This weekend I ventured into Edinburgh & tried B’est Restaurant on Drummond Street.
I had found a groupon voucher that amounted to three courses for 2 for £37. Good deal I thought, so I had to check it out!
First of all, I LOVED the decor. It felt like I was entering a time warp… But in a good way. It made me feel nostalgic to going to small restaurants on holiday that looked like they were stuck in the 70s but served some amazing authentic food!
However, this was a Friday night & expecting to arrive to a busy bustling restaurant, we were the only people there & our table was booked for 7pm. Odd I thought but it was nice having the restaurant to ourselves! The waiter was rather quiet & spent most of his time behind the curtains at the back of the restaurant. Which is understandable, we were the only people in the restaurant bar another couple that came about half an hour after us.
I imagine that this restaurant must be busy during the Fringe festival as the website boasts that it seats 120 guests & has hosted the show ‘Faulty Towers the Dining Experience’.
So… On to the food!
To start, I had mussels in a garlic sauce. A dish I often would choose as I’m wild about seafood! Unfortunately, the mussels were rather on the small side but the garlic sauce was flavoursome & it made a nice small starter.
Jordan had the soup of the day, a butternut squash & lentil soup. I can’t let him eat anything without tasting it myself. (To check for poison of course). But as a non-soupy person, I found this to be super tasty. If anyone has any butternut squash soup recipes, let me know! I would love to try & make this myself!
And for the main, this messily presented dish was a pork, bacon & cheese gratin with vegetable ribbons & fries. I won’t lie, this tasted good but it was more Sunday evening infront of the TV style meal than a Friday night dinner date meal. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I ordered this but it ticked a few boxes. Chips: YES, cheese: YES, bacon: YES, would I order again? NO.
After only trying beef wellington that I’ve made, I was anxious that Jordan was trying another woman’s beef wellington. But I was reassured that it didn’t surpass my endeavours. I love my beef rare in wellington & this was closer to well done. The unusual orange sauce (that was also served on my dish) was a nice accompaniment to the beef wellington.
I love love love a strudel but I’m sad to say I wasn’t overwhelmed with this either! I was hoping for lovely fresh pastry & the filling to still have some bite in it. This was a satisfying desert but didn’t quite satisfy my need for some seriously good quality strudel.
I feel like I may have sounded quite harsh but I feel that a good deal is only a good deal when you feel you’ve got your moneys worth. This unfortunately didn’t quite cut it. I’m a firm believer that you can have a great time no matter where you go, company permitting… & on this occasion, I feel that it was the company that made my night!
Value for money: 4/10
Overall, I would rate B’est Restaurant, 3.5/10. I really liked the 70s theme of the decor but this transpired too much into the food & the service was really reminiscent of Fawlty Towers. It pains me to say but I really understand why they host the ‘Faulty Towers’ event!
Thanks for reading!