Sat 19 Mar 2016
I met up with two of my friends earlier this month at Howies on Victoria Street for a long overdue catch up over lunch. It was a busy Saturday and we only just managed to get a table at their earliest slot of 12pm.
I thought the restaurant had a really cosy atmosphere. The building is actually carved out of the rock beneath Edinburgh Castle. The decor is very inkeeping with this historic setting, with paired back stone walls, wooden floors and unusual furniture and artwork.
The staff were very nice and quick to take our order. In fact they had to come back three times before we were ready to order (as we kept getting distracted by chatting!). I eventually decided on the beef burger with chorizo aioli and fries and it arrived about fifteen minutes later. The burger was slightly pink in the middle, which made it lovely and succulent. I didn’t realise they also did chunky chips, or I think I would have asked for them instead of fries. For dessert I chose the banoffee pie with biscuit base, toffee, banana, whipped cream and toasted almonds. Yummm! We all enjoyed our meals and it was clean plates all round.
We ordered from the lunch menu, which offered two courses for £10.95. The meal came to just under £20 each including wine and service charge. I didn’t really like the fact the service charge was added to the bill. We would have left about the same amount as a tip anyway, but I just feel it should be up to the customer to decide how much they wish to give to show their appreciation of the service.
Howies, 10-14 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2HG