25th May 2015 – 6pm
I was invited to visit Malones to try out their re-launched menu. As I’d never been to Malones before, I thought this was a great opportunity to get acquainted. Malones is an Irish pub that serves the traditional pub-type fayre but thinks what it does, it does rather well. That was a challenge if ever I heard one so I was ready to put the bar through its paces.
Whilst the venue has a relatively small frontage, the place is actually quite tardis-like and is massive on the inside and even has a hostel attached. Spread over two floors with a long bar on the ground floor, this place can pack people in if it needs to, which I imagine would be needed for big sporting events such as the Six Nations. Yes, there are the obligatory screens showing sport in the bar but if you are not into sport, don’t let that put you off. I surprisingly found that the screens were not off-putting as they had music on. The actually have lots of music acts on during the Fringe and even have a little stage for it. There were plenty of booths lining the walls of the venue, so you don’t feel like you are sitting on top of anyone else but this place isn’t for you if you are looking for somewhere intimate.
So, looking at the menu there was quite a bit of variety and several really good deals on, including a burger night and deals on prosecco. However, we were in on a Monday and went for the steak night deal, which was only £10 for a rib-eye and accompaniments. The friendly staff did check we were familiar with the menu and the deals and when we plumped for the steak deal we were surprisingly asked how we wanted our steaks. I say surprisingly as this doesn’t happen too often in pubs, so was a pleasant change. I went for rare and my friend went for medium.
When the steaks arrived I have to say I was a bit taken aback by the size. They were massive. So much so that they had to be placed on top of the chips in order to fit them onto the plate (perhaps a bigger plate might be useful here to make eating of said steak a little easier). We were given steak knives, which is always good but they were not really needed as the steaks were cooked just how we’d asked for them and cut very easily. The chips were the wide, flat ones which I quite like and were plentiful. The onion rings were tasty. For those needing a bit of fruit and veg, there was also a grilled tomato (my friend is not a fan of these but that’s personal taste) and a side salad of rocket, drizzled in balsamic vinegar. There were also two pots of sauce; peppercorn and garlic and herb. I preferred the garlic and herb and my friend preferred the peppercorn, but to be honest we enjoyed both and even better, they were in plentiful supply, so no fiddling with a mountain of sachets.
I think Malones are living up to their promises. Whilst an Irish pub wouldn’t normally be my first port of call, Malones has changed my mind a bit on that. It is punching above its weight, particularly for the price they are charging. We didn’t get a chance to try out the cocktails but there were a few that caught my eye, so it will be great to pop back during the Fringe or with friends for a quick bite to eat and a tipple.
Food – 8/10
Service – 8.5/10
Atmosphere – 6.5/10
Value – 10/10
Overall – 33/40
Cost – this meal was complimentary but would have cost around £25 for two steak deals, a beer and a diet coke.
Please note that whilst this meal was complimentary, views expressed are my own. Thanks to Kate for arranging.