Katie, Kirsten and I decided to have an unconventional ‘Rabble’ Burns night celebration at Rabble Taphouse and Grill on Frederick Street. It was the first time we had all eaten here, but the menu is very persuasive, and the restaurant/bar is very inviting. When you step into Rabble, you are met with low ceilings and fairy lights strung around, creating a lovely ambience. The bar is situated in the middle of the room, with tables scattered around, this also adds to the enjoyable atmosphere. Once we were seated at our table, we ordered a bottle of wine and began to look over the menu.
Having already investigated the menu, I knew there were a lot of things I wanted to try, so luckily, Kirsten was happy to share! The crispy halloumi salad was top of my list when it came to ordering starters and Katie also chose this. Kirsten and I decided to share the sticky sesame wings as well. The halloumi was deliciously crispy and was drizzled with a chipotle mayonnaise. It was served on a bed of leaves with beetroot and some salt yoghurt. I loved the whole combo, but I would have preferred less yoghurt and more chipotle mayo for an added kick.
The chicken wings were a huge portion and definitely sticky! They were sprinkled with sesame seeds and spring onion, with sour cream on the side. These were extremely tasty, but extremely messy! We had only just finished our starters, but I was having a great night already.
I was very undecisive on what to order for my main – everything sounded so good. The marinated salmon, tandoori seabass and chargrilled chimichurri beef salad were all high on my list, but I opted for the beef salad. Sometimes salads can be heavy on the greens and light on the meat, but Rabble were very generous with their meat to leaves ratio, which I was very happy about. The salad included sweet pickled onion and gherkins, tarragon dressing & rye bread croutons, alongside the chunks of perfectly cooked chimichurri beef.
I’m a big fan of pickled onion and gherkins and the steak was delicious, so needless to say, I was very pleased with my chosen meal. We also ordered a portion of salt and chilli fries to share, but it was a massive portion, so we weren’t able to finish them. Kirsten’s main was the tandoori seabass that I had previously had my eye on and she thoroughly enjoyed it. I had a sneaky taste and would consider ordering this on my next visit – the Bombay potatoes were fantastic.
However, there’s always room for dessert! Even though we were bursting at the seams, we couldn’t resist the peanut butter and chocolate tart. It was yummy, and again, it had a good ratio of chocolate to peanut butter. This meant that it wasn’t too sweet, but a sweet enough end to the meal.
Rabble is good for both food and drinks and for any number of people. The setting and service were enjoyable all evening, but the food was my favourite part. We visited as part of the 50% discount throughout January, which meant that for us it was very reasonably priced. However, I do think that normally the price is quite steep. If you haven’t visited Rabble yet, I would definitely recommend.
Atmosphere – 5
Food – 4.5
Price – 3
Service – 4
Total – 16.5/20