Scotland is rightly famous for its steak and, if you love a good one, then you're due a visit to Kyloe Bar and Grill, Edinburgh's gourmet steak restaurant. Located centrally in the West End above the Rutland Hotel, they take their beef very seriously (Kyloe is an old Scots word for Highland beef cattle), using cuts from pedigree Aberdeen Angus from Scotland's top farms and butchers. Their love of cattle continues with a cow motif throughout the restaurant, an uber-Scottish tartan cow to greet customers outside and cow hide wallpaper and seating. Even the artwork is cow-themed!
If you're a steak novice or just like a good chat about what kind of steak you're in the mood for, Kyloe's friendly waiting staff are there to help. After being left with the menu for a wee bit after arriving, we were presented with a board of cuts and talked through the various steak options and specials available. This is particularly helpful if you're unfamiliar with some of the rarer steak cuts, such as feather cut. We were told that all of the steaks are aged for 28 days to enhance the flavour and juiciness, with the option for a 60 day dry aged steak to ensure the tastiest choice possible. The select breeds were also discussed, including the 100% Aberdeen Angus from Hardiesmill Farm from the Scottish borders and on this particular day, an American Black Angus steak, rich with marbled fats.
There's plenty on the lunch menu to tempt away even a dedicated beef eater, such as the grilled smoked Finnan haddock, served with Mull cheddar rarebit and a plum tomato salad (£11) and fresh linguine, with peas, broad beans, asparagus and crumbled goats cheese (£9). Other more meaty options include the classic mixed grill, a beast of a dish with lamb cutlet, pork sausage, rump steak, lambs' kidneys, grilled tomato, flat mushroom and fried egg (£13) or the lighter option of a Thai beef salad with crispy vegetables and soy dressing (£12).
It was hard to resist the steak though and we sampled the Aberdeen Angus and the Black Angus, cooked medium and medium well respectively. I'd enquired about ordering a steak whilst pregnant and cooked to 75 degrees medium well is perfectly safe in pregnancy, with the rich fatness of the Black Angus cut meaning that it could be cooked for longer without losing any moisture. The staff at Kyloe were so knowledgeable and answered all of our queries in a friendly manner. It was really nice to experience this service in a restaurant of this quality, there was no snootiness here at all.
Whilst the steaks were being cooked, we had some delicious freshly baked bread with butter and a chunky tomato dipping sauce. Our steaks soon arrived, cooked to perfection, with the medium well Black Angus having stayed juicy as promised. Beef dripping chips were a decadent accompaniment and the sauces were an excellent complement to the steak. The peppercorn had a sweetness with a nice wee kick at the end and the bone marrow had a rich flavour which enhanced the steak with every bite.
The steaks took a while to finish and it was great to take it slowly and have a natter whilst getting through these beauties. We were presented with the dessert menu and couldn't resist having a peek. Every single dessert sounded sublime but our favourites were the rhubarb and custard soufflé, served with rhubarb crumble ice cream (£7) and the plate of orange desserts, which consisted of a caramelised orange pudding, iced orange parfait and citrus rice pudding filo (£6.50). We were so pleased to have decided to fit these in as they were absolutely stunning and were some of the most beautiful we have tried in the city. The rhubarb soufflé would be our top recommendation, it was light and sweet with a punch of rhubarb flavour. The trio of orange desserts was also beautiful and a refreshing option for after a steak, with the ice orange parfait being a particular highlight.
Lunch at Kyloe was such a pleasant experience, a really lovely way to while an afternoon, eating one of our favourite meals. An essential Edinburgh experience for the serious steak lover!