RibayeMJ broke her leg. Both bones just near her ankle. The bone was poking out at a really funny angle. Not funny for her; funny peculiar. Momma, Sherry, was called, arrived from Alabama, and the NHS did good. The road to recovery will be a longish one.
A few days later with the onset of cabin fever keenly developed, a night in a nearby eatery seemed like a good plan for all concerned. The principal caring team of Sherry and Mandy mobilised the heavily medicated patient – lucid and smiley but not in the best shape for reviewing – and I loafed along to join after a Pokemon stroll.
Our destination was Ribaye, the second restaurant from the team behind the Kilted Lobster. It occupies the premises that for many years was Khublai Khan.
As their puntastic name suggests, the place focusses on steaks as the core offering. The cattle theme can be seen throughout with much hairy coo detailing. It felt a good bit classier than the previous place.
The menu covered the expected steak options, with a really strong looking starters and sides selection. Miriam’s appetite was a bit skew-whiff so she eschewed starters, but the rest of us piled-in.
Mandy chose the langoustines, while Sherry and I decided to give the roasted shallot soup a go. Before these arrived a little amuse bouche selection of herb-stuffed tomato, lemony creme fraiche on crispbread, and butternut squash toasts arrived. They were pretty good.
We had fun playing around with Mandy’s crustaceans before they were appreciatively devoured. Sherry really liked her soup and so did I, although it was seasoned to the very cusp of saltiness.
The main courses were where the place’s strength really swung into action. We had three fillet eaters, with our lean meat diners divided by a common language (“fill-ay” for the Americans, “fill-it” for the Scot). I acted against instinct and ordered the dish above the door: the ribeye.
Each of the steaks arrived with considerable weight and presence. My ribeye was excellent and right up there with the steak at Blackwood’s as the best in the city. The fillet was similarly warmly received.
Mandy got her comeuppance for daring to order sauce with her steak by the waiter bringing the mushroom side rather than the mushroom sauce, but this mistake was swiftly rectified.
Of the sides, the buttery butter mash was insanely buttery and artery-hardeningly good. The sweet potato and triple cooked chips were pleasing, as were the onion rings.
I rounded things out with decent espresso, then we were left to reflect on a really good feed and highly enjoyable evening.
So overall, we were very impressed with Ribaye. It has some kinks to iron out, but the steaks were extremely impressive and there was lots to like about the place. The location is a little off the beaten track so make sure to seek it out soon if you’re a fan of well-prepared steak dishes.
Blythe scores Ribaye
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20
Today’s questers were: Mandy, Miriam, Sherry, Blythe
We ate: roasted shallot soup (2), langoustine, fillet steak (3), ribeye, butter mash, duck fat chips, mushroom and tarragon sauce, onion rings, roasted sweet potato
We drank: cola, wine, sparkly wine, water, espresso
We wore: broken ankle chic, regular skeleton ware (3)
Total bill: £131.75
Address: 43 Assembly Street, Edinburgh EH6 7BQ