It was my first visit to Ziggys Restaurant in St Andrews, and I was intrigued to see it described as a family owned ‘themed restaurant’, decorated with rock and roll memorabilia. I was guessing it would be a bit like Hard Rock Cafe, but more personal and individual. If possible, I try to support local businesses, rather than national (or international!) chain restaurants.
We reserved a table for Friday evening, and when we arrived the friendly waiter showed us to our table. The restaurant is small and slightly cramped, but once we were seated we were able to take in our surroundings. The restaurant has been on this site since 1985, but has obviously had a fairly recent refresh. I liked the glass panels around the walls, with song lyrics engraved, and spent some time trying to match them to the songs. I must take my parents with me next time, as they’d be better at this game!
While we were studying the extensive but not overwhelming menu, the waitress brought a plate of tacos with salsa. Just right to take the edge off our hunger, and went well with the full-bodied red wine that I ordered.
My husband ordered the 6oz Sirloin Steak, and I decided to go for a classic bacon and cheese burgers. The burgers are made by a butcher just down the East Neuk in Crail, and accompanied by french fries and home-made coleslaw. The steak comes with onion rings, mushrooms and a choice of potatoes mash, fries or baked potato. Husband went for the pepper sauce with the steak.
The restaurant was filling up nicely, with a good mixture of locals and tourists. The background music wasn’t too loud, and it there was a pleasant buzz, without it being too noisy to chat comfortably. Ziggys takes pride in the authenticity of their memorabilia. No cheap replicas here, and they only show a selection of their stock, with new articles being added and exchanged on a regular basis. Signed photos, awards and even some clothing – such as a t-shirt signed by Madonna in the ladies loo. If you are a fan of music, then this is the place for you.
We didn’t have to wait too long for the food to arrive.
The only issue I had with the food, was how to eat the huge burger! It was packed with salad, bacon and cheese, not to mention the perfectly cooked burger, succulent and juicy.
The accompanying coleslaw was well made and flavoursome, and the chunky chips were a welcome alternative to the skinny fries that many restaurants now serve. Also a big plus for serving tomato sauce and mayo in bottle/glass, rather than annoying customers with those sachets that are impossible to open!
The portion sizes were generous without being overwhelming.
My husband was very pleased with his steak, which again was well cooked and accompanied by crispy fat fries (can you tell we really loved the fries!). The mushrooms were firm and tasty, and the onion rings extremely more-ish.
I loved that the dish came with a decent sized gravy boat of sauce, not just a little puddle. The creamy peppercorn was a bit spicy for my tastes, but then my spice-o-meter tastebuds stop at Chicken Tikka, so that isn’t saying much.
We both really enjoyed our meal, and will certainly return. I like that their burgers are sourced locally, and that they take obvious pride in the food that they serve, and in the service they offer. The waiting staff were polite and observant, without being obtrusive. The only tiny niggle is that there really isn’t a lot of space, but once everyone is seated, that isn’t too much of a bother.
Ziggys offers pretty good value for money – the burger I chose costs £8.55, and husband’s sirloin steak £14.95. The set lunch menu at £6.95 for two courses is a real bargain, as is the early evening menu for £11.95 for two courses and a drink. Check their website for times and details of these offers. These prices are valid at time of publishing, and of course may change!
We received our meal free of charge, in return for an honest review.
Featured Image courtesy of Kingdom Promotions/Ziggys Restaurant