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November 2012

Restaurant & Bar Reviews, Food,

Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Whisky, Listings

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Words

Leila Arfa

Louise Boyd

Mark Earl

Rachel Edwards

Nikki Fletcher

Lea Harris

The Insider

Stephanie Taylor

Sharon Wilson

James Wrobel

Subbing

Leila Arfa

Front Cover

Printemps Photography

Hello Biters!

T

weet tweet! This month we review both Three Birds and The

Blackbird, two exciting additions to Bruntsfield and Tollcross

respectively. Look out for details of upcoming events such as

the Yelp Winter Wonderland, the Woodwinters Big Wine Tasting, The

Wine Gang Tasting at The Assembly Rooms, Cocktails in the City,

Foodies and the Edinburgh Hogmanay Ball. The magazine is just a taste

of where Bite eats and drinks each month please visit our website for

even more reviews and deals on tickets. www.bite-magazine.com

In this issue

09 Review I Heart Café

11 Review Blackbird

13 Review Three Birds

14 Review The New Bell

15 Review The Canon’s Gait

16 Edinburgh Diva

What’s Hot This Month

17 Review Nobles

19 Beer

Cromarty Brewing Co Red Rocker

20 Yelp’s Winterfall Wonderland

21 Wine Seasonal Pairings

22 The Insider

Culinary Capital of the World

23 Gourmet Girl

The Wee Boulangerie

24 Healthy Eating Winter Smoothie

25 Healthy Eating With Real Foods

26 Cocktails Whisky

27 Cocktails The Last Word Saloon

28 Review

Afternoon Tea At The Dome

29 Off The Trolley Sour Relationships

30 What’s In Season Do I Give A Fig?

31 Listings

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Salt ‘n’ Sauce

a taste of what’s happening...

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Good Food Magazine this is a fabulous way to enjoy

Edinburgh whilst simultaneously sampling its culinary

delights at top venues. Tours start in the Old Town at

2pm and finish in the New Town at 5.30pm. Along

the way you will visit six premises and enjoy one of

their signature dishes plus a couple of wine tastings

and a malt whisky. More info at

www.eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk

Congratulations to Eteaket Tea

Boutique & Café, Edinburgh

for scooping two awards in the

Beverage Standards Association

(BSA) annual Awards.

Brilliant Breads – Scottish Chef of

the Year 2011, Neil Forbes, will be baking

at the next Slow Food masterclass at

Café St Honoré. The morning will cover

different breads, festive baking and will

include coffee and shortbread, a

2-course lunch and a drink for £25.

To book call 0131 2662211 or

email eat@cafesthonore.com


Skyscanner – This website revealed the

winners of their 2012 Airline Wine Awards last

month. Thomson Airways was voted as offering

the best red wine, Finca La Linda, Cabernet

Sauvignon 2011 whilst the top place in the

white wine category went to Lufthansa for

Peter & Peter Riesling, Mosel, Germany.

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There are two wine tastings to look forward

to on Saturday November 10th. Firstly

The Wine Gang’s Christmas Wine

Fair runs from noon-6pm at The Assembly

Rooms. There will be over 300 wines

available to taste, wine walks and an

optional programme of masterclasses.

www.ticketsoup.com.

On the same day Woodwinters return

with their bi-annual Big Wine Tasting.

Here there are over 60 wines to taste at The

Northumberland Hotel. Tickets are £15 and

there will be discounts for wine purchases

on the day. Bite has a limited number of

discounted tickets www.bite-magazine.com

Missoni have introduced their

Christmas Remix Packages

which can be tailored to suit 8-

40 guests at £45 per head. The

deal includes a glass of

Prosecco, 3-course dinner, DJ

and access to the bar area.

Enquires at info.edinburgh@

hotelmissoni.com


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Review: I Heart Café

Licensed café and coffee shop

T

he recession shows

no sign of abating.

Things are likely to

get worse. Wallets are

squeezed ever tighter,

benefits cut.

Pies, cakes and sweets

however, have held their

own. We may not be able

to afford a holiday but

we can all have a sugar fix.

Businesses that understand this are doing

well. This café is the reincarnation of Berits

and Browns. There was no market for a solo

wine/deli bar but people always want

affordable, sandwiches, coffee and cake.

Simon and Audrey the new owners realised

this and introduced a less sterile more

welcoming ambience along with a menu of

crowd pleasers that used as much local

produce as possible.

They have kept the good deli bits of B & B.

The café is still licensed and when I visited

last I ordered the spinach, leek and smoked

Cheddar tart of the day with dressed salad

leaves and roasted veg. My friend the ultra

health conscious Tracy Griffen had tortilla

with the same (both £5.50). She said the

tortilla held together well was not too oily

and the potato was soft and tasty. She

thought the roast veg however, was ‘a little

salty’. I thought my meal was a good tasty

plate of food and value

for money. A fresh mango

and orange juice (£1.90)

was a refreshing, vitamin

packed lubricant.

The platters look great

and I definitely intend to

try one on my next visit.

Consider the Spanish

Platter a wedge of tortilla,

chorizo, olives, manchego cheese, quince jam,

dipping oils & crusty bread or the Middle

Eastern Platter, stuffed vine leaves, giant

couscous salad, hummus, sweet & spicy

stuffed peppers, roasted vegetables & grilled

pitta bread (£8.95 and £7.95 respectively).

I was definitely up for a traybake (I always am)

and chose the chocolate, walnut and pecan

tiffin with a good strong cappuccino (2 shots

are standard). Next time I also intend to try

the much lauded beignet, this café is known

for its beignets! Next time…. (S. Wilson)

I Heart Café

– 26-27 Haddington Place,

Edinburgh EH7 4AF

– 0131 556 1672

– www.i-heart-cafe.co.uk

Opening hours

Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri 8am-6pm;

Wed 8am-10pm (open mic)

Sat 10am - 6pm; Sun 10am - 5pm

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e-ba-boom

Well-established and well-loved salon with

a team of friendly stylists who are

passionate about hair. Specialists in haircutting,

colour, extensions, make-up and

wedding hair. Friendly, relaxed ambience.

37 Leith St Edinburgh EH1 3AT

0131 556 9999

info@bebaboom.co.uk


Review: The Blackbird

ollcross has always had

something of a no-man’s

Tland air about it when it

comes to eating and drinking

spots. Beyond the old-school

pubs, (and with the exception of

The Apartment & Henricks), lately

there haven’t been any real go-to

places. Until now.

Landing in the middle of Leven Street is The

Blackbird, the latest project from Martin & Colin of

Hamilton’s & Treacle fame. The interior gives the

eye plenty to catch upon, including original

exposed stonework, plaster and fireplaces, bright

fabrics, prints and specially-commissioned

artwork. The drinks list, with the tempting Alicereferencing

‘Drink Me’ on the front reveals an

accomplished compendium of cocktails, which

cover everything from the girly sweet, to serious

bitters and everything in between.

Lou and I started with ‘Crispy fishcake’ (£4.95) and

‘Wild mushrooms on sourdough’ (£5.95)

respectively. The fishcake – singular yet sizeable –

was excellent with a crisp golden crumb and good

balance between fish and potato filler. A hint of

fragrant Thai-style seasoning and coriander kept

the bites light, and the addition of tangerine

perked up the sometimes sledge-hammer-esque

qualities of the accompanying sweet chili jam. The

funghi plate wasn’t quite so perfect, but very

nearly so. The selection of wild mushrooms was

generous, including skinny enoki and chunky

oysters, however they could have taken much

more of the promised Tallegio and Dijon, and the

toast deserved to be much

crunchier.

On to mains, and my appetite was

ready for ‘Charred Auchterarder

venison steak’ (£13.95), the meat

cooked pink and the plate-fellows

of sweet pumpkin mash, and

moreish haggis fritters (which

Louise suggested would make for amazing late

night bar snacks, hint, hint!) convinces that the

food quality is more ‘bistro’ than ‘boozer’. My

seafood-loving pal chose the ‘Grilled salmon with

chorizo and butterbean stew’ (£12.95), which with

the addition of sweet bright broad beans was

presented even better than its menu billing, and

sported a fine lemony butter sauce.

Despite being thus-far extremely well fed, we were

soon tempted down the rabbit-hole of the dessert

menu. Lou took on the surprisingly non-icky warm

chocolate and peanut butter brownie (£4.95) and I

chose homely pear and blackberry crumble which

came with the comfort blanket of vanilla custard.

With an emphasis on local and Scottish

ingredients, good flavours and skilled presentation,

The Blackbird will soon have a flock of fans. (L.

