UK Nacho Review - Hamilton's, Edinburgh

Had the opportunity to stop by Hamilton's Bar in Edinburgh for a quick repast of their version of the Texas classic, nachos. 

There were a couple of issues which threw this particular nacho tasting off, first of all, I was going to be dining later on in the evening, so I didn't want to have too many. Secondly, the nachos had chicken on them, which is a problem, since as you might know from my other nacho reviews, I'm a vegetarian. 

However, in the interest of gastronomic adventures, I boldly pressed onwards. 

The nachos themselves represented a healthy portion, with plenty of fixings, including homemade guacamole and salsa on top. The cheese adequately covered the chips to beyond the required minimum and my dining companions reported that the chicken topping was adequate. One added bonus was that the jalepenos were extra spicy and hot. I ate a couple raw and had to quickly quench the fire on my tongue with some of the local craft ale. 

Overall, the nachos were solid and tasty, but nothing extraordinary. It's hard to put a finger exactly on what kept this plate of TexMex goodness from standing out, but even my dining companions seemed to agree. However, if you're in Stockbridge, Edinburgh and in need of a quick fix of nachos, you could do a lot worse than Hamilton's. 


UK Nacho Review - Shakespeare's, Edinburgh

This nacho review was generously sponsored by Mr. Douglas "Sherlock" Holmes. 

This past week I had the opportunity to sample the nachos at Shakespeare's pub on Lothian Road in Edinburgh. The nachos in question, as you can see from the photo, were topped with pulled pork. 

Now, long time readers of this blog will know that I'm a vegetarian and only review meatless nachos. However, on this occasion, I was drinking - and really hungry - so I carefully picked my way through some non meat tainted chips to deliver this review. 

Overall, they were some pretty average nachos. I can't comment on the pulled pork, but the cheese distribution on the chips was decent. The accompanying salsa, sour cream and guacamole were fairly non-committal. 

What stood out in its badness - and this is not just a dig at Shakespeare's but at many other UK nacho attempts in general - is that YOU CANNOT USE FLAVORED TORTILLA CHIPS IN NACHOS. This is a HUGE no no. Flavored tortilla chips both ruin the essential nacho taste combination as well as make me think you're hiding something. 

UK Nacho Review - Bailie Bar, Stockbridge, Edinburgh


The other night I had the pleasure of dining at The Bailie Bar in Stockbridge, Edinburgh! It was after a tough football/soccer match, so I was pretty ravished. I'm happy to report that the vegetarian nachos at the Bailie Bar fit the bill nicely. 

The nachos were dispersed on the plate in an even fashion,with most of the chips being in whole pieces, although there were a few crumbles here and there. Normally I dismiss most beans served with UK nachos, but the vegetarian chili on the nachos at Baile's was actually quite tasty. 

The cheese was equally distributed amongst the chips and the sour cream and guacamole weren't overpowering.  In addition, the cheese was a tasty white type, rather than the bland orange mush usually served with UK Nachos. A few jalepenos and a slight sprig of cilantro (coriander) completed the scene.

The only thumbs down was the lack of additional salsa for covering the few naked chips.  

Stockbridge nachos at Bailie's gets a thumbs up from this ex-pat Texan. 

UK Nacho Review - The Auld Hoose

Auld Hoose Nachos

Arthur's Seat is the name given to towering slab of volcanic rock that dominates the Edinburgh skyline. Similarly, the nachos at The Auld Hoose certainly dominate your table when you first see them and, unfortunately also like Arthur's Seat, they hold a hardened volcanic core from which no taste can escape. First, the good - lots of guacamole (not fresh, however), and plenty, I mean PLENTY, of nachos. the Auld Hoose is a heavy-metal, student friendly pub that's located near the University of Edinburgh. This plate of nachos is geared towards students looking to soak up their beer and not expatriate Texans looking for a taste of home.

The problem arises when you get past the first layer of toppings - there's nothing underneath, so you're basically digging through a pile of dry tortilla chips. The other major issue with the Auld Hoose nachos is the structural integrity. Sure, it looks like an impressive pile of nachos, and it is, but once you start digging into the structure it starts wriggling like the Tay Bridge in 1879.

The other problem are the beans - or peas shall we say. Although I know that black eyed peas are technically beans.....technically they shouldn't be anywhere near nachos. And I like black eyed peas.

Overall, Auld Hoose nachos are good if you're looking for a mountain of chips to fill your gullet, but not if you're looking for nacho authenticity. Go for the beer, not the nachos.