- September 27, 2014
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Restaurant Review – Foundry 39, Edinburgh
Foundry 39 is the first site of Revere’s brand new brand Foundry Project. Set on Queensferry Street is offers a unique hideaway from the outside world. With an eclectic array of cocktails on offer it’s sure to become a favourite with the folk after a long hard week. Fortunately for us we didn’t have to wait until the weekend to sample the delights of Foundry 39. We headed along last Wednesday evening to try out the food and have a nosey around. As I was dedicated driver for the evening, I tried out one of the mocktails on offer. I choose the passionberry core. It was delicious and very refreshing. It contained lime juice, passion fruit syrup, strawberries, raspberries, orange juice and each component worked well with the next. Mr E choose one of the beers recommended by our server and found this enjoyable as well. As we waited for our food we noted that the bar was quite quiet. We hoped this was an unusual occurrence otherwise Foundry 39 might not be around all that long. We have since seen other pictures and it looks like it was just that.
Our starters swiftly arrived, we had chose the nachos with spicy salsa, Monterey Jack cheese and sour cream. The nachos were delicious and when we asked why they tasted different it’s because they are twice cooked. The salsa was delicious packing a good kick but not overpowering. The only thing we would change was maybe the addition of extra cheese. We’re big fans of cheesy nachos and felt it would have only added to the dish if there was a little more.
Our starter was the right size to share and made sure we had plenty of appetite left for our main course which was just arriving. Trying to be a little more healthy I opted for half pizza and half house salad. The pizza was thin and crispy with parma ham, chorizo Iberico, beef ragu and salami pepperoni. There was plenty of topping on the pizza. The salad which accompanied my pizza was fresh and crispy, it was definitely more than your usual salad and pretty substantial. Being healthy went out the window when I spotted there was mac and cheese on the menu. There was a little mix-up with our order and this arrived a little later than everything else but it meant it could be enjoyed on it’s own. It was well seasoned, pasta well cooked and had a lovely cheesy sauce with big bits of bacon. Definitely something to order if your next in. Mr E opted for the Black & Gold burger which was a 6oz dry aged beef patty with black pudding, double cheese, American mustard mayonnaise and sliced beef tomato. He thought it was cooked well, remaining pink in the middle and very juicy. The burger was again a substantial size with all the toppings adding to the flavour of the patty and leaving you wanting more. As if the burger on it’s own wasn’t enough Mr E also added chilli beef fries to his order. These were delicious. The beef chilli was well flavoured and plenty of it topping the chips.
Now after all that we didn’t think we had room for dessert but our very helpful server convinced us that we needed to try the dark chocolate brownie, salted caramel sauce, toffee ice cream accompanied by a Berry & raspberry ripple sundae.
I have to say the brownie was probably our favourite out of the two. It was warm, rich and very moreish. The berry sundae was a little too sweet for us but there was a pretty good serving of ice cream and fruit.
Overall we had a good meal at Foundry 39. A special mention must go to the service we received as it was outstanding. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu, what worked together and what was their favourite. It’s always nice to know the staff working somewhere have tried the food and have favourite dishes. We probably didn’t need dessert but were convinced we couldn’t leave without trying it. After dessert we definitely didn’t have room for any more food and left feeling very satisfied. We’ll definitely be back to work our way through the cocktail list.
Foundry 39 | 39a Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4RA | Tel: 0131 510 6766
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