Arfa)

Blackbird

– 37-39 Leven Street, Edinburgh EH3 9LH

– 0131 228 2280

– www.theblackbirdedinburgh.co.uk

Opening hours

1am every day.

images © Leila Arfa

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Review: Three Birds Bruntsfield’s latest bistro

M

r Bite is carb-loading. He has ordered

kedgeree and shoestring fries for

main course as I gape full of jealous

awe. As John Lennon once sang he’s “as skinny

as a stick of macaroni” and never puts on a

pound.

He is carried away by the range of goodies on

offer at this neighbourhood bistro. We have

already put away an appetiser of rashers of

crispy pig’s ear with smoked Maldon (my

favourite salt) and some voluptuous aioli.

Starters were soups all round; garlic with duck

liver and garlic crisps (£5) for me and oxtail

dumplings in broth (£4) for Mr B. My soup has

good consistency and flavour which splodges

of oil and twigs of thyme enhance. The suet

dumplings in Mr Bite’s broth are homely and

comforting and the soup is pungent with star

anise. It is becoming clear, big brassy flavours

are de rigueur; we are at the Bet Lynch of

bistros.

My main course is handmade lobster ravioli in

lobster bisque with watercress, topped with

parmesan (£13.75). Jo the owner warns me that

the pasta is al dente. I like it but expect many

people may not. Flavour is to the fore again;

minced lobster, cream, brandy, peppery

watercress and the ghost of lobster shell is

present in the bisque. Fries are presented in a

brown paper bag torn open at the table; a step

on from those silver beakers and let’s face it

fries always taste better eaten out of paper.

Mr Bite says his kedgeree (£10), chosen from

the daily specials is surprisingly light and

tongue-tingling with spices. A soft poached

egg tops it all.

My one regret is that I have no room for

pineapple upside down cake. I just know the

fruit will be ultra sweet, the rum syrup strong

and the vanilla ice cream heady. Instead we

share a chocolate and Cointreau tart (£4.25)

with good dark chocolate ganache and ginger

tablet which is made with fresh, juicy root – a

fiery explosion.

It is clear that the chefs know their sauces,

herbs and flavours. I get the feeling that they

are still experimenting a little and finding their

feet but they are certainly heading in the right

direction. (S. Wilson)

Three Birds

– 3-5 Viewforth, Bruntsfield,

Edinburgh, EH10 4JD

– 0131 229 3252

– contact@threebirds.co.uk

– www.threebirds.co.uk

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 12 noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm

Sat & Sun 12 noon-10pm

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Review: The New Bell Restaurant

Scotland's larder by Italian Design

I

hadn’t been to The Old Bell since it was

The New Bell a couple of years ago. I

heard it now had an Italian menu which

appealed (geddit?) so Mr Bite and I popped

along for a ‘spot of supper’.

First impressions were good. It had obviously

been spruced up a bit and everything looked

warm, welcoming and twinkly.

For starters, Mr Bite chose Florentine-style

fish soup (£6.50) whilst I ordered fresh clams

cooked with extra virgin olive oil and borlotti

beans (£6.00). My clams mixed with the

slightly creamy nutty beans; flavours were

simple and unadulterated, excellent oil, garlic

and fresh thyme shone through; I loved it. Mr

Bite was equally chuffed with his soup which

was a bouillabaisse type stew full of squid,

mussels, and prawns. He dubbed it ‘the soup

that keeps on giving’. Both dishes had

wonderful aromas, always a good sign.

For main course I opted for swordfish, with

that wonderful extra virgin olive oil plus

garlic, olives, white wine, spicy tomato sauce

and rosemary polenta (£16.90). The fish was

cooked accurately so that it was still juicy

and tender and the polenta cake was a well

judged and tasty accompaniment. If I was

looking for a criticism I would say that there

was a slight lack of seasoning, but of course

this is easily remedied. In retrospect I should

have order extra seasonal veg too (£2.90) to

add colour to the plate. Mr Bite had

spaghetti with king prawns, squid, mussels

and clams in a sauce of garlic and chilli

enriched with thyme and homemade fish

stock (£9.80). By this time he was declaring

that we should ‘visit for Hogmanay!’ I was a

tad more reserved; he was clearly enthused.

Desserts were a ‘make me happy’ tiramisu for

me, nice sponge, lush cream, bitter cocoa and

a lemon cheesecake with a ‘big filling’ and

homemade lemon curd for Mr Bite. Both hit

the spot.

The chef is ex-Il Positano for readers that may

know that restaurant. We were very

impressed with the hospitable feel of the

restaurant and with the simple, bold,

flavoursome dishes; a very nice addition to

the Italian dining scene in Edinburgh and the

lively pub underneath is good too. (S. Wilson)

The New Bell

Above The Old Bell Inn

– 235 Causewayside, Edinburgh,

– 0131 668 1573

– www.oldbelledinburgh.co.uk


Review: The Canons’ Gait Hearty autumn

T

he Canons' Gait is a

hospitable,

traditional pub and

restaurant nestled halfway

down the Royal Mile, and it

offered a warm welcome on

a nippy October evening.

The bar has a satisfying

selection of real ale, bottled

beers and ciders and upon

recommendation from the

well-versed bar staff I opted for a Dark Island

by Orkney Brewery and my plus one chose a

Golden Amber from the same.

Settling in to the comfy leather chairs, we

browsed the new autumn menu, eventually

deciding on Wild Mushroom, Basil and

Caramelised Shallots in Pastry (£4.95) and Duo

of Stornoway Black Pudding and Haggis Filo

Rolls (£5.25) both of which were divine. The

haggis was deliciously spiced, but the wild

mushroom starter truly stood out.

For mains I chose the Duo of Crombies

Sausages (£8.25) and my dinner guest had the

Venison Casserole (£9.95). My sausages came

with a mound of mashed potato, bacon and

lashings of gravy; the perfect dish to warm up

a cold autumn evening with rich red wine

flavours. The venison was tender and

succulent, and the juniper berries in the sauce

added lighter flavours to the hearty dish.

Clearly the food here is cooked from fresh,

which makes it far more appealing than your

run-of-the-mill pub grub.

My dessert was

disappointing; when I

decide to indulge in a

chocolate brownie I

want a desert that is

rich, decadent, chewy,

moist and most

importantly chocolate.

At most the brownie

was a pleasant thick

sponge with some fruity

ice cream and sauce. The honeycomb parfait

was considerably better, and while both

desserts were beautifully presented, they

lacked the fantastic flavours of the starters

and mains.

Overall the food and service was lovely, but

the Canons' Gait has one glaring problem –

the lighting. Now lighting might seem a minor

factor in the many constituent parts of a

restaurant, but I would have preferred a little

candlelight.

With a wee tweak to the ambience, I'd heartily

recommend you pop in to try the lovely

autumn menu which offers fresh, well-cooked

gastro grub to chase away the cold. (L. Boyd)

The Canons' Gait

– 232 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DQ

– 0131 556 4481

– www.canonsgait.com

Opening hours

– 7 days until late

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Edinburgh Diva: What’s Hot This Month

The boys are back in town!

Scotland, I am beyond excited. Yes the boys are

back in Edinburgh. Up close and personal at

Murrayfield. Have you seen the new promo

posters at Omni? My pulse is still racing

darlings. I almost crashed my car I tell you. Be

there to support Scotland take on New Zealand

(11 November) and South Africa (17 November).

And while you’re doing that I think you’ll find it

impossible not to admire these fine symbols of

Scottish manhood, such fitness, such agility,

such thighs. The buzz of an international rugby

game at Murrayfield just cannot be beaten. If

you’ve never been, book now. You will love it.

Tickets available from www.scottishrugby.org

Gin-tastic

A gloriously ginful and somewhat sinful way to

spend a November evening is with a gin tasting

at One Square. Following its bright, beautiful

and oh-so-stylish refurbishment, the bar at The

Sheraton Hotel is quite unrecognisable and

extraordinarily difficult to resist. The lovely

team at One Square has offered us a

complimentary gin tasting. And who are we to

refuse?! Win a gin-tastic evening with us on

Thursday 29 November at 7pm. Enter at

www.sundaybrunchclub.net

Sparkles and Sequins

Love the party season but have ‘nothing to

wear’. This event will solve all your party

fashion problems in a flash. It has it all: beauty

tips to make you sparkle, lingerie and

shapewear advice to give you that red carpet

silhouette, and of course sensational partywear

that’ll make you feel a million dollars and turn

heads at every festive gathering this season. As

if that’s not enough there’s free wine and

nibbles, 20% off party wear and more. Buy

tickets at www.edinburghshogmanayball.com

Lighten Up

The nights are fair drawing in. Winter is coming.

