I had decided to put the quest for Edinburgh burger glory to one side, but due to a rather severe depletion of my spiritual nourishment, I found myself in need of meaty lunchtime succour, today.
Well, that’s not strictly true. I had planned to head to Eatings, on Rose Street, without a particularly fixed idea in my mind of what I would eat, but with the vague notion that it might involve soup. Upon arrival, I was convinced that a burger was the way to go.
The thing that convinced me was the gentle waft of burgery goodness emanating from their shop. And this was no accident. You see, they have a little burger grill set up in their window, for the very purpose of luring you in with meaty aroma. I love being manipulated by the aroma of meat, particularly when it involves me consuming the lure, so well done to whoever came up with that idea.
Their basic burger is £2.95 so extremely reasonable, cost wise. The patty looked impressively substantial as the genial counter man heated it through for me, adding cheese and brown sauce, as per my requirements, and sliding it in to a morning roll. I added some chips, because…well, because.
I had a decent walk back to the ivory basement, so I’d worked up a decent appetite upon my return.
For me, their burger has set the standard. This is what I expect a burger to be: juicy, meaty, substantial, encased in good bread, and profoundly satisfying.
The most obvious factor that they had right where other places have come up short was fat content. This was a well-done burger, but had remarkably joyous drippiness. And it was meaty; oh so meaty.
The chips were routine, and the condiments on offer were of the HP and Heinz variety, but that didn’t diminish the experience in any way.
So Eatings was an unexpected pleasure. I’d encourage you to visit. One of my much esteemed anchors to cheffy windward has been known to sample their breakfast rolls, and has signalled his general approbation. As far as I’m concerned, they met the requirements of a “good burger” better than most places I’ve visited, so far. At £2.95 a pop, it’s surely worth your while popping in and testing whether I speak the truth or not.
Blythe scores Eatings
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 14/20
Today’s quester was: Blythe
I ate: cheeseburger and chips
I drank: nowt
I wore: tremendous new suit
Total bill: £4.75