It was our second wedding anniversary on the 14th July (same day as French National Day) and we decided to go out for dinner. While I usually don’t track macros or stick to keto so strictly when having a date night, I like to have something that won’t kick me out of ketosis if I can. For this special occasion, we decided to go to The Rosehip, a small independent restaurant in the centre of Edinburgh. Part of the decision was trying out a place we haven’t been to before, and part of it was a great deal I found on Groupon (saving money is always a good idea). So, how does The Rosehip measure on the keto-friendly scale?
The deal we bought included two main courses, including a rib-eye or sirloin steak, so that was immediately a good sign, as steak is one of my go-to meals when eating out. The rest of the menu was packed with meat and veggies, with an occasional pasta or bread accompanied dish. I went for the sirloin steak, which comes with chips, onion rings and tomatoes. Wanting to keep it keto I asked to substitute the chips for some charred asparagus they had on the menu as a side, and it was no problem at all. I did keep the onion rings though; it was a celebration after all.
The husband also had the steak, with the chips and all, and I have to admit it was among the best ones I’ve had (my favourite is still from Rancho Steakhouse). I had mine medium rare, as per the recommendation of the waiter, and it was really tender and juicy! The asparagus were grilled to perfection and had a nice crunch to them without being too dry. The onion rings were deliciously crispy, and you could tell they made them from scratch. I’m often disappointed in onion rings in restaurants because they’re mostly dipped in so much batter that they kind of lose the point of the ‘onion’ part, and I feel sad for wasting my ‘cheat meal’ on them. The tomatoes were nicely served on the vine, roasted just enough to get the sweet flavours out there. Overall, the entire dish was extremely well composed, with flavours complementing each other perfectly.
As far as drinks are concerned, there is a bunch to choose from. While they are on the pricier side, you can get some quite lovely gins. I went with the Rock Rose Scottish Botanicals one, accompanied by a Refreshingly Light Fever-Tree tonic. The husband had a ginger beer, something I’m not a fan of, and an espresso after dinner. With the Groupon deal, we ended up paying only for our drinks, which was around £20. If you’re ever looking to go out for a nice meal but don’t want to break the bank, check out Groupon, this is the second dinner date we’ve had in a month and it was really worth to explore the offers the website has.
All in all, the Rosehip is a good choice for eating out while on keto, as you can choose from a wide variety of veggie sides that are not just potatoes (they even had roasted cauliflower florets). There is a good selection of starters and mains to choose from, and, while slightly expensive, the drinks list will satisfy even the most demanding customers. The restaurant itself is perfect for an intimate dinner, as well as for larger groups of people.
Keto friendly: 4/5
You can use my link to set up a Groupon account and go exploring: https://www.groupon.co.uk/visitor_referral/h/aa1145fc-f6b0-42d2-a719-2c37608f0132
The best thing is, it’s available in a bunch of countries, not only the UK! (P.S. they have extra discounts through Unidays for students)