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Member Name: angelboouk
Advantages: location, service, food was nice, dessert was delicious, choice of food
Disadvantages: salad bar upstairs, no toilet roll, expensive for what you get
During our night away in Edinburgh last weekend, we had planned to go to Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. There was a 1.5hour waiting time for a table and everywhere else was really busy too as it was a Saturday evening. We decided to head back up to The Royal Mile and we spotted Garfunkel's. We were looking for tasty grub rather than a romantic meal for two and I remember my good friend Warspeed recommending Garfunkel's so we headed in just before 7pm.
130 High Street
Open 7 days per week 7am until 11pm
Garfunkel's is a chain of restaurants which first opened in 1979 in London. Garfunkel's promise freshly prepared food and offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks as part of their extensive menu. The Edinburgh restaurant is located on The Royal Mile and whilst there is no onsite carpark, the restaurant is easy to find and buses stop just a short walk from the entrance. The restaurant is closeby lots of Edinburgh attractions and shops. The castle is a five minute walk.
The exterior of Garfukel's is very simply yet welcoming and during warmer days, they offer outside seating. The restaurant is set across two floors and the entrance and ground floor is wheelchair and pushchair accessible. They cater for families too. The interior of the restaurant reminded me of an American diner and the atmosphere was very relaxed. The décor was pleasant and the restaurant appeared clean. I believe there is a disabled toilet on the ground floor and there is baby changing. Other toilets are on the first floor and whilst I found the ladies toilets to be clean, there was no toilet roll in any of the two toilets. I thankfully carry tissues for these type of emergencies.
Garfunkel's caters for different sized parties and we were given a table in the far corner of the main seating area. I was a little annoyed at having to travel to the upstairs seating area to fill up my salad bowl I had ordered especially as I was wearing a long skirt and heels. I feared that I would go flying down the stairs and couldn't help but wonder why they didn't have a salad cart both upstairs and downstairs - it isn't very practical at all especially for those in wheelchairs or dining with young children. The kitchen is also upstairs so the staff have to carry it down too. The upstairs seating looked much more comfortable than downstairs.
The restaurant was busy when we arrived but we were greeted and shown to a table quickly. I would say the service at Garfunkel's was friendly enough and efficient but trying to catch the attention of our waitress for extra drinks or the bill proved to be quite difficult. Our food did arrive in reasonable time despite how the restaurant was but there was quite a bit of grumbling from the diners at the next table about the service being quite slow. We were thanked for our visit.
*~Food On Offer~*
I found the menu at Garfunkel's to be quite extensive and there is definitely something to suit all tastes and preferences. The menu was clear and easy to read. The full menu can be viewed on the website but here is a snippet :
*Breakfast is available until 11.30am. Light bites such as porridge or toast can be ordered from £1.95 or you can opt for a choice of hot breakfasts including pancakes, fry ups or omelettes for £5.95. Vegetarian options are available.
*A special midweek lunch menu is available from 11.30am to 5pm. This menu allows you to have one course for £7.95 and you can add a starter or dessert for just £2.00. Opt for nachos and potato skins to start followed by a selection of pizza, pasta, loaded potatoes, burgers and wrap dishes. Desserts include waffles and crumbles.
*The main menu is available from 11.30am 7 days per week. Starters include garlic bread and calamari from £4.25. Mains include fish and chips, hot dogs, burgers, steaks, pizza and pasta from £8.95. Vegetarians have the choice of a veggie burger, penne arrabiata, cannelloni, risotto or pizza.
*Children's menu offers two courses, a trip to the salad bar or corn on the cob and unlimited drinks for £6.95. Lots of child friendly dishes including omelette, lasagne and pasta followed by jelly and ice cream or other sweet treats.
*Desserts are priced from £4.25 and there is a lovely selection on offer including waffles, sticky toffee pudding and delicious sundaes.
Garfunkel's also offer a varied selection of alcoholic, hot and cold beverages so you won't go thirsty here.
