The first time my partner & I went to Kyloe we were celebrating his graduation with his parents (& thankfully not footing the bill). It was incredible & we kept saying we’d go back but always found something else to spend our money on, so when I spotted Kyloe on the list of locations taking part in the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival nothing was going to stand between me & a return visit. I was so committed I even booked the afternoon off work so I could properly enjoy it.
For those of you who live within travelling distance of Edinburgh, the Restaurant Festival is not to be missed. For ten days (it finishes this Sunday – the 18th) restaurants across the city are opening their doors & offering super affordable set menus for both lunch & dinner. The standard lunch menu at Kyloe runs to around £11 for a main, but my partner & I had a three-course meal for just £15 each – pretty sweet.
From the outside, Kyloe doesn’t look like much – it sits on the West end of Princes Street surrounded by fancy hotels & bars. The entrance itself is through the Rutland Bar, & the restaurant is upstairs so it feels quiet despite being on a busy road.
The interior is subtly expensive with leather, wood & cow-hide. It feels luxurious but still warm & comfortable, something that expensive restaurants often lack. It’s definitely not the sort of place where you feel awkward or embarrassed.
A big perk of the location are the fantastic views: along Princes Street, down Lothian Road & up to Charlotte Square. It’s prime people-watching territory & obviously my new Simply Be jacket goes great with the grey skies.
The food more than lived up to my memories of it. Despite Kyloe being a steak restaurant I wasn’t really feeling it yesterday, so instead I went for wild mushrooms on toast, followed by smoked salmon risotto, & a cookie sundae. It sounds like a lot but the portions were perfectly sized & we both left feeling content but not overly full.
Last but not least I want to give a shout out to the service. All the staff were super attentive & although it was clear that other guest were paying full price for their meal, it didn’t feel like we were treated differently because we were eating off the set-price menu.
If you’re ever in the market for a special meal out in Edinburgh I would always recommend Kyloe, & if you can make it to the city before the end of the weekend definitely check out the Restaurant Festival. There are over 30 restaurants taking part, & with £15 lunch menus & £25 dinner menus you can’t really go wrong.