It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s wet. And any Indian

Summer fantasies have been well and truly

abandoned. But all is not lost; we live in the

best city in the world for Christmas and

Hogmanay. Edinburgh’s big wheel, twinkly trees,

German markets, skating rink and lots more will

be launched on Light Night on 29 November.

Find out more at

www.edinburghschristmas.com

More Edinburgh Diva at

www.edinburghdiva.com


Review: Nobles The hangover

T

rain of thought. I am

never going to drink

again. Okay, we

know that’s not true but I

am definitely going on the

wagon for a month.

Resignation, I need a cure.

Mr Bite and I had a brunch

date at Nobles but I awoke

after a Friday evening of

cocktails (thank you

Missoni!) with the most god awful hangover. I

tried everything, didn’t think I could go

anywhere but then the idea of brunch and a

cure in a welcoming hostelry seemed worth a

punt.

I ordered a half pint of Nobles house pale ale

brewed for them exclusively by The Black Isle

Brewery and I would heartily recommend it.

Hoppy, citrusy and refreshing. Mr Bite had an

organic Goldeneye Pale Ale from the same

brewery.

Eggs salmon benedict sounded just the trick

for me, lots of protein to stabilise the blood

sugar. Eggs also contain large amounts of

cysteine, the substance that breaks down the

hangover-causing toxin acetaldehyde in the

liver, vitamins, essential fatty acids and a fatty

comforting sauce to make me feel better. I

chased the sauce around my plate with a

forkful of muffin, swigged some beer and

went from wreck to human.

Mr Bite had chosen The Full Scottish with no

black pudding (he doesn’t know what he’s

missing) and extra bacon.

pork sausages, free-range

eggs, some soft spicy

haggis, mushrooms, beans,

tattie scones and cherry

tomatoes completed the

plate.

We admired the stained

glass windows and all the

quirky little touches that

have updated the bar

whilst retaining and celebrating the pub’s

salty seadog heritage. I particularly like the

colourful octopus stencils on the tables. Mr

Bite was delighted to see one of the starring

fishermen from Trawlermen in the corner

with a couple of mates. From the phone calls

and chattering we guessed they were

wheeling and dealing; something big in the

fish world no doubt.

Fay and Neil Macaulay bought Nobles several

years ago. Fay had been an art student before

entering the world of hospitality and it

shows. Nobles is a bonnie wee boozer.

(S. Wilson)

Nobles Bar and Venue

– 44a Constitution Street,

Edinburgh, Midlothian EH6 6RS

– 0131 561 8219

– www.noblesbarleith.co.uk

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 11am-1am; Sun 10am-1pm

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Beer: Ryes & Fall

Cromarty Brewing Co Red Rocker

ne of the rarely commented on

elements of the revolution currently

Osweeping through British brewing, is

the relative youth of many of the

participants. This makes total sense when you

think of the attitude and energy of many of

the young tyros who dominate the scene, but

speaking as someone who is fast approaching

the twilight of his 30’s, it can be very

depressing doing business with them.

One of the youngest and most fresh-faced of

the new crop is Craig Middleton of the

revived Cromarty Brewery. Despite being a bit

of a whipper-snapper, he has a laudably sober

headed attitude to making and promoting his

beers. The results are great, slightly off-kilter

session beers and chief among his initial

offerings is the Red Rocker Rye Beer.

So often, when talking about beer, discourse

is dominated by talking about the hop

profile, but there are other factors, which go

in to determining the final character of your

beer. Chief among them has to be the nature

of the base grain from which the drink is

brewed.

Most beer is made from malted barley;

cheap, pishy, U.S. & Asian lagers dilute this

with a combination of rice and maize,

German weissbier uses malted wheat. Rye is a

less well known ingredient and it is tricky to

work with, but the results can be spectacular.

Rye adds little to the aromas or flavour of a

beer, but rye beers tend to have a lovely

reddish colour, a certain tannic quality to the

palate and prickliness to the finish.

The Red Rocker is a great example, but Craig

has taken the precaution of throwing an

indecent amount of Kiwi & US hops into the

mix to give the beer a punchier, more vibrant

palate.

It opens with aromas of oil, grain, pine, black

pepper and burnt toast. It has a lovely

autumnal colour of deep walnut, topped by a

decent, delicately foamy head that lingers.

The palate is clean, zippy, zesty and rather

bitter with a tang of grapefruit. The texture is

grippy, rough and engaging, the finish long

and mouth drying.

All together, as a pint it hits the sweet spot

between interesting and gluggable & as

mentioned last month it makes a top-notch

sausage lubricant. It packs a perfectly

reasonable 5% abv, meaning you shouldn’t

feel too guilty about having a second pint.

It certainly makes a great cockle warmer on

these cold Autumn nights.

The Cromarty brewery is still small potatoes

in the grand scheme of things, but Craig has

done a good job of keeping Edinburgh’s many

independent offie’s well stocked. Prices range

from £2.50-£3 for a 50cl bottle, depending on

where you are shopping.

(J. Wrobel)

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Thursday 15th November, 7 - 9pm – The Ghillie Dhu

n evening of free food, drink and funtimes

Ato celebrate local Edinburgh living!

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Wine: Seasonal Pairings

T

here is a point when you have to

embrace the dark nights, woolly

jumpers and puddles and accept

that winter has come. Once you’ve

made that transition you can enjoy all

the benefits.

Celeriac

I like the balance between the earthy

flavours and stored up sweetness of

root veg. Celeriac is one of my

favourites; it retains a leafy freshness

that is so distinctive. Pureed, it is as

good as it gets in my book. You may

not need a wine to match celeriac if it’s

a side dish, so pick a wine (red or white)

with a hint of herbaceousness, it will lift

the flavours.

This Lugana is from a little known

Italian wine region and the wines are

consistently great value and delicious.

This has everything you need, delicious

peachy notes, hints of lemon and

thyme and a creamy texture.

Campo Valentino Lugana £9.75

Wood Winters

Stew

It’s stew time! I love it when you put

separate ingredients together and let

them unify in the pot so you can’t taste

where one finishes and another starts.

When it comes to wine the hardest

thing to get right is matching the

texture of the gravy without

overpowering it. The meat does make a

difference, a lamb stew needs a lighter

wine like a pinot noir whilst venison or

beef would work well with a more

structured Bordeaux blend.

This delicious rioja is great value and the

soft tannins and layers of flavour will

enhance that melting pot of ingredients.

Vega Ariana Rioja 2010, Waitrose £5.99

Cheese

At this time of year cheese shines in the

company of fresh nuts and local apples. I

frequently serve it as lunchtime salad or

a delicate dessert alternative, changing

the cheese with my mood. Goats cheese

for crisp blue sky days and Lanark blue

for by the fire.

Contrary to popular belief white wine

works extremely well with cheese,

Sauvignon Blanc has a natural affinity

with softer goats cheese and I love the

perfumed Gewürztraminer with a

crumbled pile of Lanark blue, sliced crisp

apple and caramelised walnuts.

Zind Humbrecht Gewürztraminer £14.99

Majestic

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lots of) wine! Find out more at

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The Insider: The Culinary Capital Of

The World

T

hirty-six hours after entraining from

Algeciras, on the laughably named

Iberian Express, we shuddered to an

asthmatic halt in San Sebastian. It had been a

gruelling journey, the buffet car had gone

AWOL so no food and, more importantly, no

drink. Thankfully, a couple of hundred yards

from the drab station lay a sight that

lightened the heart, the reflecting skin of the

water on the glorious conch shaped bay

suggested beaten gold and, thirty years

before it was named best foodie destination

in the world, I knew I was home. And hungry.

On my first few visits to the city I was

restricted, due to economic constraints, to

the Basque equivalent of ‘working men’s

pubs’ – no bad thing – and basic Pintxos. Air

dried ham, fried quail egg and chorizo, egg

with anchovy stuffing etc, pinned to a slice of

baguette with a cocktail stick. For around 10p

a go. Later I graduated to the old town where

one bar may specialise in mushrooms and

another, a 100 things to do with squid. Still

others were beginning to look to the future –

creating ‘cuisine in miniature’.

It took my last visit to offer up the big

Michelin hitters and I, in turn, offer you a

taste of each…

Martin Berasategui: A plate like a Jackson

Pollock painting, strewn with edible flowers and

seemingly containing every one of those alien

creatures you pulled out of rock pools when

you were young. The ones your parents said

were inedible. Reader, your parents were lying.

