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Los Amigos

The lack of steakhouses was starting to seem suspicious here in Edinburgh, that was until Los Amigos opened its doors earlier this year (sorry Vegans, you may want to skip this one).

Plato’s Los Amigos – £12.50

We started off with a sharing platter which consisted of 2 lamb chops, 4 squid rings, 2 corn on the cob and 2 empanadas with a side salad. The lamb chops were unusual, I don’t think I’ve ever had one where the tail end of the bone had been removed. I mean, I guess that stops you from having to scrape the meat off it; but thats the whole fun of it, now I was just left with a bone-less lamb chop handle that only tasted of fat. Who else likes to chew on a bone? … Just me?.

I felt the batter around the squid rings were a bit too thick for my liking. It was under-seasoned and the batter overpowered the squid.

The empanadas reminded me of my mums samosas. Again the pastry was quite thick but the mince lamb filling was delicious. It had a good pastry:filling ratio. My mums samosas obviously taste better (I know she’ll be reading this lol).

Thicker than a bowl of oatmeal

Chimichuri – complimentary

So I asked for a sauce to go with the empanadas, I could not eat all that pastry without a bit of ketchup or something. Instead I was given chimichurri, which I must say was much better than ketchup. It was refreshing and complimented the meat. The onions weren’t pungent either, which is something I worry about when I have onions; combined with the vinaigrette the onions became quite subtle.

Lomo Al Gusto Di Pimento – £21.95

Fillet steak with peppercorn sauce. The steak was cooked perfectly on this occasion but the seasoning was a bit bland, however, I reckon thats my inner desi-side kicking in. I’ve always liked the peppercorn sauce with a steak incase it’s too bland, that way it can be lifted up by the sauce, which was needed this time. The sauce hadn’t been completely blended, consisting of tiny lumps and balls of peppercorn. I didn’t mind this but I did find it unusual – I wasn’t sure if this was intended to give an extra punch or just sloppiness. I’d like to think it wasn’t the latter.

What an absolute beauty!

Beef di Chorizo – £12.95 with peppercorn sauce – £0.95

Verduras a la Parrilla – £2.50

Grilled mixed vegetables. You must be thinking… it’s literally 2 slices of courgettes, 1 tomato, 2 slices of pepper and a few bits of aubergine. I know they say less is more but c’mon now, it seems a bit minimalistic *hand on head emoji*. The presentation, of course, is great and if you’re on a diet then this would be even better for you!

Overall the bill amounted to £53.35 that was excluding any drinks. I feel this was good value for money, its rare you find a place where the peppercorn sauce is 95p, a few places I’ve been to really seem to overcharge with their sauces, so this was a nice change. As it is a steakhouse it’s expected to be on the pricey side, but from what I have experienced this is on the lower end of the scale.

I wasn’t too impressed on this occasion, however, I’ll have to come back and try the other items on the menu as there is potential.

But for now, farewell Amigos!

Address: 17 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2QB

Telephone: 0131 337 4477

Halal Status: Fully halal; Alcohol served on premises; No pork on menu

Parking/Travel: On street Parking available via pay and display, free after 6pm; 3 minute walk from Haymarket Station


Food 3/5

Presentation 3/5

Service 4/5

Facilities 3/5

Value 3.5/5


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