So where do you go for a casual bite to eat with 4 adults, a baby and a dog in Edinburgh? Clerk’s bar was surprisingly a great shout. I say surprisingly due to first impressions; “just another craft beer bar with average food served by bearded hipsters”, I thought. However, this rather quick judgement was put to bed very early. We were made to feel relaxed from the word go, thanks largely to the staff who were so accommodating from start to finish.
We were originally sitting in one of the cosy booths upstairs, which wasn’t practical for a highchair. We resigned ourselves to waiting for one of the other tables to become available before we could order food. This was not to be however and the guys were kind enough to open up the downstairs area for us, complete with high chair for the little one, water bowl for the puppy and football on the telly for the boys.
Clerk’s bar’s food focuses on using a wide range of meats cooked low and slow. They also offer other American style bar food such as burgers and hotdogs.
For starter we opted to share nachos. The homemade tortilla chips were light and crunchy. They were topped with cheddar cheese, fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream and spicy jalapenos. They were very tasty and were far superior to the shop bought tortillas that bars often serve. The image below really doesn’t do justice to how good these nachos tasted.
For main I chose the Full rack of ribs. At £10 I thought this was a bargain. The ribs fell of the bone. The meat was tender and succulent. The rub had a moreish barbecue flavour but I felt the ribs would have benefited from being smothered in a sticky BBQ sauce as they were slightly dry. Served on the side was a juicy corn on the cob and crunchy, zingy coleslaw.
The only downside to sitting downstairs is that there is no table service or option to start a tab for drinks or food. These were only very minor complaints however. Overall the staff were great, the food was tasty and the atmosphere was relaxed and casual. We really felt at home here, and I look forward to returning very soon.
- Atmosphere - 8/108/10
- Food - 7/107/10
- Service - 8.5/108.5/10
- Value for Money - 8.5/108.5/10