Review of The Mad Hatter for Bite Magazine

We visited the Mad Hatter in the city’s West End one quiet Sunday afternoon and found that much like its fictional namesake, the Mad Hatter Pub appears a little ‘mixed up’ perhaps reflecting the mid-gentrification phase of this area of town.

Décor comprises both cosy sofas and massive solid wooden benches and tables. A neat selection of Scottish and international craft beers, alongside a succinct but agreeably imaginative cocktail list including a delightful Edinburgh Gin Fizz suggest a quality offering. The basic boozer glassware, on the other hand could be bettered.

The Silver Fox, the fox Cub and I ate well on our visit, however a few niggling issues let down what is a pretty solid food offering. Despite being a little indy-kid, they still mimick  mega-pub menus with mixed results. We started with the winner of the day, crayfish with Marie-Rose sauce (£4.95) on toasted chunky bread. A nice change-up to the ubiquitous prawn, with its tangy sauce this showed off a retro classic well, and was served with a fresh rocket garnish.

My Edinburger Burger (£10) was served à la mode with wooden board, enamelware and it looked the part. Shiny brioche bun, onion rings, smoked Cheddar and haggis atop a slightly over-done yet decent minced steak burger. Accompanied by an excellent home-made slaw and crisp yet unsalted skinny fries, it satisfied the hunger. The Fox’s Burrito (£8.50) was served as described accompanied by cheesy nachos, stuffed with rice, chicken, jalapenos and salsa. Unfortunately, it was lacking in any seasoning or flavour; bland white rice with the odd piece of unseasoned chicken thrown in. The current Mexican Food Revolution definitely bypassed this one. A nearby table seemed to be faring happily well with mussels, fishfinger sandwiches and more.

Idiosyncratically enough, despite the toppling number of main courses (28 including all the variations; more options than there are chairs in the pub) there was one, single solitary dessert available. Sticky toffee pud (£4) was that lone ranger, and a hero he was too. Moist sponge, oozy toffee sauce and toffee ice cream. It was a nice end to lunch, and almost made up for the burrito…

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