Tuesday, 18 August 2009
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Alfie's Place
Newbie but a goodie
THE FOODIE HUB OF LEITH'S SHORE HAS A NEW KID TO COMPETE WITH. THE NEWBIE IS LOCATED IN THE OLD SPOT OF A PLACE SO UNLIKE ALFIE'S PLACE THAT I DO NOT EVEN REMEMBER ITS NAME. ALFIE'S PLACE WANTS TO BE YOUR PLACE; IT'S RELAXING, FRESH, FRIENDLY AND SCENIC. WITH PRETTY, WHITE ORNATE CEILINGS ABOVE, THE WATER JUST ACROSS THE ROAD, BEAUTIFUL BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY ALL AROUND AND TUNES BY SIMON AND GARFUNKEL, THE BEACH BOYS AND FATS DOMINO TO SOUNDTRACK THE EXPERIENCE - IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO STAY AWHILE.
I start with the mackerel kebab (£4.95); the fish is charcoaled and spiced to perfection, speared with a skewer and served with slices of fresh cukes, diced tomatoes, coriander and raita. My friend's aubergine and courgette gougères with garlic yoghurt are like savory little pastry sandwiches: Creations as delicious as they are cute (£5.25).
My friend then has the baked hake for a main, served ingeniously with roasted celeriac, roasted potatoes and garlic butter (£13.95). She compliments the simple but great mix of flavours and how perfectly each item, particularly the fish, is prepared. My ribeye isn't as rare as I'd wanted but tender nonetheless and complemented exceptionally well with chunks upon chunks of fresh lobster atop, a beautiful, classic béarnaise on the side, plus homemade chips: a succulent surf and turf treat that excites, especially at this price (£18.95).
Desserts all sound up our street so we are offered a sampler and so I shall list them with our favourites first: Eton Mess (a mess of meringue, marinated fruit, cream and ice cream, £4.95), Bailey's panna cotta (£5.25), baked lemon tarte (£5.25) and chocolate and hazelnut terrine with orange anglaise (£5.25). I could probably rearrange that list at any given moment though, and would order any of them again and again.
Everything is made in house, down to the bread, mayo and ketchup, ketchup so good that they plan to bottle and sell it! And the chef is all too happy to deliver the dish himself or speak to all of the tables about their experience. Go there, meet these lovely people and eat their stellar food. Enjoy!
-63 The Shore
-0131 554 2194
-Mon-Sat 12-2.30 lunch
-Mon-Sat 5.30-10pm dinner
Also in Bite Magazine, September 2009