My wee heart jumped for joy when I got asked to review Kyloe’s Sunday Roast. Have you seen their amazing photo’s on Instagram? The ones where the beef is cooked medium rare, with the abundance of crispy roast potatoes and vegetables served on wooden platters with lovely pots of gravy. Those ones that I’m sure alot of people drool over.
Well I went to get myself some of these photos and eat myself into a Sunday Roast stupor.
Passing Kyloe Coo outside we entered via The Huxley, met by their Maitre ‘d and whisked upstairs into Kyloe. Surrounded by lush leather and cow hide seating, the restaurant feels cosy yet light and bright with the large windows following the curve of the building.
It’s was busy. The place was buzzing and noisy from the groups of families and couples dining. (the photo above was taken later on in the afternoon when it had quietened down).
We were seated by the window and provided with menus almost instantly. My friend had brought her wee boy, aged 6, along and they immediately brought in a kids pack including a colouring-in book, crayons and stickers. Nice touch!
We were there to try out the Sunday Roast but I did have a browse of the kids menu and the A La Carte menu. The kids menu includes hot dogs, creamy mac & cheese and monkfish fingers served with chips, mash or vegetables. £7.50 for a main course, dessert and a soft drink is a bargain.
Kyloe is ALL about the Aberdeen Angus beef so obviously the main attraction is steaks ranging from Wellingstons to Cote de Boeuf to Wagyu Rump but there is a great selection of other meats including lamb and short rib as well as a strong selection of seafood including seabass, halibut and oysters.
Kyloe only do roast beef lunches (obviously as its all about the beef!) and the Sunday Roast is a roast rib of beef to be carved at the table (4 people) served with roasted potatoes, yorkshire puddings, creamed cabbage, root vegetables, pan gravy and horseradish cream sauce. It’s a stunning looking spread with ample portions and can easily feed 5 people.
The spectacle comes when they carve it at the table. The roast is cooked to pink so that its medium to well done on the outside and fairly rare in the middle.
The one thing I didn’t like is that they dish up the yorkies and a slice of the roast onto your plate then place it in front of you. The tatties, vegetables and gravy arrive at the table afterwards so you are left looking at a very empty plate for a few minutes. I’d much prefer it carved and then set in the middle of the table where everyone can then help themselves.
Now, just let me put this out there – no-one does a Sunday Roast dinner like my mum and for anyone trying to reach this dizzy height of perfection, their Sunday Roast components have to be outstanding.
My expectations are high and for me roast potatoes must be light and fluffy on the inside and when you bite into them you can hear the crunch. Unfortunately, these potatoes came with a slightly tough exterior and a chewiness to them. Still they tasted good, where piping hot and there was plenty to go around.
The creamed cabbage was great. Seasoned well with just enough cream to combine the cabbage without leaving a pool of creamy jus on your plate.
The root vegetables were parnips and carrots. Cooked well with a hint of bite and they tasted like they had been rolled in the pan juices from the roast, covering it in the lovely beef flavour.
The yorkies were large and crispy albeit a little dry and luke warm; but a great vessel for soaking up the gravy.
Now onto the beef roast. Four thick slices were carved from the roast joint and plated up. This left the ends and a few slithers of meat on the board. Luckily we all enjoy our meat medium rare and pink.
The outside meat that was well done was beautifully tender and soft whilst the middle was slightly chewy. I felt it required a little more resting time and lacked seasoning. Enjoyable nonetheless.
Our dessert, I felt was an odd choice. It was a slab of Polenta and Orange cake with whipped cream. After such a large, heavy lunch of meat and potatoes and yorkies to then be served a heavy, close textured polenta cake with thin cracked icing and a dollop of cream just felt like they had run out of ideas for dessert and had given up!
The cake was fairly tasteless and the only redeeming feature was the hit of orange in the icing. Very disappointing!
This is by no means Mums Roast but Kyloe does do beef well, they have the awards and accolades to prove it. The restaurant is amazing, the atmosphere was bustling and the waiters friendly but I had such HIGH expectations that I left feeling slightly disappointed.
Kyloe Sunday Roast is £100 for 4-5 people
Kyloe, The Rutland Hotel, West End, Edinburgh. Tel : 0131 2293402 www.kyloerestaurant.com
My Spoon Award : Silver 8/10