Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh

Friday, June 21, 2013

We all know I'm partial to the odd cocktail and a firm favorite place for cocktails outside of Glasgow is Edinburgh's Hard Rock Cafe.

Hard Rock Cafe's are famous the world over and Edinburgh's George Street is home to Scotland's sole Hard Rock venue and what a venue it is.
For those who aren't familiar with Hard Rock, they are a chain themed restaurants, jam packed with rock memorabilia with venues in almost every country in the world.

I popped along to the Edinburgh cafe a few weeks ago as I was in Edinburgh for an event. My lovely
friend Adrienne (a.k.a The Sunday Girl) came along too and I can safely say we were suitably stuffed afterwards, it took a lot of effort to leave.
The first thing on our minds was cocktails, Adrienne had a Pickled Tink which I also sampled and was a bit like a pina colada with strawberry daiquiri. I can't remember the name of mine but it was along the lines of a fruity Long Island Iced tea and was very tasty. I also had a raspberry margarita. I'm a huge margarita fan so this went down very nicely. If you order the larger size of drinks you also can take a special Hard Rock glass home.

After the distraction of cocktails we decided to get some Hard Rock Nachos (£9.75) to share while we waited on mains, honestly we were a little frightened at the sheer mountain of amazing, cheesy goodness that appeared. I was actually a little angry we couldn't finish them as they were really good. They could easily feed at least 4 people. The nachos came loaded with jalapenos, melted cheese, cheese sauce and pinto beans as well as salsa, guacamole and sour cream on the side. Ours were just basic nachos but you can also get chilli chicken, fajita beef or pulled pork on top.

I honestly don't know how we managed to make room for our mains afterwards. As Hard Rock is famous for its Legendary Burgers we each chose one of these. Adrienne went for the Legendary Burger (£13.99) which was a feast of a 10.oz burger topped with bacon, two slices of Cheddar cheese, a crisp fried onion ring, lettuce, tomato, and gherkins. I went for the S.O.B Burger (£13.99) which is based in Chipotle pepper puree and topped with Montery Jack cheese, served on a buttered-toasted bun with Hard Rock Guacamole, Salsa and grilled onions. The burgers are all served with seasoned fries. I was disappointed that we didn't manage to finish the burgers, we were totally stuffed but Hard Rock are one of the few places these days that will happily give you a box to take the rest home. The Mr assures me that both burgers are equally as good 5 hours later.

Unfortunately I was a little bit silly and managed to delete about 4 months of photographs from my camera so I've had to pinch a few of Adrienne's (you can also see what she thought about Hard Rock on The Sunday Girl) I've also added a few pics of a previous visit from myself and the Mr to Hard Rock at Christmas, I sampled the original margarita  as well as the jumbo combo which was a huge starter (def for more than 2 people) which included Santa Fe Spring Rolls, Hickory-Smoked Chicken Wings, Onion Rings, Potato Skins and Tupelo Chicken Tenders. Served with five different sauces for mixing and matching.

I've also tried the Famous Chicken Fajitas which was served across three plates, I'm a huge fajita fan and these were delicious.

The Mr got the Hickory-Smoked Bar-B-Que Combo with Bar-B-Que Ribs and Bar-B-Que Chicken which he said was a very meaty dish.

Hard Rock also has a fantastic memorabilia store within the cafe where you can buy some of the Hard Rock Cafe's famous tshirts, caps and pins. I need to get my hands on one of the classic tees next time I visit, I'd go for a mans version and cut it into a cool rock tee.

 To really experience The Hard Rock Cafe's you really need to go so if you are based in Scotland make sure you get yourself booked in at the Edinburgh venue, you won't regret it.
To make a booking visit the Hard Rock Edinbugh website or call 0131 260 3000.

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