caramel with summer berries, apple tart and honey ice cream or a French cheese selection it was a joint decision to finish the wine and head off to see how many leaflets we could pick up on the Royal Mile.
The bill arrived and 3 x 2 courses and a bottle of wine = £68.
I’d definitely recommend La Garrigue – good food, lovely ambiance and just off the Royal Mile with none of the hustle and bustle of the normally touristy city centre. It has to be said we all enjoyed a lovely meal without feeling rushed, squashed or harassed.
p.s. OH wants me to say you should pop into the Urbane Art gallery next door as he loved it and was made very welcome.
p.p.s. Following on from a quick straw poll on Twitter I’ve made this 1 of 2 shorter posts rather than 1 long one so look out for what we then went on to see at the Fringe.