Akelare: A pie chart containing eight equal

wedges of vibrantly coloured vegetables

improbably cut into the shape of arborio rice,

which had the perfect gloopy, slightly

crunchy, texture of risotto. How do they stop

the beetroot wedge from ‘bleeding’ into the

white turnip wedge?!

Mugaritz: An ambrosial bowl of freshly

picked herbs and leaves – you can see the

chefs squatting in the garden as you arrive –

comes with a jug of parmesan infused veal

consommé. Pour the liquor into the bowl and

you have the best ‘soup’ I’ve ever tasted.

Arzak: A smoked lemon ice cream that they

were ‘road testing’ which tasted, well, as

good as it sounds actually. So good, in fact,

that you wonder why no one thought of it

before.

And there it is. Wee San Sebastian – the

culinary capital of the world. Paris and New

York a distant joint 4th and 5th.

I knew I was home. And hungry


Gourmet Girl: The Wee Boulangerie

love stories that go along

the lines of ‘I wasn’t happy

Iin my job, and so I decided

to leave and retrain to

become a...’ . Especially when

the passion which has sparked

the need for change involves

food and cooking. Recently, I

met Katia Lebart who just a

couple of months ago opened

The Wee Boulangerie, located

on the South Side near the

Queen’s Hall. She first came to

Edinburgh as a researcher and

lecturer in engineering &

computer science at Heriot Watt University.

However, the work-life balance wasn’t quite

right and so she decided to kill two birds

with one stone. Her change of career took

her back to her native France to retrain as a

boulanger-pâtissier-confiseur, the aim to

pursue something she was passionate about,

and to help fill the void of good bakeries

here in Edinburgh.

As you probably know, bread is a complete

way of life in France and Katia doesn’t mind

promoting the theory that good bread makes

people happy. I’m with her. As readers of this

column will know, wherever my travels take

me, the first thing I’m likely to seek out is a

local bakery. Or two.

So, what can you expect if you pop in to The

Wee Boulangerie? Well, the shelves and

rustic baskets are filled with loaves of pain de

campagne, real baguettes,

the kind that have a

crunchy crust with irregular

‘knobbles’, are airy in the

middle but not so fluffy as

to have no substance.

Bread takes time, says

Katia, the mixtures have to

prove, the bake should

never be rushed. And,

thanks to quality

ingredients, artisanal bread

is far superior to that

found in supermarkets.

Everyday there’s a selection

of ‘fougasse’, a Provençale flatbread with

various Mediterranean style fillings. I managed

to scoff down one which was stuffed with

goats’ cheese and sun-dried tomatoes in under

two minutes. I did, however manage to take

home a superd almond croissant, sweet pain

au chocolat and plated raisin loaf to share with

my mum and fella.

Breads will always be her main love, but

Katia’s also a dab hand with tarte aux fruits,

macarons and the shop will feature some

delicious seasonal specials in the run up to

Christmas. In all, it’s a big ‘oui’ from me for

the Wee Boulangerie! (L. Arfa)

images © Leila Arfa

The Wee Boulangerie,

– 67 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG

– 0131 629 3134

– www.theweeboulangerie.co.uk

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Healthy Eating: ‘Not So SAD’ Smoothie

T

his recipe is for a hybrid juice/smoothie to help

ward off Seasonal Affective Disorder. ‘ SAD’ is a

condition that affects many individuals in the UK

and it is directly related to a lack of exposure to sunshine

during the winter months. Symptoms can include

depression, irritability, lethargy, weight gain, moodiness and

insomnia. At this time of year when the nights are drawing

in and we have even fewer daylight hours it is really

important to help our body adjust to this change and this

'not so SAD smoothie' can really help.

Ingredients

250g carrots – a great

source of vitamins A, K, C,

fibre, biotin and

antioxidants that can help

protect against disease.

100g figs – rich in

potassium, calcium,

magnesium, iron, copper

and manganese - can help

to control blood pressure.

1 orange – a good source

of vitamin C and flavonoids

to aid a healthy immune system.

2.5cm chopped root ginger – excellent carminative, anti

inflammatory food with antioxidant effects

100g banana – rich in tryptophan which is necessary for

production of serotonin which can induce a feeling of

well-being, potassium, Vitamins B6 and C.

To make

Use a good juicer to juice the carrots, orange, fig and

ginger. Use a blender to blend the peeled banana. Mix the

two together and enjoy right away.

By Sam Folcarelli, Director of

Studies at the College of

Naturopathic Medicine

(CNM) in Edinburgh.

Raw Health &

Festive Treats

You can join Sam on

Wednesday 28th November

6:30pm-8:00pm to learn

more about the benefits of

raw food in your diet, and to

try out some healthy raw

tasters including chocolate

treats, a raw festive cake and

a wonderfully warming raw

winter soup! Venue: The Hula

Juice Bar, 103-105 West Bow,

Edinburgh, EH1 2JP

If you’d like to find out more

about training for a new

career as a Nutritional

Therapist, come along to

CNM Edinburgh’s next freeto-attend

Open Evening on

Tuesday 6th November 2012.

To reserve your place for

either event: 01342 410 505,

info@naturopathy-uk.com.

More info on

www.naturopathy-uk.com


Healthy Eating: With Real Foods Gluten-free foods

ave you recently discovered gluten

intolerance? Real Foods is here to make

Hyour transition to a gluten-free diet

easy as gluten-free pie. We stock so many

alternatives to your usual favourites including

Christmas pudding, there’s no need to go

without. Here’s a shopping list to get you

started, with a day-full of delicious gluten-free

foods, available in-store or online.

Breakfast

You can of course opt for any number of

healthy gluten-free cereals, breads and fresh

fruits for breakfast, but why not treat yourself

to Amisa Organic Blueberry Muffins? With rice

and corn flours instead of wheat, these juicy

berry-filled muffins are the perfect start to

your day and your new gluten-free diet.

Snack

Keep your energy levels topped up mid

morning with Nakd Cashew Cookie Snack bar.

This tasty vegan bar is made from whole

cashew nuts and dates with no added sugar,

and is cold pressed instead of baked for

maximum nutritional value.

Lunch

Le Pain des Fleurs Organic

Quinoa Crispbread and

vegan Granovita Mushroom

Pate make wonderful, take

anywhere lunch

companions. The fair trade crispbreads are

made from naturally gluten-free rice and

quinoa flours. Pronounced ‘keen-wah’, this

nourishing, protein-rich grain from South

America makes a great staple for free-from

diets.

Dinner

Pasta-lovers need not despair, as Doves Farm

Organic Maize & Rice Fusilli, made in Italy, is a

delicious alternative to the traditional durum

wheat variety. Try with La Bio Idea Organic

Olive Pasta Sauce, a delicious vegan blend of

organic tomatoes, olives, capers and garlic,

made to a traditional Italian recipe.

Dessert

Booja Booja Organic Around Midnight Espresso

Chocolate Truffles are a decadent after dinner

treat, suitable for vegans too.

If you need any more gluten-free ideas, just ask

our friendly staff.

Gluten-free shopping on the Real Foods

website

Don’t forget if you’re shopping on our website for

gluten-free products, you can easily filter out all

gluten containing products by using the advanced

features on our ‘Quick search’ panel.

Simply type in the product you are looking for,

check the box for ‘Gluten’free’, click go and you’ll

see gluten-free versions of the product or product

range you are looking for. (words © Leila Frank)

Real Foods

– 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU

– 0131 557 1911 and

– 8 Brougham Street, Tollcross, EH3 9JH

– 0131 228 1201

– www.realfoods.co.uk

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Cocktails

Here are two wintry whisky-based cocktails from The

Scottish Whisky Experience which are sure to warm your

cockles. Try at home or enjoy them at the venue on the

Royal Mile www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk

Scottish Sling

Glass: Collins • Garnish: Long straws and lime wheel

Ice: Cubed

Ingredients:

½ shot rhubarb liqueur

½ shot ginger liqueur

1 shot Blended Scotch Whisky

3 shots freshly pressed apple juice

Method:

Add all ingredients into shaker. Fill shaker and Collins glass

with cubed ice. Shake hard for 10 seconds and strain into

glass. Slot lime wheel onto the rim of the glass. Serve with

two long straws.

Grand Smash

Glass: Tumbler • Garnish: Mint sprig and orange zest strip

Ice: Crushed

Ingredients:

½ a lemon, chopped into pieces

1 shot sugar syrup

1½ shots of blended Scotch Whisky

½ shot of Grand Marnier

8-10 mint leaves

Method:

Prepare your orange zest strip using a vegetable peeler and

knife. Add lemon and sugar syrup shaker and muddle. Add

whisky, Grand Marnier and mint leaves. Fill tumbler with

crushed ice. Fill shaker with cubed ice and shake hard for 10

seconds. Strain into the crushed ice-filled tumbler. Garnish

with two sip straws and a mint sprig. Twist the orange zest

strip over the top.


