Aah, Kyloe. So much to say about this restaurant. It’s now the second time that I’ve visited it and the food and service were both still great. Allow me to elaborate…
Kyloe is located on Rutland St. in Edinburgh and if you find yourself in this beautiful city and hungry for some meat, it’s about a 15-minute walk from the Central station (Edinburgh Waverley). The restaurant itself is located above a bar called The Huxley and it has a statue of a bull, (yes, you read right) standing right outside it so as long as you keep that in mind, you shouldn’t get lost!
The place itself has a lovely and relaxing atmosphere and the dress code is, well, whatever you want to make it. There were people there in sports gear as well as a 1950’s style green cocktail dress (me!). The waitstaff are friendly, knowledgeable and nothing was ever too much for them.
The menu itself is very centered around meat and in particular, red meat. The menu has real cowhide around it and there are framed images of bulls around the restaurant. there are fish dishes for pescatarians and the odd Vegetarian dish but by and large, it’s for meat lovers.
As you go in there’s a fridge showcasing their beef and chopping boards with steak on it that the waitstaff use to entice you with which cuts to go for.
It’s my personal belief that when dining you should try all three courses on their menu.. how else can you truly judge whether or not this restaurant is “good”?
To start with, we had some home-made herby bread that was still quite warm. This was accompanied by marinated olives. I’m not normally a fan of Kalamata olives as I find them too bitter but these ones were soft and quite flavourful. The bread came with a sauce. I’m unsure as to what was in it but it was cold and tasted of pepper. I did mean to ask but I’m afraid I got carried away. I usually do when it comes to food!
We then moved on to our main starters with Daddy choosing the Highland Wagyu Beef Shin. Wagyu beef is beef from Japan and tends to be quite expensive! Luckily we only had a little bit of it and it must have been slow cooked over hours as it was so soft and melted in your mouth. The beef was served on top of a Yorkshire pudding with some beef gravy that contained a small piece of Blue cheese.
I ended up having the Ham Hock and Black Pudding Terrine perfectly wrapped in prosciutto. The two complemented each other quite well although I did expect the black pudding to overpower the ham but it didn’t. The brown bits to the right of the salad are candied walnuts and yes, they actually went well with the terrine.
How can I go to a steak and grill restaurant and not have steak? Sure, they had other things on the menu but come on! It’s steak! We were going to have the Porterhouse steak (like a T-bone) but settled for ribeye instead. As an accompaniment I chose to have scallops but almost went for half a lobster. both were perfectly cooked. I have a thing about seafood being properly cooked because some restaurants tend to overcook it. The ribeye was incredibly full of flavour and perfectly seasoned, with the beef being Scottish and from a farm no further than 40 minutes away from the restaurant itself. Talk about knowing your beef!
As an addition, we decided to try their beef shin Mac ‘n’ Cheese. I haven’t ever had Mac ‘n’ Cheese with anything other than, well, cheese so this was a novelty that I needed to try and try I did.
Was it great? Yes. Did it add anything to the steak? Neither daddy and I believe it did but as a meal on its own, I would recommend it.
I was the only one that still had space for dessert so went for the Varlhona (a type of chocolate) Milk Chocolate Parfait. If you don’t like your desserts overly sweet, stay away from this dessert because it is exactly that- very sweet. It was melted chocolate marshmallow with chocolate sprinkled on top. Three chocolate bon bons finished off this dessert.
Yes I would and so should you if you’re ever in town. Kyloe is a restaurant that should get more reach and recognition due to its tasty food and fantastic customer service.