I’ve written about the food in the Cafe Royal bar a couple of times, firstly when sporting a dashing bowtie then as part of a Grubcrawl. Both times I’d focussed on their seafood selection as I’m a great fan of popping in for oysters.
I’d previously overlooked the rest of their bar menu, which brings together one of the better sounding selections of pub grub in the city. I visited to see whether it was just fine words or tasted as good as it read.
The pub is quite beautiful inside with very smart tiling illustrating inventions and discoveries. It’s a signature Edinburgh bar and a classic of its kind.
I’m not a huge fan of their beer selection as it pales by comparison to the excellent Guildford Arms, next door, and service at the bar can be very slow, but I was visiting on a quiet Wednesday afternoon so things were prompt and I was simply drinking sparkly water, so all was well.
I have the whiff of Burgerquesting in my nostrils at the moment, so opted to put their take on this item through its paces.
The burger soon arrived looking quite bonnie. It was rather disappointing as after a decently beefy initial bite, it proved to be a very dry experience, lacking in succulence.
The chips were a good bit better with a nicely crisp exterior. They did the job of chasing away the lunchtime hunger much more enjoyably.
So overall, while I really like the menu at the Cafe Royal and continue to value it as a source of my oyster fix, their burger didn’t meet with my approval. When you visit, and you definitely should, make sure to steer clear of it and opt for one of the other dishes on the menu.
I ate: rump steak burger, chips
I drank: sparkly water
I wore: purple stripes
Total bill: £12.90
Address: 19 West Register Street, New Town, Edinburgh EH2 2AA