Beer battered haddock ‘n’ chips and a pint of your finest real ale please! The Starbank does what it says on the tin – ‘pub classics’ – you know what to expect and are duly greeted with a menu that covers all bases, lasagne, burgers, steaks, and the odd global dish such as Chicken Tikka Makhani.
Recently refurbed the pub’s clientele are a mix of old and young who sit comfortably alongside each other in very welcoming surroundings.We dined during a fantastic sunny evening in Edinburgh and at the best seat in the house we watched the sun set over the Forth.
After a pint and a chilled sauvignon blanc were swiftly delivered by our cheery barman Ian, we perused the menu and major decisions ensued for Mr Predictable who was quite literally in his own wee foodie heaven. The more health conscious amongst us may struggle with the calorific menu but there are a couple of salads on offer along with jacket potatoes. (£4.89-£7.99)
Starters. I opted for the King prawn cocktail (£4.69), it’s a retro dish but if it’s done well it’s a classic and this was a pretty good combination of prawns, crispy lettuce and Marie Rose sauce. Mr P selected Scottish breaded mushrooms with garlic mayo (£3.99), nods all round. Mains, Mr P chose the Belhaven beer battered North Sea haddock served with chunky chips, peas and tartare sauce (£8.29). An absolute delight from start to finish for him, and being the fish n chip connoisseur that he is, it got the thumbs up. I chose grilled Scottish salmon served with lemon and herb butter, potatoes dauphinoise and green beans (£8.49). Potatoes were verging on the heavy side for me and the beans slightly overdone but an all round good dish.
‘Desserts folks?’ chirped Ian, ‘the Peanut Butter Stack is a good one to share’! Minutes later a huge pudding appeared that was a gastronomic hybrid of a snickers bar combined with a chocolate brownie with pouring cream on the side for good measure. Heavenly!
If you’re after good ‘pub grub’ the Starbank puts its money where its mouth is and has the hospitality to boot. Strolling back towards Leith eased the guilty ‘peanut butter stack’ pleasure! Well ok, kind of…..the pleasure was all mine 🙂
This review will appear in BITE magazine, August 2011, check it out.