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Your Independent, Local Guide to Eating

and Drinking in Edinburgh

September 2011

Restaurant & Bar Reviews

Food, Wine, Beer,

Cocktails, Whisky, Listings

£100 worth of vouchers

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At The Ship On The Shore

Seafood Restaurant & Champagne Bar

24-26 Shore, Leith EH6 6QN - 0131 555 0409 -

‘The best of Scottish produce prepared

for you in the heart of Edinburgh’

Deli & Licensed Cafe

15 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NB

Delicious all day breakfast

available on Sundays

Tel: 0131 556 6922

100% Fresh and simply cooked

Locally sourced Scottish fish and shellfish

New Stockbridge location

15 North West Circus Place, Stockbridge

Open Mon-Sat 10am - 11pm, Sun 12 noon - 9pm.

Bookings 0131 225 4431


The Ship, Limekilns


Leila Arfa

Mark Earl

Rachel Edwards

Lea Harris

The Insider

Sandy Ramsay

Kelly Smith

Hilary Sturzaker

Sharon Wilson

James Wrobel


Leila Arfa

Kelly Smith

Front Cover

courtesy of Alex at Artgo

About Bite


ite is an independent magazine that is distributed to about 250

bars, restaurants, delicatessens, cafés and the like throughout

Edinburgh. It has been published since 2003..

Our reviews and articles are written by passionate locals, who really

know their onions, wine, beer and cocktails.

We receive no funding and revenue is generated primarily by advertising

but this in no way affects how we review restaurants. Our reviewers,

publisher excepted, have no involvement whatsoever with advertising

and their remit is always “write the truth as you find it”.

We aim to provide a handy, informative, up-to-date and credible guide

to the Edinburgh Eating and Drinking scene.

Thanks for picking up Bite and have a great foodie month.

Bite x

In this issue

09 Review – Leith Lynx

11 Review – Ristorante Ferrari

13 Review – The Honours

14 Beer – Dark Star Expresso Stout

15 Review – Ignite

16 Wine – Rubicon Estate 2003

17 Wine – Le Di Vin

18 Wine – Henrick’s Bar & Bistro

19 Cocktails – Affinity

20 Cocktails – The Kelpie

21 Cocktails – Edinburgh Gin

22 The Insider – A Taste of Shlockland

23 Gourmet Girl Goes to Lidl

24 Off The Trolley – The Tunnock’s


27 Healthy Living with Real Foods

– Mushroom Mania

28 Whiskipedia – Glencadam

Highland Single Malt 10-year-old

29 What’s In Season – Truite au Bleu

39 Competitions – Win £100 of

vouchers to spend at The Dome.


Publisher/Editor I Sharon Wilson I 01383 616126 I M 07780 763613

I I • Assistant Editor I Kelly Smith

I • Design I Donna Earl I

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This magazine is printed on sustainable paper.



Supporting Orkney Cheddar

Scottish chefs Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack, of

restaurant Castle Terrace, have joined a campaign to

support Orkney Cheddar and have created a number of

yummy recipes using the product such as fishcakes with

mornay sauce and asparagus.

More info

Love Music Love Food

September 5th sees the release of Love Music Love food, The

Rockstar Cookbook - a stunning work which is raising funds

and awareness for The Teenage Cancer Trust. Inside you will

find creative photographs by Patrice de Villiers featuring musicians

with their favourite foods and accompanying recipes

from Sarah Muir. For example, Siouxsie Sioux with Beans on

Toast, Brandon Flowers with Pastor Tacos, Alex Kapranos with

Beetroot. It’s all for an excellent cause.

Visit for online sales.

The Good Table

September 5th also sees the release of Valentine Warner’s

new book The Good Table. Warner pays homage to the

slow cooking of cheaper cuts of beef, pork and lamb,

whilst encouraging readers to enjoy less widely-used meat

such as rabbit and venison.

Watson & Son Black Label

Manuka Honey

This is a premium honey that has powerful antimicrobial

properties and is thought to have a whole host of other

health benefits. Watson and Son have their HQ in the

Wairarapa region of New Zealand’s North Island and have over

fifteen thousand beehives in some of the most remote areas

of the country. Available at Napiers in Edinburgh or go to

PS – it is absolutely delicious.


Would You Like To See

The Beer List Sir?

Edinburgh’s Café St Honoré is replacing wine

with beer for Scottish Food Fortnight. They

have teamed up with Innis & Gunn to present a

special Harvest Supper on Tuesday 6

September and will host a 4 course meal

consisting of entirely home-grown food and

drink. Diners can expect to sample grass-fed

rose veal, hand-dived west coast scallops,

Borders roe deer and a bramley apple pudding.

Places cost £30 each. Book on 0131 2262211 or

email on

Iced & Light

Iced & Light is a fruity fat-free dessert produced in East

Lothian using a secret Italian recipe. The fruit is grown

near Dunbar, which apparently has more sunshine hours

than anywhere else in the UK! There are strawberry,

raspberry, lemon and blackcurrant flavours. To find out

more about this delicious, fruity, tingly, velvety dessert

and how to source, visit or call

Mark Rennie on 07960 962518.

Restaurant Francais

Tudor House, 9 Randolph Place, Edinburgh

0131 225 8678 •

Restaurant open for lunch 12 noon-3pm

and dinner 6pm-11pm.

Also at the Tudor House

0131 538 1815

Review: Leith Lynx All about the produce


he set dinner menu from Leith Lynx is

surely the best in town? At £16.95 for

three courses it’s a great deal;

especially when John Winnock (previously

head chef of Orocco Pier), is in the kitchen.

Mr Bite chose this option whilst I plumped for

à la carte. Starters were fresh Spey Bay ropegrown

mussels in tomato, chilli and tarragon

for him and grilled goats’ cheese with roasted

red pepper crostini and onion jam (£4.75) for

me. Caramelized onions and soft fruity

peppers were a good foil for the nicely

warmed gooey cheese, homemade crostini

was crunchy and fresh, the accompanying

cherry tomatoes a little cold. Mr Bite’s mussels

were smoky, the tarragon was pungent and the

garlic prominent; an unconventional twist of

flavours on a delicious dish which stood up

surprisingly well to the hefty flavours of his

William Bros Midnight Sun.

For mains I passed on fresh Port Seton lobster

with garlic butter (!) simply because I was

‘lobstered out’ when I visited (cue violins).

Instead I chose pan-fried Scrabster cod with

spring onion mash and a tomato and caper

salsa (£13.95) and Mr Bite had smoked loin of

Clash farm pork with dauphinoise potatoes

and pea and bacon broth. Both dishes had a

good balance of flavours on the plate. I loved

the zingy, fresh flavours of the salsa, the mash

was unctuous and it was nice piece of fish

although the skin could have been crispier. Mr

Bite’s broth was superbly deep and intense.

Good wholesome dishes; plates were cleaned.

Dessert for me was raspberry and Drambuie

crème brûlée with shortbread (£4.25) and Mr

Bite had the cheese. Now you’re talking! I like

to consider myself a bit of a ‘brûlée queen’

and this one was ‘right up there’; bosom-firm

consistency, lovely sharp raspberries and

stunningly good homemade shortbread. The

cheese plate got the thumbs up too, plenty of

grapes and – celery, Mr Bite’s favourite


Leith Lynx prides itself on sourcing local,

seasonal ingredients; the fresh, homemade

food is well put-together and a sign outside

for ‘lobster Fridays’, ensures a repeat visit.

