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I’ve been struggling to find the time to blog recently, let’s put it down to a combination of severe man-flu and some chronic holiday blues after our trip to Croatia and Italy. Our blog has been seriously neglected!
At least we have an absolute corker of a review to get the ball rolling again, gather round as we tell you all about Leith’s new and exciting Steakhouse, Rib-Aye!
Firstly, what a pun! How has there not already been a Rib-Aye Steakhouse?!?
You can find Leith’s latest steakhouse on Assembly Street, a location which is no stranger to meat, having previously housed Kublai Khan’s Mongolian Restaurant. The offering at Rib-Aye thankfully is much less exotic than its predecessor, focusing on the best Scottish beef, lamb, pork and venison.
Rib-Aye is the sister restaurant to Kilted Lobster Seafood Restaurant, serving up the finest Scottish seafood since November 2015. Colin Hinds is the brains behind the operation, he has a passion for Scottish produce and over 20 years experience, having worked in France, Indonesia, Australia, UK (London) and The Caribbean.
We had Rib-Aye to ourselves for a bloggers meet-up, which gave us a great chance to explore the new restaurant and take an unnecessary amount of photos.
The restaurant is deceptively large, like the Tardis, only a bit longer. It even has a walk-in meat fridge, which we were invited into to admire the dry aged beef, it’s my first time in a fridge and my first time getting up close and personal to a chunk of meat.
We began our feast with a Charcuterie platter, featuring beautifully tender House Smoked Venison Haunch Carpaccio, indulgent Foie Gras Mousseline and a sublime Fillet Tartare.
The tartare was the standout of the trio, wonderfully delicate and seasoned to perfection – a great start to the meal, and one which had me even more excited to sample the steak!
Foie Gras isn’t something I’d order, personally I find it a little too rich, but Rib-Aye’s offering was light and incredibly moreish.
Taking photos of brown food never turns out well, especially when you can’t capture the wonderful aroma. This hearty French Onion and Oxtail Soup was delicious, a soup with incredible depth of flavour which paired beautifully with a dram of Smokehead – a rich and peaty Islay whisky.
There must be a way to photograph meat to make it look as good as it tastes, obviously I don’t have the required skills, perhaps I should have included a few sides in the shot. There were plenty of sides to include, but as soon as they joined the steak on my plate I dug in and forgot I was attending the event as a blogger.
This rib-eye was one of the most tender and succulent steaks I’ve ever had. Cooked to pink-perfection and well-rested, this juicy and flavoursome cut of meat was truly memorable (I’m writing this review a month after eating at Rib-Aye and I can still remember my first bite vividly).
We were soon surrounded by sides, our table was starting to look like a medieval banquet!
Although there were no vegetarians in the house, I expect they’d be pretty satisfied with the sides – providing they stayed away from the monstrously tasty lamb and haggis croquettes and the bacon with cabbage.
The chips were great, a plate of chips for the vegetarians.
I can’t stop thinking about this steakhouse!
In terms of price, Rib-Aye is pretty reasonable, especially when you consider the quality of the produce – a rump is on the menu at £16.95 and a fillet is £21.95. I’ll happily return for more of the same, but probably a little less in terms of volume, this feast almost broke me.
Although, there’s always room for cheese…
Cheese and a game of Buckfast roulette, one shot of Buckfast in a circle of Port. After a single sniff, I knew I was the chosen one – thankfully I don’t actually mind Buckfast and knocked it back with a bit of Blue Murder and chutney.
I had an absolutely marvelous night at Rib-Aye, it’s a great addition to Leith’s vibrant dining scene and one which I can’t wait to revisit.
It’s worth mentioning Rib-Aye are part of Cooking Up a Storm, a community project offering free cookery classes that champion fresh healthy cooking, creating weekly menus to support low-income families and individuals delivering fantastic fresh food on a budget.
Alongside Kilted Lobster, the restaurants’ chefs also prepare healthy meals for invited guests as part of the Our Guest for Dinner programme. Rib-Aye and Kilted lobster support families and individuals facing financial hardship. Guests from deserving communities are invited across Edinburgh for complimentary dining.
Thanks for an amazing night and see you soon!