One year together! That’s what brought us to this intimate Scottish bistro on Rose Street, an anniversary celebration that we wanted to be as low-key as possible. It felt as if we had stepped into a tasteful inn somewhere in the Highlands or Islands, but somehow we were just on Rose Street. Wildfire is friendly and unostentatious with good wine and delicious steak.
What I loved most about this restaurant is the unarguable Scottish-ness of it. If a tourist asked me for a local recommendation, I’d send them here. No gimmicks, no greasy food (there’s a time and a place for that!), just good Scottish scran. It’s all in the sourcing of local produce: beef from John Gilmour of Tranent, fish from the Ranaldi merchants in Granton, west coast mussels, dairy from Fife, cheese from Iain Mellis, venison from wild deer in Perthshire, and lamb from the Scottish Borders.
I’ll put my hands up and say the wine was Australian (although I have had a very good Scottish wine made from brambles once before), but if I told you it was by winemaker Hamish MacGowan of the Aberdeen Wine Company and that the wine was called Angus The Bull, I’m sure you’ll forgive me for straying from the pattern here. This particular wine is said to pair beautifully with steak, and I don’t disagree.
To start, I chose the grilled goats cheese crostini with cranberry, ginger and cinnamon chutney, and rocket. It was light, flavoursome and set me up nicely for the next course. Naveed went for the lamb broth special which was especially tasty I must say.
The real stars of the show were our Aberdeen Angus steaks! I chose the fillet steak with garlic butter and hand-cut chunky chips which was perfectly cooked and tender. I don’t eat steak often, so this was a massive treat.
Not only was the food and wine delicious, we were also one of the last tables in the restaurant before closing and at no point did we feel hurried or rushed. I will definitely be back! I’d recommend booking ahead if you plan to visit – it’s a cosy wee restaurant that fills up fast!