It’s rare for me to be totally nonplussed when someone is talking about a city centre restaurant but a recent mention of Fogg’s Smokehouse had me drawing a blank. It turns out to be the hotel restaurant in the Ibis on South Bridge. I popped in to give it a try.
One level below bridge level (so several levels above Cowgate ground level) the place is quite a smart, conventional hotel bar restaurant set-up, with a smart looking drinks terrace that has the potential to do brisk summertime business. I quite liked it.
I wasn’t overly blessed with time so promptly ordered the burger, then took a moment to relax while it was prepared.
After a short wait, the item was with me, accompanied by fries and onion rings. I’d added some cheese to the burger for an extra 50p.
The cheese didn’t really add much, but the burger was really very good. The meat was succulent and flavour-packed with good beefy notes. The chips were very good, too. I was very pleased with things.
So overall, Fogg’s is doing commendably good work. I can see it developing a bit of a following as an under-appreciated spot, as so many of the hotel restaurants in the city are. I’d be happy to visit again.
Blythe scores Fogg’s
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: burger with fries and onion rings
I drank: water
I wore: lilac
Total bill: £10.95
Address: Ibis Hotel, 77 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1HN