“ 192 Rose Street, Edinburgh. TeL:0131 225 3636 „
Last weekend myself and my fiancee treated ourselves to 3 days in Edinburgh. On Saturday we were wandering about looking for lunch, keep to avoid the chain restaurants that fill the centre of town. On Rose Street we found Wildfire.
From the outside Wildfire looks smart without being fancy, and there is a menu board outside showing the full menu. There is also a lunchtime set menu which has 5 or 6 options for each course, and is £9.95 for two courses, or £13.95 for three courses.
The restaurant doesn't open until 12.30 for lunch, which almost made us go elsewhere as we were very hungry. However I'm glad we waited. Inside the restaurant is small, with only enough space to seat about 16-20 people. The waitress who greated us was very very friendly, and made us feel welcomed.
For starters we had the chicken liver pate on french bread, and the hot cheese, sun dried tomato and basil dip with garlic toast. Both were fantastic, especially the dip as it was very unusual but delicious nonetheless.
For our main course we both had Aberdeen Angus with fries. The meat was great quality and cooked to our liking, although we thought the fries were the downfall of the whole meal, as they were clearly bought in and were quite greasy. For such a high quality steak a few chunky chips would go a lot better.
We did look at the evening menu, but we would pay around £35 a head for 3 courses at the least expensive end of the scale, and that is more than we would consider paying.
Water was provided free of charge automatically, and as it was lunchtime we didn't get another drink. For £20 for two courses for two people, this was a brilliant deal and for great food and a fantastic atmosphere in the Scottish capital, you needn't look any further.
I have visited this restaurant twice in the last month and have found my new favourite eating place. Ever since I was a wee lad I have had a huge appetite and have loved seafood and steak Therefore it seemed logical that I should try this Restaurant in the Heart of Edinburgh.
This restaurant is a named a Steak and Seafood Bistro therefore you can probably guess what makes up the majority of the menu. To try and get a full taste experience I ordered a Brown Crab Claw to start followed by a Surf 'n' Turf Sirloin Steak Main and a Cheese Board Desert.
The brown crab claw starter was served with guacamole with a bit of a chilli kick to it. It was delicious the crab meat was succulent if a little fiddly to get out. The presentation was amazing. I was very impressed as I thought being a bit of a steak house it might be a little less flamboyant in the presentation and all about the flavours.
My only slight concern was about the size of the starter, this was to prove to be a blessing with what came next.
The main course of Surf 'n' Turf consisted of a Sirloin Steak cooked to your preference and some huge King Prawns on top. This Steak was delicious it was cooked beautifully to my exact preference (medium). It was incredibly tender and when you ran you knife though it the juices ran out a little. It was also huge filling half my plate. I had a massive grin on my face when it arrived at the table. The prawns this came with were cooked in a garlic butter sauce and drizzled on top of it with a side serving of French fries and salad. I would have to say a perfect meal.
For Desert I went for the cheese platter and I was impressed there was a perfect mix of cheeses and I it finished of the meal beautifully.
I wont pretend to know much about wine but I went for the house red which provided a lovely full bodied flavour to compete with the steak.
The staffs in this restaurant were incredibly friendly and helpful. It is marketed as a family run restaurant and I really showed. They were lovely.
The restaurant is decorated beautifully with stone walls and brown leather comfortable chairs. There was also a little wood burning stove in the corner which provided a fantastic smell to the surroundings. It was very atmospheric.
A three course meal for two cost me £89 pounds minus the tip which isn't bad considering the quality of the meal. The steaks on their own costs around £22. The house wine was around £13.
The only slight negative I can think of about this place is that the food is quite rich and heavy so the following day you may be left with a full stomach. My steak possibly had a bit to much garlic butter sauce on it and so I was left with a slightly garlicy flavour in your mouth. Having said that I loved it!
I would happily go back to this restaurant again and again. The whole experience left me with a smile on my face and confirmed my love of steak.
It was a very good night out, I recommend it!
a small family-run restaurant, specialising in carefully sourced Aberdeen Angus beef and Scottish Seafood, cooked simply but with flair and attention to detail.