Steak & Shake at No. 8 Lister Square*

I’m not sure when exactly it started, but it feels like there are a million and one great restaurants popping up in Edinburgh at the moment, and it can be difficult to find the time (and sometimes the funds) to visit everywhere. So, when I heard about a deal which sounds almost too good to be true, I had to check out No. 8 Lister Square.

I’ve never really checked out the development which has popped up over the past few years at Lister Square. Honestly, I’d written it off as being overly student-y, but more fool me – it’s an absolutely stunning cluster of bars, restaurants, cafes and apartments, the star of which is 8 Lister Square.

 

A super modern, glass-fronted restaurant, downstairs there is a buzzy pub, complete with pool tables and quizzes in the evenings, with the restaurant upstairs.

We popped in on a Tuesday after work, dying of hunger and all too ready for the almost too good to be true offer of Steak & Shake for an incredible £10 per person! Since it was early-ish, the restaurant was quite quiet, so we grabbed a table by the window, and got to work choosing our milkshake flavours.

After we both opted for vanilla (you could also choose flavours like Oreo) it was just time to sit back and wait for our Rump Steak (150g) and chips which all come as part of the deal.

Soon after a plate of steak, a sizzling hot stone and a couple of generous pails of skin-on fries appeared. I had no idea that this was a do-it-yourself job, and it was such a lovely surprise. It means your steak is cooked specifically the way you like it – and all you need to do is sprinkle a little rock salt on the steak, then you’re good to go!

So that you’re not sitting around for hours, the steak comes pre-cut in thin slivers which make cooking it an absolute breeze. Just spear a slice of Rump and place it on the hot stone. Within a minute or two, it’s time to flip and the meat is all crispy and charred.

As the meat cooked, we munched on skin-on fries, and enjoyed the milkshakes. It was such a fun, casual way to update a weekday supper. It felt like such a treat to go out for steak during the week, and to know it’s so affordable is absolutely incredible!

Steak & Shake is available Sunday to Thursday from 4pm until 7pm, so it’s the perfect place for a casual mid-week outing!

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