Burgers and Beers Grillhouse

Burgers and Beers Grillhouse

26th January 2019 5.30pm

www.burgersandbeersgrillhouse.co.uk

Food – 7/10

What we ate:
Uncle Sam burger
Mac Attack burger
8 wings with buffalo sauce
Two portions of fries
Three cocktails
Two diet cokes
One sparkling water

The burgers were of a decent size, although there was a stark difference between the Uncle Sam and the Mac Attack, with the latter being humongous and actually difficult to eat as a burger. My Uncle Sam burger held together ok and had a reasonable patty to bun ratio. The mac attack was a little over-facing. The fries were hit and miss, with some undercooked. The wings with buffalo sauce were not too bad. Having the choice on the size of the portion was a nice touch.

Uncle Sam - Burgers and Beers Grillhouse

Uncle Sam – Burgers and Beers Grillhouse

Mac Attack - Burgers and Beers Grillhouse

Mac Attack – Burgers and Beers Grillhouse

Chicken wings - Burgers and Beers Grillhouse

Chicken wings – Burgers and Beers Grillhouse

The cocktails were average, with the frozen ones being closer to a mild slush and flowing over the top of the glass. We had to use some kitchen roll to mop up the overflow. The French martini seemed to have an unusual taste too.

Frozen strawberry daiquiri - Burgers and Beers Grillhouse

Frozen strawberry daiquiri – Burgers and Beers Grillhouse

French martini - Burgers and Beers Grillhouse

French martini – Burgers and Beers Grillhouse

Service – 8/10
Service was friendly, although their electronic payment systems were down which significantly slowed down leaving. Admittedly that wasn’t probably their fault.

Atmosphere – 8/10
Based on the Royal Mile, this place unsurprisingly attracts a large amount of tourists. It gives the place a bustling atmosphere but suited the style of eatery.

Burgers and Beers Grillhouse

Burgers and Beers Grillhouse

Value – 7/10
Seemed a little steep for what we got but we were on the Royal Mile, so is almost to be expected. Compared to other burger venues in Edinburgh, it isn’t that competitive.

Cost £75

Overall – 30/40

Would I eat here again? Yes, but it probably wouldn’t be the first choice for a burger.

Stocks

Stocks

23rd January 2019 5.45pm

www.stocksedinburgh.co.uk

Food – 7.5/10

We ate:

  • Scotch egg
  • Mushroom soup
  • Chicken
  • Risotto

The scotch egg was good. This was a little unconventional, being made with haggis and turkey but that didn’t stop it from being just as tasty. I thought originally it was an overcooked egg but clearly had just sat at the pass a little too long so had cooked a small sliver of the top of the yolk but was runny underneath. The curry veloute was thin but still had nice flavour.

Scotch egg - Stocks

Scotch egg – Stocks

Across from me, my friend was eating their signature mushroom soup. This was cooked in a dish with a pastry lid to it and came with a slice of lightly grilled bread. Sadly she felt it was just mushrooms in cream and not sure what the pastry crust really added to it. This was a bit of a shame.

Mushroom soup - Stocks

Mushroom soup – Stocks

The main of chicken was generous in size. It was a little overcooked but not to the point of being too dry. The chicken was sat in a lemon and thyme sauce, which was great but the dish could have done with a bit more of it. The dish also came with wagyu bon bons which were delicious. The broccoli and asparagus were pretty decent too.

Chicken - Stocks

Chicken – Stocks

My friend was tucking into a pretty risotto dish. She thought this was a good risotto and managed to get some texture in there rather than be mush, which can often be a risk with risotto. The butternut squash was good and the flavours came together well.

Risotto - Stocks

Risotto – Stocks

Service – 7.5/10

We received friendly and helpful service but perhaps it was a little slow at times.

Atmosphere- 8/10

Stocks has a nice bistro feel – relaxed, cosy dining.

Value – 8/10

We had an Itison voucher deal, which made the cost £29 for two courses and a glass of prosecco each but full price would have been around £57. The voucher was good value.

Overall score – 31/40

Would we eat here again? Possibly

Avocado on toast with egg and hash browns - Smoke Stack

Smoke Stack

3rd January 2019 11.30am

www.smokestack.org.uk

Food – 8/10

We ate:

  • Sausage butty
  • Avocado on toast with fried egg and hash browns as extras
  • Berry energiser smoothie
  • Sweet melody smoothie

The sausages in the butty were from Crombies (based a little further down Broughton Street) so were of high quality. They came on a brioche roll, served open with butter on the side so you can add if you wish. Sauces were also provided. It would have been nice for the sausages to have been cut in half so they filled the roll better but this didn’t detract from the experience. The brioche was lightly toasted and held together well.

