South Queensferry is a regular stop for us when SFR takes to two wheels and heads out on the road. As creatures of habit we tend to end up under the railway bridge (the original and still the best way to cross the firth) whenever we stand down and stretch our legs. But when Captain Blonde-Beard*, suggested somewhere new I thought, why not!
*a new character for the blog, Captain Blonde-Beard will probably feature more often, especially when SFR is on two wheels, and may even voice over the vlog, if we ever do it…
We went left instead of right coming through the village and ended up at Port Edgar down on the water, just under the original road bridge. In the dockyard, as well as loads of parking for bikes (or cars) some of the buildings have been up-cycled and now alongside the yachts and fishing boats you'll find Land Rover restorers, designer furniture sellers and our destination, Down the Hatch.
Down the Hatch is what happens when you get a Canadian chef, using local ingredients, to create a North American influenced menu, the result is awesome. Big sandwiches, Bagels, milkshakes and Poutine, oh yeah, got to love the Poutine! Down the Hatch allowed me to indulge in two of my faves, a Reuben served with a side of chips and cheese curd drenched in gravy. Blonde-Beard went with the Philly Cheese-steak sandwich and they set us back 11.75 for the sandwich and side. "Not cheap", I grumbled to him. "These better be bloody good sandwiches", I grumbled to him. The cheerful staff making me feel much happier as we ordered our food and we took a seat outside, (we didn't actually take a seat outside, there are plenty out there, so we sat on one, you know what i mean...) A short time later weighed down by two full baskets one of the staff members delivered us our lunch.
It was brilliant, they served two sandwiches that there was absolutely no way of eating without wearing half of the contents. The Reuben was stunning, the butter grilled rye bread was crisp and rich, the sauerkraut had a bitter bite and pastrami was piled high. Creamy Swiss cheese went everywhere as the flavour balanced the richness of everything else. I've had some good Reuben in my time, and some awful ones. This is deffo one of the all time greats, then when I finished I still had my poutine to go…! The triple cooked chips were crisp and crunchy, the curd soft and salty, and then the gravy was so smooth, it was perfect.
There were approving noises coming from my eating companion who was having far less success than I at getting the food from the plate and into his mouth, but what he was getting in he was clearly very happy with! When we go back, and we will, I'm going to be torn between having the Reuben again or the Philly steak because it looked great and Blonde-Beard assures me it tasted so!
Was it worth the money, you bet it was, obviously more expensive than a meal deal from the local petrol station, but this is authentic, fresh food and lots of it! Do I need to apologise for Next time you are passing through SQ and need lunch try something different and go Down the Hatch!