(S. Wilson)

Leith Lynx

– 102 Constitution Street, Edinburgh,

Leith EH6 6AW

– 0131 554 9996



Opening hours

7 days Mon-Sun 10am-9.30pm for breakfast,

lunch and dinner.

Note: Leith Lynx caters for most dietary

requirements, especially coeliacs!


The best little slice of Poland in Edinburgh just got a lot bigger


now offers authentic Polish artisan bread baked

on our premises



235-241 Leith Walk, Edinburgh

EH6 8NY • Tel: 0131 555 1281


Delicatessen: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm;

Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 9am-6pm

Café: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm;

Sun 9am-6pm



Food served all day. Fresh, local, Scottish produce.

Premium wine & spirits list

Scottish craft beers & ciders

Exclusive range of Innis and Gunn beer

Whisky Tastings

Iconic views over The Mound

The Mound 4-7 North Bank Street, Edinburgh.

Bar & Bistro

0131 225 7224

Whisky Shop

0131 225 1532


now for


Review: Ristorante Ferrari Full of potential

o longer the Bruntsfield post office, 1

Merchiston Place has been beautifully

Ntransformed into the upscale Ristorante

Ferrari, serving what they see as traditional

northern Italian cuisine. The new occupants

present us with a welcoming room filled with

soft jazz, white linens and spectacular wine

glasses that beg to be filled with delicious

Italian juice. What could go wrong? Well, a

couple of things.

Service couldn’t be sweeter as we are shown to

our table of choice, by a window overlooking

the rain-soaked streets. Wine glasses are filled,

bread sticks are broken and olives also join the

table as we peruse a menu that quickly raises

some curiosity.

The prices are very high, particularly when

considering the ‘primi’ courses (pasta dishes,

traditionally eaten first in Italy) all exceed £15

and it’s clear that regular patrons could not have

this plus a main without breaking the bank.

Expectations are now high as well.

Instead we go for the special bruschetta (£4.50),

garlicky and good, and the ‘tarte salate’ (£5.95), a

really delicious savoury cake composed of Fontina

cheese, Porcini mushrooms and potatoes, served

warm with cool sour cream that tastes

delightfully of lemon. Four thumbs up so far.

My companion’s main is incredible; the ’osel scapa’

(meaning ‘escaped bird’) is a Pancetta-wrapped

sirloin with a Fontina cheese and herb center

(£15.50). Strong flavours mingle harmoniously and

every bite is savoured. Mine doesn’t compare.

My fish of the day should have been a delicatelycooked

monkfish with imaginative side dishes

chosen specifically to bring out the flavours of

each other and this particular fish. I receive an

unattractive bowl of melted butter with an alienlike

monkfish flipped ugly-side-up and halved

cherry tomatoes swimming questionably about

(£18.50). I am offered a salad or stuffed vegetables

for a side, as it comes with nothing else, but

instead the chef sends a standard roasted

vegetable medley, the same that accompanies

the sirloin and, lazily, other dishes too.

For these prices, one expects more creativity to

go into each individual forkful, and for the

complementary accompaniments to stay with

and enhance each bite. The pool of ‘mad water’

tastes of nothing as it rolls off each piece of this

usually-extraordinary fish that has tragically

died in vain. It had so, so much more potential.

For pudding, the torta della nonna: pastry cream

on pastry cake, and covered with almonds. My

companion said it was warm and lovely, but I

think she was being polite.

Ferrari also has so much promise, but must first

lower prices, or instead live up to them. (K. Smith)

Ristorante Ferrari

– 1 Merchiston Place, Bruntsfield,Edinburgh

– 0131 622 0108


Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday 5 pm till 11 pm

Monday closed




Specially Selected Pork Takes

Centre Stage with Hardeep Singh Kohli


elebrated broadcaster, comedian and Chef

Hardeep Singh Kohli joined Edinburgh Fringe

revellers last month to launch a new

campaign for Specially Selected Pork. He was joined

by Fife pig farmer Andrew Peddie to unveil the new

“Look for the Label” campaign. The pair tempted

hungry festival goers with a selection of delicious

dishes highlighting the versatility of pork which

Hardeep described as “the king of meats.”

Research has shown that Brits eat a staggering £1.9B

worth of pork each year. However, with more than

60% of all pig meat being imported, Scots are

encouraged to support local suppliers and choose

Specially Selected Pork.

The Specially Selected Pork label guarantees the

traceability of the meat from farm to fork, ensuring

it has been born, reared and slaughtered in Scotland.

More info at

Chinese Pork with

Crispy Noodles

Ingredients – Serves 2

450g Specially Selected Pork fillet

60ml plum sauce

30ml sweet chilli sauce

10ml soy sauce

15ml oil

50g sugar snap peas

1 red onion cut into wedges

1 red pepper cut into strips

100g baby sweetcorn – halved

1 carrot peeled and cut into thin strips


1 Into a roasting tin place onion,

pepper, sweetcorn, and carrot.

Drizzle over 15ml oil and mix

together. Place 450g lean pork fillet

on top.

2 Mix together plum sauce, sweet

chilli sauce and drizzle over the

pork fillet.

3 Cook in a preheated oven for 25-30

minutes. During the last 10-15

minutes of cooking, mix through

the vegetables and cook for

remaining time.

Serve the pork fillet cut into slices with

the roasted vegetables and crispy rice

noodles, or boiled egg noodles.

Review: The Honours A classic brasserie

oes Martin Wishart

have a painting in his

Dattic? Edinburgh's first

Michelin man looks as fresh

and energetic as ever as he

opens new venture, The

Honours. Along with fellow

chef and business partner Paul

Tamberrini, he has created a French brasserie so

classic it could have been inspired by the front

cover of Larousse Gastronomique.

It's a canny move. Despite recent trends for

rustic dining, the success of, for example,

Ondine has clearly demonstrated an

appreciation in Edinburgh for quality cuisine in

beautiful surroundings.

I visited with friend and fellow foodie, Fat

Donny (he isn't) for lunch. Ever the gent, he

chose the prix fixe menu (£17.50) (sure to attract

the New Town ladies who lunch), leaving me

free to indulge in the à la carte.

Starters set the bar; expect deceptively simple

looking dishes that belie expert execution. For

me, a Swiss cheese soufflé with spinach and

béchamel (£8.25) and for Donny, pork belly

minestrone with a free-range poached egg. My

soufflé was a puff of cheesy delight

complemented by the silky sauce. However,

and I squirm as I write, it was very slightly

overdone, but still sublime. Donny declared his

broth to be, “a modern take on minestrone.” It

had layers of flavour and aroma, from the

deeply comforting, labour-intensive stock right

through to high notes of fennel.

Main course for FD was goujonettes of plaice,

mushy peas and tartare sauce

whilst I chose rabbit a la

moutarde with pommes

sautées (£16.50). Neither of us

are fans of goujons but their

light freshness won us over

whilst the mushy peas had an

intensity of flavour that

transported me instantly to my granddad's

allotment. Meanwhile, the mustard sauce took

me to France with its intense flavour, hint of

rosemary and perfect consistency. (Minor

quibble: the menu champions local produce so

why source the rabbits from France?) Simple,

delicious food executed with a delicacy of

touch that modestly ensures the produce

remains centre stage.

Desserts were an individually cooked, pastryperfect

tarte Tatin (£7.25) for me with

home-made milky ice cream and a sundae for

Fat Donny with hokey-pokey and pleasingly

ripe bananas.