Cocktails: The Last Word Saloon

It just could be!

T

he Last Word, situated in St Stephen

Street, Stockbridge, is the latest venture

from the guys that brought you (and

still bring you), that wonderful establishment,

Bramble. From the outside you could be

forgiven for thinking not another cocktail

cellar bar, not another dark, forbidding

drinking den, not another place just to be seen

beside the wannabes and the almost theres.

You couldn't be more wrong.

Sure, it's dark with most of the light coming

from naked flames, sure, it's a bit austere with

its dark greens and rusts and its lack of

ornamentation and sure, the mix 'n' match old

furniture would be out of place elsewhere. But

here, well, it just works. A veritable speakeasy

in the heart of Edinburgh. And the staff

complement this persona, being laid back and

welcoming, knowledgeable and unpretentious

and, above all, they just make great drinks.

So let’s get to the drinks. The menu is small;

you get the feeling deliberately so, compared

to some bars, and has been chosen to provide

fantastic drinks that can be made quickly. But

it's not actually a fast drink joint. Time has

been taken to create the collection and to

create some of the ingredients. Therein lies

the secret.

On our first (and definitely not our last visit)

we started with a Dukes Martini (£7.00) and a

Last Word (£6.50). For lovers of very dry, strong

martinis (i.e. D), the Dukes is heaven. Poured at

the table, you get a spray or two of vermouth

into the glass which is then followed by a pour

of a gin straight from the freezer and a twist of

lemon. All with the blessing of Alessandro

from Dukes who created the drink.

And the Last Word is one of those old, almost

forgotten, drinks (created in the1920s) that,

once you try, you wonder why more bars

aren't serving. A marrying of gin, lime juice,

green Chartreuse and Maraschino that was

sweet, herby and sour all at the same time

with the occasional hint of liquorice sneaking

through. A great aperitif.

We also tried the Who Dares Wins (£6.50) and

the steel aged Six Cylinder Cocktail (£7.50). It's

very seldom I think my second choices are

better than my first but in this case they were.

I'll let you discover for yourself the beauty of

steel ageing, suffice to say, it ain't easy to mix

gin, sweet and dry vermouth, Cherry Heering,

Campari and Dubonnet and come up with a

drink that a hardened Negroni drinker finds

exquisite. And the Who Dares Wins? Well

please don't get D started on how good it was.

Go! (M. Earl)

The Last Word Saloon

– 44 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge

Edinburgh EH3 5AL

– 0131 225 9009

– info@lastwordsaloon.com

– http://lastwordsaloon.com

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Review: The Dome

Afternoon Tea in the Georgian Suite Tea Room

rom November 1st

every year The Dome

Fbecomes festive! The

granite columns of the

portico are garlanded, the

fairy lights twinkle and the

foyer becomes a winter

wonderland. Christmas is

here.

On the first floor is The

Georgian Suite which is

where Afternoon Teas are

served. White linen and 3

tiered vintage-style cake

stands are de rigueur for the traditional,

indulgent feast of finger sandwiches, cakes,

scones, jam, cream and tea, coffee or

champagne. Favourite hot dishes such as The

Dome Fish and Chips and The Dome Burger

which are served in The Club Room and The

Grill Room are also available as well as a full

drinks menu. We started with a glass of the

house champagne Louis Roederer Brut

Premier NV (£11.50). Well why not?

The price for Afternoon Tea for Two is £24.00

which is stonkingly good value. The ‘finger’

sandwiches are larger than you expect and

the fillings of egg mayo and mustard cress,

wafer thin ham and coarse grain mustard,

Scottish beef and horseradish cream and

smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber

are customary but of excellent quality.

Vegetarian and gluten-free

sandwich options can be

requested.

The second layer of our ‘treat’

comprised of a plain and a

fruit scone served with fresh

cream, clotted cream and

strawberry jam. The scones had

a moreish fluffy texture but

notably didn’t crumble when

spread naughtily with lashings

of cream and jam (cream first!).

The bespoke cakes may be

‘mini’ but they were the David

to my Goliath of an appetite. I did taste an

ultra-moist, spicy, carrot cake and a mixed

fruit tart but had to forego the chocolate and

coffee cake and white chocolate cheesecake

as my belt was already loosened.

The Georgian Tea Room is open from

Monday 29th October to Monday 24th

December inclusive from 10am everyday until

6pm and is a perfect place to relax, refuel and

indulge. (S.Wilson)

For further information about the Festive

Season at the Dome, please telephone

0131 624 8634.

The Dome

– 14 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PF

– www.thedomeedinburgh.com


Off The Trolley: Sour Relationships

ooking for a new relationship?

Something quiet but surprising, who

Lneeds regular meals and smells

vaguely of beer? If so, it's time to think

about sourdough bread.

Sourdough is centuries old, generally

thought to have originated in Ancient Egypt.

It uses a combination of yeast, water, and

time to create a bubbly, fermented leavener

which then makes the most delicious bread.

The basis of sourdough is The Starter, and I

have been carefully cultivating my first for

the last month.

Getting a good starter is vital. Properly

cared for, it can last a lifetime. The general

recommendation for those who want to start

making sourdough is to get an established

starter: find a friend who makes bread, and

beg a cupful. In North America, it is quite

normal to buy starters from bakeries or

online, and indeed there are a handful of

companies in the UK who will supply you

with a partially dried starter you can then

revive. But you can make them from scratch,

which is how mine began. And while I've only

been caring for him (yes, it’s a him) for a few

weeks, he's already very much a part of my

life. I alternate between awe and disgust at

his rising, gurgling state after his daily flourwater

feed. I wonder if his water was too hot

or cold, and whether I should have fed him

organic flour or if the co-op's own brand will

be okay. I worry about him.

And should you think I am perhaps too

concerned about the state of this fermenting

wallpaper paste on my kitchen counter, I am

not alone. In Stockholm, a deli hit the

headlines earlier this year when they opened

the first sourdough hotel. For a fee of roughly

£27 a week, owners can leave their starters

behind the counter while they go on holiday,

safe in the knowledge that they will be fed

and cared for appropriately.

Sourdough-baking is very much a culture. But

while people talk about it and enthuse about

it, they all do it differently. I've yet to find

two recipes that are the same, or two

methods that are consistent. Like any

relationship, it's about trial and error,

exploration and discovery. I'll have to let you

know how my relationship turns out; my

starter is ready to use tomorrow. (R. Edwards)

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What’s In Season:

Do I Give A Fig?

H

ands up those of you who have an inherent

dislike for figs, prunes, pomegranates and

dates?

Pomegranates were always a fag to deseed; dates are best

in a sticky toffee pudding; prunes I can eat in any form; the

fig … a passion now … but I recall those foul green lumpy

things served up for breakfast in mediocre hotels, who

thought it was classy. All they tasted of was syrup of figs, a

horror from my childhood, when my grandmother would

hold my nose and shovel a spoonful down my throat, with

the incantation of, “It’ll keep you regular!” Shudder!

Give me an almost black fig that, when held in the palm of

my hand, feels heavy, silky and, well just downright sexy.

The colours of this maligned fruit are resplendently regal:

indigo purple skin hiding ivory coloured pith and when

split apart it reveals a centre almost lava-like with

thousands of sunset-hued seeds. I could never understand

why the pomegranate was always the sign of fertility.

Figs have an affinity with both sweet and savoury or both.

Sliced over a frangipane tart it captures France in a second.

Cut into quarters, strewn over rocket with flecks of Parma

ham I’m transported to Italy. Served with yoghurt, honey

and pistachios I could be in Turkey.

I hope this month’s recipe will dismiss the fear of figs and

takes you on a journey of pleasure, because that’s what

they do for me. Where will you escape to?

Lea writes http://OfftheEatenTrack.wordpress.com

and is @BakersBunny on Twitter

Baked Figs

4 black figs (don’t be too

prissy over ripeness)

4 large tspns of ricotta or

crowdie

Sliced fresh cobnuts,

filberts or hazelnuts (or

any nuts you have in your

cupboard)

Honey of choice

Method

Cut figs into quarters but

not all the way through.

Put into a snug fitting dish

and ease them apart. Put a

spoonful of cheese in the

centre of each fig, drizzle

with honey and scatter

nuts over the top. Pop into

a warm oven (180C/fan

160C/Gas4) for about ten

minutes. Serve with a slice

of really good sourdough

bread. I like it lightly

toasted.

