8th September 2017 7.45pm
A bustling Friday night brought us to No. 8 Lister Square. This was a catch up with my pals Emma from Vegan Edinburgh and Ann from A Quirky Lifestyle. We were seated in the upstairs dining area. Emma asked for what could be made vegan from the menu (and we did explain there would be a vegan diner when booking). The waitress was very helpful and double checked with the chef and ensured she came back with a few options. In the end she chose the superfood salad and chips. I, being the omnivore that I am, ordered the flat iron steak and Ann chose the salmon with a side of sweet potato fries. You can also choose steak options to cook on a stone yourself but I am not a fan of that so gave it a miss.
The food came out surprisingly quickly. My steak was served on a wooden board with a side salad and a small bucket of skinny fries. The steak was cooked to perfection – rare as I’d asked. It was a healthy sized bit of meat and was seasoned incredibly well. The salad was good and had a nice dressing on it but I would have liked more of the greenery as the dish seemed a little unbalanced. The fries were ok but were a little on the cool side. Across from me, the superfood salad looked pretty. Emma thought it was nice enough but nothing stellar. She found the cauliflower a little too large. The salmon was good. The accompanying broccoli and mango salsa were also of a good standard and the plate was emptied! The side of sweet potato fries was generous and had lovely flavour.
One of us went on to have dessert. I decided against as none of the three options were taking my fancy. However, Ann had the salted caramel and pecan ice cream sundae. This seemed to take a little while to arrive but when it did, it looked impressive. It disappeared quite quickly too!
Overall No. 8 is not too bad. Steaks are obviously their strength.
Food – 7.5/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 8/10
Overall – 30.5/40
Would I eat here again? Maybe
Cost £62 for three mains, two sides, one dessert and two cocktails