I was recently invited to try out Edinburgh’s newest Fish & Chip restaurant located on one of my favourite streets, Victoria Street.
Bertie’s serves up what it calls ‘Proper Fish & Chips’ in a restaurant style environment. As you approach there’s a fun picture opportunity which is reminiscent of being at the beach, a strange thing in the dark depths of winter in the centre of Edinburgh – but a good bit of fun!
Inside is huge, the seating is spread over two floors with a traditional style ‘chippy’ bar illuminated with the words ‘fry me to the moon’ – the fun theme continuing on the inside…
The menu offers a variety of dishes but the Fish & Chips is very much the focus.
Upstairs offers what I imagine would be a slightly quieter vibe. There’s a roaring fire for the colder evenings and some eye catching artwork. No expense has been spared on the interior, I loved it.
There’s also a private dining area, perfect for an informal gathering.
The Fish & Chips were predictably delicious (the family that owns Bertie’s runs many successful restaurants in Edinburgh, it didn’t cross my mind that they wouldn’t nail the food). I had the regular portion which was perfect for me.
Don’t leave Bertie’s without trying the Deep Fried Mars Bar – Scotland is famous for this dish but this was actually my first time trying it and it’s not as easy to come by as you might think. I can confirm it is delicious, ignore the food snobs that scoff, it’s a bit of fun and not sickly as I was expecting – though we did share one between us!
Bertie’s is a great new addition to Edinburgh. The city has many great restaurants but Bertie’s has managed to found a gap, and they’ve put a lot of thought into the execution and that shines through. I can’t wait to go back!