What else is in my basket?

Goose, teal, hill lamb. Winkles, sea bass, oysters. Brussel sprouts,

celeriac, horseradish. Pears, chestnuts, pumpkin.


Restaurants

Bengali and Indian Dining

Ignite – Cuisine based on traditional recipes

from Bangladesh and Northern India in a

sumptuous setting. Dining at Ignite is an

experience capable of rekindling your passion

for Indian food. Open 7 days for lunch and

dinner. 272 Morrison Street, Haymarket

– 0131 228 5666 – www.igniterestaurant.com

Bistros and Brasseries

Bijou – A local eatery for breakfast, lunch &

dinner, or maybe just a cheeky glass of wine.

An ever changing menu, available in 3 different

sizes, Private Dining available. Recently under

new management and fresh after a makeover.

BYOB. Free wifi. 2 Restalrig Road Edinburgh,

EH6 8BN – 0131 538 0664.

www.bijoubistro.co.uk

Bread Street Brasserie – Serving

international cuisine with a Scottish focus,

Bread Street Brasserie is the perfect setting in

which to relax and enjoy your surroundings, a

step away from the bustling City Centre. In

crisp, stylish surroundings, local, seasonal

produce is offered, showcasing Scotland’s

finest seafood and beef. Open daily for

breakfast, lunch, pre-theatre and dinner.

Bread Street Brasserie, 34 Bread Street,

Edinburgh EH3 9AF – 0131 221 5558

www.pointhoteledinburgh.co.uk

Listings

The Edinburgh Larder Bistro – Scottish

menu, produced with locally sourced, freerange,

seasonally fresh ingredients. This bistro

states a commitment to be boldly

flavoursome, environmentally sustainable, and

culturally daring as they work with lesserknown

but sustainable cuts of meat and fish.

Sample Scottish Spirits & Beers, carefully

selected wines from Woodwinters and

Edinburgh-based Artisan Roast coffees and

Eteaket teas. Open Daily 12noon-2.30pm &

5.30pm-10pm (pre-theatre menu available

5.30pm-6.45pm). 1a Alva Street, Edinburgh,

EH2 4PH – 0131 225 4599,

www.edinburghlarder.co.uk

Elbow – Eat ... the freshest produce from

cakes to steaks. Drink ... grape to grain and

everything in-between. Enjoy ... the little things

that count. . Bar open 11am-1am, 7 days.Lunch,

dinner & snacks daily from 11am –10pm. Burger

& a cocktail £10 every Wednesday all day!

Monday Movies, Tuesday Pub Quiz, Friday's

Live Music & D.J's. 133-135 East Claremont

Street, Edinburgh – 0131 556 5662

– www.elbowedinburgh.co.uk

Californian

Calistoga Central & Sideways Wines –

Current Holders of ‘Speciality Restaurant of the

Year’ at Scottish Restaurant Awards. Edinburgh’s

original and only Californian restaurant. Our

unique fresh food is prepared by our great

kitchen team who are inspired by the flavours

of California. Wine List of over 100 Californian

wines at only £5 above shop prices. Try us or

book one of of unique Wine, Whisky or Beer

Tastings Dinners. Private Dining.

70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX

– 0131 225 1233 – www.calistoga.co.uk

Fish and Seafood

The Ship on The Shore – Seafood

Restaurant and Bar. Sustainable Scottish

seafood served with simplicity and style

complemented by a carefully chosen and

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Listings

extensive wine and champagne list. Try the

fruits de mer for two or the oysters, both with

champagne. The Ship also serves lobster,

smoked salmon, mussels, crab, monkfish, bass

and much more. Seasonal specialities include

game and meat dishes. Outside seating. Food

served Mon-Sun noon-10pm.

24-26 The Shore – 0131 555 0409.

French

La Garrigue – Regional French Cuisine and

Terroir Wines from the Languedoc/Roussillon.

A restaurant where ‘Chef Jean Michel Gauffre

brings warm Languedoc to your plate’ (Peter

Irvine, Scotland The Best).Simple and stylish

with the relaxed ambience of a French bistro

and a firm favourite with locals and tourists

alike. Winner of the Good food Guide Readers’

Restaurant of the Year 2010. Also Gordon

Ramsay’s Best French Restaurant 2010. Open 7

Days for Lunch & Dinner. Now also at Leith,

open from Wednesdays to Sundays only (on

Tuesdays we only open for private event of 12

and more). 31 Jeffrey Street – 0131 557 3032 and

88 Commercial Street Leith – 0131 553 5933.

www.lagarrigue.co.uk

La P’tite Folie – Informal, bustling bistro

with mixed clientèle. Favourites include moules

frites, steak frites, beef bourguignon, duck, etc.

Extensive wine list. 2 course lunch £10.50, noon-

3pm. Dinner a la carte 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.

Large groups catered for, set dinner available.

9 Randolph Place – 0131 225 8678

61 Frederick Street – 0131 225 7983

Mexican

Los Cardos – Fresh Mex Burritos, Quesadillas

and Tacos made-to-order with choice of grilled

marinated chicken, steak, haggis, and slowcooked

pork. Vegetarian and vegan options also

available. Fresh made guacamole and choice of

five salsas ranging from Mild to Extra-Hot.

Delivery to EH3, EH5, EH6, EH7 and EH8

postcodes. 281 Leith Walk – 0131 555 6619

– www.loscardos.co.uk

Middle Eastern

Pomegranate – Middle Eastern Street Food

and Shisha Bar. Cold and hot mezes, kebabs, a

wide selection of vegetarian dishes, main

courses and mouthwatering desserts. BYOB

with no corkage charge. Non-alcohol bar

available plus Shisha pipes. 1 Antigua Street,

Edinburgh,EH1 3NH – 0131 556 8337 –

pomegranate-edinburgh@hotmail.com,

www.pomegranatesrestaurant.com

Scottish

The Dome – Located in the city centre, The

Dome is situated on the site of the Old

Physician’s Hall designed and built in 1775 by

James Craig, the celebrated planner of

Edinburgh’s New Town. After major

refurbishment, this listed building became The

Dome which opened in 1996. The Dome houses

2 restaurants, namely The Grill Room & The

Club Room. A La Carte Lunch & Dinner Menus

are offered in both restaurants. The Dome

favourites include The Dome Club Sandwich

and The Dome Burger. Local Scottish produce

is used wherever possible. The menus are

created to include a flavour of Scotland and

Europe. The Grill Room is open seven days from

12 noon until Late. The Club Room is open

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am

until 5 pm: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from

10 am until Late. The Club Room is closed on

Sundays. 14 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF.

Reservations – 0131 624 8624.

www.thedomeedinburgh.com


The Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar &

Brasserie – The best in contemporary eating

and drinking & un-paralleled views from the

Castle to the Firth of Forth. Executive Chef

Stuart Muir uses fresh seasonal Scottish

produce to create food of the finest quality by

matching modern flavours with classical

techniques. Fresh, sustainable seafood available

from the Seafood Bar whilst the Brasserie offers

round the clock eating. Brasserie: Mon-Sat

10am-10pm, Sun 11am-5pm; Restaurant: lunch –

Mon-Fri 12 noon-3pm, Sat & Sun 12 noon-

3.30pm, dinner, Tues-Sat 6pm-10pm.

forthfloor.reservations@harveyhichols.com

Book on line at www.harveynichols.com

– 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh,

EH2 2AD – 0131 524 8350

A Room In The Town, A Room In

The West End, A Room In Leith

– A trio of well-loved Scottish bistros. The

emphasis is on quality, fresh, affordable Scottish

produce served in a relaxed and friendly

atmosphere. All are fully licensed with BYOB

option also. Leith has a stunning waterside setting

and incorporates the bar 'Teuchters'. The West

End branch also has a Teuchters and like The

Town is within easy walking distance of Princes St.

18 Howe St – 0131 225 8204, The West End,

26 William St – 0131 226 1036, Leith, 1c Dock

Place – 0131 554 7427 – www.aroomin.co.uk

Stac Polly – Stac Polly is one of Edinburgh's

original restaurants for authentic Scottish food

and atmosphere; now in its 23rd year. Stone

walls combine with flickering candles, crisp

linen and twinkling glasses to give a truly

Scottish experience. Expect a menu of exciting

interpretations of modern and traditional

cuisine using locally sourced produce. We have

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a fantastic selection of Scottish beers and a fine

array of single malt whiskies at both Dublin

Street and St Marys Street Bistro. Private dining

rooms at Dublin Street and St Mary's Street

Bistro. Open 7 days.

