Wildfire Scottish Steak & Seafood Bistro
Cosy steak and seafood bistro where well-sourced produce shines.
Chef-owner Lesley McDonald is understandably proud of the provenance and preparation of the steaks and seafood in her relaxed and friendly Rose Street bistro. Drawn from a longstanding list of trusted producers, Tranent’s John Gilmour supplies the carefully sourced 21-day aged Aberdeen Angus, with options to add king prawn surf to the ribeye and fillet turf. Salmon, home-cured with beetroot, dill and Edinburgh Gin, is teamed with Loch Crinan oysters and tarragon-infused lobster gratin on seasonal seafood tapas platters. Cullen skink, bursting with smoked haddock, kicks off an evening à la carte that features haggis in mustard cream sauce and a mammoth pot of mussels and clams in tomato and saffron broth. An evenly priced set lunch and occasional one-course deal features charcuterie from Leith’s East Coast Cured, alongside blackboard specials like roast cod with salsa verde and mixed berry cranachan to finish. Outdoor tables emerge when the weather permits, while indoors it’s a cosy mix of dark timber and exposed stone with comfy bench seating and a warming wood-burning stove.
- Provides: Outdoor tables
- Music on stereo: Easy listening
- Capacity: 28
- Largest group: 10 on one table and 28-30 for lunchtime restaurant private hire
- Open since: 2002
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £19.95 per bottle