La Mirage Restaurant

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7 Dunrobin Street, Helmsdale, United Kingdom
01431 821615

La Mirage Restaurant Helmsdale Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
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La Mirage Jul 31, 2010
La Mirage is a deeply strange little restaurant in Helmsdale, Scotland. The food is good, but the surroundings are strange, and even a couple of weeks later I haven’t quite worked out if that’s in a good way or a bad way.

Getting the food out of the way first, the menu is more or less traditional Scottish, despite the French name – huge portions of haddock and chips, available battered and fried or breaded and grilled, soup, that sort of thing. I actually prefer breaded and grilled, personally. It is well cooked and served by cheerful staff, and there is much about that to love. It’s just that whilst you are eating it, a large statue of an American traffic policeman, possibly from a movie, is watching you eat. And there is a lamp in the shape of a saucy French Maid behind you. And clouds of plastic flowers. Apparently, Barbara Cartland was a huge fan of this restaurant. For those of you too young/ not British enough to remember, Barbara Cartland wrote dozens of romantic novels, where heroines with improbable names swooned a lot. She wore a lot of pink. Although I am not at all sure what she would have made of the French maid lamp thing.

The menu is good value, and the restaurant is fun, as long as you manage to avoid sitting with a giant American traffic cop looking over your shoulder…
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