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Me I’m


Your Independent,

Local Guide to Eating and

Drinking in Edinburgh

August 2011

Restaurant & Bar Reviews

Food, Wine, Beer,

Cocktails, Whisky, Listings

Bite goes to Leith

WIN of

A Three Course Meal for Four

People with Champagne Courtesy

The Salisbury Arms




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‘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

Ristorante Ferrari

Italian Food Inspired by Tradition

Our motto is “PANCIA PIENA, CUOR CONTENTO!” (Full Stomach, Happy Heart!)

1, Merchiston Place EH10 4NP Edinburgh • 0131 622 0108

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Editor, The Ship,



Leila Arfa

Frances Bentley

Rachel Edwards

Lea Harris

The Insider

Sandy Ramsay

Kelly Smith

Hilary Sturzaker

Sharon Wilson

James Wrobel

Front Cover

Thanks to Lyndsey Lee Wilson,

actress, Linsey Gilhooley,

make-up artist, Simone Hilliard

photography, Richard at

Williams Bros, The Leith

Agency, Kenny at Welch’s

Fishmongers and Loch Fyne


About Bite


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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

06 Review: Whiski Rooms

07 Review: The Dining Room

Bite goes to Leith

11 The Insider

12 Wine: Fish ‘n’ Chips ‘n’ Fizz

13 Best Fish In Leith

15 Michelin Leith

17 Review: Los Cardos

18 Cocktails: Rum

19 Review: Roseleaf

20 Beer: Maid In Leith

23 Review: The Starbank

24 Off The Trolley:

The Leith Cake Trail

25 Gourmet Girl Goes To…Berits

And Brown

27 Beat The Festival Frazzle

With Real Foods

28 Whisky

29 What’s In Season

The Glorious Twelfth

30 Listings

39 Competition


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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Review: Whiski Rooms A winning blend


ob Roy, Royal Mile, haggis neeps and

tatties. Have we found ourselves in an

Edinburgh tourist trap? Well, yes but

no, but...

We are indeed just off the Royal Mile dining

at the newbie Whiski Rooms on Bank Street

incorporating a shop, bar and bistro. Whiski

opened a month ago but has successfully

avoided the tartan tat territory of its nearby

neighbours on the High Street.

This is whisky done in a smart, grown-up way

with decor to match: low lighting, copper,

exposed stone walls, burgundy hues, stag

heads, oak tables, framed photos, candles

and walled whisky dungeons.

Perusing the menu, it is apparent that Whiski

is proud to be Scottish and enthuses this to

the max. They have obliterated their carbon

footprint as the menu reads like an Oscar

nomination for the ‘Best in Scotland’.

Crombie sausages, Macsweens haggis,

Buccleuch Estate Farm meat, and chef visits

the Edinburgh fish market daily – you get the


The list of whisky cocktails on the drinks

menu is extremely enticing and naturally, I’m

straight on to them! A Rob Roy for me (Baillie

Nicol Jarvie whisky, Martini Rosso and bitters)

and an Innes & Gunn rum cask beer for Mr

Predictable, sorted.

On to the food. To start, I opt for King

scallops with Stornoway black pudding and

apple puree (£7.50). Mr P has grilled Arbroath

smokies on toast with gooseberry chutney

(£6.95). Tasty and promising.

Mains are pan-fried sea bass with puy lentils

and crisp prosciutto for me (£13.95).

Perfectly-seasoned and melt in your mouth

fish. As predicted, Mr P decides on 28-dayaged

8oz sirloin steak, chunky chips, roasted

vine tomatoes and a whisky sauce (£18.95)

served on a wooden board, nice touch.

Cooked medium rare, he declares it ‘spot on’.

Quick drum roll for the side order of onion

rings –a light batter and flash-fried,


As it was Saturday, we manage to squeeze in

desserts! Heather and honey cheesecake for

me (£5.75) is nothing short of divine. A trio of

Scottish cheeses for Mr P with homemade

chutney (£7.95) warrants nods of approval too.

Customer service is ‘braw’ and the staff really

know their malts from their grains. Yes there

are lots of tourists dining with us but what a

great impression of Scottish hospitality to

give them. My only niggle – lose the TV in

the restaurant please?

Hilary Sturzaker writes

Whiski Rooms

– 4-7 North Bank Street, Edinburgh EH1 2LP

– 0131 225 7224

Opening hours

Mon-Sun, 10am-1am

Food served daily until 10.30pm

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Review: The Dining Room

Inside The Scottish Malt Whisky Society


he Scotch Malt Whisky Society is renowned

for their cornucopia of whisky, but it isn’t

commonly known that The Dining Room at

the Queen Street venue is also open to nonmembers.

