Sunday lunching at 63rd and 1st Edinburgh

Saturday April 22nd 2023


Written by Midlothian View food columnist, Angela Muir

As readers of this column will know, I am a huge fan of a Sunday roast and when I was invited along to 63rd and 1st last week to try their recently launched Sunday lunch menu, I naturally jumped at the chance.

63rd and 1st is centrally located on Frederick Street and is a New York inspired cocktail and bar. The décor is absolutely beautiful in shades of teal and blue with comfortable seating and eclectic artwork adorning the walls. The main menu is very much focussed on smaller sharing plates, inspired by the street food scene in Manhattan but I was there for the roast experience and I was very excited about it too.

The Sunday roast menu has a choice of 4 starters, a selection of roast options and 3 desserts and is superbly priced at £24.00 for 2 courses or £28.00 for three. To start, we tried the Jammin’ chicken lollipops with chilli jam which were little bombs of flavour and packed quite the punch. We also had the “smoking” short rib croquettes served with a cheddar and onion dip. These were an absolute delight and my only slight disappointment was that I had to share them.

The stars of the show though were the fabulous roasts that we tried. First up, the most amazing roast sirloin, blade of Donald Russell beef. The meat was beautifully cooked and so tender and full of flavour. It really did melt in the mouth. We also had the incredibly tasty garlic and thyme chicken supreme, again perfectly cooked with the most delicious, crispy and well-seasoned chicken skin.

What also impressed here were the accompanying vegetables which really shone too. Each roast came with crispy roast potatoes, maple glazed carrots and a bowl of beautiful buttery greens. New York met Yorkshire with light and fluffy homemade Yorkshire puddings, which for me are an essential for any roast no matter what the meat.

The real gravy is definitely worth a mention too, rich and flavoursome and plenty of it. Vegetarians and pescatarians are also catered for with the 63rd and 1st nut roast with redcurrant gravy, and the haddock, smoked salmon and leek fishcake served with a fried egg with a mustard and chive cream.

Despite feeling happily full, we still managed to find room for dessert. Of the three deserts on offer, my stand out favourite was the Wee Big Apple Donut. These were two hot donuts filled with a spiced apple filling and served in a golden pool of silky hot fudge sauce and tasted incredible. If you have a sweet tooth, this is the dessert for you. The molten chocolate lava tart was also phenomenal, decadently gooey dark chocolate in a crispy pastry case and served with slices of caramelised orange and drizzled with bourbon syrup. Perfection.

Service was attentive, warm and friendly and the atmosphere was laid back and relaxed. It was such a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon and I will definitely be back. Have I found the best roast in Edinburgh?…… I think I just might!

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