Compass Bar & Grill
Compass Bar & Grill
- 44 Queen Charlotte Street
- Edinburgh, Scotland
- EH6 7EX
- 01315 541979
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- 25 Main Street, Davidsons Mains
- Edinburgh, Scotland
- EH4 5BZ
- 01313 362437
17 February 2012
I’d like to thank those of you on Qype who have reviewed this venue already… I was killing time in the area yesterday (a Thursday evening) and decided to treat myself to dinner. After finding the reviews here I decided to do the 2 minute walk from The Links.
The two staff on duty were very friendly and attentive, I thoroughly enjoyed my pint and the menu was very fitting to the surroundings. I opted for the Stilton and Apple Salad for a starter (also appears to be available as a main course) and it was delicious. Sometimes stilton can be so strong it makes me weep but this was just perfect – with a great dressing that wasn’t poured on by the gallon thankfully. For main course I opted for the Wild Boar Sausages, which came with an excellent and plentiful garnish of parsnip crisps. While only two (large) sausages came atop the mash, they proved to be (almost) too much of a challenge for me, as they were very meaty and not full of the usual crap that make up sausages – and really filling!
The desserts were tempting me as I had managed to seat myself in plain view of the blackboard advertising such curiousities as a ‘Pimms Cheesecake’. However, being a greedy chocoholic I ended up with the chocolate truffle with raspberry coulis… slightly (very slightly) disappointed it appeared to be a pre-portioned bought-in effort but it was lovely and very moreish.
Everything was presented wonderfully and even down to my indulgence of a double espresso, the bill ended up at just over £22 which was WELL worth the delicious meal.
Suffice to say I don’t treat myself to a three-course meal as much as I’d care for, and extremely glad I chose this place. I wonder what it is like on a weekend night as the bar looked inviting to sit at. If this place does live accoustic music it would fit right in with a selection of lovely rums.
Pros: Almost everything about my experience. Music, atmosphere, candles, lighting, beer, menu choice, attentive yet unobtrusive staff, no twats in drinking Tennents.
Cons: Not enough stomach space to sample more! Maybe there should be comfy tub chairs scattered around some (round?) tables to make the arrangement less perpendicular ;)
19 September 2011
I live at Queen Charlotte Street and used to go to Compass often, however I’ve had an awful experience and sore tummy after visiting them recently. The chargrilled chicken I ordered was completely black covered with a generous amount of seasoning. Moreover, I asked the waitress kindly before to serve me a moderately spicy chicken. My night out finished with a horrible pain in my stomach, however I didn’t drink any alcohol at all. I would not recommend this place to my friends due to the waitress’s lack of attention to details and the chef’s lack of skillful cooking.
2 February 2011
The food here is awesome! I'm sad that the vegetarian haggis burger and the fish and chips medley appear to have disappeared from the menu, but this is still definitely one of the best places to go for lunch if you happen to be on Constitution Street. Really good atmosphere.
2 February 2011
My favourite pub in Leith for food. Always lots of good specials, the food is well cooked and the service is quick.
29 August 2010
This place is everything a nice bistro/bar should be. Warm and friendly, good service, great food, well priced and in a lovely building. We'll be going back.
12 August 2010
My dilemma here is whether or not I should tell you all about this lovely little secret of a place.. Praps you've walked past but never been in? Or praps you've never been down Constitution street, and lets face it its not the nicest area at the beginning, but the closer to the shore you get the lovelier it becomes..
Where do I start, ok I love the look of this bar all wooden tables and polsihed floorboards with lovely windows and exposed stone I LOVE exposed brickwork or stone work oh my goodness its beautiful... The rest is like a rustic red color with the most beautiful black and white photograps of Leith on the walls..
The menu is divine and vegetarians are well catered for, theres loads of fish dishes, there is also meat steak sandwiches and venison, but a good range for vegies.. I got the Portobello mushroom sandwich which came with cheese and a homemade relish, salad and chips, for £5.95 it was an absolute bargain, not only gorgeous but so big I could only eat half! My husband had the vegetarian haggis burger which was also huge and even he struggled and it was absolutely divine!!!!!
The most lovely bar in that area, great background music that just creates a lovely ambience, its the sort of bar you can spend hours on a Sunday afternoon in with a nice bottle of red.. Staff are friendly and the prices are really cheap especially for the SIZE of the food, such good value, good service, amazing food and just a great place to be.... My new favourite bar.
11 July 2009
Took my main squeeze out to lunch. We were heading for Suruchi too an old fav but it was closed so went a bit further down the street. Despite having curry on my mind, we decided to opt for this place.
A bar which serves food or a food place that serves drinks? Not quite sure where it comes but…..
I ordered the seafood platter at £8.95 from the specials board. Whilst the good lady was perusing the board, the chef appearef and recommended the Peppered venison steak with brandy sauce & chunky chips! Always one to take a tip that’s what she ordered. Neither of us were disappointed! The venison steak was rare & beautiful, a tasty morsel & the suace was to die for. My platter incleded oysters, smoked trout,smoked salmon, smoked mackerel, and crayfish tails, excellent I have to say! Washed down with a bottle of Magners, we left with smiles on our faces & at £30 a smile on the bank managers face too!!
18 January 2009
The Compass is a beacon of warmth and good food on a cold Edinburgh night. We wandered in accidentally, when sheltering from a biting wind. Both hungry, we settled to eat. Large sturdy wooden tables greeted us. A fire was glowing. Friendly staff smiled and effortlessly glided in and out of view at all the right times. We were well on our way to one of the most enjoyable experiences of the trip. This is simply a lovely place to be. It serves fresh, tasty, well-prepared, thoughtful food. Go - be impressed by the price and the quality. It’s a joy.
22 November 2008
We started going to Compass about 18 months ago and loved it because of the great, fresh food in stylish surroundings. It was always busy, however, it has gone downhill since then. Due to the tramworks it is no longer very busy and the cuts they have made are starting to show. For example, the last 2 times we visited were on a Sunday and the food was pretty poor. Apparently they get a different chef on a Sunday (hired from an agency) and the difference in quality is amazing. I ordered seabass and not only did it come in a completely different sauce and with totally different side dishes to the menu description, it was also almost completely raw! When I complained the waitress was apologetic but unsurprised - she mentioned that they had problems with the Sunday chef. When we decided to give it another chance on another Sunday I was amazed to see the same chef! This time, my Indian battered fish was completely tasteless and inedible mush. Needless to say, I have no plans to give the food here a third chance. It’s a shame because it used to be one of our favourite places for food in Leith. Sort it out Compass!
10 October 2007
Somewhere to come to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy mouth watering food. With a change of menu each day, and everything made fresh to order, all we had to do was sit back, wait for our friendly waitress to serve our drinks and enjoy the live music. This was our third visit there, and each time we are reminded to book, by people being turned away or having to wait for a table, whilst those around them devour what's on their plates.
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