The Honours is here to stay. In a city of

proliferating bistros, the gap in the market for a

time-honoured brasserie has been cleverly

spotted and exploited. "À bientôt". (S. Wilson)

The Honours

– 58a North Castle Street, Edinburgh EH2 3LU

– 0131 220 2513 –


Opening hours

Lunch 12 noon-2.30 pm (12.30am Sun)

Dinner 6pm-10.30pm Tues-Sat.

Closed Sun eve and Mon.



Beer: Dark Star Espresso Stout

Has beans


’ve never been much of a coffee drinker;

having always found instant to be a very

poor alternative to a decent cup of tea

and although I do enjoy the very occasional

mug of the proper stuff, I haven’t gotten

around to learning the art of brewing it.

Chances are, you’re probably a lot

more au-fait with the complex,

bittersweet flavours of the

coffee bean than I am. But

even my decaffeinated

taste buds can detect

the very mocha-like

flavours found in many

stouts and porters.

These flavours are

usually derived from the

use of dark, roasted malts,

but if a brewer wants to

emphasise these notes it is not

uncommon to beef them up with the

addition of some freshly ground beans. As is

the case with a rather fine example from

Sussex: the Dark Star Espresso Stout.

The beer is more colourful than most stouts,

with red and amber highlights and a thin,

magnolia shortbread biscuit head. It is fairly

flat with little or no effervescence and the

head fades reasonably quickly. The nose is

very intense, almost physical in its presence

and dominated by strong black coffee.

There are suggestions of molasses, bitter

chocolate and dried fruit, but they all play

second fiddle to the freshly ground Arabica

beans. The beer is medium bodied, with little

or no alcohol burn. The palate is well rounded

with sweet oloroso sherry notes, a surprising

amount of hop bitterness and a dry, grainy

finish. It is a much lighter beer than both my

experience and that almighty aroma led

me to expect. It does linger on the

palate in a very pleasant way, but

unlike so many stouts, it isn’t

brash or overblown, it is

simply a well-crafted,

smooth, extremely neckable

beer of both modest strength

(4.2%abv) and price (Just over

£2 for 50cl).

Although an extremely

successful English brewery, Dark

Star is just now making inroads in

Scotland. The only other bottled beer that is

available up here is a golden summer ale that

the missus dismissed as being to sweet and

floral. For now I’ll take her word for it, but

given the quality of the stout you can be sure

I’ll be giving it a go soon.

James Wrobel is the proprietor for

Cornelius Beer and Wine on Easter

Road, Edinburgh, and can be

contacted on 0131 652 2405.

Review: Ignite Pilau talk


glance at Ignite’s website reveals that

they are located at the Haymarket

end of Morrison Street, so the Silver

Fox and I calibrated co-ordinates and pointed

our appetites west-wards. Ignite is in the

modern style of Indian restaurants with a

warm décor and an efficient front of house


They specialise in Bangladeshi and North

Indian dishes, and the menu features plenty of

familiar fare, alongside some less predictable

dishes. They also boast an ambitious wine and

Champagne list which offers both Krug and

Cristal, along with a good selection of lagers.

The richness of Indian food often invokes

sleepiness in me, and whilst we had every

intention of ‘ordering light’, a combination of

tempting choices, and convincing

recommendations soon had a mountain of

food heading our way.

To nibble, we began with some crispy papadams,

chutneys and a fresh onion pickle

(£2.95), followed by starters. We ordered the

super-cute baby aubergine pakora (£3.75), and

a selection of mixed kebab (£5.50). The pakora

were excellent, each mouthful combined the

softly-cooked centres and the spiced,

crunchy batter. The mixed kebab with their

salad garnish present and correct, comprised

grilled chicken breast and lamb, and the

‘flavour winner’ was made with minced lamb,

packed with zingy coriander.

Apart from of featuring one seabass dish, the

seafood section didn’t extend beyond the

ubiquitous king prawn, which was a shame.

Instead, we opted for Maracel chicken (I

thought rather pricey at £12.50) and the

Ceylon with lamb (£10.50). These were

accompanied by textbook-perfect fluffy pilau

rice, and the peshwari naan (both £3.25),

which was lightly blackened on the outside

and stuffed with coconut and sweet raisins.

With their reddish hue, both sauces looked

similar, however the layers of convincing ,

punchy tastes were well defined. The lamb’s

sauce a little more garlicky, coconut-y and

with heat, The Maracel sauce on the sweeter

scale, with chunks of bell peppers and

onions. Both were delicious with tender bites

of meat.

We couldn’t manage dessert, which seemed

to mostly be of the pre-made frozen type

anyway, so with full bellies (and a take-home

doggie bag), we left behind Ignite’s warm vibe,

and headed home to swap the pilau for our


Leila Arfa writes

Ignite Restaurant

– 272-274 Morrison Street, Edinburgh


– 0131 228 5666


Opening hours

Lunch: noon - 2pm 7 days

Dinner: 5:30pm - 11pm 7 days



Wine: Rubicon Estate 2003


nglenook winery is still and will forever

be one of my favourite Californian

wineries and Rubicon Estate, located in

Rutherford, California, is part of the original

Inglenook Estate which was established in

1880 by sea captain, Gustave Niebaum. His

intention was to create Californian wines

with the quality and status accorded to

European ones. Being a perfectionist he

planted only noble varietals imported from

France and built a state-of-the-art winery.

During prohibition his grand-nephew took

the helm, but his life was cut short, and in

1975 Francis Ford Coppola acceded.

Rubicon Estate is named after the flagship

wine which reflects the wonderfully unique

terrain. Rubicon use only 100% organicallyfarmed

grapes sourced directly from the

estate-owned vineyards.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon vines that were

planted between 1882 and 1885. DNA

testings ensure the authenticiy of the vines!

All harvesting is done by hand in the early

morning hours, and is then ready for the

crush. Rubicon is fermented in wooden

Taransaud open-top tanks. Traditional punchdown

and pump-overs are used to extract a

density in the wine along with supple tannins.

Rubicon Estate Rubicon 2003

Rubicon is full of black, sour cherries and

violets. On the palate the aromas are

Coppola Cabernet

Inglenook Winery, a historic winery building on the National

Register of Historic Places in Napa County, California.

confirmed with intense wild berries and

sweet vanilla which comes from the 100%

French oak barrels. Intense and dense on the

palate at 15% alcohol by volume. With a

decanter this wine is approachable now, but

if you are patient you may wait for perfection

in 15-25 years.

This amazing top estate cuvée can be found

at Calistoga Restaurant in Edinburgh on 70

Rose Street Lane, North for £75.00. All wines

available at Calistoga are for retail sale, but as

a unique pricing policy when you dine at the

restaurant you are only charged an additional

£5.00 a bottle. Now that’s a deal.

(S. Ramsay, W’est Solutions)

Wine: Le Di Vin Have you been to Le Di Vin?

ative Breton, Virginie

Brouard, has been

Nproprietor of the two

branches of successful bistro

La P’tite Folie since the early

naughties and two years ago

had an envy-inducing light

bulb moment. She opened a

sophisticated wine bar in a

beautiful building with a

simple menu of winecomplementing

platters of

fish, cheese and charcuterie.

Previously, wine bars had

negative yuppie/1980s

associations but it was time for a change and

Virginie read the market correctly.

Having a husband in the wine trade helped and

Ghislaine put together a wine list showcasing

two hundred wines from around the world

with over 50 by the glass.