Sausage Butty - Smoke Stack

The avocado on toast was good and certainly benefited from the added extras. The avocado had chilli running through it. The egg was cooked well and the hash browns were satisfying.

Avocado on toast with egg and hash browns - Smoke StackThe smoothies were packed full of flavour. The berry smoothie was the more vivid of the two, filled with blackcurrants, strawberries and blackberries. The sweet melody smoothie contained melon, strawberries and mango and whilst not so attractive on the eye was refreshing and light.

Smoothies - Smoke Stack

Service – 8/10

Prompt and friendly service. We were not rushed to leave.

Atmosphere – 7/10

Not too bad for late morning. A few tables were occupied.

Value – 7/10

The bill came to just over £20. This wasn’t too bad for what we had. The smoothies were large so provided better value for money than we originally assumed.

Overall score – 30/40

Would we eat here again? Yes.

Edinburgh Feasts

Review of the Year: 2018

As we conclude our fourth year at Edinburgh Feasts, we take a look back on what this year has uncovered. We have reviewed 54 restaurants in 2018, 8 of which have gone into our highest scoring reviews. Here are some of the highlights.

Favourite Restaurants

There have been some great new kids on the block this year. Whilst we could write quite an extensive list, here are some of the highlights (click the headings to read the full review):

Mono

We have fallen in love with Mono and have now visited multiple times this year. We first went for the tasting menu but have also been back for the lovely lunch menu. Mono offers contemporary Italian dining and really delivers some very exciting food.

Sonder

It’s worth heading to Newington for this beauty. Sonder offers contemporary European cuisine with bold flavours and clever combinations. We adore this place.

Borough

Formed after the dissolution of Norn, Borough down at The Shore offers effortless dining and dishes you find yourself thinking about for some time after.

Six By Nico

We couldn’t omit the sensation that is Six by Nico. This place caused a stir in Edinburgh throughout 2018. Changing it’s themed set menu every 6 weeks, there should be something to take everyone’s fancy. It’s also very reasonably priced. Although here at ‘Feasts we had to force ourselves to miss a couple of these in order to avoid starting a habit!

Those who have opened prior to 2018 also got a look in:

Forage and Chatter

Sublime flavours with Scottish ingredients, Forage and Chatter knows how to create amazing plates of food. You feel you’ve been hugged and wowed in equal measure.

Best dishes

Sprouts, bearnaise and lardo – Borough

Sprouts, lardo and bearnaise sauce - Borough

Sprouts, lardo and bearnaise sauce – Borough

We are still talking about this dish a month after eating it. Enough to turn a sprout hater’s head.

Chips and Cheese – Six by Nico

‘Chips and Cheese’ - Six by Nico

‘Chips and Cheese’ – Six by Nico

Hands down, Six By Nico makes the most amazing espumas.

Onion Tart – Forage and Chatter

Onion Tart - Forage and Chatter

Onion Tart – Forage and Chatter

How can so much flavour be packed into such a simple dish?

Deep fried shredded beef in chilli – Golden Dragon

Deep fried shredded beef in chilli - Golden Dragon

Deep fried shredded beef in chilli – Golden Dragon

They say it’s voted the best in Edinburgh and I’m not sure I can argue with that.

Smoked chorizo mac and cheese – Harry’s Bar

Smoked Chorizo Mac and Cheese - Harry’s Bar

Smoked Chorizo Mac and Cheese – Harry’s Bar

Drool.

Popular reviews and photos

Whilst this won’t be strictly accurate, considering not all reviews have been up for very long, the top 5 reviews on the site based on the number of views this year have been:

  1. On Bap (Korean)
  2. Jilani’s (desserts)
  3. Maki and Ramen – Leith St (Japanese)
  4. Crolla’s (mainly desserts)
  5. Forage and Chatter (Scottish)

Surprisingly, two of these were actually reviewed in 2017, so good to see they are still useful.

The top 9 photos on our Instagram account can be seen below:

Instagram best 9 2018

Top row: Miss Woo’s, Mother India, Taxidi
Middle row: Brunch and Supper, Roti, Brasserie Prince
Bottom row: Scottish Café and Restaurant, El Cartel, Wine House 1821

Lastly, here is an little infographic about Edinburgh Feasts over the past year, which includes some of the information above.

