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“Very disappointing.”

Brian Maule at Chardon d'Or
Ranked #75 of 2,408 Restaurants in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$26 - US$65
Cuisines: Seafood, French, British, Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: City Centre
Description: Brian Maule left his Ayrshire home town to train in the culinary capital of France, Lyon. Whilst there he worked with some of the country's most respected chefs. In 2001 he returned to Scotland to open his own restaurant in the city centre of Glasgow, Le Chardon d'Or. Since his return he has been acclaimed as one of Scotland's most prominent and accomplished chefs. He perfected his craft by leading a brigade of 18 notable chefs in the famed Two Michelin Starred restaurant Le Gavroche in London, alongside culinary legends Albert Roux & Michel Roux Jrn. Every year Le Chardon d'Or plays honoured host for these lifelong friends, Brian & Michel Roux Jnr to re-unite and deliver what is the most exclusive and sort after culinary event to take place in Glasgow, the'Le Gavroche' evening. 15 years on, Brian and his team still deliver an unrivalled fine dining experience to Glasgow residents and visitors alike. Brian's name isn't just above the door. He works in the restaurant every day where his flair & dedication to train his team in house shines through. This results in a meticulous standard whereby, no dish will leave his kitchen without him being completely satisfied. Paying homage to the bounty of the Scottish larder. Brian and his team experiment with flavours and imaginative combinations to create exquisite recipes which change with the season. As the restaurant celebrated its fifteenth anniversary in June, Brian knows that he has made a significant contribution to the UK industry. He is a staunch supporter of getting young people into the catering industry and is actively involved in the Culinary Excellence programme, helping youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds to experience life in a professional kitchen and dining room. Under Brian's training his youngest Chef Emma Grant(17)became Rotary Clubs winner of Young Chef Of The Year 2016 having out-shone 5000 other candidates. Brian is no stranger to recognition in the hospitality industry collecting many awards over his years. His most notable in 2013 when the prestigious Culinary Institute of Scotland titled him Chef of the Year. On the back of winning SLTN Restaurant of the Year 2015 - Le Chardon d'Or now await the verdict of 2016 as they are awarded shortlisted for the same award yet again.
Scotland
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142 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Very disappointing.”
Reviewed 10 March 2012

The starter and main courses were both disappointing lacking any real flavour; the quality of the meat (lamb) was poor.
Service was also poor. Staff had to be reminded twice that we were still waiting on drinks having ordered the drinks twice.There was a 'hard 'sell on desserts;having stated unambiguously, that we would not be having dessert ,staff replied that we could reconsider this and therefore, the menus would be left on the table. Further ,twice during the meal I tried to attract the attention of a staff member to get some bread and remind them that drinks had not arrived. However this proved very difficult as they tended to hold lengthy discussions with other customers.

The above aside , two experiences were particularly off putting:
1. My starter plate had 10 individual finger printers on it's rim:the rim of my main course plate was wiped with a cloth that smeared the complete surface.
2.Cutlery had not been cleaned properly and was stained.

With charges of £50 per head (their website) the above should not have happened .

Next time the venue will be different.

  • Visited March 2012
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Lovely meal”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

We had a lovely meal here. Lovely atmosphere albeit maybe a bit dark to read the menu!!Food was delicious and service very good. Only downside is, they charge you for water which in a restaurant where you are paying considerable prices is a bit unnecessary and unexpected. I have been charged for water in other establishments of this calibre.

  • Visited February 2012
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Glasgow, Scotland
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“Great Food - Service not quite as good”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

The food here was excellent. We were there as a family of 4 to celebrate my daughter's birthday. Everything we ate was of a high quality, presentation of the food was beautiful and the sweetmeats at the end were delicious. I cannot fault the food but I thought the service was slow and unless you were a regular the servers were not very attentive. In this kind of place you should not have to search for someone to top up your wine ( they don't leave it beside your table) or give you a fork. it's a real pity as the food is excellent. My daughter had the beef cheek and thought it was delicious.It might not sound great but she said it was really tender and very flavoursome. She would reccomend that dish.

Visited February 2012
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Great food, nice atmosphere and fab night out!”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Went to Brian Maule at the Chardon d'Or for a romantic meal and had a fantastic evening. The food was brilliant, as always, the kitchen was willing to amend dishes to cater for personal preferences which meant we got exactly what we wanted instead of just what was on the menu.
Everything about the experience, from the Bombay Sapphire gin in the bar through to the hand dived scallops and authentic tarte tatin was good quality and yet unpretentious.
We treated ourselves to champagne but there are reasonably priced wines too.
There are also affordable lunches that are on a par with many other restaurants in the city, except that the food here is much better.
Definitely worth checking out if you haven't already and don't be put off by the 'fine dining' tag; it's a great restaurant and perfect for a special night out.

  • Visited January 2012
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Glasgow
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“Food Excellent, Service Variable.”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

I cant give this less than 4 stars as the food and the restaurant environment are so good,. However, we have been a number of time, prebooked for corporate events and the service is not always up to the mark. With 10 people at a rather cramped table, booked 6 weeks in advance, why did the waiter leave 2 people without being offered wine. When this was flagged up to the host he was told we had only ordered one bottle. In a place of this calibre surely the staff would have checked and offered to open another bottle.

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