Review: The Tipsy Cow, Kirkcaldy

The Blue Moo burger
The Blue Moo burger
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We’ve all known this Kirkcaldy venue in various guises over the years – some with more longevity than others ...

But in its latest incarnation number 50 High Street has become The Tipsy Cow.

7oz fillet and fries

7oz fillet and fries

In case you were wondering (and apparently a few people are) this eaterie is not part of the Boozy Cow set up in Edinburgh but stands alone as an independent venture under new ownership.

So how did it stand up to the Fife Free Press test?

A colleague and I (with woefully hopeless wishes of becoming tipsy ourselves) headed along for lunch last week.

The decor hasn’t much changed from the Fifty set up, with the exception of a few logos on the walls, but the food certainly has.

Gone is an extensive gastro-pub menu with a Scottish twist in favour of a scaled back list with a heavy emphasis on burgers – and cocktails.

Take your pick from the Tipsy Burger with cheddar and bacon, The Scotsman with haggis fritter, whisky mustard mayo and onion rings as well as more far-out versions, including It’s a Bit Nuts, described as a “classic twist on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich” with house-made peanut sauce and tangy chilli jam.

I was tempted until the waitress told me the special that day was a 7oz fillet steak with fries and tomatoes for £9.50.

Done....medium, please.

Now I know that’s a cop out. Like the king’s taster I should be going out on a limb for the sake of our readers but, seriously, would you pass that offer up?

As it happened, I’m glad I didn’t because the steak was marvellous, perfectly charred and the peppercorn sauce on the side had real oomph factor.

My companion was less selfish and chose The Blue Moo – a burger with Dunsyre blue cheese, rocket, red onion and pickles.

Her reaction was less positive I think – the burger, she described as “nice”.

(Yes, she used the word nice ...)

It could have used some more seasoning she thought and the accompanying salsa lacked flavour. The home made coleslaw, however, was a definite hit.

Those not mad keen on burgers do have other choices – The Tipsy Cow serves up a good range of salads and sandwiches including a chicken and mango option and a goat’s cheese salad.

For those looking for a quick fix, the Tipsy Cow also does a “Feed Me for Fiver” deal; a soup of the day and sandwich combo served Sunday to Friday from 12 noon to 6pm.

Service was attentive, yet friendly and relaxed.

Our one regret – and it was a huge one – was that we couldn’t get stuck into the cocktails.

The menu is extensive and VERY tempting – as is the offer of five cocktails for a fiver each.

Ah, well... maybe another time.