“Excellent food and service”

Reviewed Sunday 28 September, 2014
A lovely address. Very attentive service, and excellent food. The decor is nice and elegant with high ceilings and airy feel. A very good experience.

“Quality restaurant at the Edinburgh Festival”

Reviewed Saturday 30 August, 2014
We are 3 couples who spend a long weekend at the Edinburgh Festival / Fringe every year.

Normally, it's difficult to find a good restaurant in the city centre during the Festival/Fringe that will accept bookings. Equally, prices tend to go up while quality of food and service tends to go down.

Well, Howies Victoria (just up from the Grassmarket) proved us wrong on all counts.

We managed to book our table in advance with no fuss, the menu and daily specials offered a wide selection of quality meals, combined with excellent waiter service throughout, helped make this a very pleasant experience.

In fact, the only down-side was the show we rushed off to see was rubbish! ...

On hind-sight, we should have stayed longer, relaxed, ordered our sweets, coffees and another couple of bottles of wine, with our own company for entertainment.

We will certainly be making our table booking for next year's Festival/Fringe.

“Lunch in Aberdeen for Under a Tenner 3”

Reviewed Wednesday 13 August, 2014
Tuesday is the day I am in town. I have a meeting at 11.30 and then meet up with a friend and we go looking for lunch. We are looking for good food at a reasonable price. We aren't looking for a boozy's the middle of the day and we are hungry.

We ended up on Chapel Street, as we had seen Howies previously and decided to try it. The glass window onto the street show comfortable arm chairs around small tables and a bar. Behind this area are a number of rooms with tables and chairs set up for dining. Each table was set with white linen, napkins and a quirky vintage brass candlestick with white candle.

The waitress sat us at a table and settled us in with menus and a jug of water. I do wish more restaurants would offer this costs very little and does add to the client's comfort. Howies offer a luncheon menu of 2 courses for £10, for a small amount more you can have a third course.

The menu was quite, meat, chicken or vegetarian options. We started with 2 different salads.. I had a fine crawfish and prawn mixed salad with shredded lettuce in a dressing. My companion had a salade Nicoise with hot smoked salmon, potato, egg and tomatoes...very nice.

My main was a hamburger and handcut chips. The hamburger was excellent - good quality meat that was well cooked on the outside and slightly pink in the middle. The bun was tasty and I liked having lettuce, tomato and pickles to top it off. The chips were very good as well.

My companion chose the fish and chips - a good sized piece of haddock with a mix of green peas and peas-hoots to the side, with hand-cut chips and an in-house tartar sauce. All delicious.

I will certainly be going back to Howies Aberdeen restaurant. I am sure their luncheon menu changes with seasonal offerings... relaxing surroundings, friendly and helpful wait staff, and good food. great value too.

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