On my recent trip to Edinburgh, my cousin brought me round some of her favourite restaurants in Edinburgh. One of them was Chez Jules, a casual friendly bistro that offers classic French dishes.

Inside, there are pillars and blackboards on which menus and specials are scrawled in colourful chalk. The lighting is dimmed in the evenings, with a wine bottle drip candle holder on each table to add a bit of a romantic ambience.

Upon being seated, we were served their standard complimentary starters of bread and butter, olives and sliced salami, and a heavily dressed bowl of lettuce leaves. I don’t often have a lot of dressing on my salads, but I actually quite enjoyed this.

Viv started with the grilled goats cheese which was served on toast with balsamic and sesame dressing. There was a subtle sweetness from the honey, and the walnuts added a bit of a crunchy texture. I went for the sauteed homemade duck confit leg with fresh thyme and garlic. A lovely piece of tender meat, served with a side of mustard to add a bit of spice to it.

Le Crotin de Chevre Grille

Le Confit de Canard au Thym Frais et a L’ail

  The steak tartare was finely chopped and you could taste the luscious flavour of the meat, lightly spiced with Worchester sauce, chilli, shallots and garlic mayo. 

I always feel a bit guilty ordering rabbit (my Chinese zodiac sign), but can never quite resist the temptation to order it when it appears on the menu…

Me: I always feel bad ordering rabbit

Viv: Why should you feel bad, just order it.

Me: Okay, it’s a French rabbit anyway, so I guess it’s fine (!)

Slow braised French rabbit leg with Dijon mustard, white wine, and smoked bacon with gratin dauphinois. Delicious flavours and succulent meat, and the crisp bread that it was served on nicely soaked up all that lovely sauce.

Le Steak Tartare

Le Lapin a la Moutarde

We were probably a bit over-ambitious and ordered two sides to share – roasted veg, and this rich and indulgent gratin dauphinois.

Gratin Dauphinois

We were really full after all that food that we unfortunately did not have space for dessert. Shocking, I know. 

Overall, we both enjoyed our meal there – the food was simple and satisfying, and it has a really chilled and relaxing atmosphere. 

Just be a bit wary of the wine bottle candle holders which may be slightly hazardous, as the one from the next table suddenly toppled onto our table. Thankfully there were no casualties, with the exception of Viv’s little finger!

So if you fancy a bit of casual French dining, Chez Jules may be the place for you.

The Cheekster, signing out x

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  1. May 25, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    The steak tartare looks perfect!
    Lots of love,

  2. May 25, 2015 / 10:08 pm

    It was good! I LOOOVE steak tartare 😀 x

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