New menus online – www.stacpolly.com

29-33 Dublin St – 0131 556 2231

38 St Mary’s St – 0131 557 5754

The Whiski Rooms – Glamorous new sister

venue to the award winning WHISKI on the

Royal Mile. With iconic views over the Mound

to Edinburgh, it’s an all day dining

bistro/restaurant serving fresh Scottish food

and cakes. Stocking an impressive range of

premium spirits, wines and Scottish beers,

ciders and over 300 whiskies. Beside the bar is a

specialist whisky shop where you can buy the

bar’s range and more. Daily whisky tastings.

– Whiski Bar & Restaurant, 119 High Street,

Edinburgh, EH1 1SG, 0131 556 3095. Whiski

Rooms Bar & Bistro, 4-7 North Bank Street,

Edinburgh, EH1 2LP, 0131 225 7224,

bar@whiskirooms.co.uk

Whiski Rooms Shop, 0131 225 1532,

shop@whiskirooms.com

www.whiskishop.com

Spanish

Iggs and Barioja – Est. 1989 and recently

featured in Channel 5’s Restaurant Inspector.

Modern Spanish Cusine and Tapas using the

finest ingredients imported directly from Spain

alongside the best of local, seasonal Scottish

produce. 2 AA Rosettes. An excellent wine list

which has won many accolades including the

‘AA Most Notable Wine list Award’. Iggs, 15

Jeffrey Steet – 0131 557 8184 and Barioja, 19

Jeffrey St – 0131 557 3622

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La Mula Obstinada – 2 Course Lunches

£6.25, Evening Tapas Feast (kid’s under 10 eat

free, T&C Apply). Closed Mondays, Open Tues-

Sat 12-3pm 5.30-10pm, Sundays 1-7pm. For

reservations call – 0131 555 3103, 46 Queen

Charlotte Street, Leith, Edinburgh.

www.lamula.co.uk – 0131 555 3103. Watch this

space – more details coming soon.

Tapa – With its white-washed, high-vaulted

walls adorned with a stunning floor to ceiling

antique bull fighting poster and live Flamenco

guitarist on Friday & Saturday evenings, Tapa in

Leith evokes memories of lazy summer holidays

spent with family and friends. Sunday

afternoons are a must as their Andalusian Head

Chef prepares Paella in the restaurant while you

eat! The perfect tonic if you have over indulged

the previous evening! 19 Shore Place, Edinburgh

EH6 6SW – 0131 476 6776

tapa@tapaedinburgh.co.uk

www.tapaedinburgh.co.uk

Tex Mex

Tex Mex – Donald Mavor, head chef and

proprietor brings the heart of Mexico to your

table, emphasising traditional Mexican food

with an authentic menu. Try the flaming fajitas

and the potent Margaritas ‘the best in town’.

Good fun, tasty food and very affordable.

64 Thistle Street – 0131 260 9699

– www.texmex2.com

Bars and Bar Food

52 Canoes Tiki Den – Cheeky Tiki Cocktails,

Real Ale, Fresh, Fun Tiki Dishes with a Twist, Live

Bands, Live Cheeky Tiki Burlesque Shows, Pooch

Friendly, Children Welcome, Fresh, Ground

Coffee. Sit In or Takeaway Menu. Breakfast

Served 11am-3pm, 7 Days. Open 11am-1am

Monday-Friday, Sat & Sun open 9am-1am.

13-14 Melville Place, Edinburgh EH3 7PR

– 0131 2264732

Boda Bar – A bohemian, cheeky, wee boozer

with a subtle Swedish twist. It is a cosy bar with

a strike of craziness. If you are unlucky you can

get to hear Abba more than once per night. But

since we love Spotify – you can always ask if

you have any special requests. Since the owners

love their wine, they have decided to have nice

wines at a good price so – try out the wine list.

You can also try Idun's a new Elderflower Cider

or maybe an OP Andersson Aquavit (only you

have to sing before you drink it). Or what about

our Craft Guerilla nights – every last

Wednesday of the month. Check web for full

event details. Open Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat

noon-1am, Sun 1pm-midnight. 229 Leith Walk –

0131 553 5900

– www.bodabar.com Free Wifi.

The Canons’ Gait – A Real Ale/Gastro pub

in Edinburgh’s Old Town offering a selection of

Ales from Scottish micro breweries. This bar has

gained a reputation for it’s impressive bar food.

The menu includes traditional dishes such as

Crombies sausage and mash, fish ‘n’ chips,

haggis etc, more ambitious daily specials and

outstanding desserts. All offer superb value for

money and always with the emphasis on home

made and seasonal produce. There is also a

large Cellar Bar available for free hire, book

early to avoid disappointment! Food served:

Mon-Sat noon-8pm. 232 Canongate, High

Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8DQ – 0131 556 4481

– canonsgait@dmstewart.com

– www.canonsgait.com


The Compass Bar – Warm welcomes, a cosy

environment and excellent service makes

Compass the well established bar and

restaurant it is. Serving great food, all locally

sourced and fresh, daily – changing menus. All

day breakfast menu on Saturday & Sunday.

Wide selection of beers, real ales and quality

wines available. Food served 10am-10pm daily.

44 Queen Charlotte Street Edinburgh, EH6

7EX – 0131 554 1979.

Joseph Pearce – A large airy bar at the top

of Leith Walk. You can eat from 11am-9pm daily.

The menu changes seasonally, but always

include meatballs! Daytime we are more like a

café with a popular kidscorner for all ‘latte

mothers’. Free WiFi. Night-time busy bar with a

relaxed, cool, friendly crowd. Check out web

for all our crazy events www.bodabar.com

Open Sun-Thu 11am-12pm and Fri-Sat 11am-1am.

23 Elm Row – 0131 556 4140.

The Guildford Arms – Elegant ‘Gallery

Restaurant’ serving quality Scottish food

overlooks one of Edinburgh’s finest Victorian

Bars. Popular with Real Ale enthusiasts. Situated

at the East End of Princes St opposite the

Balmoral Hotel. 1 West Register St, EH2 2AA –

0131 556 4312 – www.guildfordarms.com

Nobles – With this café bar and venue, the

Phoenix has risen from the flames. Since

reopening over a year ago this classic Victoriana

bar has very quickly established a top

reputation as a classy watering hole, fine eatery

and live music hub and continues to charm

critics and customers alike. Nobles has a warm,

inviting and contemporary feel whist

maintaining it's traditional, bold wood and stain

glass heritage. The menu is locally sourced and

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expertly prepared to an exceptionally high

standard. Music also plays a large part in the

day to day life of Nobles so expect to see top

drawer, original live music from Tuesday

through to Sunday following food service. Real

ales, a fantastic wine list, high speed wi-fi, fresh

Fairtrade TM coffee plus various organic loose

leaf teas complete the experience. Opening

times 12pm-1am Monday to Friday & 11am-1am

Saturday & Sunday. Children & Dry well behaved

dogs are welcome. 44a Constitution Street,

Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6RS

– 0131 629 7215 – www.noblesbarleith.co.uk

The Old Chain Pier – Under the new

management of Billy and Peter Ross, this

Newhaven bar has a glass frontage with views

over the firth of forth which allow one of the

finest panoramic views in Edinburgh. The water

almost laps your toes. Real ales, bottled beers,

wines and whiskies. Fresh, homemade pub food

made on the premises daily. Child and dog

friendly, beer garden. 32 Trinity Crescent,

Edinburgh, EH5 3ED – 0131 552 4960

The Parlour – Offers a warm and welcoming

atmosphere, with comfy sofas for people to

come sit, chat and relax on. Serving up a damn

fine coffee, loose leaf Suki teas and freshly

squeezed juices. We offer great evenings of

entertainment. Every Mon Andy Lang, Fri Night

DJ's. All music 8pm, entry free. Child and Dog

Friendly – 142 Duke Street – 0131 555 3848

www.theparlouredinburgh.com

Roseleaf Bar Café – A cosy wee bar café in

the heart ‘o’ Leith serving fresh juices, real ales,

homemade ginger beer, cracking coffee, loose

leaf teas & “Pot-Tails!”... cocktails in teapots! All

served up in Grannies finest bone china.

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Wholesome brunchies, lunchies, din-dins &

munchies served from 10 till 10 everyday with

daily changing specials including Sunday roasts

& home baked bread and cakes all made with

luv! All locally sourced, free range & organic

where possible cause it tastes really, really

good! Free WIFI, wheelchair & child friendly.

