7th March 2018 6pm
Spatch is situated in the heart of the Old Town on Hunter Square, just off the Royal Mile. Unsurprisingly, Spatch’s speciality is chicken. However, if it’s not your thing, they offer non-chicken options and a surprisingly decent amount of vegetarian offerings too. We happened to visit Spatch on a Wednesday, when they offer all you can eat wings and a beer for £12. Bargain! We decided to split what we ordered between us, so we chose the all you can eat wings with the sweet and spicy sauce (other options include sauces such as BBQ and nuclear hot), then we tactically chose the BBQ pork ribs as it came with a couple of sides which we wanted anyway (chips and a tequila and lime slaw). We got an extra side of hot BBQ beans.
The food arrived and it was saliva inducing. Firstly let’s focus on the chicken. We got 8 wings with our first portion. The sauce was smothering the wings but fear not, kitchen towel and hand wipes are on standby. The meat was succulent and came away from the bone easily. We were mightily impressed with how they were cooked and how the sauce built up in complexity and heat as you went. Lip smackingly good, I’d say. The ribs were also excellent. The meat fell off the bone and virtually melted in the mouth. Their signature BBQ sauce was sticky deliciousness. The tequila and lime slaw was a nice slaw but I could have coped with an upping of lime content. The chips were chunky and good for dipping in the sauces, although we did have a little bit of envy when we saw sweet potato fries being delivered to another table. The beans were a little bit of a let down. I think they would be better offering a stronger BBQ flavour or even trying burnt end beans as this would pack a better punch. That being said, they weren’t a disaster and we did eat them.
We decided not to top up on the wings (I know – controversial) and try dessert. There were only a small number of options. I chose the chocolate torte with orange sorbet and my friend chose apple crumble. We had a little wait before they came out but when they did, it was a tale of two halves. Mine was passable. The chocolate torte was rich and tasty. The sorbet took a bit of getting used too as the orange flavour almost had a clinical taste to it. However, on the other side of the table the crumble really looked like chunks of unbreakable biscuits sat on top of some nicely cooked apple. My friend even tried to break some of the biscuity type topping with her fingers but couldn’t. I am not sure a drill would have made it through. Some of it was closer to being burnt too. Disappointing after the joyous mains.
The staff were super friendly and helpful. We liked the environment so generally a positive experience.
Food – 7.5/10 (would have been higher excluding the dessert)
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 8/10
Overall – 31.5/40
Would I eat here again? Yes but I’d give dessert a miss.
Cost £58 for ribs, unlimited wings deal, one side, two desserts and three diet cokes