There was really only one thing I enjoyed about my time working in offices, and that was lunch break. At least twice a week we’d take advantage of a set or express lunch menu to get us through the week. Back then, you’d expect to pay between £6-£10, so Steak Brasserie’s Express Lunch for £8.95 is rolling back the years a bit.
We decided to try both the Express Menu and the A La Carte so I could cover both here.
I was initially a bit disappointed that the Express Menu was two set courses, no choices. However, both dishes ended up being amazing and excellent value, so I can completely forgive them.
First up from the Express Menu was a silky French Onion Soup. I make this at home so I have a good idea of what makes a good one – lots of onions, sweated right down, and the stock needs to have bags of flavour – this one ticked all the boxes and was topped off with a cheese crostini, just as it should be.
My starter from the A La Carte menu was the Pulled Pork Terrine. This was served with a smooth vanilla and cauliflower puree and a slice of truffle toast. The truffle didn’t really come through too strongly (which will appeal to some as it’s an acquired taste). I would have liked a second slice, but perhaps I’m just greedy. It was nice and no complaints but it was the French Onion Soup which stole the show.
I had the Express Menu main of Minute Steak Frites. Again, this was really satisfying and it was only £1.50 to add a sauce on, which was well worth it. Oddly, despite it being a fair portion, it was served on a small plate – this meant the steak was hanging over the edge of the plate a bit, and the watercress garnish was on top of the fries where it wilted slightly. I actually feel the smaller plate undersold the portion a bit, so perhaps they’ll consider serving it on a larger plate and all the components will get a bit more space to breathe.
I would definitely go back for the Express Menu, it was fantastic value and it really was all delicious.
Our A La Carte main was a Scottish Steak Burger with bacon jam. This went down well at the other side of the table, especially as the burger had been handmade. Interestingly they use a mix of mince with steak offcuts from both restaurants to make their burgers. The result was a successful one, and the onion rings were some of the best we’ve had!
We also had a side of Bacon Mac n Cheese, just, you know, because Bacon Mac n Cheese.
We hadn’t planned on dessert but were tempted by the Boozy Rum Cake with caramelised pineapple and coconut ice cream. This was a pleasant homemade dessert which could be elevated with two minor improvements – bit more rum to make sure the whole cake is soaked, and a bit more pineapple to balance the quantity of the cake. That said we ate the lot and would happily eat it all over again.
The service and welcome at Steak Brasserie made for a lovely atmosphere, despite there being only two tables in. This was quality food at a fair price that I would definitely return for.
Location: 12 Picardy Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3JT
Price: Express Menu £8.95, Kids menu £6-£10
Good for: Great value lunch in a smart setting, good service