Open from 10am-1am everyday. For bookings

call 0131 476 5268 or email info@roseleaf.co.uk

23-24 Sandport Place, Leith

– www.roseleaf.co.uk

The Salisbury Arms – In the shadow of the

majestic Arthur's Seat and opposite the

Commonwealth pool. A beautifully refurbished

country-style pub in the city, log fires, leather

couches and a stunning restaurant area. Serving

quality home cooked food with an interesting

wine list and cask ales. 58 Dalkeith Rd,

Edinburgh, EH16 5AD – 0131 667 4518

www.thesalisburyarmsedinburgh.co.uk

Sofi’s – is a chic, hip, upbeat and popular little

bar with many events, e.g Champagne Sundays

where champagne is offered at great prices,

film nights every Monday, Knitting on Tuesdays

and lots more. Our lighter snacks are perfect

with one of our many wines and we also have a

great new cocktail menu both virgin and

alcoholic. Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon-1am and

Sun 1pm-midnight.

65 Henderson Street – 0131 555 7019

– www.bodabar.com. Free WiFi.

The Street – A popular mixed bar at the top

of the very funky Broughton St. By day the glass

front makes it an ideal place to relax inside or

out with a coffee & people watch, whilst at

night it attracts a livelier crowd with a buzzing

atmosphere. Good pub food such as

homemade burgers & enchiladas until 9pm, and

snacks such as nachos, homemade chilli &

potato wedges until midnight Sun-Thurs.

Premium selection of beers, wines & spirits and

cocktails and Rekordelig cider on draft! Open

12pm-1am Mon-Sat, 12.30pm-1am Sun. 2 Picardy

Place, EH1 3JT – 0131 556 4272 –

www.thestreetbaredinburgh.co.uk

Victoria – If Scandinavian style equals

minimalistic Victoria doesn’t fit. It is colourful,

radiant and full of life. The crowd is a cool,

friendly and open-minded and there are a lots of

events e.g. singles nights, Eurovision party, Come

Dine with Me and what ever else that pops up in

our silly minds. We serve a lot of different drinks:

Beers from 30 different countries and 12

different gins. Open: Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat

noon-1am; Sun 1pm-midnight. Now also children

licensed from opening til 5pm.

265 Leith Walk – 0131 555 1638. Free WiFi

– www.bodabar.com

The White Horse – The bar is an institution

on the Royal Mile where it has been serving

thirsty locals and tourists alike in several

different guises since 1742. Come along for a

glass of wine, pint, meal or simply a coffee and

a slice of cake. Great bar menu available. The

White Horse is also a free fringe venue in the

private stable room to the rear of the building

throughout the festival. Opening times: Mon-

Thur 12 noon-11pm, Fri & Sat 12 noon-12 pm, Sun

12 noon-11pm.

266 Canongate – 0131 557 3512

Bakeries

Bakery Andante – Exceptional Artisan

bread, pastries and cakes made at a slower


pace! Breads include seven types of sourdoughs,

speciality loaves, rye, spelt etc. Also croissants,

baguettes, brownies and much more. All

products are made from scratch (starting from

basic ingredients) on the premises. “Bread, like it

should be!” 352 Morningside Road, Edinburgh

EH10 4QL – 0131 447 8473

www.bakeryandante.co.uk

Follow on Facebook: ‘Bakery Andante’

Cafés/Informal

Edinburgh Larder – A relaxed bright and

welcoming café with a delicious selection of

local, good quality food using organic/seasonal

ingredients whenever possible. Great coffee

from Artisan Roast, teas from Eteaket, lovely

homebaking inc. superb cakes! Fully licensed

with tasty local craft beer and a range of great

value wines from Alliance Wines. Free WiFi,

wheelchair and child-friendly. Open from 8am-

5pm Sun - Thurs and 8am-9pm Fri - Sat. 15

Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NB – 0131 556 6922

www.edinburghlarder.co.uk/

I Heart Café – Licensed café and coffee shop.

Great food, drinks, sofas and tunes at the top of

Leith Walk! Breakfast, all day menu and weekend

brunch. Great coffee & Eteaket teas, pastries,

cakes & sweet treats, sharing platters & deli

nibbles, lovely vino & cool beers. Open 7 days

Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-

5pm. 26-27 Haddington Place, EH7 4AF – 0131

556 1672.

Union of Genius Soup Café – You need

soup. We have soup. Six handmade soups every

day, with fresh-baked artisan bread. Veggie &

vegan options and most soups are gluten-free.

Also, breakfast: soup or porridge with two

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toppings. Takeaway is in eco-friendly packaging

and we compost! Sit in our bright, friendly café.

Free wi-fi; Artisan Roast coffee; gluten-free &

vegan cakes. Simple. Delicious. Now open 9am-

4pm weekdays. 8 Forrest Road, EH1 2QN,

– 0131 226 4436 – www.unionofgenius.com

Delicatessen

Cranachan & Crowdie – Purveyors of Fine

Scottish Food & Drink is Edinburgh’s newest

delicatessen selling only products produced in

Scotland. All our cheese, smoked fish and

venison are pre-packaged for easy transport

home, to take on a picnic or to ship worldwide.

Complimenting these are chilled foods

including award-winning yoghurt and a superb

range of oatcakes, condiments, tea & coffee,

beer and whisky, jams, biscuits, shortbread,

cakes, chocolate and not forgetting 3 different

brands of tablet. Our freezer contains

handmade meals, ice cream and iced desserts.

Open daily 11-6. 263 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8

8BQ – 0131 556 7194 –

www.CranachanAndCrowdie.com

Food Events

Eat Walk Edinburgh – As recommended by

the BBC Good Food Magazine, this is a fabulous

way to learn about Edinburgh whilst sampling its

culinary delights at top venues. Tours start in

the Old town at 2pm and finish in the New

Town at 5.30pm. Along the way you will visit 6

premises and enjoy one of their signature dishes

plus a couple of wine tastings and a malt whisky.

For more info and to book, please visit

www.eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk

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Meat

Peelham Farm – Is an organic Sustainable

farm in Berwick-upon-Tweed. They produce

Free-range rare-breed pork, lamb, mutton and

field-raised beef-veal; including dry-cured &

smoked ham, charcuterie (prosciutto, salami,

chorizo, cottechino, pancetta), sausages &

burgers. Committed to guaranteeing product

integrity, traceability and taste. Shop at

www.peelham.co.uk – 018907-81328

Retro Sweets

Lickety Splits Gallery – Edinburgh’s one

stop shop for retro sweets, birthday parties,

bespoke hampers and personalised gifts for

that special someone. A feel good retrodecorated

sweet shop where sweets are stored

in glass jars and weighed out on a scale. More

than 145 different kinds of sweets including

traditional Scottish, retro American and an

impressive range of Danish salt liqourice. 6

Jeffrey Street, EH1 1DT – 07581342204.

Takeaways

Fish ‘n’ Chips Pierinos – Local fish and

chip shop and delivery service. Delicious menu

ranging from fabulous Fish & Chips and

succulent Sausages to perfect Pizza and

irresistible Pasta. Call 0131 477 7727 or order

online at pierinos.readyforfood.com.

11 Bernard Street, Leith, EH6 6PW

Los Cardos – Fresh Mex Burritos, Quesadillas

and Tacos made-to-order with choice of grilled

marinated chicken, steak, haggis, and slowcooked

pork. Vegetarian and vegan options also

available. Fresh made guacamole and choice of

five salsas ranging from Mild to Extra-Hot.

Delivery to EH3, EH5, EH6, EH7 and EH8

postcodes. 281 Leith Walk – 0131 555 6619

– www.loscardos.co.uk

Tea Rooms

Tea at 94 – invites you to experience a

different kind of Tea room. Situated near the

Meadows, at 94 Buccleuch Street, this modern

Tearoom supplies you with the sustenance you

need! From lovingly home baked treats to a

large choice of house teas and an ever changing

selection of guest teas, not to mention freshly

ground coffee, we’re sure you’ll find something

you like. We also have delicious breakfast and

lunch menus, with everything made on the

premises. Open Mon-Saturday 8.30am to

5.00pm; Sun 11.00am to 3.30pm.

94 Buccleuch St.

Wine Stores

Henderson Wines – Independent wine

merchant. Wine ranges from £5 a bottle on

offer wines to £100 plus on fine clarets and

champagne. A good range of collectable Malt

Whiskies up to £300 a bottle. 100+ beers

available. Collectable spirits also. Home

delivery.

109 Comiston Rd – 0131 447 8580 and new

shop now open at

23 Roseburn Terrace – 0131 337 4444.

Sideways Wine Store – Californian wine

specialist. Over 150 wines and beers available.

Free delivery in Edinburgh area. Buy direct from

www.Bottleshock.co.uk.

70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh

EH2 3DX – 0131 225 1233

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