Taking over the Great Western Road premises previously
occupied by The Hebridean, The Loveable Rogue is pencilled in to open this
Thursday, 10th September.
Billed as a pub restaurant, it will offer 'flavoursome, hearty, home-cooked dishes'.
While it is the first solo venture for the new owners, Joe Lazzerini (pictured above) and Amalia Colaluca, Joe has a long CV including stints in Brian Maule @ Le Chardon D’or and Number One restaurant in Edinburgh.
While Le Chardon d'Or and Number One are at the fine dining end of the spectrum, The Loveable Rogue is aiming for a wider market.
Hearty, delicious food
Chef Lazzerini said:
'We will offer hearty, unfussy and delicious food that everyone can tuck into. The all day menu will introduce a very different flavour profile for our guests and will offer a welcoming atmosphere and homely feel - a place that needs no pretence to go along at any time of the day and enjoy!'
This means dishes such as chicken Kiev, curry; scotch egg with chorizo, rabbit rarebit and a plate combining pork, black pudding and apple.
Your blogger is delighted to report that there will always be three pies on the menu: an ox cheek; a chicken and mushroom plus a veggie pie of the day.
Seafood fans can reel in options such as octopus with black garlic; monkfish cheek scampi or lobster mac ‘n’ cheese.
Naturally, there is a selection of vegetarian dishes including cauliflower with smoked cheese and a celeriac and hazelnut combo.
Small or large plates
Many of the dishes are available as small or large plates and there are also sharing dishes of charcuterie and a chunky cote de boeuf.
The 5pm blog wishes the new venture every success. We also wonder what regulars will call the place?
The Loveable Rogue will almost inevitably be shortened to The Rogue. And it would not be a surprise if synonyms for Rogue came into vogue.
We always liked the fact that the long gone Raconteur, an elegant if enjoyably louche speakeasy in Edinburgh, was known to all and sundry as the less debonair sounding Racoon.
Other West End options
Moving on, if you are in the Great Western Road area and fancy a bite to eat before Thursday then you may want to cast an eye over the menus at Machair Bar and Websters - both of which can be booked via 5pm.