Le Di Vin is a West End haven of

sophistication. Even when super busy you are

still likely to find a seat. The large, airy space

was formerly the Oratory of St Anne, a Polish

church. It has been tastefully refurbished and

accommodates a mezzanine which can be

hired for events or private parties. A large

wooden bar has a beautiful pewter top

imported from Lyon. The design is of vine

leaves and behind is an artisan wooden back

bar which showcases gleaming bottles of

wine. A mural was commissioned which

symbolises the entente cordiale. On one side

of a ‘last supper’ type table

stands Virginie as Joan of Arc,

alongside famous French

faces such as Edith Piaf, De

Gaulle, Brigitte Bardot; whilst

on the the other side we

enjoy characters such as Sean

Connery, Billy Connolly,

Andrew Carnegie.

Last time I visited was

following a book festival

event with a couple of

friends. We had some

Sauvignon Blanc, one platter

of smoked fish (£14) and one

of cheese (£14), plenty of bread, oatcakes and

butter are included and table service is

always friendly and efficient. Cheeses are

from Henri’s delicatessen in Morningside.

Keep your eyes peeled for Autumnal wine

tastings by Ghislaine; they are great value for


Le Di Vin is an ideal place to enjoy a glass or

two with friends; it is classy without being

intimidating and the modest but successful

Virginie Brouard is one of the unsung heroes

of the Edinburgh eating and drinking scene.

Le Di Vin Wine Bar

– 9 Randolph Place , Edinburgh EH3 7TE

– 0131 538 1815

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 12 noon till late; closed on Sunday



Wine: Henrick’s Bar & Bistro

The St Hallet's Range, Barossa Valley, Australia

assion is an over-used and often

superfluous term. As I listen to Ailsa,

Pproprietor of Henrick's Bar and Bistro in

Bruntsfield, describe her journey into the

wonderful world of wine her enthusiasm is

simply evident.

This ‘passion’ was

spotted by the head of

St Hallett's vineyard in

the iconic Barossa Valley.

He met Ailsa at a wine

show some years ago

and immediately invited her to work on the

2007 vintage. It was this adventure that

ultimately became the inspiration for the

current wine list at Henrick’s.

Ailsa worked the whole process from picking

and crushing the grapes through to barrelling

and tasting and now Henrick's bar is

becoming a bit of a flagship in the UK for the

St Hallett's range. For example, they have UK

exclusivity for Shiraz St Hallett Garden of

Eden, Barossa 2008 (£18.95).

I tasted three wines with Ailsa


First up was Poacher’s Blend (St. Hallett's,

Barossa, 2008), which is made from a mix of

Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Riesling

grapes. Lots of minerality ensures it is crisp

and refreshing but it also has body. We

thought it would complement the Henrick's

pan-fried monkfish cheeks, slowly simmered

in a white wine, rosemary and shallot sauce,

served with a pea and herb risotto (£8.50).


Next the Grenache – Shiraz Rosé (St. Hallett’s,

Barossa, 2010). I was a little suspicious of this

one as I usually like my rosé to be of the light

salmon-coloured Provencal-style. This wine

was almost fluorescent pink but it was

surprisingly dry and I loved it – lots of

summer berries but also hints of bubblegum

and a refreshing acidity. Pair it with chicken

Kiev (£8.50): tortilla crusted chicken breast,

filled with a rich garlic & cheese sauce and

served on a potato and cucumber salad, with

crispy noodles and quail eggs.


To finish, a Grenache - Shiraz - Touriga

(St. Hallett’s, Barossa, 2008). Soft, smooth

Grenache, followed by dark berries from the

Shiraz and juicy blackcurrants courtesy of the

Touriga. An intense, lush wine filled with

Aussie sunshine. A perfect Autumnal wine for

Henrick’s beef stroganoff (£8.95).

Note: Henrick's use a Vintori to pour their

wine. This is an award-winning wine gadget

that aerates wine immediately.

Henrick's Bar & Bistro

– 3 Barclay Place, Edinburgh

– 0131 229 2442


Cocktails: Affinity A natural liking for something....

t's fair to say I have an

affinity for Bramble, one

Iof the best cocktail bars in

Edinburgh. And now, well,

Bramble has an ‘Affinity’ for

me. It's hard to admit but this

Affinity is not just for me, it's

for everyone else as well!

You may have guessed that

Bramble have introduced an

‘Affinity’ cocktail onto their

menu. What you may not

have guessed is that this is a

unique ‘Affinity’ cocktail. It's

been created in conjunction

with Glenmorangie, made

using Glenmorangie 10-year-old and like the

whisky, benefits from some barrel ageing.

Thankfully we're not talking about 10 years in

old bourbon or sherry casks, but six weeks in a

bespoke 5-litre cask produced by Glenmorangie

for Bramble. In fact five casks have been made,

four from American Oak and one from French

Oak, each with with a different level of toasting

to allow the Bramble-meisters to experiment

with the cask type and the length of the ageing

period. Glenmorangie Head of Distilling and

Whisky Creation Dr Bill Lumsden oversaw the

cask creation.

So what do you get when you order a

Glenmorangie Affinity for £9.00 at Bramble?

The first thing you notice is how quickly you

get the drink - no messing around with

shakers, mixing glasses or muddlers here! The

next thing you notice is no ice -

just a frozen glass garnished

with a fresh cherry a lemon

twist and what, on first

impressions, looks like an oldfashioned

bottle of cough

mixture. Don't let your first

impressions deceive you though.

A closer examination reveals as

much thought has gone into the

packaging as the drink itself. The

100ml bottle is wax sealed,

individually marked with the

date of casking, the date of

bottling and who filled it and

labelled in the style of some

turn of the century snake oil.

As for the drink itself. If, like me, you are a

lover of whisky-based cocktails then I think

you'll like this one. A blend of equal parts 10

year old Glenmorangie, Byrhh and Noilly Prat

Dry Vermouth, each batch is likely to be

subtly different depending on the cask used

and the period of ageing. Ours was aged six

weeks in a heavy toast American Oak cask.

What you end up with is a rich, slightly

sweet, complex drink with notes of spice and

tannin that lingers a long time.

Oh, and you get to keep the bottle. (M. Earl)

Bramble Bar & Lounge

– 16A Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE

– 0131 226 6343




Cocktails: The Kelpie from Force of Nature

ocktails can be healthy! That’s the

good news coming from local

Centrepreneur Hilary Martha Donald.

She specialises in health food cocktails using

ingredients such as agave syrup, juniper,

thyme, blueberries, goji, coconut water,

beetroot, ginger, manuka honey and more.

Here’s a taster but you can find more info at

Kelpie – A bespoke take on the ‘pink gin’

with rhubarb and lemon thyme ice.

You will need a small pan, an ice tray,

tablespoon, 4 glasses, chopping board, sharp

knife, freezer.


3 large stalks of rhubarb, 2tblspns agave nectar,

lemon thyme, Hendricks Gin, tonic water,

Angostura Bitters, 1 lemon, sea vegtables.


Rhubarb and lemon thyme ice

I. Chop 2 stalks of rhubarb. Tip into

pan.Add agave nectar. Simmer on low for

10-15 mins. Mix to smooth.

2. Cut remaining rhubarb into 4 lengths.

Straight slices so they can stand upright.

3 Spoon mixture into eight ice cube

moulds. Stand the rhubarb in 4, stand

the thyme in 4. Freeze for a minimum of

12 hours.


I. Remove rhubarb and thyme ices from

freezer and place a rhubarb and a thyme

cube into each glass. Cover with normal

ice cubes.

2. Pour 4 gin and tonics

3. Add a dash of Angostura Bitters and

squeeze & slice of lemon in each.

4. Sprinkle with sea vegtables to serve.

Word of warning: drink immediately from

serving, don’t go back to one that’s let the sea

vegetables infuse for hours… unless you’re

open-minded about distinctly oceanic flavours.