This was the first visit to the beautiful

Georgian Townhouse, many areas are membersonly,

however my friend Janet and I discovered their

restaurant to be a classy alternative to some of the

city’s high-end restaurants.

The oval-shaped dining room is elegant, tables

are linen-clad, yet the atmosphere is far from

stuffy. We scanned the menu and an amusebouche

of smoked salmon arrived, featuring a

summery dressing, fresh with flavours of

cucumber and fennel. The salmon had a mild

cure, imparting a delicate taste and silky texture.

This was paired with a glass of Speyside

Balmenach, whose aromas opened up nicely with

a splash of water.

For starters, I chose rare fillet of Scotch beef, with

quail’s eggs (£12.95). The thick slices made this like

carpaccio’s more buxom sister. The quality and

texture of the meat and its flavour, enhanced by a

sprinkling of Maldon salt, were superb. The plate

was dressed with a crunchy herb, white and red

radish salad, and a chunk of toast drizzled with

ridiculously naughty dripping. Janet had an

unctuous fresh pea risotto (£9.75) which was also

packed with morel and St. George mushrooms,

and topped with a Parmesan crisp.

Hopping back to the sea for my main, I chose the

roast monkfish with scallops and wilted lettuce

and crushed peas (£23.95). The butter-basted

monkfish was firm and delicious, but the showstoppers

were the two scallops, which were

worthy of their regal title. A champagne and

lemongrass velouté of delicate flavours secured

this dish a perfect ten. Janet munched her way

through an interesting dish of Ibérico pork, with

almonds and caramelised cauliflower.

The superlative-laden dinner was only slightly

blighted by my dessert, mascarpone and lavender

tart (£7.50) . The creamy filling was similar in

texture to a great crème brûlée, but the limp

pastry case had drawn the short (-crust) straw.

Janet happily scoffed her pud (£7.50) of poached

rhubarb, a ginger financier cake and generous

dollop of clotted cream.

It’s been a while since a dinner and venue elicited

so many ‘wow’s, and this is the perfect spot to

impress friends with your ‘insider’ Edinburgh


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

– The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street

Edinburgh EH2 1JX

– 0131 220 2044 –

Opening hours

Mon, Noon-2:30pm (Menu du jour only)

Tue-Sat, Noon-2:30pm (Menu du jour & à la

carte); 5pm - 6:30pm (Menu du jour);

5pm - 9:30pm (à la carte)

BITE-SIZED Menu du Jour Offer:

Enjoy three one-of-a-kind courses for

only £18.75 (that’s three for the price of

two) along with a special pass to the

members-only bar upstairs.


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Fresh, Simple, Sustainable

Locally sourced Scottish fish and shellfish on The Shore

New Stockbridge location

0131 225 4431, 15 North West Circus Place, Stockbridge •

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Bite Goes To Leith


eith is proud of its food. And with

good reason, too. It is home to

Edinburgh’s first – and second, and

third – Michelin stars, but it is much more

diverse than this one accolade. It houses

scores of restaurants, cafes, grocers and

delis. And it boasts a proud culinary heritage

to back up its credentials.

Leithers and food might go together like fish

and chips, but the history of its local cuisine

is a bit more sophisticated. For centuries, it

was a busy port bustling in the trade of food

and drink while nearby Newhaven was

renowned for its fish and iconic fishwives in

their striped skirts.

Main industries included the selling and

importing of wine (particularly claret), sugar,

and flour and remains of these trades can

still be seen around Leith today. And it was

here that the famous Rose's Lime Juice was

born, created out of a need for ships to

carry stocks of citrus juice to prevent scurvy.

With its history as a lively port, it's no

surprise that Leith today is a nest of

multiculturalism. A walk down Leith Walk

shows the range of cultures and people who

have made the old sea port their home.

Start at the City Limits pub (the official

division between Edinburgh and Leith) and

head north. The Walk is lined with Polish

shops, Chinese grocers, Mexican takeaway,

the Punjabi women's cafe, Italian delis, and

more. Virtually any international craving can

be satisfied by a wee wander around Leith’s


And when it comes to eating out, Leith

doesn't disappoint. So good is the food on

offer, there's no need to leave EH6. The

Shore has been the focus of food for the

past decade, and with good reason. Here

you'll find Restaurant Martin Wishart, The

Kitchin, and the Plumed Horse (all Michelin

starred). You'll also find excellent fish

restaurants, boasting fish caught from

Newhaven harbour. Visit the historic

Vintner's Rooms and eat in the old auction

room, where the wine imported into the

harbour was once sold.

The old industries of wine, flour and sugar

may not be as dominant as they once were,

but Leith's history in food isn't obsolete. It is

thriving. So head to the Shore, tuck into

some herring and claret, and enjoy a taste of

Leith. (R. Edwards)


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Now Open and Under New Ownership/Management

Fresh, local, seasonal dishes from chef/owner John Winnik using the finest Scottish produce.

