Restaurant review: Rollo, Stockbridge

Rollo in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. Picture: Jane Barlow
Rollo in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. Picture: Jane Barlow
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They say that the best things come in small packages – and that formula seems to be working for Rollo.

As soon as we arrived at the compact restaurant in Stockbridge, I was relieved that we had a reservation; the stylish eatery is clearly a popular haunt.

Our table, at a window seat with comfy cushions, turned out to be a prime site for people watching, while we also admired the impressive wine rack which lined one wall of the cosy venue.

Rollo’s menu is best described as a mouth-watering list of Scottish tapas with a twist.

Keen to try a bit of everything, we ordered a selection of starter plates – haggis balls, crispy tempura prawns and deep fried aubergine pakora bites.

The elegantly-presented trio of starters were served with a variety of spreads and dips – including a homemade whisky marmalade for the haggis, which was a tangy alternative to the usual sweet chilli or tomato sauce. All three plates were delicious and set the tone for a similarly satisfying main course.

The fillet of beef I had ordered was cooked to perfection, served with rocket and parmesan and a side of incredibly moreish creamy garlic mash.

My companions were just as complimentary about spicy Thai green chicken curry and lamb salad bowl with rocket and roasted peppers, while the chunky chips we had ordered to share also went down a treat.

Despite how busy the restaurant was, the chic waitresses were attentive and didn’t once make us feel like we should rush to vacate the table.

Given the quality and service, the bill was very reasonable too.

Rollo, 108 Raeburn Pl, Edinburgh, EH4 1HH