I’ve spent the whole of the first month of the year in Edinburgh. But I’ve managed to beat the January blues by eating at a mixture of old favourites and some Edinburgh newbies. Here are my top 3 meals from the month:
Kyloe Family Sunday Roast
The Kyloe Sunday roast is something that one of my friends suggested towards the end of last year and I immediately loved the sound of it. I hadn’t been to Kyloe before, but I know that they have an outstanding reputation for their steaks. The Family Sunday Roast is based on 4 people sharing a joint of borders roast rib of beer, Yorkshire puddings, vegetables and dessert.
I’m a big fan of sharing style meals, so I quickly booked 4 of us in for lunch this month. The beef is carved at the table and straight away I could see it was cooked perfectly pink. The creamed cabbage was mouth-wateringly good and a great accompaniment to the roasted veg. I love roast potatoes, but I did feel that I would have preferred these ones to be cooked for longer and have a crispier skin.
The dessert was a peanut butter brownie, which Sam and I were thrilled about. However, Fran is allergic to nuts, so her and Richie got to choose a different pudding. The brownie was massive (especially after a large roast), but we managed to give it a good go because it was very tasty!
I couldn’t recommend Kyloe enough for their Sunday roast, the food was incredible and the atmosphere was lovely and relaxed.
Union of Genius & Mimi’s Bakehouse
Ok this one is bending the rules slightly because it includes 2 Edinburgh institutions, but I visited both places this month during 1 meal. There’s nothing better than a steaming hot bowl of delicious soup during winter and Union of Genius is known throughout Edinburgh as a first class place to get your soup fix. I have only ever taken away from here and that’s how I managed to do a soup/cake combo.
Mimi’s originated in Leith but now have a presence in Corstorphine and the Royal Mile. I managed to grab a Jammy Dodger traybake from the Royal Mile café on route to pick up my soup. Mimi’s is extremely famous in Edinburgh for afternoon tea or a place to stop for coffee and a cake.
I found that these 2 city hotspots worked really well together because I could get a small soup, have half of my cake and still have half for the afternoon. Union of Genius have different soup flavours each day and the choice of different breads (my favourite is the onion bread) and Mimi’s have lots of sweet treats to choose from, but the Jammy Doger traybake was incredible!
Leith Chop House
Sam surprised me with a date night to Leith Chop House at the end of the month, which I was thrilled about because I have heard great things. This was our first visit here and I was taken in by the ambience as soon as we arrived. From the beginning of our experience, through to the end, the service we received was brilliant. We had Mark looking after us during the evening and he helped make our evening extra enjoyable.
After Mark talked us through the menu, it didn’t take us long to decide. We ordered 500ml of the Argentinian Malbec, hot chicken wings and the chateaubriand to share. We also added some blue cheese sauce, dripping chips, cabbage and bacon and field mushrooms to accompany our steak.
The steak was one of the best I’ve ever had, the meat was cooked exactly how I like it and it was bursting with flavour; I savoured every bite. The chips were crispy, but light and fluffy on the inside and the cabbage and bacon was deliciously creamy. The mushrooms were enjoyable, but I was disappointed that they weren’t smothered in garlic.
Although we were stuffed, we managed to squeeze in the gooey chocolate brownie, which simply melted in my mouth. I had a brilliant evening here, from the atmosphere, service and food – it was all outstanding.