A La Carte • Daily Specials

3 Course Lunch Menus • 3 Course Dinner Menus

Most Dishes Suitable for Coeliacs

102 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, Leith EH6 6AW

Tel: 0131 554 9996

Monday to Sunday – 10am to 9.30pm

Be sure to pop in for breakfast!

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The Insider: Reader, I Am So Busted


eader, I had hoped to bring you: tales

of chicken cooked in its own blood;

baby snails eaten in the Alfama

(whilst two women came to blows over the

apportioning of our bill); clams with rabbit

hearts and drumsticks; and, shamelessly,

asking my girlfriend to follow on foot a

couple who had directions to Cascais’s latest

culinary ‘hot spot’. (She lost them.)

I had also meant to touch on how Lisbon

restaurants shoot themselves in the foot by

bringing to the table, as soon as you sit

down; a bowl of olives, tuna paste, sardine

paste, a crottin of goat’s cheese the size of a

hockey puck, lots of sour dough bread, garlic

butter, cream cheese and salsa, all for 1.5

Euros! Then they hand you the menu… “Well

buster,” I hear myself saying under my

breath, “I won’t be having my intended

starter and cheeseboard.” Over generosity

thus losing them 12 Euros. And what is the

point of putting reserved signs on every

table only for the waiter to whip one away

and motion you to sit when you timorously

enquire, “Have you any space at all?

Pleeease. I’m happy to eat on the steps next

door.” None of this is by way of complaint,

you understand, mere curiosity.

Reader, I intended more along these lines

but I was rudely awoken after a brief, but

none the less brutal, text muscled its way on

to my phone – when I asked you to write

about the ‘L’ word, I meant Leith not Lisbon

you arse. So Leith it is. The last time we had

the Leith chat we were entering recession,

we’ve had two dips, with more forecast,

since then.

How has this impacted on EH6’s culinary

scene? Rather well actually… A long empty

space on Coburg Street launched as

Waterside Café Bistro and immediately

netted The List’s Newcomer of the Year

Award. The old dole office found favour as

the extravagantly popular Mimi’s

Bakehouse. The fabled (but failed) Nobles

reinvented itself as a (successful)

venue/bar with great grub. The institution

that was The Peacock Inn had a makeover

and emerged, blinking, into the 21st

century. Kushi’s opened an ambitious fine

dining restaurant (Mithas) where you can

hear the dreaded words, “let me explain

the concept.” There have been many other

entrances. Exits have been few… the

exceptional Café Fish (relocated to

Stockbridge) and Daniel’s (about to be an

outpost of La Garrigue) stand out. We

should not be too cocky though, Leith’s

landmark, The Malmaison (formerly the old

Seaman’s Mission) is, ominously, for sale…


The last time we had the Leith chat we were entering

recession, we’ve had two dips, with more forecast, since then.

How has this impacted on EH6’s culinary scene?

Rather well actually...

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Wine: Fish ‘n’ Chips ‘n’ Fizz

ish ‘n’ chips, the great British

institution, usually faces the

Fdisrespect of being washed down with

Irn Bru, cheap continental lager or nowt at

all. When I was a lass, the importance of fish

‘n’ chips was drummed into us – it’s a meal

of love, it was an event in our household,

and the go-to libation was the strongest tea

that we could muster.

As time rolled on and I hit the sauce, I

upgraded from builders’ tea to playing

around with wines. At the beginning, this

can be disastrous; most white wines either

lack the acidity to cope with the batter, lack

the flavour to compete with the salt or lack

the subtlety of fruit and wind up

overpowering the more delicate fish. This

lack of a perfect match became an

obsession –I love my chippy teas, but I

didn’t know what to drink with them, and

beer just didn’t seem to cut it.

Now, I present to you the results of some

very extensive research. The ideal pairings

are champagne and sherry. Champagne,

though more ostentatious, is arguably the

most fun match. The fizz in champagne cuts

through the fat and batter, without shouting

over the flavour and texture of the fish itself;

it’s a great match and one that is

championed in some restaurants now. When

selecting your champagne, choose a richer,

more full-on style. I recommend Roederer

NV (widely available) and Duval-Leroy Blancs

Des Blancs ’99 (The Fine Wine Company).

Sherry, in particular Manzanilla seems made

for fish ‘n’ chips. This very dry style has a hint

of salt due to the time it spends maturing

along the coast of Cadiz. It’s a very particular

style, with a light nuttiness which pairs

beautifully with beer batter and cod. It can

feel odd to be drinking a fortified wine with

something such as this, but it’s one of my

favourite treats – especially out of plastic

cups on an impromptu picnic. Villeneuve

Wines, Henderson’s Wines and Edinburgh

Wine Merchants all have excellent ranges of


If you’re after a more traditional pairing,

Loire whites often work well as they have

the necessary acidity and balanced fruit.

