I would say I am a fairly seasoned traveller when it comes to reviews - look at my number - and Madogs really is my favourite place in Edinburgh for many reasons, as I shall elaborate on.
I used to come here previously when it was more a pub/night club, and those days were interesting enough - But, it always quickly became really rowdy back then.
In contrast, when I was walking past (probably sept 2012) - I noticed a sign on the street, and decided since I was on my own I would pop in and see how it was, to try it out again. Well, what a shock! Since then, I have returned 2or 3 times a week, sometimes for food, sometimes for drinks, sometimes for both!
Firstly, the bar area has amazing lighting, lovely decor, and a very warm welcoming atmosphere - thats a huge plus for any place. Yet, the eating area is also peaceful and relaxed, and a warm appealing place to come for lunch, dinner, or drinks.
Secondly, the bar staff are incredibly friendly and welcoming, and I can say for sure anyone & everyone would feel welcome by every member of the staff here.
Thirdly, the drinks here are like works of art! If you order a cocktail, be prepared for the staff to spend time making sure it not only tastes heavenly! But looks stunning also! Thomasz truly has the knack of making the best cocktails to be fair, but they all do a great job. Kasia regularly goes and gets my favourite beer from upstairs when its not in stock (It's Peroni Red, you have to try it, if you like beer) - Now thats real cutomer service! From the manageress as well!! She is a star!
Finally, the food - The food is awesome! I have now tried 4 different items from the Menu, and everyone is cooked to perfection, and tastes awesome! If you like a real burger, give it a try (The british bulldog, or the bacon & brie) They are huge, from freshy ground beef, and the size of burger quite incredible! (It comes alongside a lovely side-salad & chips or baked pototo) - Many other appealing dishes on the menu to try!
Overall I certainly give this place a 5 out of 5, and would firmly recommend it too anyone for almost any occasion. I would not feel afraid too invite either any of my friends, my family, my colleagues here in the future.
A true gem of a place, and a remarkable turn around for Elio, Kasia, and her team!
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