These days I tend to think more of it as a place to go for lovely cocktails, it's been ages since I've actually been there for food! So I was glad of the excuse to go, and see if it lived up to my memories...
Each Hard Rock cafe has a local option on the Legendary Burger menu, and Edinburgh's is (unsurprisingly) a Haggis burger, which comes with mull cheddar cheese, whisky maple mustard glaze and deep fried turnips. Now, I do heart haggis (have you tried it? It's amaaaazing!) but I am not yet convinced that it belongs on a burger, so instead I went for a classic - the Legendary 10oz. burger. This came with bacon, cheese, a crisp fried onion ring, lettuce, tomato and pickles. Proper hearty, American burger ingredients!
Craig (being vegetarian) picked the Veggie Leggie - a grilled soy patty topped with a portobello mushroom, zucchini, yellow squash and roasted red pepper. Most restaurants (especially big chains) tend to be very lazy with looking after vegetarians, so we were both SO PLEASED with how lovely and helpful the HRC server was!
When he ordered the server pointed out that the veggie burger used a meat-like equivalent (which he really liked, but appreciated the warning), and also offered to go through the menu with him and tell him what meat dishes could be turned into Craig-friendly ones. I always feel a bit guilty going out for dinner to somewhere that only has one or two veggie choices on the menu, so this was ace customer service, cheers Hard Rock!
Both burgers were super tasty and passed the soggy bun test (I HATE when burger rolls fall apart half way through!). It's obviously not the healthiest meal to have, but when you are in the mood for some dineresque food you really can't go wrong with Hard Rock.