Awards & Reviews
2013 SLTN AWARDS 'RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR'
After being shortlisted several times in the last few years we have finally taken the trophy in the Scottish licensed trade news awards for Restaurant of the Year 2013..
'The competition is always extremely high so it is with much humility that we thank the sponsors Bunnahabhain, the SLTN, our many loyal guests and of course the whole team at Chardon d'Or. It is great to be recognised for the hard work we put in' - Brian Maule
2013 THE LIST 'HITLIST'
Once again this year we have been feature on the 'HITLIST' by the good people at THE LIST, the review is below:
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
They have you from the warm brioche at Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or, as a veritable armoury of silver cutlery gleams on the brilliant white tablecloth, and waiting staff dressed head-to-toe in black scrape stray crumbs from tables. The cost of a three-course meal at this award-winning restaurant with the name of a France-trained veteran of London’s Michelin-starred La Gavroche above the door is such that you probably won’t be eating here every special occasion. But considering its superiority in quality and atmosphere over most of the competition in its price bracket – definitively chic but unpretentiously so, every note of style harmonising with one of substance – the few pounds extra per dish are consistently well spent. Take a râgout starter of smoked salmon, haddock and leek – an excellent example of Maule’s skill for taming Scotland’s bountifully wild natural larder with elegant haute cuisine technique. Or a main of chunks of Scotch roast lamb fillet, lightly browned on the outside and blushing in the middle, artistically assembled amid confit shallots and dollops of artichoke caviar. At nearly a tenner, a dessert of homemade ice-creams and sorbets scrimps on the teaspoonful scoops, but spoils you for flavour and refreshment.
2013 Glasgow Restaurant Awards - Posh Nosh Winner
The fine people of Glasgow nominated us by popular vote to be in the short list for the Posh Nosh (Fine Dining) category of the RA award and after rigouros judging by an anonymos panel Brian accepted the award in early December. Many thanks to all that put us forward for this peoples choice award and thankyou for your support.
2012 Chef of the Year – CIS Excellence Awards
Happily Brian has recently been recognised for the unwavering effort he has applied at le Chardon d’Or over the last 11 years. ‘We were up against a lot of deserving chefs whom I respect – Adam Stokes, Dominic Jack and Graeme Pallister. It is great to win and my thanks to all!’ - BM
Toptable Gold 2008
Award-winning haute cuisine in a charming, relaxed restaurant with superb ingredients and attentive staff, what could be better?
Set in a renovated Victorian building just off handsome Blythswood Square, the decor is slightly unbuttoned formal in bone and neutrals, with well-spaced tables. toptable.co.uk
Winner of the “Spirit Of Glasgow” formal dining restaurant of the year award.
Saturday 23rd of June, 2012
Who needs a Michelin thumbs-up when the food, ambience and service are this good?
So here we sit. Crisp white linen before us, hallmarks visible on the shining silver cutlery and sunshine streaming through the windows. I'm trying to work out just how far apart these tables actually are. Miles, since you ask. No, seriously, I didn't take a tape measure but there's loads of space.
I pop a milky-green, cone-shaped jelly into my mouth, feel a satisfying burst of asparagus flavour, mentally note that the delicate taste of pork terrine is suddenly heart-started by a salty, vinegary, caper and gherkin dressing and all the while I'm actually wondering: how big does a wine list have to be?
Joe, whose eyebrows raise when the waitress does that crumb-clearing thing with the silver scraper that you rarely see outside London these days, has looked up from tearing hunks off the freshly baked, still warm, sweet onion roll, put aside his rillette of salmon, cucumber and lemon, and said out load: “Whit are you on about?”
Michelin. That’s what I’m on about, mate. Pay attention. Little fat guys made of tyres, mystery inspectors with secret rules, rumours that they measure the table gaps and demand a million quids’ worth of wine in the cellar before they’ll give a money-spinning Michelin star.
