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Chez Jules
Chez Jules
109 Hanover Street,
Edinburgh,
EH1 4DJ
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0131 226 6990
They are open 7 days a week - Sunday - Wednesday 12 till 10pm and Thursday to Saturday 12 till 12pm.

Review written January 2010


CHEZ JULES IS THE NEW EATERY FROM PIERRE LEVICKY, KNOWN FOR HIS PIERRE VICTOIRE RESTAURANTS IN THE 90'S AND STEPPING INTO HIS NEW BIJOU SPACE IN HANOVER STREET RECALLS STEPPING OFF THE FERRY FROM DOVER TWENTY YEARS AGO. THERE ARE RED GINGHAM TABLECLOTHS, CANDLES IN BOTTLES, CARAFES OF WINE AND THE MENU READS LIKE THE MOST WELL-KNOW FRENCH DISHES OF ALL TIME, ONION SOUP, COQ AU VIN, LOBSTER THERMIDORE, MUSSELS, CRÈME BRULEE.

In true French tradition bread and water are on the table immediately as well as salad and a rustic terrine with pickled dark, green gherkins. I like tucking into something whilst I read the menu.

We are tempted by everything soguided by what Bite readers may like us to report on. Mr Bite plumps for the lobster bisque (£.4.25) and the 8 oz fillet mignon (£14.90) with frites and garlic butter and I order tartiflette and the coq au vin. It transpires that it is far too much food.

The bisque at first taste is a little thin according to Mr Bite but is grows on him and he gives it an ultimate thumbs up. My tartiflette of layered potato, cream, reblochon cheese and bacon is comforting, filling, rich and loaded with bacon.

The coq au vin (£16 for two, £8.90 for one) is very good too. The chicken falls from the bone making my knife redundant and the stew is slow-cooked with lots of wine, thyme, garlic, bacon. Whole button mushrooms and rustic-cut carrots retain their taste whilst also contributing to the thick, soupy gravy. It's a mammoth portion served with dauphinoise. I apologize for not being able to finish but explain to the waiter that I need room for dessert. My partner loves his steak and the simplicity of the dish. It is cooked medium rare ('rosbif' standards) and slightly charred on the outside, both as requested. The knife slices easily through the tender red flesh which drips with garlic butter. Talking of flesh if you are vegetarian you will fare ok with starters and desserts but your only option for main course is limited, tonight it was pumpkin and sage risotto.

My crème brulee turns out to be the best I have had outside of Aix-En-Provence and Mr Bites's éclair aux chocolate is declared light enough to float away.

One last thing, there is a sign on the door stating 'cash only'. We don't know if this is temporary but best to check.

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