Choose a knife, choose a beer. Choose a f**king big salad bowl. Choose BBQ Wings, shakes, Green Chilli Slaw and some salt and pepper squid. Choose Chilli Cheese Fries and wondering how the hell you're going to eat it all. Choose starring at the menu picking mouth-watering, flavour loaded burgers, thinking you want it all. Choose walking away at the end of it feeling stuffed and impregnated with a food baby. Choose a knife.. I chose not to choose that, I chose something else..
I chose the undercounter menu.
The undercounter menu I here ask? This is a shorty daily menu that sits alongside the normal menu and offers something a little different but just as incredible as I found out last night.
To start, I choose the grilled octopus & chorizo. Six pieces of deliciousness on a stick followed by some mighty Hereford beef & pork meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce. When I say mighty, I mean mighty in size and taste. The sauce had a good kick now and again and was immense with the side of Mac 'n' Cheese that I ordered from the normal menu. You cannot go to The Tavern and not order Mac 'n' Cheese, it's law! This was all complimented by some Sprout Slaw. The name as it suggests is a sprout based dish but if it was called something different, you would never know so don't be put off by its name! It was mixed with carrot, onion and walnuts and a cracking dressing.
Other items on the undercounter menu include quince glazed St Louis pork ribs, devils on horseback and an incredible sounding dirty mac 'n' cheese with short rib, jalepenos & black truffle. I was torn between that and the meatballs so will have to go again before too long!
Check The Tavern out. It serves food from midday - midnight everyday! theluckyonion.com/property/the-tavern
For any of you who thought this was going to be a T2 Trainspotting review then all we can say is that it is possibly the best movie we have seen for years. For any fan of the original film, you will not be disappointed as it genuinely feels like you have just stepped back into the lives of Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie - the latter being just as mental and screwed up as you remember him. The acting has moved on a level as has the style of the movie which is everything as stunning as you would expect from Danny Boyle, yet keeping its roots around Edinburgh city center and Leith with a subtle nod to the original and even further back in the lives of the 4 main men . It's a modern masterpiece and just truly beautiful.