Hilary is hosting a cocktail event at

Real Foods on Broughton Street on

13th September.

Cocktails: Edinburgh Gin


dinburgh Gin hails from Spencerfield

Spirits in Fife (www.spencerfield It is made by distilling

Scottish grain spirit together with juniper

and other core gin botanicals in a revered

200-year-old pot still in the Black Country. It

is then shipped to Scotland where native

Scottish botanicals juniper, heather and milk

thistle are added. Here are a couple of

cocktails for you to try at home or in your

favourite bar.


Gin Daisy

2 measures of Edinburgh Gin

1 measure of lemon juice

½ tsp. sugar

dash grenadine

1 maraschino cherry

1 orange slice

Shake the ingredients well with ice and strain

into a sugar-rimmed old fashioned glass.

Garnish with a maraschino cherry and

Orange slice.

White Lady

2 measures of Edinburgh Gin

1 measure lemon juice

1 measure Cointreau

½ tsp. sugar

zest of orange

Shake the ingredients well with ice and strain

into a sugar-rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish

with a zest of orange.

Please visit website for a full list of stockists.


Silver Award – The International Wine & Spirits


Two Gold Stars – The Guild of Fine Food

Gold Award - International SIP Awards

Bronze Medal from San Francisco World Spirits

Competition 2011

Drink Award at the Scotland Food & Drinks

Excellence Awards.

Picture courtedy of Michele D'Elia


The Insider: A Taste of Shlockland

These days, provenance is everywhere.

(No, not the ‘trace the history of

ancestry’ kind of provenance.) I’m

thinking of the much trickier provenance of

food, where every ‘organic’, ‘free to roam’ and

‘corn-fed’ adds a kerrching to supermarket

tills. Mind you at least there’s a scintilla of

truth in all of the above, the 80s version – an

attempt to put a footprint on the food of the

day – was the even more cynical Taste of

Scotland scheme. No doubt dreamt up by the

Tourist Board. The idea was that as long as

you offered a Scottish dish for a starter, main

and dessert you got a shiny plaque to place

outside your premises to entice the gullible

tourist through the door. Of course, in an

area that was already greyer than a January

night in Cumbernauld, chefs soon subverted

the manifesto to suit their needs or humour.

Meaning the dishes didn’t have to be

Scottish, they just had to sound Scottish.

Thus smoked haddock with duck egg and

Jersey royals would pass muster as ‘smeekit

haddie wi’ drappit egg ‘n’ tatties fae ither

lands’. Spiced yellow split pea soup, Egyptian

in origin, became ‘Brochan Buidhe’ – Gaelic

for yellow mixture. A Sephardic Jewish recipe

for deep fried choux pastry balls tossed in

cinnamon sugar, had a glamorous make over

as ‘Heilan’ Bonnets wi’ jammy dip’. The classic

Russian dish, Coulibiac (salmon, egg, puff

pastry etc) saw service on menus as ‘Kilted

Tweed kettle’. The French staple, daube of

beef with pommes purée, laboured under the

markedly less toothsome moniker; ‘collops i’

the pan wi’ McEwans ale and chappit spuds’.

All of the above required some imagination

or, indeed effrontery. Other classic recipes

could be tweaked with dumb insouciance.

Steak Diane? Replace the brandy with

Drambuie and you have ‘steak Bonnie Prince

Charlie’. Trifle? Easy peasy, swap the sherry for

whisky and you have ‘tipsy laird’.

Menus that were already peppered with

appalling Franglais translations of the classic

culinary cannon were now groaning under the

weight of another mangled dialect. Let us call

this one Authentic Gibberish…There was even

some crossover between the rogue languages

– hetoudeau, the French for capon, became

the Scottish dish ‘Howtowdie’ – happily the

80s culinary fraternity cannot be blamed for

this one, it was a product of the Auld

Alliance between the two countries.

‘smeekit haddie wi’ drappit egg ‘n’ tatties fae ither lands’

Gourmet Girl Goes To: Lidl


quick glance at my monthly bank

statement reveals the extent of my

food-shopping mania. In my

younger years, fancy shoes were my

Achilles’ heel. These days it’s a quest for the

finest edibles. We all love supporting

independent stores, but reality also says that

most of us are in a supermarket at least once

a week. Waitrose is always top of my

list for quality, but it knocks a

serious dent in budgetary

terms. When I’ve over-spent

once more and can’t quite

give up my Parma ham

addiction, a trip to LIDL

will always keep me


It’s an ugly ‘ol place, and a

visit here will never have

you leaving with a warm and

fuzzy feeling but neither will it

seduce you into multi-offer buying,

or chasing ‘loyalty points’. I’ve been known

to quickly pack my bags, push the trolley to

the car park and have a sneaky look at the

receipt to verify that I managed to buy ‘all

of this’ for £26.94.

Some of the stuff on the shelves is

uninspiring, and frankly weird. However,

many products are the same as (if not

better than) the average supermarket

version, only here it can be up to 50% less

pricey. Some of my faves are the Italian

tinned tomatoes, passata, basmati rice,

extra-virgin olive oil, organic eggs, walnuts

and cartons of juice.

The fruit and veggies aisle is always worth a

look. I recently picked up a box of organic

heirloom tomatoes, pots of fresh basil and

coriander for 80p, and rooster potatoes. Far

from all being Euro-imports, the majority of

the fresh produce is from the UK, and things

like apples are great in season.

Fresh meat can be hit or

miss, but they do have

good Scottish free-range

chickens (£3.29/kg) and

farm-assured pork

chops which are tops

for the BBQ. The deli

section is my fave, and

whilst there are some

dubious processed items,

there’s also some highlights

including the D.O.P Parma ham

and aged Parmesan, the Gorgonzola

and Jamón Serrano. The Greek-style yoghurt

is creamy and tasty dolloped onto their

own-brand luxury muesli (£1.89)

I couldn’t swap to LIDL for my main shop,

but it’s well worth a monthly visit to stock

up on some of these goodies. The shoes

can wait.

Stores across the UK.

Leila Arfa is the voice behind food blog



Off The Trolley: The Tunnock's Factory


t has always been a dream of mine to visit

Uddingston. Despite it being a mere 44

miles from Edinburgh, until this summer I

had never been. But what was the appeal?

Quite simply, it is home to the Tunnock's

factory, where 10 million caramel wafers,

snowballs, teacakes, and caramel logs are

made every week. And this summer, I went on

a private tour.

I arrived in Uddingston to the heavenly smell

of coconut and chocolate in the air, with

dreams of caramel rivers, vats of mallow and

streams of chocolate: Scotland's own Willy

Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

I was shown round by Fergus, a lovely man

who didn't in the slightest resemble an

Oompa-Loompa, and seemed entirely

unphased by (or perhaps used to?) my

excitement. Everything, from the biscuit

bases to the chocolate covering, is made onsite

and I got to see it all.

Sheets of caramel, so smooth I wanted to

write my name in them with my finger. Racks

of wafers, destined to be covered in cream or

caramel. Rows of little naked teacakes, their

mallow forming a perky peak, waiting to be

smothered in chocolate. Twelve ton vats of

chocolate, buckets of sugar, crates of

coconut. It was amazing.

Tunnock's began as a family business in 1890. It

was initially a baker's, and until fairly recently,

still devoted a floor of the factory to making

pies and pasties for nearby shops. In the 1950s,

though, the caramel wafer was born. It was

closely followed by the teacake, snowball,

and caramel log. Pie-making space was given

over to the better known Tunnock's products,

although the factory does still supply their

nearby tearoom with savoury items.

