Behind an unassuming exterior of a Georgian Townhouse in Edinburgh is one of the cities best Steak restaurants (probably best actually in my opinion), the aptly named ‘Steak’ does what the name suggests; it serves amazing steaks. Opened in 2012 Steak has been quietly working away winning awards and serving perfect premium cuts of beef in a beautiful theatrical setting. With spring in the air TLE were asked along to try out their fresh new menu. and boy we were not disappointed!
Background & Concept
Positioned across from the Playhouse Theatre, The Steak building is like Mary Poppins bag, walk in through the main doors and the spaces cavernous qualities become apparent. The main restaurant lies ahead, the bar Beer & Skittles off down to the right and its informal Steak on Stones restaurant to the left.
Steak has a theatre like quality to the space, a former ballroom has been re-imagined into a meat eaters paradise with the large space being brought down to size with suspended wood beams running from the high ceilings and backless shelving helping to add intimacy between tables. Green bankers lamps and candles provide a soft hue and focuses your eyes on on your plate, the space has a sophisticated look which works well with the food they serve.
The restaurant is all about the meat and these is no standard cuts of beef. The meat comes from Donald Russell who has been a Royal Warrant Holder since 1984 and supplier to H.M The Queen. Beef is matured for 21-35 days using traditional methods to being out the tenderness and deepens the flavour.
The spring menu (see here) is simple to navigate, for starters there is a selection of fish and shellfish dishes – why not opt for Pan Seared Scallops or Scottish Mussels, if you want something lighter I had the Grilled Sprouting Broccoli Salad, for sharing they have a platter with Mediterranean cuts of meat, olives and hummous for two. Or if you are going in at the deep end opt for their Classic Fillet Steak Tartare, with Quail’s Egg Yolk start as you mean to go on.
The mains are what people are here for and your eye is guided neatly down to the steak section. Steak is served in 4 cuts, Sirloin, Fillet, Ribeye and T-Bone and you can maximise the flavour by having any of them on the bone. If you are looking to share then their Chateaubriand or Cȏte De Boeuf is for you. For novices to steaks or if you just need a bit of guidance, the server will helpfully take you thought this section and there is a meat cuts board which is brought round so you can visualise the cuts better.
If you like a sauce to dip, they have all the classics which come served in a cute little saucepan and the sides are amazing, do opt for the skin on fries and onion rings!
If you are coming and not having steak there is a comprehensive non steak mains ranging from Confit Balmoral Chicken Roulade in a whiskey sauce, to Lamb cutlets, Hake and two vegetarian dishes (a Gnocchi and Risotto) which is quite a lot of vegetarian options for a steak restaurant!
I liked the wine list because there are not pages and pages and pages of wines. Instead there is a concise list of wines broken out by grape. For whites each grape has a ‘by the glass’ options which is very reasonably priced at all under £10 a glass for whites (see here). For reds half the decision-making has been done with the reds split out by Light, Medium and Bold, a genius idea I wish more restaurants kept it this simple.
What We Ate
For starters I opted for a lighter option of Grilled Sprouting Broccoli with Red Quinoa and dressed with Toasted Almonds & Tofu Croutons. It would be quite simple to make this bland but the dressing really brought the salad to life and was a great option before a heavy steak. My dining partner opted for the Slow Braised Duck Terrine which came with a port jelly and a sea-salt and Rosemary soda bread that also received the thumbs up.
We both opted for the same main – Fillet off the bone, medium rare with a béarnaise sauce. OMG it was delicious, tender soft and the knife slide through like butter. I didn’t even really need to use the sauce as the meat alone had so much flavour too it. The plate was wiped clean. We greedily opted for two sides each – which was folly as we were stuffed but we still finished them. I was glad to try them the chips are seriously good, on the skin, which I don’t normally like, but they were double cooked and incredibly crisp and well seasoned. We also had the sweet potato chips, Onion rings (another must order side dish) and sautéed spinach which was flavoured with nutmeg. It really was all incredible 10 out of 10 for everything I can’t fault any of it.
If you can squeeze anything in after your starter and main and I doubt you will there have a comprehensive dessert menu. I went for cheese, I am not sure how I managed I was stuffed, but I did and my dining partner went for the Lemon Loaf and Curd. The word ‘loaf’ sounds a little savory for a dessert but it is in fact delicious, more like a cross between a Victoria sponge and bread with a sweetness to it.
The Finances and Details
I absolutely loved my evening at Steak, the food, ambiance and serve are first class. It is fair to say that prices are premium at Steak but when it comes to meat you get what you pay for and what you get in Steak is perfection, superbly knowledgeable staff and a great atmosphere. I would highly recommend a visit!
Address: 14 Picardy Pl, Edinburgh
Phone: 0131 556 1289