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A Rockin' Restaurant
Hard Rock Cafe (Edinburgh)
Member Name: Princess Pea
Hard Rock Cafe (Edinburgh)
Date: 25/05/03, updated on 25/05/03 (376 review reads)
Advantages: Lovely food., Great atmosphere., Different to other restaurants.
Disadvantages: Quite expensive.
The Manchester branch of the world famous Hard Rock Café is the newest, having opened in September 2000. Part of the popular Printworks complex-which is also home to the fabulous Filmworks cinema, and various bars and clubs-the world famous restaurant is a very welcome addition to my fair city.
In the United Kingdom, there are six other restaurants, situated in London, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Belfast and Edinburgh.
Around the world, there are over 100 restaurants, originally started in the USA.
Having its roots in America, the Hard Rock Café mainly serves American-style food, such as burgers. However, there are a variety of meals on offer, including salads and pasta.
As the name of the restaurant may suggest, there is much emphasis on rock and roll culture, and each restaurant displays various pieces of rock memorabilia, such as bands' guitars, etc.
Although it has been open for almost 3 years, my first visit to the restaurant was about a month ago. I was curious to discover whether the hype of the Hard Rock Café was justified, and I'm very pleased to say that it is!
I went there for a full, three-course meal with my boyfriend.
On first impressions, it is rather imposing, with a giant 80-foot guitar adorning the outside. There is also a sense of mystery, with its blacked out windows. Once inside, diners can see through these windows, which make you feel somewhat special as no one passing by can see in.
After browsing the menu strategically placed next to the entrance, we ventured in and were immediately greeted by a very friendly employee who found us a table and handed us menus. I noticed a little shop area as I walked in, which turned out to be the place to buy all your Hard Rock memorabilia, a hobby taken very seriously by many.
Also, to the other side of me was the bar area. We were fortunate to see bar workers showing off all their tricks- think Tom Cruise in Co
It's rather dark inside, with lots of coloured lights, and the famous collection of rock paraphernalia. It's fun to scan the walls for anything interesting, and I came across Sting's and Bon Jovi's guitars.
Also worth mentioning is the TV screens, playing various rock/pop videos. When I was there, they played a huge variety, from Jennifer Lopez to Avril Lavigne, along with more typically 'rawk-out' anthems.
We ended up sat in a booth, which would seat 4 people. There are lots of different types of tables available, including ones for very large groups.
A waiter came to our aid extremely quickly, almost too quickly in fact, as we weren't quite ready to order! After scanning the menu, which is illustrated with lovely looking photographs of various dishes, we got some drinks in.
I'd always wanted to try one of their famous cocktails, and the waiter suggested a Strawberry Daiquiri. Thankfully, this turned out to be a tasty and refreshing blend of Bacardi and fresh strawberries. I liked the fact that it tasted like it had just been made, and felt the hefty price tag of almost £8 was worth it. If you love kitsch things like me, you'll be very excited to know that you get an official Hard Rock Café swizzle stick with the cocktails! You can even keep the glass with some, although these are more expensive.
My boyfriend opted for a bottle of Bud, which was pretty standard.
After careful deciding, we chose to share a starter of Potato Skins. As a vegetarian, I asked if we could have them without the bacon, a request they were pleased to fulfil.
We chose to share because we wanted to leave room for the rest of our meal- and I?m so glad we did! I really think that this starter, along with most of the others most probably, would be suitable for a main course, as you get six BIG potato skins, as well as salad garnish.
Pleased with our choice, we then chose our main course.
e to say that the vegetarian choice wasn't too fantastic. However, the choices they DID have looked lovely: Roasted Vegetable Pasta, Natural Veggie Burger, Veggie Sandwich and Famous Grilled Fajitas (which you can either have with vegetables, chicken or beef). I took the waiter's suggestion of the fajitas, and was a bit taken aback when I was brought a HUGE plate of salad, rice, pinto beans, guacamole, tortillas, cheese?It was absolutely mad, and I couldn't wait to get stuck in to it all!! I was even more taken aback when the waiter brought out a steaming plate of vegetables, including broccoli and mange tout.
I was delighted with my choice, and was somewhat disappointed when I didn't manage to eat it all!
Many of the main courses here would be suitable to share between two, like many of the starters.
My boyfriend choice was the more traditional burger, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Other main course options are steaks, chicken and pasta dishes, along with many others.
There's something for everyone really.
It was then time for dessert. And what a fantastic choice there is! Desserts at the Hard Rock Café are very American, such as Hot Fudge Brownie and Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie. I opted for a Hot Fudge Sundae, which was very well presented with a cute cherry on top. It tasted great too, which is always a bonus!
My boyfriend had the most gorgeous dessert ever, which I'm definitely going to get next time I visit! He had the Cookie Pie, which came with a scoop of ice cream.
Now for the prices?You may have heard that it's rather pricey at the Hard Rock Café. And it is. However, as the food and the service is so fabulous, it really is worth paying a bit extra for: Portions are massive, and it tastes wonderful: What more could you ask for?!
Average prices are £6 for a starter, £9 for a main course, and £4 for a dessert. Obviously, things like steaks and combo options are more expensive.
Since my lovely meal, I have visited the restaurant just for drinks, starting off a night out. It has a great atmosphere at the weekend, which is supported by the live music each Friday after 10pm.
My only gripe is that the drinks are very expensive, with a vodka and Red Bull costing £4.95, and a Bacardi Breezer costing £3.20.
Well, I think I've pretty much covered everything there is to cover!
I will most certainly be paying another visit to the restaurant very soon, to try some more of their lovely food.
I wholly recommend that you try out your nearest restaurant too!