Miller and Carter Preview Night – 50% Discount on Food!
Miller and Carter have arrived in Edinburgh with their high end Steak House, making the capital the home of their first outlet in Scotland.
We registered for their discount evening where all food was half price to help them get their systems and staff training up and running before their official launch day.
Our visit happened about a couple of months ago and I had thought that this blog had been published but it was still in draft format….oops!
We have been back a number of times since this launch event and the food has been very good.
Miller and Carter increased the number of covers at the restaurant and have given the old Cramond Brig a slightly more high end feel with exposed brickwork, rich carpeting and new tables and chairs. The old bar area has also been given a revamp to make room for more dining tables.
The service on preview night was excellent with lots of extra staff and trainers drafted in from down south to help with any teething problems.
We were shown to our table and the “customer journey” started. Miller and Carter appear to have a standard way of doing things which is essential in such a restaurant. Once the staff become more familiar with their roles the customer journey from coming in to leaving at the end of the night will happen seamlessly, and without customers being aware, but at the moment it is a wee bit robotic.
We decided to really try out the menu and go for 3 courses and wine.
I opted for their Baked Cheddar Mushrooms which are Roasted Button Mushrooms and spinach in a garlic and cheese sauce with warm garlic bread.
Presentation was excellent with the Mushrooms lovely and hot in their own mini casserole dish. Quite often mushroom dishes are bland but this had great flavour with a lovely cheesy sauce.
Our other starter was Lemongrass and Chilli Tempura King Prawns served with Sweet Chilli Jam. This also got excellent feedback and was crisp and delicious.
Part of the Miller and Carter steak experience is their Palate Cleansing dressed lettuce hearts. We have never come across these before but think they are popular in the America. Whether it is effective or not we will leave it up to you to decide.
Just before your steak is served, you can choose to receive an Iceberg lettuce wedge with your choice of dressing. This is supposed to cleanse your palate in anticipation of your steak I chose a Stilton and Blue Cheese dressing and it was almost a second starter in it’s own right! If you have a budget for the meal – just skip starter and treat your lettuce wedge as the starter!
With your palate suitably cleansed now enter the main event.
Miller and Carter is a Steakhouse so steak is what they do best. They use selected Scottish Beef farms to provide their meats.
They say that Beef is a labour of love at Miller & Carter steakhouses. They put everything into pursuing the perfect steak, from the field to the butcher’s block to the grill, so only the finest, most flavoursome cuts make your plate. Their premium-graded beef is sourced from carefully selected cattle reared on sustainable Scottish farms. It’s then matured for at least 28 days, hand-prepared by their master butcher and expertly cooked by their chefs – for you to savour however you choose.
I decided to opt for the Rib Eye 12oz, described as “Bursting with flavour and almost as tender as a fillet – recommended Medium.
I usually ask for my steaks well done, but decided to go with their recommendation, resulting without doubt in the best steak I have ever tasted.
The steak prices are expensive but competitive with other steak restaurants in Edinburgh. However. where Miller and Carter win hands down is that all extras are included in the price. Each steak comes with a slice of their Famous Onion bread ( a bit like an onion bhaji but without the spices), Seasoned fries or jacket potato, the dressed iceberg wedge, lettuce leaves, tomato and a choice of sauce or butter.
The steak was beautifully presented, tasted amazing and was by far the tastiest steak I have ever eaten. We normally choose something different for each course, but we were both equally delighted that we picked the Ribeye. This leaves lots of other Miller and Carter steak options on the menu for future visits!
Now we decided at the start to have 3 courses but after all that, did we have any space left for dessert? Hmmm not much, so we decided to share the trio of desserts sharing plate!
This turned out to be 3 almost full size desserts!
Indulgent Tasting Plate: (1) A selection of white chocolate and pistachio iced parfait,(2) rich chocolate brownie and (3) sticky toffee pudding with vanilla bean ice cream.
In order of yummieness – 2,3,1!
Although Miller and Carter is a steak house, they have an extensive menu offering lots of other options from Burgers and Fish and Chips to chicken, pasta and a few vegetarian options.
Be sure to register on the Miller and Carter website as you will receive various offers throughout the year and on your birthday!
PS. Watch your wine bill. This can add on dramatically to the cost of the meal and the wine list is extensive and expensive!