This weekend I celebrated my birthday and I’d had my eye on Rancho Steak House since I spotted it a month or so ago. Situated at the bottom of Morrison Street, a stones throw away from Haymarket train station, this little gem is right next door to the well known Chinese restaurant Chop Chop. Luckily my boyfriend picked up on the hints and booked this place for my birthday. Right away we were met by friendly staff who couldn’t do enough for us. This is a South American steak house so straight off we ordered some Argentinian beer.
For starters I was definitely having the Guacamole Nachos and my boyfriend chose the chorizo sausages.
The nachos were so scrumptious and cheesy (just the way I like them) instead of salsa the nachos came with sweet chilli sauce which was a nice change when mixed with the guacamole and sour cream they were so moreish!
What I loved about the mains were that the majority on offer was steak, with some seafood and chicken options too. When ordering the steak you could choose a sauce and you could also decide how many steaks you wanted. I opted for the Combinación Ranchera which was fillet and sirloin steak with grilled tomato and sweet pepper. My boyfriend opted for Tres cranes which was exactly what it said on the tin – 3 steaks, fillet, sirloin and rump also accompanied with a grilled tomato and sweet tomato. The meat was the star of the show, you could choose either chips or a baked potato to accompany them. So we ordered one of each. I was glad I ordered the baked potato, as when added with the butter it was so soft and creamy. I initially thought that the chips looked a bit peaky in colour but I was assured by Gavin that they were to his liking.
We were intrigued by a tub of sauce on our table which had been there since we arrived, the waiter informed us that it was Chimichurri sauce, an Argentinian sauce traditionally served with grilled meat, made of finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, vegetable oil, oregano and white vinegar. He urged us to try it, describing it as the perfect accompaniment to the steaks. He wasn’t wrong, the flavours of the sauce went so well with the tenderness of the steaks.
I’d looked up Rancho on Twitter but they didn’t seem to have one so I tagged myself on their Facebook page to say that I was going for my birthday. My boyfriend and I were full to the brim by the time we’d finished – I probably didn’t need a starter! The waiter also offered to box up my leftover steak, which if I wasn’t going out for drinks after, I probably would have taken for a next day steak sandwich! Our waiter then asked if there was anything they could do as a new business in order to improve, which I thought was very personable. I mentioned Twitter and it dawned on him that I’d posted on their Facebook page. He came back a few moments later with a delicious piece of apple pie and some Spanish liquor, this was a very lovely gesture from them and obviously as the business grow they may not be able to do that for everyone, but I was touched and we gave them a tip for their truly tasty food and lovely service.
Rancho Steak House now have Twitter @rancho_edin and they have a website so please check them out and please go and try their mouth-watering steaks for yourself, it’s a cosy restaurant with a modern interior that won’t leave you hungry!