By Maggie Millar
Fifty High Street
50 High Street, Kirkcaldy
Tel: 01592 641950
If food-lovers needed a new reason to frequent the High Street, they’d be hard pushed to do better than pay a visit to Fifty.
Not that the restaurant - yet to celebrate its first anniversary - is Kirkcaldy’s best kept secret.
When I visited early (en famille) on Saturday, the atmosphere was already buzzing by 5.30 p.m and the warmly-lit decor was particularly inviting on what was a damp, foggy evening.
So too was the welcome from staff who, despite a crashing entrance courtesy of my two-year-old daughter (a corner is now one-vase down…), were brilliant at dealing with young children.
Because Fifty has a pub on its ground floor (which, take note, offers cocktail masterclasses!) I’d often dismissed it as a go-to destination for adults with youngsters in tow.
But I was wrong. The chicken nuggets offered up to said kids in the restaurant upstairs had the adults genuinely interested - real juicy chicken breast pieces encased in an amazingly light crispy batter.
The eldest child (the other half) started off with scallops and they too were cooked to perfection; succulent with subtle flavourings, not drowning in an overbearing sauce.
The humble hamburger, a standard option in most menus, is often the acid test of a good restaurant and Fifty’s house burger passed with flying colours.
Again the ingredients were well prepared, the burger meat flavoursome and generous and the toasted brioche bun indicated a chef who pays attention to detail.
“Best burger I’ve had in ages” was the reaction.
I opted for the beef goulash (a popular option, I hear) with roasted autumnal vegetables and hand made chips and it didn’t disappoint.
The chips and veg were a hit in their own right - gorgeously caramelised carrots and parsnips with just the right bite - accompanied with a copper saucepan filled with a deceptively large portion of beef stew in a dark rich gravy. Despite my best efforts, and believe me I tried, I found it impossible to finish the plate.
Opted to share a lemon posset for dessert. Silky smooth, tangy, refreshing and thankfully light, it proved a fitting finale to a fine meal.
The average food bill for a family of four at Fifty is likely to be pretty close to £50 but you can taste and enjoy every morsel of that.
And that’s before factoring in professional, courteous service and a carefully considered wine list.
If anybody needs proof positive as to why it’s often better value to frequent an independent restaurant as opposed to a nationwide chain you have it at Fifty.
Do yourself a flavour favour and support your tastebuds by giving it a go.
Soup of the day
Chicken liver parfait
Scallops of the week
Autumn beef goulash
Proper fish and chips
Fish of the week
The Fifty High Street steak burger
10oz Sirloin steak
8oz Fillet steak
10 oz Rib-eye steak
Sticky toffee pudding
Ice cream and sorbet
Fifty High Street cheeseboard