Edinburgh Feasts 2018 review infographic

 

We didn’t do everything we intended to, such as top 5’s, as life is getting in the way. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with reviews, so will be mixing the format up a little bit in 2019 to try to get reviews up more quickly but still provide the information readers may find useful. Your feedback will always be appreciated. You can still use our tools to find the reviews you are looking for:

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Highest Scoring Reviews

In 2019 we’ll still be eating at plenty of new places so come back and visit, or subscribe by filling in your email address into the subscribe option in the menu (left hand on desktops and settings icon on mobile).

All the best for 2019 and thanks for supporting Edinburgh Feasts!

Emma

The House Burger - Porto & Fi

Porto & Fi

19th December 2018 1pm

www.portofi.com

An impromptu Christmas get together over lunch brought Edinburgh Feasts to Porto & Fi. Situated in Newhaven, Porto & Fi is a family run café-bistro and was bustling when we arrived. I was looking to fill up as I had nothing really in for dinner, so chose their house burger. My friend had plans to go out for dinner so chose one of the soups of the day – yellow split pea.

The House Burger - Porto & Fi

The House Burger – Porto & Fi

My burger came with curly fries (bonus!), a red cabbage slaw and a side salad. You could choose between two sauces for the burger, dijonaise or BBQ. I went with the former, although I would have liked to have been offered a condiment for my fries. You can also add cheese for a little extra but I decided not to. The burger itself was fairly big and made of 100% beef. It was tasty and filling. The salad was fairly standard but the slaw gave it a boost. The curly fries were plentiful and excellent. Across from me, the soup was also going down well. This came with some big pieces of sliced baguette and some butter. The soup was a really hearty bowlful, great on a cold winter’s day.

Yellow Split Pea Soup - Porto & Fi

Yellow Split Pea Soup – Porto & Fi

We had a good lunch at Porto & Fi. They offer a good range of food for those who want a light bite and those who want something more substantial. It’s certainly worth a visit.

Food – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 32/10

Would I eat here again? Yup.

£21 for a soup, a burger and two diet cokes

Southside Scran

18th December 2018 6.30pm

southsidescran.com

Southside Scran is another venture between Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack. Edinburgh Feasts loves both the Kitchin and Scran and Scallie but would this be as successful as these two? If we ignore the confusion of Southside Scran actually being located on the Tollcross/Bruntsfield border rather than the traditional Southside area, this looked like it was going to be closer to Scran and Scallie than the Kitchin, acting as a local neighbourhood bistro. The difference with this restaurant was that they were offering much of the food cooked on a rotisserie.

img_4412We were welcomed and taken to our table. Somewhat disappointingly we were sat in a corner where I was facing a curtain and my friend was facing a wall (which seemed to have something greasy splashed up it). We’d booked almost three weeks prior, perhaps this wasn’t early enough to avoid this table. We ordered our food – I chose the octopus followed by a special of rotisserie shoulder of lamb. My friend opted for the shellfish ravioli followed by monkfish.

img_4413We were brought some bread with butter, chicken liver parfait and cornichons. However, we had no side plates which was odd and difficult when given bread and spreads. We had to balance the bread and knives on our place mats, which resulted in crumbs all over the table, which they did not offer to clear for us. All a bit odd. The bread itself was nice apart from the end which was difficult to bite into. The parfait was delicious and the butter beautifully spreadable.

img_4415img_4414My octopus carpaccio was pretty on the plate, fanning out in a lovely circle. This was pleasant and I did enjoy the lemon dressing which was lots of little bursts of lemon but it was probably too much for the octopus, as little flavour was derived from the seafood itself. There were little crunchy elements with tiny croutons and a scattering of capers to add some sort of contrast to the lemon. My dining companion was enjoying her shellfish ravioli. A single large ravioli was packed full and sat in a lovely shellfish bisque.

