A Room in the West End

Restaurant in Edinburgh

Scottish Bistro Restaurant

A room underneath a pub might not be your first port of call for a quality lunch. In fact, it might seem like the sort of place to avoid altogether.

But you would be missing out if you didn’t head down the steps in Teuchars to A Room in the West End, a cosy dining room tucked away on William Street in the heart of Edinburgh’s trendy West End.

Because here you’ll find a warm welcome – and one of the best steaks I’ve had in Scotland.

We ate here on a Friday, surrounded by local office workers, and zoned in immediately on the “favourites” menu, where a char grilled 10oz Borders sirloin steak served with grilled Portobello mushrooms, haggis, spiced wedges and balsamic tomato relish jumped off the page at me.

Several of my favourite words in one place – steak, mushroom, spiced, balsamic, tomato – and I was sold. I probably shouldn’t have started with the Dunsyre blue, aubergine, courgette and red pepper tartlet, leaving room instead for the steak, but it was delicious nonetheless and showed off this fab Lanarkshire cheese perfectly.

And then came the steak. Vast and served on a wooden board, it was instantly appealing. Cooked to perfection, with just the right texture and amount of pinkness, it melted in the mouth, and the haggis gave it a kick that added a real richness. The spiced wedges were a bridge too far for my appetite but stood up well to the flavours of the meat and the balsamic tomato relish was one of those sauces you end up scraping every last drop of from the pot.

There was no room for dessert (although the warm orange and poppy seed sponge sounded tempting) so we sat with a coffee and digested it all, agreeing that we would be back.

Helen Ochyra is a freelance travel writer and editor based in London

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Reviewer's Rating
Cuisine Scottish
Need to book Not necessary
Dietary Requirements Accommodated Yes
Clientele Locals
Restaurant good for Couples, Romance, Meeting up with friends
Cost per head Medium
Dress Code Casual
Dining Options Lunch, Dinner

Additional Ambience Information

The restaurant has free Wi-Fi available for guests to use.

Additional Price Comments

Starters from £4.45; Mains from £9.45 (Chargrilled 10oz Border steak £24.95).

Last updated on 27-04-2014

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