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“Windhoek, Lions & Dessert Tomatoes”

Shebeen Morrison Street
Ranked #92 of 2,554 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $45
Cuisines: African, Steakhouse
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: West End
Description: Located on Morrison street this small restaurant has plenty to offer. Great food and a relax atmosphere all adds to this little gem in the heart of the city. 2 min walk away from the Usher Hall and a 5 minute walk to the famous Grassmarket area of the city
Reviewed July 17, 2014

Colombian Citrus Tomatoes

Shebeen Restaurant, Edinburgh - Wednesday 16th July 2014

A table for 9 was booked and we were a little disappointed that we had to give our order 24 hours in advance. In true food club fashion however, we examined the menu and made our choices. Then we played the waiting game.

We climbed the colourful staircase and entered the African themed room and took our seats, preparing for a meat fuelled extravaganza. As is tradition, the evening started with some refreshments. Ice cold Windhoek lager was served and very much enjoyed.

The waitress confirmed our pre-order and unfortunately there was an error – lamb instead of beef and as it was pre ordered this couldn’t be changed – Although the fault was probably at our end, this could have been avoided without the pre order but we battled on with another round of Namibia’s finest brew.

The starters arrived and the proportions were of delightful stature. I shared the Fanagalo with a fellow critic and when it comes in a bucket, you know you’ve made the right choice. Packed with a selection of Ribs, Meatballs, Sausage, Pork Belly & Beef Sosaties – Deliciously filling. Calamari was also a good choice, pleasingly fresh with a crispy batter and accompanied by a generous helping of garlic mayonnaise. A Beef Sosatie was devoured with a sweet relish which mingled perfectly and lamb Samosa – Soft, crispy and interesting to taste South Africa’s take on this world wide favourite.

Another round of Windhoek and a well timed rest before starting our main courses. The majority went for Steaks and you had a choice of size between a Cheetah (small) and Lion (Large). Being manly men obviously we all opted for lion. Succulent Steaks served on a large chopping board and partnered with a side salad, grilled mushroom, chunky chips (suspiciously like Potato wedges) and crispy onion rings. As the size of the steak suggests we ripped into the meat like Lions on the African plains. Fantastic food, extremely filling and very tasty. The Mixed grill was ordered which consisted of a mouth watering lamb chop, mini rump, homemade sausage & a fried egg. The final main to arrive was the Bunny Chow with lamb instead of beef. Although not what was pre-ordered it was still a great dish. Soft lamb in a beautiful Durban curry served in a hollowed bread for a satisfying belly filling experience.

Feeling rather plump and full of meat and beer we did the right thing… Throw in the towel…. NOPE! Another round of Windhoek and the dessert menu please.

The Capetonian Crumble came piping hot and full of exquisite fruits and crumbling crumble. Served with a vanillia ice cream complimenting the dish perfectly. A refreshingly refreshing Peppermint Crisp Torte delighted the pallet and was a heavenly end to filling meal. The majority of us selected the delightfully named Melktert. A sweet pastry filled with a creamy, almost porridge like filling. It was heavy yet heavenly and was supported by a small yellow Tomato. After discussions with waitress, we were advised it wasn’t actually a Tomato but we all know it was and aptly named it “The Colombian Citrus Tomato”.

Another great night and very much enjoyed – We were probably the loudest in the place so apologies but we like to create a vibrant ambiance wherever we go. Good value and good service.

Dankie

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Corne V, General Manager at Shebeen Morrison Street, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2014

Hi

Wow. what a great review.
We are glad you and the boys enjoyed your experience at Shebeen and we look forward to having you boys back again

Yellow tomatoes aka Cape gooseberries haha

Corne

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Reviewed July 16, 2014

we visited Shebeen a few times. very first time was over a year ago and since then nothing changed!its still as good as then! steaks are delicious and comes with salad. mushrooms and chips. you can choose from two different sizes and few different types of steak. The ribs are also delicious!!!!! and for a pudding you must try Don Pedro with Amaretto!!!! amazing.... looking forward visiting the new Shebeen.

as somebody mentioned earlier that some staff struggles to speak English, i have to say that it is South African place and staff are from South Africa so appreciate that they are trying to keep it authentic. Im sure you don't complain when on holidays abroad that people can't speak English. As many times we have been there i haven't met anybody who struggled with English.

Definately worth a try as the food is really good!

Thank Treciadiene
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Reviewed July 3, 2014

After my wife being recommended this restaurant by a work colleague we decided to try it out as i love my food and get frustated at some places when it comes to steaks...
All i can say is WOW...i had ribs to start off with which were beautiful and i actually picked the bone off the meat and put it to one side....my wife had a steak and king prawn starter and the beef just melted in my mouth when i tried it.
For mains we both had steaks and they were cooked to perfection and had that lovely barbecued taste.....one thing i loved was the big potato wedges as it never ceases to amaze me how some restaurants put down cheap frozen chips along with a £20 steak !!!!!
I thought the decor inside was very cozy and staff were exceptionally friendly.....will definetely be going back soon to try the monster burgers they do.....

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Corne V, General Manager at Shebeen Morrison Street, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2014

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We are extremely glad that you had a pleasant experience at Shebeen. We look forward to please again.

Corne

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Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

Gave a try with my friends before orange weds. The foods were amazing and huge portions. (i meany, really huge:-) atmophere was great. Friendly and attentive staffs. Will defo come back. If, only tiny slightest criticism, is the portion. Perhaps think of having two sizes for mains for rolls, chickens because I, as food lover (man) couldn't even start my main after finishing my starter. Overall, it was very good. Loved it.

Thank Jimmyleen
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Corne V, General Manager at Shebeen Morrison Street, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2014

Hi there

Thank you for the kind words. Here at Shebeen we are not just a0bout the portion sizes but also about the quality we provide. I will look into the mentioned points.
Have a good one

Corne

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Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

The steaks here were absolutely enormous as you can already see by all the pictures people have added. The service I have to say was great too.
Even though I cleared my plate and almost sucked the bones dry I still left having a feeling that this wasn't the best steak id ever had which I was hoping it to be. But it is still an great place.

Thank Owenfindlay
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Corne V, General Manager at Shebeen Morrison Street, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2014

Hi there

First of all i would like to thank you for the kind words regarding Shebeen. The portions are massive and the Steaks full of flavour. looking at the photo you posted looks like a nice big ribeye. I would always recommend our steaks especially the Sirlion.
Hopefully we will see you again and proof that we do probably the best steaks in town.

Corne

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