Visiting Hawksmoor in Edinburgh
A few months ago I was kindly invited to go and try out the food at the newly opened Hawksmoor restaurant in Edinburgh. I even put together about 80% of this post but for some reason never got around to publishing it! Well, this weekend my in-laws are in town and they are desperate to go check it out so I thought I would actually go ahead and publish my review now. Better late than never, huh?
The restaurant itself sits in the old National Bank of Scotland building so it has lots of character. But enough about the actual space, let’s get to the good stuff (meaning the food).
Starting off with some drinks…
I couldn’t say no to starting our meal with a nice drink. I loved the idea of their “anti-fogmatics”- drinks that are meant to wake you up. Exactly what the doctor ordered. I had a Fitzpatrick’s Aviation (Beefeater, Maraschino, Lemon, Fitzpatrick’s Blood Tonic), a soury small drink that was perfect to kickstart the evening off with. Robbie opted for a non-alcohol iced tea which doesn’t sound super interesting but let me tell you that it was the best iced tea I’ve ever had (and I’ve had my fair share of iced teas). It was packed with flavour and a tiny bit pepperminty.
They also have a really nice bar area right at the front of the restaurant that I can see myself chilling behind and having a cheeky weekday drink (also very Instagrammable).
Then we moved onto the starters.
Because Hawksmoor is primarily a steak restaurant, I decided to have the half lobster to start. And oooohmyyyyygod was I happy with my choice. It was the butteriest, most delicious lobster I’ve had in a very long time.
For the main thing.
Again, seeing as Hawksmoor is primarily a steak restaurant, I wasn’t going to say no to a nice fillet. I don’t often order a steak so when I do, it’s a treat. And let me tell you what a treat this was. I will hands down say that this was the best steak I’ve ever had in a restaurant. It was so soft and full of flavour. We went for a tomato salad side, chips and creamed spinach. I had a bernaise sauce and my husband went for the chimichurri. A freakin +++
And finally, the star of the show- the dessert.
And finally, the thing that Hawksmoor is best known for (or what I chose to notice on everyones Insta stories of Hawksmoor), the GIANT FERRERO ROCHER!!!!! I mean, just look at it! It has a gold sheet on top of it too. It is absolutely delicious. Hawksmoor is worth going to just to have that one dessert and nothing else. It’s definitely the cherry on top of the cake.
In summary, the restaurant is seriously one of my new faves in Edinburgh and is the perfect spot for a date night, special event or birthday. Everything that we had was beyond delicious. Thank you for having us and we can’t wait to come back this weekend!