Gordon watches a dinner service from the kitchen and sees over complicated food. Loic turns down Gordon's offer to cook a scallop dish together to see different approaches. Gordon sits Loic down to a full table of food which turns out to be a meal for one and he still does not see any problem. His last resort is to bring in an ex AA inspector to inspect a scallop dish cooked by both Gordon and Loic. His feedback to Loic is to simplify the flavours and it finally sinks in and he simplifies his scallop dish. He also simplifies the menu and gets the servers to loosen up. Barry reveals to Gordon he wants to revamp the restaurant at a cost of £35k whereas Gordon suggests a lower cost option of a Chefs table. To lower food costs Gordon buys some cheap cuts of meat and challenges the chefs to cook a dish. Gordon gets the staff dressed up in kilts. Gordon invites local businesswomen to the restaurant for lunch and it was a big success with the simplified food and new restaurant.
What Happened Next?
Gordon revisits, the restaurant has been renamed to Abstract and he has opened a new restaurant next door called Contrast. Business is not going well, they didn't get their Michelin star and the menu is complicated again with a Giblet Club Sandwich on the menu... Gordon discovers Contrast is fully booked and making lots of money and Abstract is not making any money. Barry and Loic announce they are opening another restaurant together in Edinburgh but the partnership did not happen.
Barry opened Abstract in Edinburgh in March 2007, reviews were good. Loic and Caroline moved to Edinburgh to work in the new Abstract but left in May 2007 and returned to France. Here in March 2009 they opened a restaurant called L'atelier du peintre (The Artists Studio) , it has been successful and in 2011 they were awarded a Michelin star.
Contrast Brasserie is still open and is still located in the Glenmoriston Town House Hotel, the original location of La Riviera.
The Edinburgh Abstract closed in December 2009, the closure was blamed on the recession. After Abstract Edinburgh closed it was bought by top chef Tom Kitchin and it was renamed as Castle Terrace and reviews look good with many awards, a Michelin star, 3 AA Rosettes and more.