For some long-forgotten reason, Tam Cowan, Brian Maule and myself ended up downing a few sherbets in a pub not far from here one night. On my fifth – OK, 10th – slurper, I asked the question that’s going through my head right now. Why don’t you have a Michelin star, Brian? Now, you might think that was a not-very-smart move considering Le Chef Maule is (a) a bloody big guy, (b) from plain-talking Ayrshire, like Joe here, and (c) is said to be no Walter the Softy in the kitchen. You would be completely wrong. My not-very-smart move was then telling him exactly why I thought he didn’t have one. How he laughed. Not.
However, back to today, and I can smell and taste the truffle lacing the crushed white beans. The lamb cutlets are delicate, tender and light. Across the table Joe’s compote of beef, a mound of deep, dark almost sweet flavours, have the caramelized finish of a good rib roast and there’s a lovely parsnip puree and wild mushrooms scattered around the plate.
This is now Glasgow’s best restaurant. Classic, understated, full on this Monday lunchtime. I’ve been here there or four times recently simply because, after 10 years, it’s matured into the place to dine in Glasgow, especially, it seems, if you’re organising a sophisticated dinner.
Yet Brian Maule, now 43 years old, head chef at the Michelin-starred Le Gavroche in London at the tender age of 24, who is still supported and backed by Michel Roux himself, does not yet have a star here. Why?The crisp tuille that comes with honey ice cream and creamy, custardy apricot clafoutis is the best I’ve ever tasted. Salty, and like a substantial safer of puff pastry. The food here is surely good enough. And it’s not really about table gaps or wine cellars.
If you ask me, and quite rightly no-one does, there can’t be anyone more world weary and bored than a Michelin inspector. When he sits down for yet another dinner in yet another anonymous town or city, he wants to be able to tell exactly where he is in the world just by what’s on his plate. And before he goes back to yet another lost and lonely hotel room, all he asks is to have enjoyed one little chuckle at something clever and funny the chef has done with his food.
Ok, I didn’t exactly say that to Chef Maule. What I did say was: “Hey, mate, you need to do a Michelin chef’s take on pie, beans and chips.” Hmm.Turns out Brian Maule wants to do his own thing. And that’s why it’s his name above the door and not mine. And frankly, there ain’t much wrong with that.”
Menu: Classic French inspired menu. Sea bream, lamb fillets, pork terrine and that’s just for lunch. Brian Maule still resisting, sadly, the temptation to show off. 4/5
Atmosphere: All grown up, Glasgow’s best dining room. No flash, just relaxed, crisp, clean and very elegant. 5/5
Price: Two lunch courses fixed price £17.50, three £20 – salty but worth it. 4/5
Service: Discreet, efficient, but not disappearing up its own derriere in an intimidating way. 5/5
Food: Even the rolls come freshly baked, extremely polished, fully flavoured and often stunningly simple. Currently Glasgow’s best restaurant. 8/10
The Guardian newspaper’s UK food critic, Matthew Norman, visited the restaurant at the beginning of November and published a review on his visit and experience in The Guardian on 10 November. The review is glowing and with a score of 9/10, all of us at the restaurant are delighted. It is always very encouraging to have our efforts appreciated this way.
Matthew Norman was very impressed with what he discovered saying Brian Maule at Le Chardon d’Or is "a startlingly good restaurant"! He describes the set-price lunch/pre-theatre menu at £18.50 for three courses as the best he’s come across in years and his companion who had gone a la carte "raved about everything".
In his closing paragraph he says "we left with that smug glow of contentment that only the finest lunches leave in their wake."
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The Scotsman says "Perfectly judged…….beguiling…….extraordinary value."
Business A M
Business A M says "He is no stranger to the pressures of running a kitchen which produces meals over which the rich and famous routinely drool"
The Sunday Herald
The Sunday Herald says "As you would expect from a Roux protégé Maule`s sauces are intensely delicious but discreet and not over rich"
"There is one outstanding chef in Glasgow at the moment and that is Brian Maule. There are some really good restaurants in Glasgow but I think Brian’s is in a different league." says Martin Wishart
While the The Herald observes "Style: classy with a tiny, entirely justified swagger. Food: The dishes sound like good old-fashioned classics and they are (poached salmon, roast pork) but there’s always a little twist that makes them memorable. Consistently great!"
The New York Times
The New York Times Online posted the following review on their site:
Review of Le Chardon d’Or from New York Times Online