23rd October 2016 1pm
Sister restaurant to the Kilted Lobster, Rib-Aye opened in Leith earlier this year. A little hidden away but actually just a stone’s throw away from the main road and surprisingly very spacious inside with not one but two open fires. A timely Itison voucher meant we were able to check out the restaurant at a reduced price. The voucher was a steak (rib-eye or sirloin), side, sauce and cocktail for two for £35.
We both selected the rhubarb and raspberry tart cocktail. This was quite sweet but went down well. We went for a very similar steak set up, both choosing rib-eye, mine rare and my friend’s steak was medium. I chose asparagus and spinach as my side and my friend when for triple cooked chips. We both had a béarnaise sauce, although there was an extensive list to choose from, which was nice.
We didn’t have to wait too long for our steaks. They were presented on beautiful plates but they were a little cold. However, the steaks themselves had good flavour and were cooked just as we had requested. The size was decent too. A little side salad was pleasant enough but I really enjoyed my side of asparagus and spinach. Just a shame they cooled quickly on a cold plate. The béarnaise sauce was more of a dip but worked really well with the steak. On the other side of the table the chips were demolished!
We had enough room for dessert, even though this did not form part of the deal. I went for a chocolate mousse and my dining companion went for her favourite, creme brûlée. My chocolate mousse said it came with candy. What I hadn’t expected was haribo. Most of it was chopped up but the mousse was topped with a haribo fried egg. It did make me chuckle. I am not entirely sure it worked with the mousse but I am never going to complain over haribo. The brownie pieces that came with it gave it texture but wasn’t really necessary. On the other side of the table, the brûlée was a generous portion. Whilst there was not enough sugar caramelised on top to give it a crunch, the flavour was really good. She was not too keen on the apples and crumble on the side.
Whilst generally the food was good and the venue was lovely, I left feeling slightly underwhelmed and it’s going to need a few tweaks to be at the same standard as the Kilted Lobster.
Food – 7/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 8/10
Overall – 31/40
Would I eat here again? Maybe
Cost – voucher was £35 plus another £10 for two desserts.