5th December 2018 8pm
After some festive dancing on George Street at the Silent Light, a couple of us decided to reward burning those calories by stuffing our faces. We decided to chance it at 83 Hanover Street and we’re lucky that they still had a couple of tables free. 83 Hanover Street aims to blend Scottish and Chilean cuisines. As seems to be the theme with my recent reviews, 83 Hanover Street offer small bites and plates to be shared. We chose braised pork collar croquettes and calamari from the bites section and hangar steak and halloumi fries from the plates section.
The croquettes came out first. Three crispy balls were sitting in an apple and chilli jam. The croquettes were stuffed full of pork which tasted wonderful alongside the jam. A great combination.
Next came the halloumi fries which were the biggest triumph of this meal. Tons of fried halloumi, covered in drizzles of red pepper ketchup and lime and coriander aioli. Some sliced chillis were also scattered across the top. The cheese was delicious and cooked to perfection. I could have eaten more than one plate of this.
Then the calamari appeared. This came with a merken (smoked chilli pepper) aioli, sliced chillies and a wedge of lime. Whilst cooked ok, it was a little uninspiring and possibly a touch under seasoned. The aioli was nice but couldn’t entice us to finish this plate.
Lastly, the hangar steak. The steak was spice rubbed and was served with a fried egg, onions and sautéed potatoes. The egg oozed nicely and pulled the dish together nicely. The steak was of good quality and cooked well.
We enjoyed our visit to 83 Hanover Street. It won’t set the world alight but it will be a decent meal.
Food – 7.5/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 9/10
Value – 8/10
Overall – 32.5/40
Would I eat here again? Possibly.
£35 for two bites, two plates and a small glass of wine