The interior is smart and simple and is completely accessible. We were warmly welcomed one evening and perused the dinner menu (vegetarian options are available for non-meat eaters dining in a group). My dining partner plumped for the sirloin steak and plain mash, £18.95 whilst I opted for the rib eye steak with Stilton sauce on the side, £16.95.
We drank a chilled beer as we waited but were served reasonably quickly despite it being a busy evening service. There’s a friendly buzz at the weekends, but the restaurant can be a little quiet during the week and lacking in atmosphere.
The steak was cooked to our preference and not much conversation passed from either of our lips as we munched on our juicy steaks. The quality of meat is superb and despite the somewhat uninspirational presentation, I can’t fault the star of the show.
An appointment at the theatre that evening prevented us from having time for dessert, but banoffee pie and sticky toffee pudding are amongst the usual suspects on the sweet menu. We have also had the burgers from McKirdy’s which are very satisfying, as is the chicken dishes, but it’s the steaks that get my vote every visit. They also do a kiddies menu.
McKirdy’s is only a short hop from Haymarket station and is perfect at any time of the year, but really popular with pre-rubgy crowds, so be sure to book ahead when there is an event on at Murrayfield.
Verdict? Faultless meat quality and quite possibly the best steak in Edinburgh, but presentation and atmosphere sometimes brings overall rating down to 4 stars.
Suitable for disabled? Yes, ground floor even access and slope down to main part of restaurant and accessible bathrooms.