Tunnock's is still a family-run business, with

Boyd Tunnock as the man in charge. I saw his

car, and heard whispers of his comings and

goings, but didn't catch a glimpse of him

myself. I imagine he shoots along the

corridors in a glass elevator, inventing strange

things behind closed doors…or perhaps I'm

getting carried away.


But what makes Tunnock's so special?

Tunnock's teacakes are the only high street

variety to use an Italian meringue rather than

gelatin to make their mallowy goodness. Their

chocolate uses real cocoa butter, not

vegetable fat. And they are surprisingly not

too bad for you: a teacake has just 106


But beyond the edible aspects, there was

something special about the atmosphere of

the factory: something more than the

wonderful smell and the barrows (yes,

barrows) of sugar. From the moment I walked

in the door, it was hard not to smile.

Everything, from the naked teacakes to the

robot packing machines, the bowls of

complimentary caramel wafers and even the

Oompa-Loompas – sorry, employees –

seemed happy. And with an average service of

16 years, one suspects the factory's 550 staff

must like what they do.

Hoping to join them, I asked about quality

control, and volunteered as a taster but Fergus

told me that they already have four. Alas. But

perhaps a good thing as Fergus also said he’s

become immune to the smell of sugar and


Tour over, bag of Tunnock's in

hand, it was time to go. And

while I didn't encounter Boyd,

the last person I did meet was

the man who mixed the

chocolate – and his name was

Willy. There may not have

been Oompa-Loompas and

rivers of caramel, but it was still

close enough to magic for me. (R. Edwards)

Public tours of the Tunnock's factory are

available on Wednesday evenings.

Pre-booking is essential. 01698 813551

34 Old Mill Road, Uddingston, G71 7HH.

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Healthy Eating With Real Foods:

Mushroom Mania


eptember is ‘mushroom month’ in the

foodie calendar. It’s the time of the year

when we start to get excited about all

those lovely Autumnal fruit and vegetables

coming into season, not least, fabulous fungi!

Mushrooms are full of vitamins and minerals

e.g. B vitamins, which are good for your

nervous system, as well as selenium,

potassium and niacin, which have a number of

health benefits.

Mushrooms are versatile and quick to cook.

Add them to an omelette, eat them on toast,

or add them to a breakfast for quick

nutritional fix.

The following pâté is an incredibly simple but

tasty autumnal recipe. Try spreading it on

healthy bread or oatcakes and take to work to

eat with a lunchtime soup.

Ingredients Serves 6

600 ml water

350g mushrooms sliced

1/2 med onion, sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

100g firm tofu, mashed

50g walnuts, chopped

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Heat the water in a frying pan then cook

the mushrooms, onion and garlic, simmer

for 5 mins until soft.

2. Transfer the vegetables and tofu to a

food processor or blender and process

until smooth. Add the walnuts, salt and

pepper and blend for a further 5 mins.

3. Transfer to a serving dish and chill for at

least 2 hrs before serving.


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– 0131 557 1911

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– 0131 228 1201

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Glencadam Highland Single

Malt 10 year old


his highland whisky was winner of the

World Whisky Awards 2009 in the

category Best Highland Single Malt 12

Years and under and Jim Murray awarded the

whisky 95 / 100 in his Whisky Bible 2008.

The distillery lies on the outskirts of Brechin,

Angus in the eastern highlands and is owned

by Angus Dundee Distillers Plc. The whisky is

unchillfiltered and has no caramel colouring


Chillfiltering prevents the whisky from

becoming hazy when in the bottle, when

served, chilled, or when water or ice is added.

Generally bottled whisky over 46% remains

unclouded but many whisky enthusiasts

believe that the process does remove some

of the flavour and body from the whisky.

Meanwhile E150A caramel colouring is

commonly added to Scotch whisky to impart

a rich and well-aged appearance. No other

additives are allowed in Scotch whisky but

the use of caramel additive doesn’t have to

be disclosed in Scotland.

The aim of the distillery with this whisky

however, was to produce an aged but pure

drink where the natural flavours shine

through. Bourbon casks were selected

Unchillfiltered and no added colour

accordingly, which furnish it with vanilla,

toffee and citrus flavours and tones.

Glencadam 10 Tasting Notes

Colour: Pale Straw gold

Nose: At first; fresh, aromatic and floral with

a honey sweetness. The addition of water

brings out its earthiness and the sun-dried

hay of the harvest.

Palate: Vanilla and honeydew sweetness.

Slight tropical fruit.

Finish: Long, lingering and gentle as it fades

on barley malt and fruit.

Glencadam Highland Single Malt – 10 year

old is available from the Whiski Rooms shop

RRP £31.99.


& Shop

– 4, 6 and 7 North Bank Street,

Edinburgh EH1 2LP

– Bar & Bistro 0131 225 7224

– Whisky Shop 0131 225 1532


What’s In Season:

Harvest Festival


eptember, I think, is the best month of the year; the

weather is normally kind and I may get a couple

more BBQs in. The hurdy-gurdy, hustle and bustle

of the Festival leaves Edinburgh in a post coital glow;

posters removed from the pillars on the Mile and the

City can breathe once again. Shops and market stalls are

groaning with harvest time goodies, we’re spoilt for

choice as to what we put in our fridges and larders (under

stair cupboard in my case). I love the start of autumn;

orchard fruits and brambles are just right for crumbles,

pies, cobblers, even a fool or two. A time of glut; time for

foraging; wild and brown trout season. If you can get hold

of these wee fish then you are in for a treat as this recipe

is a great way to cook them. Can only get the silvery

rainbows? Don’t worry because this classic French dish

works well with them too.

You can use vinegar to be traditional but as we have a

good local cider supplier, I use Thistly Cross from Dunbar.

If you can’t get hold of a decent fish stock, don’t worry,

cheat with a cube, it isn’t a crime for time short cooks.

You don’t have to have salad – steam kale and toss boiled

spuds in olive or rapeseed oil, it’s just as tasty.

Another real fast food recipe; from fridge to plate should

take no more than 15 minutes. Quick and simple – my

kinda food! (L. Harris)

Lea writes and

is @BakersBunny on Twitter

Truite au Bleu

1 trout per person

(wild, brown or rainbow)

gutted and cleaned

4oz cider

Fresh, well flavoured fish stock

or, dare I say it, a stock cube


1 Clean the trout under cold

running water.

2 Place fish in a deep pan

and pour over the cider

and stock. If using a cube

make up as per instruction.

3 Bring to the boil, cover

with a tight fitting lid, then

remove from heat.Leave to

stand for 5 mins.

Serve with warm salad of

thinly sliced fennel, apple and

potatoes, dressed in a light

coating of mayonnaise.


What else is in my basket?

Pears, brambles, damsons. Partridge, venison, autumn lamb.

Green broccoli, kale, spinach. Mussels, oysters, sea bass.




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

Lancers Brasserie – A sumptuous dining

experience in Stockbridge offering awardwinning

Indian cuisine. Three dining rooms,

Lancers Mess, The Regiment Club & The

Officers Club, can cater for every desired

dining experience from an intimate dinner for

two, through to private dining and up to large

parties. Try the Chef's Selection from the A La

carte menu (£18.95) and the vegetarian and

non-vegetarian Thali (£22.95) and (£17.95)

respectively. Open for lunch and dinner.

5 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

EH3 5BA. Tel: 0131 332 3444 & 0131 332 9559.

