Auld Reekie Tiki Bar
I’d really enjoyed my visit to the Tiki Bar and Kitsch Inn in Glasgow a while back so was pleased to note their plans to open an Edinburgh branch. The splendidly named Auld Reekie Tiki Bar has been trading on Frederick Street for a few months.
This was far from my first visit. It has grown a solid reputation as a late night drinking spot and is particularly popular as an after-shift spot with bartenders from the various nearby cocktail bars.
I sampled a concoction called a nuclear banana daiquiri slushie on this visit. It certainly packed a punch. They have a decent selection of fruity beers, too.
They’ve recently added a food menu. For now this is simply the Glasgow menu transferred east with some of the prep done in Glagow as their base of food operations. The style is fresh, informal Thai dishes all served on recyclable bamboo plates and bowls.
I sought advice from manager Ben on what was my best route to success. He recommended the king prawn starter then the beef massaman to follow.
The prawns were served with expected zing and heat from chilli and mango. It was a good portion of well-cooked, juicy prawns. It hit the spot dead-on.
The main course was a warming version of a Thai staple. Tender chunks of beef were accompanied by neat potato pieces in a deeply flavourful sauce. Simple, aromatic rice accompanied things to give the required substance to the dish. I enjoyed it.
So overall, I was glad to see Auld Reekie Tiki’s initial foray into food delivered with simple assurance. Given its basement location I’m not sure what level of business it will do for food during the day but as winter draws near I think it has the potential to become a favoured spot for a cosy and warming lunch or dinner. Come say hi when you do visit as it’s a place I’m often found propping up the bar.
Blythe scores Auld Reekie Tiki
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15.5/20
I ate: king prawn yum pla tod; beef massaman
I drank: nuclear banana daiquiri slushie; mango IPA
I wore: action footwear
Total bill: £26.73 (there was a 10% discount in here, I suspect, as I’m a fairly regular customer at the bar)
Address: 43b Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EP