Steaks at the Smokestack (Guest Blog from Dr Science)

Situated on Broughton Street, the Smokestack restaurant has plenty of quality dining alternatives on its doorstep, but this was the choice of my companion one rainy summer evening just before the Festival was in full swing.

The inspiration for this visit was a yearning for a perfectly prepared, simple steak and, having experienced the same at the Smokestack several years ago, on many occasions, it was decided to – hopefully – re-live the experience.

a VERY tasty Argentinian Pinot Noir

We were not disappointed, even to the extent of finding the same Drambuie sauce on offer – a promising sign as we made ourselves comfortable and pleasurably explored the menu.

Our arrival at the restaurant was instantly met with informality and efficiency as we were seated and served.  Very welcoming, especially after coming in from the unseasonal cold and rain.

So, to the meal.  The order was

Argentinian Pinot Noir

Bowl of mussels

Warm goat’s cheese on a rocket and walnut salad

Sirloin steak – medium, no sauce, English mustard on the side

Fillet steak – blue, with a Drambuie and mushroom cream sauce

Mussels and a Toasted Goats Cheese starter

The starters were very well prepared and presented.  The mussels were served simply in a cream sauce with tasty crusty bread and would have scaled up easily to a main course. Perfectly sized, this was the ideal start to the classic seafood-steak dinner.  My companion’s goat’s cheese salad was likewise, toasted on a rocket and walnut salad with a spicy coriander dressing and, I’m told, creamy and delicious.

Now, to the main reason for the visit, the steaks.  And it was immediately clear to my companion that the same quality, experienced years ago, had not changed.  Praise indeed from a great steak enthusiast.  The Drambuie and mushroom cream sauce too, was as remembered.  My steak could not be faulted, being cooked to order.

Steak with a mushroom cream & Drambuie sauce!

I would highly recommend this restaurant for a reasonably-priced, informal dining experience!

Smokestack, 53-55 Broughton Street, Edinburgh. EH1 3RJ 0131 556 6032

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3 Responses to “Steaks at the Smokestack (Guest Blog from Dr Science)”

  1. September 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Thanks for that ‘Dr Science’ and for the lovely meal to celebrate my new job! It was every bit as good as I remembered it from years ago and although I have recreated the Drambuie, mushroom & cream sauce many times at home, it’s never quite been as good! The wine was exceptionally good and the Irish Coffee a great way to finish off the meal before heading back out into the typical festival downpour!

  2. September 27, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    Thanks for the review, although it made me feel rather sad. I used to live around the corner and go to the Smokestack ALL the time. The food’s always great and the staff are out of this world.
    Now we live in Colinton it’s not see easy for us to get to there, but I’ve been inspired by your review and have planned a visit back to Smokestack for this weekend.

    Thanks again,


    • September 27, 2011 at 8:22 am #

      Me too Ian, I used to live in that part of town and was a regular visitor however since moving to the other side of town some 5 years ago I hadn’t been back. I can’t tell you how pleased I was to find my favourite steak sauce still on the menu and the same high quality!

      There was a voucher offer for Smokestack last week & I had no hesitation buying it despite my so far unimpressed view of these ‘deals’ so I have another visit to look frward to in the near future

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