Bistros and Brasseries

Bisque – Casual gourmet dining using locally

sourced food, served in a relaxed and

contemporary setting. The bright, airy brasserie

and sunny garden terrace are perfect for

breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, not to

mention a glass of wine from the well thought

out list. Open all day, every day. 69 Bruntsfield

Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HH

Reservations: 0131 622 8163

Online reservations:

Browns – Spacious brasserie-style restaurant

with trademark quality service and bustling

atmosphere. Choose throughout the day from

a freshly prepared menu or enjoy a snack or

pre-dinner cocktail in the bar. Bar open daily

9am-10.30pm Sun, until midnight Mon-Thu, 1am

Fri and Sat; restaurant noon to 11pm daily

(10.30pm Sun). 131-133 George St

– 0131 225 4442.

Elbow – Eat ... the freshest produce from

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

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

that count. Open for breakfast at 11am. Live

music is now every Friday. Pub Quiz every

Tuesday. Open mic every Sunday. Upstairs

space available for free hire.

133-135 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh –

0131 556 5662 –

e.s.i. – Englishman, Scotsman and an Irishman!

Watch the chefs in the open kitchen create

your meal with fresh, homemade produce.

Diverse beer list ranging from Timothy Taylors

Landlord of Yorkshire, to James Boags of

Tasmania, whilst the bottle of wine on your

table could be award winning. Expect value for

money, a comfortable environment and an

enjoyable experience. 46 Queen Charlotte

Street, Leith – 0131 555 3103 www.


Calistoga Central & Sideways Wines –

WINNERS of Speciality Restaurant of the Year.

Great food, great wine, wine sales, wine

tastings, whisky tastings all available at

Edinburgh’s Original Californian Restaurant

now based exclusively at 70 Rose St. Lane

North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX – 0131 225 1233.


Rice Terraces – Recently opened, Rice

Terraces is the only Filipino restaurant in

Scotland. Filipino chefs create authentic home

made dishes accompanied by a large selection

of Philippine beers and drinks. Open Tue-Fri

5pm-11pm; Weekends 10am-11pm.

93 St. Leonards Street, Edinburgh EH8 9QY,

– 0131 629 9877 –

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

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.


Café Marlayne – An absolute winner! Both

branches of this Edinburgh favourite have a well

deserved reputation for serving consistently

first rate cuisine that is fresh, seasonal and

skilfully cooked. The homemade desserts are

‘to die for’. Open for lunch and dinner.

13 Antigua Street – 0131 558 8244 and

76 Thistle Street – 0131 226 2230.

La Garrigue – Regional French Cuisine and

Terroir Wines from the Languedoc/ Roussillon.

A restaurant where “Chef/ proprietor Jean

Michel Gauffre brings warm Languedoc to your

plate” (Pete Irvine in Scotland The Best). This

restaurant is simple and stylish with the

relaxed ambience of a French bistro and it is a

firm favourite with locals and tourists alike.

Winner of the Good Food Guide Readers’

Restaurant of the Year 2010 (Scotland). Also

Gordon Ramsay's Best French Restaurant 2010.

Open 7 days for lunch and dinner.

31 Jeffrey Street – 0131 557 3032

14 Eyre Place – 0131 558 1608 and

88 Commercial Street, Leith – 0131 553 5933

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

£9.50, 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


Britannia Spice – This award-winning gem

of the Edinburgh dining scene is often referred

to as the best Indian restaurant in the Capital.

In fact it won the ‘Best in Britain’ Award three

years running! The menu is vast – Indian,

Bangladeshi, Nepali, Thai dishes are served and

the prices are reasonable. Conveniently

located in Leith near the Royal Yacht Britannia,

Ocean Terminal shopping centre and the

Scottish Executive, Britannia Spice is served by

frequent buses from the City centre. Open

Mon-Sat 12 noon-2pm; 5pm-11.45pm,

Sun 5pm-11.45pm

150 Commercial Street, Ocean Drive, Leith,

EH6 6LB. 0131 555 2255.

Suruchi and Suruchi Too – Indian Cuisine

at its best. Innovative cuisine from the major

culinary regions of India bought to Edinburgh

and skillfully prepared by master chefs.

14a Nicolson Street and

121 Constitution Street – 0131 556 6583

and 0131 554 3268 respectively. &


Al Dente – Literally ‘on the tooth’ which is

typical of freshly cooked pasta and typical of

this authentic restaurant which serves ‘pure’

Italian food. The changing menu includes

dishes from Puglia to Tuscany and is

complemented by regionally themed nights

once a month. Food cooked with passion using

only the freshest, seasonal ingredients. Ideal

venues for corporate events private parties or

business lunches. Nominated for the Ethical

Good Food Awards 2009.

– 139 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QA

– 0131 652 1932 mob 07530516822

Kurdish and Middle Eastern

Hanam’s – Edinburgh’s only Kurdish & Middle

East restaurant proudly offers a wide variety of

authentic dishes served with complimentary

naan bread. Traditional costumes, music, decor

and speciality events throughout the year,

ensure the Hanam’s experience is really

something to shout about. Also Shisha Pipe

Balcony. Open 7 days from Midday-Late.

3 Johnston Terrace (nr the castle)

– 0131 225 1329 and online booking at


Los Cardos – Fresh Mex Burritos, Quesadillas

and Tacos made-to-order with choice of

grilled marinated chicken, steak, haggis, and

slow-cooked pork. Vegetarian and vegan

options also available. Fresh made guacamole

and choice of five salsas ranging from Mild to

Extra-Hot. 281. Leith Walk – 0131 555 6619



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.

Book on line at

– 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 Street.


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

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

Place - 0131 554 7427.

Stac Polly – One of Edinburgh’s original

restaurants for authentic Scottish food and

atmosphere; now in its 21st year. Tasteful,

traditional décor such as stonewalls, Anta

furnishings and thistles 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. Private rooms

available and outdoor facilities in Dublin St.

Open 7 days.

29-33 Dublin St – 0131 556 2231

8-10 Grindlay St – 0131 229 5405

38 St Mary’s St – 0131 557 5754


Iggs and Barioja – Est. 1989, Iggs now

specialises in seafood. Lunch 2 courses £12.50,

pre-theatre available and dinner à la carte.

Barioja is a multiple award-winning restaurant

serving paella and tapas. Great for parties. All

overseen by the ever charismatic Iggy.

15/19 Jeffrey St – 0131 557 8184 (restaurant)

0131 557 3622 (bar).

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


Thai Orchid – Award-winning authentic Thai

cuisine using the best locally sourced produce

and imported Thai spices.

3 course business lunch £7.95.

5a Johnston Terrace (top of the Royal mile)

– 0131 225 6633

Bars and Bar Food

Advocate – Traditional Scottish Ale House

offering an extensive range of freshly prepared

food at great value everyday. 7 Hunter Square,


Albanach – Serving the best in Scottish

cuisine daily in both the restaurant and bar.

Over 250 Malt Whiskies on offer alongside an

extensive wine and ale list. 197 High Street,


Amicus Apple – Hardly a secret destination,

Kevin Spacey, the cast of Gossip Girl and top

premiership footballers have been clocked

enjoying an award-winning cocktail in recent

months. However, the food is the real find!

Whatever you fancy, leisurely lunches, languid

evenings or late nights, you are guaranteed a

great time. 17 Frederick Street, Edinburgh

– 0131 226 6055

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 1pmmidnight.

