Having now been in The Mash Tun, it’s criminal that we’ve not spent more time in here. Mr Edinburger had been in previously for a few beers (many beers!) with friends and when he got home was raving about how good the beer selection was and how friendly the staff were. So when the chance arose to meet some more friends we choose here mainly because of the good atmosphere and because we live at the bottom of the hill so could roll down home if we had one to many.
After returning from our few days away up North the fridge was empty so we thought we’d head up a little bit earlier and have some food before the rest of the gang arrived. We carefully selected our beers and then the task of choosing what to eat. The menu is packed with all the classics, lots of burgers and pizzas. Apparently Mash Tun is known for it’s good pizzas but on this occasion we both opted for a burger with different toppings.
What seemed like only a minute our burgers promptly arrived and we couldn’t wait to get started.
7oz minced steak burger topped with haggis.
Mr Edinburger’s burger was loaded with haggis and served on a seeded roll. It looked the part and with the haggis spilling over he couldn’t wait to get tucked in. The spiciness of the haggis worked well with the minced steak and gave it an added flavour. It was served with a side of chips and salsa. The burger was well cooked as was the haggis, it hadn’t been blitzed to within an inch of it’s life in the micro!
The Mash Tun Burger – mincemeat pate, smoked bacon, goats cheese, chipotle sauce and onion rings.
Now you might think that we have gotten the burgers around the wrong way and that the haggis burger belonged to me but on this occasion I couldn’t resist the goats cheese and smoked bacon. I honestly didn’t think it would come out as towering as it did and I think there was a little bit of food envy from Mr Edinburger. My burger was again served on a seeded roll with a side of chips and salsa. In order to eat mine I had to eat the onion rings first and then squash it down. The goats cheese was warmed enough that it kept it’s shape and didn’t burn me when I tucked in. The chipotle sauce was lovely and worked well with the smokiness of the bacon and the tangy goat’s cheese. It could have maybe done with a touch more sauce as towards the end it was getting a little dry but once I’d added on the salsa this was remedied.
We think The Mash Tun should probably have a spot on our Top 5 Burgers in Edinburgh, only one problem, who to remove??
Overall the burgers were great,the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable on the beers they stock and it was a great evening. The Mash Tun is an excellent spot for grabbing a quick lunch or dinner and then spending the rest of your day working your way through the large number of craft beers in stock. Even if your not having food, it’s a great place to catch up with friends and watch the football or partake in their weekly quiz (make sure to book ahead).
The Mash Tun | 154 Easter Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5RL | 0131 661 3896 |