I joined Blythe on a humid Wednesday evening very much looking forward to an evening of delicious wines and tasty food at Rollo on Broughton Street.
Sitting at the bar for the evening, I selected a glass of Viognier to start, which turned out to be an excellently light and zesty first choice. The following Picpoul de Pinet was very nice, but despite Blythe’s protestations, the New Zealand Sauvignon blanc was rather better.
Next came the food all at once: gyoza, duck breast, scallops, garlic potatoes, red snapper crispy noodle salad. The scallops with pancetta and a creamy mornay sauce were delicious, soft and sharp.
The red snapper salad was a real highlight with crispy noodles, snapper and chorizo hiding amongst the rocket leaves. The duck breast and potatoes perfectly complemented each other. The red wines with the food were a Valpolicella and an appropriate “red bastard” for Blythe.
Almost full but not quite, Blythe and I ordered one more dish, the slow roast pork belly. Three squares were more than enough to taste the rich and flavourful pork. An affogato and espresso rounded off the meal, a crisp way to round off a delicious meal with tasty wines.
If you’re after a relaxed wine bar with an excellent selection and a tasty bite menu, this is the place for you.
Rollo on Raeburn Place quickly established itself as one of the hottest restaurant tickets in Edinburgh since opening back in November 2013. It came as little surprise to see owner Ailsa Rollo spread her fabulous wings further with a second place, which has taken over where Bonsai and Siam Thani used to trade. Having called in briefly to their launch party, I popped in for a proper visit several weeks after it opened.
Where the space previously held maybe thirty, it has now been opened out to hold perhaps double that with further room for more people to sit at the bar on high stools, where you can also quaff and dine.
I was joined this evening by Eleanor who previously quested to nearby L’Escargot Bleu. We exercised the dine at the bar option as that seemed a good fit to allow us to give the wine list, most of which is available by the glass, a good dunt.
The interior is very similar to the original restaurant with signature Rollo family sculptures and a compact and cosy feel. Cushions are emblazoned with the defining Rollo words – fabulous, darling.
The menu is familiar once more with dishes categorised as bites, bowls, plates, sides and puddings. Things are designed for sharing, so we hopped around between all sections, initially choosing five dishes.
There was duck breast in black cherry sauce, scallops with pancetta in a mornay sauce, roasted baby potatoes, red snapper and chorizo noodle salad, and gyoza filled with prawns and pork (respectively, not together).
Everything was delivered to a very good standard, but the snapper salad was outstanding as were the prawn gyoza. The potatoes were like crack.
We ended up adding some pork belly because…well, we wanted to keep on eating the deliciousness. It did not disappoint.
We rounded things out with amaretto affogato for Eleanor and simple espresso for me. These were delivered to the expected pleasing standard.
So overall, Rollo is taking all the best bits of the Stockbridge branch and tweaking them up a notch for the competitive and discerning Broughton Street market. The place is full of panache and verve. It delivers on flavour, fun and fabulousness, so make sure to visit soon.
Blythe scores Rollo
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16.5/20
Today’s questers were: Eleanor, Blythe
We ate: scallops, pork belly, duck, red snapper salad, roast potatoes, gyoza, affogato
We drank: wine, water, coffee
We wore: dark trousers, lighter trousers
Total bill: £112.75
Address: 14 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3RH