229 Leith Walk – 0131 553 5900 Free Wifi.

BrewDog Bar – Enjoy a selection of the best

beers the world has to offer, in a laid back,

chilled out atmosphere. For more info see, or facebook on BrewDog

Bar Edinburgh. 143-145 Cowgate, Edinburgh,

EH1 1JS.

Cameo – Food served daily, 2 for 9.99 deal

Mon – Thurs. All live sport shown and an

extensive range of continental lagers on offer.

23 Commercial Street, Edinburgh.

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 –


The Earl of Marchmont – The Earl a

bustling, community-based hub has a

contemporary interior with generous outside

seating and beautiful lighting. On offer is an

extensive all day menu served by a welcoming

service from all the staff. Enjoy chilled Sunday

afternoons or a night out with friends and

family. Visit and follow link

for the Earl. 22 Marchmont Crescent,

Edinburgh – 0131 662 1877.

The Espy – Esplanade Bar & Restaurant

overlooking Portobello beach known for its

wide range of menu options created with

quality produce and freshly prepared specials.

A new and comprehensive breakfast menu is

now being served from 9am to 1145am. Also

coffees & teas, delicious wines, cask ales, cold

beers, cocktails and freshly squeezed fruit

juices plus free wifi & live music too. Bright sea

views and cosy sofas, you can relax and watch

the world go by friends. 62-64 Bath Street,

Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1HF

– 0131 669 0082


Forth Floor Bar – For the finest bespoke

cocktails, wines and draught beers head to this

swanky cocktail bar with curvy banquettes,

chilled music and stunning views. Open from

noon every day, Tues-Sat til midnight. Food

served noon-7pm.

Harvey Nichols, St Andrews Square

– 0131 524 8350.

Guilty Lily – Caught between the

decadence of 1940’s burlesque and the

comfort of your local watering hole, Guilty Lily

welcomes and seats you on some of the

squishiest sofas in Leith. An extensive menu

that includes, homemade specials prepared

daily, fresh ground coffee and scones, fabulous

live music, funky cocktails, fine beers and ales,

fruity wines, free wifi and a huge big smile. We

are a family friendly café/restaurant and are

licensed for children. Café by day, bar and

venue by night. After the success of the

Esplanade in Portobello, Amanda decided to

share the love with the good people of Leith.

284 Bonnington Rd, – 0131 554 5824.

Hampton Hotel – Extensive menu of

Scottish classic and modern favourites served

12-3 5-9pm daily. Dine in the restaurant or bar

and enjoy a 2 for 9.99 deal midweek. 14

Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh.

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

cafe 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

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

23 Elm Row – 0131 556 4140.

Merlin Roadhouse – Recently refurbished

and with an extensive menu and very

competitive prices the Merlin is a must visit for

anyone on the southside of Edinburgh. 168

Morningside Road, Edinburgh.

Nobles – With this cafe 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

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

fair-trade 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 EH66RS – – 0131 629 7215

Roseleaf Bar Café – A cosy wee bar cafe 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.

Wholesome brunchies, lunchies, din-dins &

munchies served from 10 till 10 everyday with

daily changing specials including Sunday roasts

& home baked 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

23-24 Sandport Place, Leith

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 Free WiFi.

The Standard – Bar menu available all day

with a seasonal set menu changing daily.

Breakfasts available at weekends, Roasts

available every Sunday. Children welcome 'til

6pm. We also now have a new cocktail/wine

list available and excellent deals on spirits and

beers. Live sport shown in basement sports.

Function room available to hire. All this makes

this new town bar a must for foodies, locals,

sports fans and students. Sun-Thu 11am

midnight; Fri & Sat 11am-1am. Food served

noon-9pm. 24 Howe Street,

Edinburgh EH3 6TG – 0131 225 6490

Starbank – Traditional Ale House with 8

daily cask ales pouring, great range of

homecooked food served with daily specials

to ensure you never tire of eating at the

Starbank. 64 Laverockbank Road, Edinburgh.

The Street – Lively night-time hot spot with

an eclectic back bar, plus light bites served

until midnight Sunday to Thursday and classic

pub grub served until 9pm daily, until midnight

on weekends. Check out ‘orange Wendy’s

Wednesday Pub Quiz’. DJ’s every Thurs, Fri &

Sat. Open everyday from midday until 1am.

2 Picardy Place, EH1 3JT

– 0131 556 4272 –

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.


The Waterline – A warm and inviting

Bar/Bistro with views over ‘The Water of Leith’.

Enjoy some of our fresh homemade food for

lunch, dinner or simply when you get the

nibbles as you relax by the cosy fire. Dine with

friends in our back restaurant area and choose

from our large selection of wine, spirits,

bottled beers & ales, or simply relax with a

coffee or fresh Suki Tea as you surf the free

WIFI. Food is now served 12 till late. Fun and

folk music with Skirlie every Wednesday from

9pm, and live music on Saturdays from 9pm or

come along on a Thursday night to join the

popular pub quiz! For more info contact Sonia

and The Team at 58 The Shore, Leith

– 0131 554 2425.

White Hart – Selection of Scottish

favourites served daily in the surroundings of

Edinburghs oldest bar. Trading since 1517 this is

one not to miss. 34 Grassmarket, Edinburgh.

The White Horse – on the Canongate has

recently been re-opened by the Ross Brothers

of The Earl of Marchmont. 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. 232 Canongate,

EH8 8DQ – 0131 556 4481





World’s End – Famous Edinburgh pub

serving high quality pub food daily

complemented by a range of cask ales, whisky

and wine. 2-8 High Street, Edinburgh.


Always Sunday – A sunny, refreshing

experience in the heart of the Old Town.

Fairtrade coffee, pots of tea, breakfast, lunch,

wine and beer, all day deli dishes and fabulous

cakes and scones. 170 High Street - Mon-Fri

8am-6pm, Sat & Sun 9am-6pm.

Edinburgh Larder – A relaxed, bright and

welcoming environment with a delicious

selection of local, good quality food, using

organic / seasonal ingredients wherever

possible. Great coffee from Artisan roast,

fantastic teas from Eteaket, lovely home baking

and superb cakes. Fully licensed with tasty

local beer, wines from Friarwood and a

selection of Scottish spirits. Free WIFI,

wheelchair & child friendly. Open from 8am-

5pm Monday-Saturday and 9am-5pm Sunday.

15 Blackfriars Street EH1 1NB – 0131 5566 922


Deli Polonia – Offering the largest range of

Polish produce in Edinburgh. We have a variety

of fresh breads which are a combination of

sweet and sour dough (half wheat-half rye), the

biggest range of fresh Polish Sausages and a

wide range of Polish beers and much much

more... All nationalities very welcome. Opening

hours – Delicatessen: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm;

Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 9am-6pm – Café: Mon-Sat

8am-6pm; Sun 9am-6pm. Come in and enjoy a

coffee –

235-7 Leith Walk, Edinburgh – 0131 555 1281.

Real Foods – is at the forefront of natural,

organic and vegetarian food retailing and is the

largest Scottish retailer of Organic, Fair trade,

Vegetarian and Special Diet foods. Opened in

Edinburgh in 1975, Real Foods was also the

capital’s first natural food shop. With over 30

years of trading, the shops have become an

integral part of the local community and

provide first rate customer service. Visit them

at - 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU

– 0131 557 1911 or 8 Brougham Street, Tollcross,

EH3 9JH – 0131 228 1201 – or order online

Wine Stores

Henderson Wines – Independent wine

merchant. Extensive range of wines, champagnes,

beers & spirits. Wines range from pick ’n’ mix for

£10 to bottles of £130. 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

70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX –

0131 225 1233.


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