Having bumped into Our Beer Man when he was visiting Brewhemia a few weeks ago, I had it in mind to pop in for lunch at my earliest convenient opportunity. When a sharp shower arrived as I was nearing Waverley station, the fates were clearly with me so I crossed their threshold to shelter from the rain.
As mentioned in the previous review, a lot of money has been spent on the refit of the place and while it’s smart enough it doesn’t quite wow in the way expectations might be set from the rather grand floral framing of the doors and front windows.
On this visit service was a strength throughout. Things were kept very friendly and things were managed very efficiently.
Their menu offers various different options from hot stone steaks to small plates to main dishes to an extensive list of sides. It wasn’t immediately clear to me how best to approach things but I soon enough settled on the haggis scotch egg to start followed by the Brewhemia meatballs.
I was asked if I wanted these to arrive separately or both together. I opted for the latter.
Things were promptly delivered and looked a little lacklustre. The scotch egg was decent although a runny yolk would probably have worked a little better.
The main course was again a decent plate of hearty grub but rather nondescript. The saffron rice accompaniment was adequate but dull and the balls themselves were just a bit characterless.
So overall, the food at Brewhemia was underwhelming. There are some good ideas on show but the execution is a bit short of what they would be hoping to achieve. A big twist of pep and pizzazz is required as the dishes I tried today were muted, ordinary and very much lacking in paradigm shifting verve.
Blythe scores Brewhemia
3/5 for food
2.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 13/20
I ate: haggis scotch egg; meatballs
I drank: water
I wore: dark red shirt
Total bill: £16
Address: 1A Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE