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“These guys know their business” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mussel and Steak Bar

Mussel and Steak Bar
110 West Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2HH, Scotland
0131 225 5028
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Ranked #114 of 1,901 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: $0 - $47
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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“These guys know their business”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I have never … at all … ever … reviewed the same restaurant twice.

But for the Mussel and Steak Bar in Edinburgh’s historic Grassmarket I just have to make an exception.

There is a point, though. The last time I went, nine months ago, it was for dinner. This time it was lunch. And there is a difference.

Nothing different in the service however, the sheer quality, or the fact that these guys know their business. Just a slight shift in ambience.

Lunch at the Mussel and Steak Bar comes at one course for £7.95 … two courses at £9.95 and three courses at £11.95. So we three cheerfully ordered, and shared, haggis wellington with sweet tomato relish, brie tart with cranberry jam and smoked salmon and haddock terrine with oat cakes … and to refuse a bottle of house wine at a giddy £10.00 would have been simply bad manners.

Now my wife’s ½ kg of mussels cooked in chilli, ginger, cumin, coriander and lime, with a side of chips was pretty much what you would expect here. Top notch, beautifully flavoured but, visually, mussels are mussels.

My daughter’s chicken breast with roast pumpkin, sun dried tomato, croutons and parmesan salad was the usual cut above.

But my seafood coconut curry - with mussels, squid, cod, pilaf rice that had more taste than rice has a right to have, and cucumber raita – was just something else. (That’s when I felt a second review coming on.)

My wife, having watched my daughter and I demolish a £10 bottle of very quaffable rioja, decided to catch up with a personal favourite - the espresso martini cocktail – and justified it as part of the celebration of our daughter’s graduation with master’s degree from Heriot-Watt university the day before. Some people just need excuses for alcohol … as if being so close to Edinburgh’s whiskey joints isn’t reason enough!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Very good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Like most restaurants in the city, the restaurant looks uninspiring from the outside, and the setting is not breath-taking, but if you are looking for good food, this restaurant has it, at a reasonable price. We did not have steak, but can testify that the mussels are tasty and filling (an order was one kilogram)

Visited June 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Hearty fare, vegetarians need not apply”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I really enjoyed the food at this restaurant.We got, in my opinion, the best table in the place in the little alcove at the back of the ground floor. Big plate fulls of steak were enjoyed by all. The vegetarian in our group was less impressed with the 1 option for each course. Still, it is called the Mussel and Steak Bar! The wine was diabolical mind, but it was the cheapest option we went for.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“A Gem of a place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I booked a table here using information from Trip Advisor. I was'nt dissappointed. The restaurant has a lovely ambience. The staff were welcoming, friendly and helpful. The food was wonderful, steak was perfectly cooked. Had a dessert cocktail...espresso martini, absolutely gorgeous. Well worth a visit. Situated in a fabulous part of the city.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I've been here twice now in the past few months, both times were for lunch. I enjoyed the 3 course menu, selecting the salmon starter, the 1/2 kg of mussels main and ice cream for dessert. Highly recommended for anyone who wants an affordable meal and loves seafood - I will be visiting again in the future.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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