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Cook your own steak, just the way you like it

No8ListerSquare steakIn the middle of what used to be the Old Infirmary lies a small square of culinary delights, and at No 8 you can grab a delicious after work bargain.

No 8 Lister Square is a ‘gastrobar’ in the heart of Quartermile, with bar, music and a pool table downstairs and a bistro/restaurant with a view upstairs.

Famed for its cocktails downstairs and milkshakes upstairs this relaxed and friendly venue has a new fun experience to entice the hungry locals heading past between the Meadows and the city.

The ‘Steak & Shake’ deal consists of 150g of rump steak, with chips and a milkshake on the side. The fun part is that you cook the steak yourself, on a large hot stone which is placed in the middle of your table.

Turning a meal into an experience searing your own steak on the stone means you can cook it just as you like it, provided you don’t get it stuck which is all too easy!

We enjoyed our meal a great deal and are already planning a bigger group to visit next time, I’m sure everyone will enjoy cooking their dinner this way.

No8ListerSquare details

The Steak & Shake £10 deal runs from Sunday to Thursday, 4 – 7pm.

No 8 Lister Square website

Illustrations drawn with pencil, fineliner pen and watercolour

A beautiful steak at Charwood, south Edinburgh

Charwood_steakVenture out of the city for a steak to remember, locally sourced Scottish beef grilled over charcoal at the new grill house and pizzeria in Fairmilehead.


I’m a huge fan of locally sourced food and produce, and partial to well cooked steak so when asked if I would like to sample the menu at Charwood Grill house I didn’t hesitate. Located in Fairmilehead in the south of the city in the premises previously know as Tusitalli, and you would be hard pressed to notice the difference inside, apart from the glorious smells coming from their Josper chargrill, using lumpwood charcoal which gives each steak an authentic smoky taste.


The sketch above is their mighty signature steak, the ‘Charwood Rib-eye’, and at 300g is a match for most appetites. Each mouthful melted in the mouth, and we devoured every gram. If you like steak then head south, just make sure you go hungry!!


Charwood website

Mighty fine dining

Steak_SaladFancy some fine dining this lunch time? Steak restaurant in Edinburgh has a new lunchtime menu with two courses of mouth watering treats for less than a tenner.


I took along my paintbrush and paper to capture each course as head chef Jason Wright, previously of Ondine seafood restaurant in Edinburgh, created them. The apple and walnut salad with blue cheese was crisp and fresh, dotted with sweet caramelised walnuts which combined perfectly with flashes of blue cheese.


The main event at ‘Steak’ is always going to be the steak, there are other choices; parmesan breaded chicken escalope with gremolata for example, or Scot pine gnocchi with mushrooms, cheddar and truffle sounded intriguing. But in all honesty it took just seconds to decide on the rump steak frites with bearnaise sauce. Juicy and perfectly seasoned the steak was delicious and the frites crisp and home made, and gluten free too which was a bonus.


This really is fine dining for a bargain price, the only trouble I had was not devouring the lot before I had time to sketch my lunch!


Lunch is available at Steak every day from 12-2.30pm, two courses (starter & main) for £9.95 – add a dessert for £3.50 / add a glass of house red/white for £3.50.



  • Steak Edinburgh website