It was my birthday last week! It wasn’t a big one or anything, and since I was attending court everyday (as a juror!) I was pretty tired and happy to have a low key celebration. My daughter stole the day with a little book of ’34 Things I Love About You’ – I have no idea why she did 34 when I only just turned 28, kids eh.
Seeing as Alex (aka Mr Foodinburgh) was working I decided to have a nice dinner out with my mum. The plan had been to go to Dishoom but the wait time was two hours and we were both hungry. My plan B was to head down Rose Street to Wildfire which has cropped up on the Foodinburgh Facebook page as a great place for steak. We didn’t get that far, the twinkling lights and menu at The Rosehip lured us in.
The Rosehip is under new management, although they don’t appear to have broadcast that, and there’s an air of really trying to up their game about the place. According to their Facebook page they have more whisky than any other New Town establishment, I can’t substantiate that claim as I had an Elderflower Collins – selected from a nice cocktail list, where, if my memory serves me correctly (and being only 28, it should. Ahem) there were several cocktails at £6.95 with the list extending to a couple over £10, which some may find a little expensive, even for central Edinburgh.
Onto the food then, I rarely choose steak when I’m out, preferring to be a little more adventurous both for my own taste and for reporting back purposes. However, a very reasonably priced Chateaubriand For Two caught my eye. More about that in a minute, but it explains why we decided to share a starter – Scallops with Black Pudding with Pea and Mint Puree. A popular starter and classic combination that you will find in many a bistro style restaurant now, what made this one that little better than those, was the charred flavour on the scallops. I didn’t enquire how they were cooked, but I thought I could taste coal (in a good way!). A great starter, well presented and executed.
Now back to that Chateaubriand For Two – 500g of beef, served with salad, roasted vine tomatoes, chips and homemade onion rings. All this for £45. Now if you have this dish regularly you’ll know that you’re usually paying around £65 for this weight – although some places, rather annoyingly, sell at market weight so you don’t really know until you get there. £45, IF it was good, would be very good value. Sauces are extra at £2.50, and that’s pretty standard at other restaurants too.
We ordered medium rare – I could get snobby about this, but I won’t – each to their own. The only thing I’m going to say is, if you get a great piece of meat like this, you might like to try just moving down a half level, it’s going to taste so much better and you might find you prefer it like that. Medium rare is my own limit and I think medium – medium rare is perfect, I’m not into blood.
The steak was perfectly cooked, there was plenty of salad and tomatoes to go around and the sauce was also generous, serving us both easily. The onion rings almost stole the show, but not quite. Perfectly crisp and obviously hand battered to order – it’s very difficult to beat simple things done well. The whole dish was delicious and excellent value, I really hope they don’t spoil it by hiking the prices, because this is the kind of dish you return to a restaurant for on a semi-regular basis.
Dessert didn’t shine as much as the previous two dishes, but it was perfectly acceptable and at the standard of most similar restaurants. We chose the day’s special, a White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Homemad Dime Bar. Presentation could have been slightly tidier, our panna cotta seemed intent on almost sliding off the slate entirely. The coulis was tangy and sharp which cut through what was quite a sweet dessert. The homemade Dime bar was on the edge, the caramel had been taken to that almost burnt stage, I like burnt things so didn’t mind it, others might be a bit more critical.
Overall an excellent meal and my ‘go to’ for when I’m craving Chateaubriand.
Location: 43 Rose Street
Price: Chateaubriand £45, cocktails from £6.95
Good for: Chateaubriand