Okay, so you don't get the choice of any culinary delights at Garfunkel's but you do get a choice of loads of dishes. We were hungry by the time arrived and spent a good five minutes deciding on what to have for our dinner. My fiancé didn't want a starter but I fancied a trip to the salad bar (before I realised that it was upstairs). You can add this on to your meal for £4.00 but the regular price is £8.95 which I think it is a ridiculous price to pay for a salad even if it is in Edinburgh. We ordered some drinks - a beer for my fiancé and a Diet Coke for myself. We ordered more during our meal and I was aware of my drink coming from the pumps where the taste, in my opinion, isn't quite as appealing as directly from a bottle of Diet Coke.
I was given a reasonably deep bowl for my salad and made the journey upstairs to salad bar. The salad bar area was quiet despite the restaurant being nearly full to capacity so I had plenty of room to move around and ponder over what to put in my bowl. I would say the selection of food in the salad bar was nice enough. There was a selection of cold meat, some pasta salad, coleslaw and things like beetroot, tomato and sweetcorn. The salad bar also offers cold boiled eggs. I enjoyed most of my salad but the eggs tasted a bit questionable so these were left to the side. The potato salad was by far the best item in my bowl. I ate most my salad whilst waiting on my main course to arrive but kept some baby tomatoes aside to put on the side of my plate.
I fancied a steak so opted for the 'Classic Steak and Chips' priced at £12.95. In return, I received a 7oz rump steak, chips and some cress (well I think it was cress anyway but I may be wrong). I cannot stand any pinkness in my steak so ordered it medium to well done. My steak wasn't very big but it wasn't fatty. I did feel that it was slightly too well done on the outside as it was verging on being a bit smoky tasting but the inside was cooked to my liking and smoky taste aside, the steak was perfectly edible and nicely seasoned. There were plenty of fries on my plate and these were delicious. I enjoyed my meal but do think some tomato, onion or mushroom on the side would make it more filling though I do feel this is to encourage you to order extra sides or go to the salad bar if you want anything else on the plate. My fiancé opted for a classic burger with extra cheese (£12.45) and his meal consisted of a beef burger with salad, chips and coleslaw. The portion size was decent enough and whilst he enjoyed his burger and found it to be filling, he said it wasn't the best he had ever had. My fiance regularly opts for a burger when we are dining out so knows his stuff. For the price, we would have expected something a bit more special.
We decided to share a dessert. Well I say share but in reality, I wanted dessert and the waitress brought an extra spoon in case my fiancé decided he fancied a bit of my dessert. I don't normally share but as it was our anniversary weekend, I decided I would share a little of my dessert. I was spoiled for choice and had wished he would just order something so we could have two different desserts to share but he couldn't be tempted. In the end, I settled for the 'Banoffee Pie' sundae which cost £5.95. I was delighted when I spotted a large glass of sweet heaven heading my way and couldn't wait to tuck in. My sundae was quite large and made up of sliced banana, toffee ice cream, honeycomb and toffee sauce. Oh my, this was absolutely delicious and there was so much too it. The banana was fresh and every layer was packed full of flavoursome sauce and ice cream. The squirty cream on top just finished it off and if I could have got my tongue right in the glass, I could have easily licked the toffee remains out. Very satisfied with my dessert.
Garfunkel's doesn't exactly offer fine dining and it isn't the cheapest place to have a meal in Edinburgh but the food was decent enough and we left satisfied and full. The restaurant accepts payment by cash and card. I paid by cash and if my memory serves me right, our bill came to around £47.00. This included two main courses, a trip to the salad bar, a dessert and four drinks - not bad value for money though it would have been much cheaper for a similar meal at a local restaurant but I do understand we were dining in the capital city. There are so many places that I would like to dine at in Edinburgh that I probably won't return to Garfunkel's any time in the near future but I do recommend it for a bite to eat as there is something to suit all on their menu and the location is ideal.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: a nice restaurant on The Royal Mile