img_4417img_4416img_4418The mains both came from the rotisserie. Mine was lamb shoulder with cinnamon and paprika. What I wasn’t expecting was a pile of Mediterranean flavours on top, with tomatoes, olives, onions and more capers. Whilst all the elements were well cooked/prepared and full of flavour, I didn’t particularly enjoy the flavours together. We’d also ordered sides of fondant potatoes and french bean salad. Only the beans really went with my meal as I had expected a different set of flavours in my dish. It does annoy me when descriptions on menus don’t accurately reflect the meal you are going to have. The potatoes were good though, with some garlic and spring onions alongside for good measure. The french bean salad was excellent. These were mixed with hazelnuts and shallots which added the perfect balance. My friend was enjoying her monkfish tail. This was cajun spiced and came with aubergine. The purée in particular was nice

img_4421We decided to take a punt on desserts and both ordered the chocolate tart. On arrival, mine had clearly moved across the plate as there was a chocolate patchy smear that was not on my friend’s plate (so not a fancy plate dressing). The tart itself was incredibly intense in flavour but surprisingly light in texture. It came with a delicious milk ice cream. However, the scoop needed to be larger to balance it out because light in texture didn’t mean it was a light dessert. My friend did struggle mid way through and had to abandon, but I managed to clean my plate.

To cap off this underwhelming evening, we were overcharged on the bill. We waited a very long time to be seen by someone to rectify and actually pay the bill, which was a shame considering the excellence service throughout the rest of the meal. The bill was adjusted without a problem (it was the special which had been incorrectly priced).

Overall, we were disappointed with Southside Scran. It definitely has potential but it is nowhere near Scran and Scallie in terms of both food and value for money. Maybe it’s still bedding in but it’s not what I’d expect from a Tom Kitchin venture.

Food – 7/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 5/10

Overall – 27/40

Would I eat here again? Only if I heard it had improved.

Cost £93 for 2 starters, mains, sides and desserts

Cauliflower ‘buffalo wings’ - Vesta

Vesta

12th December 2018 8pm

https://vestaedinburgh.co.uk

Vesta is where Home used to be situated on Queensferry Street and is still affiliated with Social Bite, offering the opportunity to pay it forward as well as offering training and employment programmes for the Social Bite Academy. I was visiting with Emma from Vegan Edinburgh (veganedinburgh.com) and Ann from A Quirky Lifestyle (www.quirkylifestyle.com) and Celebrating Our World (www.instagram.com/celebratingourworld). We were offered a booth to sit in and we ordered some cocktails whilst deciding on the food. This place caters well for vegans and vegetarians as well as meat eaters. I went for the baked camembert followed by the pork belly and black pudding roulade. My friends went for the hot smoked salmon and cauliflower ‘buffalo wings’ for their starters and then the miso glazed seitan and cashew stir fry and the mushroom stuffed seitan for their mains.

Breaded Camembert - Vesta

Breaded Camembert – Vesta

Hot smoked salmon - Vesta

Hot smoked salmon – Vesta

Cauliflower ‘buffalo wings’ - Vesta

Cauliflower ‘buffalo wings’ – Vesta

The starters arrived with simple plating. My breaded camembert came in four big pieces along with some salad and spiced red onion chutney. The camembert was oozy and the crumb was crispy. The chutney went nicely with it. The hot smoked salmon was a little hidden on my friend’s plate due to a covering of toasted ciabatta. This dish came with braised leeks and a small swirl of garlic veloute. This was a sturdy dish, albeit a little pedestrian. The cauliflower ‘buffalo wings’ were going down a treat. The heat was brought through a Bloody Mary salsa which was tempered by a vegan sour cream. Again, there was a little salad on the dish as a garnish.

Pork belly and black pudding roulade - Vesta

Pork belly and black pudding roulade – Vesta

Mushroom stuffed seitan - Vesta

Mushroom stuffed seitan – Vesta

Miso glazed seitan and cashew stir fry - Vesta

Miso glazed seitan and cashew stir fry – Vesta

The mains came out with similar understated plating. My roulade was a generous portion and was really cooked well. The mash was nice and the red cabbage tasty. The apple sauce pulled it all together really well, but as the only vaguely wet thing on the dish, it really felt that there was a gravy or sauce missing. It wasn’t overly dry but needed just a little bit more. The same could be said for the mushroom stuffed seitan. This was also a great dish but could have done with some kind of additional sauce with it. The cranberry sauce was not enough for what was on the plate. However, the seitan was good and the vegetables worked well. The stir fry also had seitan in it. It was found to be a filling dish. From my point of view, I’d have liked to see a bit more colour in it, but that is a personal preference.

All the food we ate was good. It’s not overly exciting food but to have a good choice for non-meat eaters is great.

Food – 7/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere- 8/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 31/40

Would I eat here again? Probably

£66 for three starters, mains and cocktails (we also put some money on top of this to pay it forward).