Like most UK cities, Edinburgh is really big on burgers. New burger joints are springing up all over town. I've tried a few and definitely have my favourites. I was invited along to Foundry 39 on Queensferry Street by Leda who was invited along to review them for the student newspaper (you can read her review here) and I was excited by its really full menu and really central location. Perfect if you're on Princes Street doing some shopping!
We arrived on a Thursday night and the restaurant/bar was quiet but still had a lovely atmosphere. With mismatched decor and bare light bulbs this place has a really cosy, intimate feel to it. Pairing that with their really in depth cocktail menu and we were off to a great start. Cocktails in Edinburgh can be expensive but personally I'm willing to pay for quality. I started off with a smoked rhubarb and rosemary daiquiri and Leda opted for the watermelon collins. Both such unique flavours! And lovely presentation as well. The cocktail menu was not only extensive but also very unique.
To start off our feast we ordered a sharing plate of 10 caramel and chilli chicken wings. Which were quite frankly, the best chicken wings I have ever eaten. Served piping hot and wonderfully sticky we couldn't help but demolish these. The sauce was sticky and sweet but the chilli kick was definitely there. With several types of chilli they're definitely packing the heat but it was balanced out nicely by the sweetness of the caramel which almost had a honey like flavour to it.
After two courses we were feeling pretty full so chose to share a dessert. And when you see salted ricotta and Nutella pizza bites on a menu, you can't say no can you? These little dough and chocolate roll ups were delicious but a little heavy. We were glad we'd shared as I think that one portion per person would have been too much. The nutella had oozed out so we dipped the pizza bites into the chocolatey sauce and ate them all up. And then we were just about ready to be rolled home ourselves.
I was left with some pretty mixed feelings about Foundry 39. I was really impressed by the cocktails and food but just felt like the burgers lacked a little lustre. However, the chicken wings were amazing and I would probably go back so that I could order them as a main with a side as they really were something worth raving about. Whilst we didn't love the burgers, the company is quite new so I guess they need some time to find their groove. The service however, was absolutely amazing. We were really paid attention to. I'm not ruling out returning and I'd recommend checking out the cocktails and pizzas to anyone looking for somewhere to eat in central Edinburgh.
Foundry 39 can be found at 39A Queensferry Street and you can read their full menu here.
Disclaimer: this meal was given to my friend in exchange for review. There was no requirement for myself to also write a review and all opinions are my own.