It was a Saturday in June and meant to rain. Phil and I packed our thick coats, umbrellas, sensible footwear and change of footwear in case the sun came out. We were heading through to La Bonne Auberge in Glasgow for dinner, and despite spending little time outside, we needed to be prepared.
We had visited the restaurant once before in the middle of winter. We were glad of the short walk from the bus station as the dark engulfed us. This time, I was hoping to see the restaurant in a different light.
Only an hour from rainy Edinburgh, La Bonne Auberge was bathed in a golden light. The sun was shining and it felt like we could be in France itself.
To celebrate National Gin Day, we started our evening off with two delicious gins. I opted for the G’Vine – a new gin to La Bonne Auberge – served in a large glass, loads of ice and a premium tonic. Phil went for his trusted favourite, Brockmans. It was a perfectly refreshing way to begin our meal.
We had been advised by the owner of some of the best treats on the menu in advance; Coquilles St Jacques, Magret de Canard and Creme Brulee. For my first course, however, I could not resist the Chicken Liver Parfait. It is one of my absolute favourites.
Phil chose the Soupe a L’Oignon and I have to say, I was jealous. The soup was coated in lashings of gruyere cheese and croutons. Managing to steal a spoonful, I can confirm it was absolutely delicious.
For our main course, I had to have the duck (Magret de Canard) – it sounded too good to miss. The duck was cooked well done (as was my preference) and was beautifully crispy as a result. It lay in a bed of creamy dauphinoise potatoes, cabbage, sweet potato, smoked bacon and pine kernels all smothered in a beautiful orange sauce. I can safely say it was one of the best meals I have had.
Phil chose the Filet Mignon “Diane”; thinly beaten fillet steak with shallots, mushrooms, tomatoes, Dijon mustard sauce and gorgeous chips. I wasn’t allowed one bit of steak but he managed to share a chip or two, and as expected they were delicious
Despite gazing longingly at the dessert menu, neither one of us could quite manage another bite. We settled with our wine in the bar and watched the sunny world go by.
We have visited La Bonne Auberge once previously. I raved about it then and will now even more so. There is no French restaurant of comparison in Edinburgh – if there is, I have yet to find it. This place has so much character – rain or shine. The staff are attentive and the food…. I doubt I would have eaten any better in Paris itself. La Bonne Auberge cares about its customers and that comes across in quality, service and taste. If you haven’t been yet, I cannot recommend it enough.
With thanks to La Bonne Auberge for a meal and drinks for two. Whilst this experience was gifted, my opinion is very much my own.
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