2nd May 2017 6pm
Already well established out at a Cramond Brig, Miller & Carter have recently opened up on Frederick St, so it would be rude of us not to pop in to put it through its paces. On entering the place, it had quite a stylish, albeit dark, feel inside. We both really liked how it was decked out. We were welcomed by our waitress, who was incredibly helpful. We had a quick look at the drinks menu and spotted that many of the cocktails were £4.95 Monday through Wednesday – bonus! So we got on with ordering a cocktail each and then chose some nibbles plus mains. I went for olives followed by a fillet steak (ordered rare, as recommended on the menu) and my dining companion chose the toasted breads with bread dripping butter followed by a full rack of smokey barbecue ribs.
The drinks and nibbles came quickly. The cocktails were excellent. My olives were all pitted, which I prefer and were large and juicy. On the other side of the table, the bread was cut into fingers and were a variety of types, which was really nice. The beef dripping flavour was quite subtle but did allow for the butter to be slathered over the bread easily.
I was advised on ordering my steak that I also got a lettuce wedge before the steak which is treated a little like a palate cleanser. Our mains were not brought by the waitress who had been serving us but by another member of staff and came without having the lettuce first. Our original waitress came to check on us and I explained the missing lettuce and she was so apologetic and brought it out instantly, along with a steak knife she’d notified I was missing. To be honest, I hadn’t missed that as my standard knife was cutting through my meat like butter. The fillet was cooked as I’d requested and was incredibly soft. It was full of flavour and just delicious. It came in at 8oz which I thought was very reasonable and had a small circle of parsley butter on top. Alongside the steak was my choice of sauce (bearnaise), an onion loaf, which was very lovely, a balsamic tomato and a side of fries. All of the food was of a really good standard. My lettuce wedge ended up being eaten alongside the steak. I’d chosen it to have a cocktail and crouton dressing on top which was beautifully creamy. I couldn’t finish the dish (partly as I had also been out for lunch, like the pig that I am) so left a bit of the lettuce and some of the fries but it wasn’t for lack of trying! On the other side of the table, my friend absolutely demolished her ribs. They were massive but she managed to get through them. The meat came off the bone easily, which meant she could use a knife and fork so her fingers didn’t get sticky. She also had fries with her ribs and a small tub of slaw. You can order the ribs as a half rack if a full rack seems a bit over-facing.
There were a lot of lovely desserts on offer but we just couldn’t manage them so had another cocktail before leaving. I think next time – and there will be a next time – we’ll need to make sure we’ve not eaten all day to eat a full three courses here.
Food – 8.5/10
Service – 8.5/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 8/10
Overall – 33/40
Would I eat here again? Yes and fully intend to.
Cost £68 for two sets of nibbles, two mains (including fillet steak at £24.95) and four cocktails.