Muscadet and the Sauvignon from less

expensive appellations such as Quincy are

good shouts. Despite my research, I'm

confident that there is still something to be

said for a cup of over-brewed Yorkshire tea.

(F. Bentley)

The fizz in champagne cuts through the fat and batter,

without shouting over the flavour and texture of the fish itself;

it’s a great match and one that is championed in some

restaurants now

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Best Fish In Leith

Also, fresh tuna, monkfish, scallops, lemon

sole et al. Licensed and serving daily

specials. The best fish and chips in


– 14-15 Albert Place, Leith Walk,

– 0131 555 3577




Fruits de mer from The Ship on the Shore.

The Ship on the Shore

If you want to luxuriate in the sunshine, sip

some champagne and experience the very

best of Scottish fish and shellfish head

straight to this restaurant. The menu

includes dishes such as oysters &

champagne, fruits de mer royale, North

Berwick lobster, smoked fish platters and so

much more. Excellent wine list to boot.

– Seafood Restaurant and Champagne Bar,

24-26 The Shore, Leith EH6 6QN

– 0131 555 0409

The Tailend

Fresh fish, chunky golden chips, traditional

mushy peas and bread and butter is superb.


An institution with two locations, one in the

city centre and one on the shore. Seafood

platters, fishcakes, west coast mussels and

fish soup.

– Fishers in Leith, 1 Shore, Leith, Edinburgh


– 0131 554 5666



Leith Lynx

A newbie that looks very promising. Chef

John Winnik has aeons of experiences and is

heading up the kitchen. Fishy dishes on the

dinner menu include starters of smoked

haddock fish cakes with mature cheddar

cheese sauce, salt and pepper crispy squid

with garlic mayonnaise and lemon and mains

include chargrilled west coast scallops with

chorizo, new potatoes and pea shoot salad

and grilled west coast Scottish langoustines

with garlic butter, salad and hand cut chips.

– 102 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, Leith,

EH6 6AW – 0131 554 9996



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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



Pub Favourites

2 Main Meals

Valid Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs until 6pm on Selected Meals

Sunny Beer Garden, Bottle Ales & Beers from Around the

World, Local Ciders, Fine Wines, Prosecco and Champagne.

Big prize giveaway

for the month of August.

Visit us for a chance to win £200

holiday vouchers!'

58 The Shore, Leith,

Edinburgh, EH6 6RA

Call to Book

0131 554 2425

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Michelin Leith


Buttermilk panna cotta served with Bruce Farm strawberries, strawberry sorbet and an elderflower and gooseberry

consommé as served at The Kitchin. Photo by S Hilliard.


eith is the home of the stars with Tom

Kitchin, Martin Wishart and The

Plumed Horse all within a stones

throw of each other. If you haven’t been to

or are new to the city and planning a treat,

here is a brief guide.

Martin Wishart

I can’t comment better than fellow Bite

contributor, The Insider, a couple of years

ago…Martin Wishart is the daddy of them all;

his eponymous restaurant on The Shore is an

exemplar for all that has followed. Twelve

years in Leith…hasn’t dulled his gastronomic

skill or ambition. Tip: the daily changing lunch

menu is an absolute snip. He has an

alchemical ability to make things taste more

of themselves. Service is more relaxed than

might be imagined in a Michelin-starred place.

54 The Shore - 0131 553 3557

The Plumed Horse

The ebullient Tony Borthwick brought his

Plumed Horse to Leith's Henderson Street

several years back, dropping a Michelin star

along the way. He now, deservedly, has that

back. Service, when Ian is 'popular mine host',

is idiosyncratic in a lovely way. I walked in

looking, as usual, as if I'd been dragged

through a hedge backwards and he quipped,

"We'd better count the cutlery." Expect a

whole host of taste sensations on the plate.

(The Insider again)

50-54 Henderson Street – 0131 554 5556

Tom Kitchin

I recently had the pleasure of being treated

to the Tasting Food and Wine Menu at

Kitchin. Tom Kitchin is passionate about

seasonal cooking and since he arrived in

Leith, some six years ago, he has pushed his

‘from nature to the plate’ maxim. The

ambience, cooking and service are simply

the best. Don’t scrimp if you go here.

Experience the full blown seven courses

with matching wine. It costs or a £120, is

superb value for money and an

unforgettable experience.

78 Commercial Quay - 0131 555 1755

(S. Wilson)

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Review: Los Cardos Mega burritos!


huge hit now for many years in the

US, Tex Mex done fast and well is

making its much-welcomed way to

Edinburgh, first with Illegal Jack’s on Lothian

Road, and indeed to Leith in the form of Los

Cardos. Owner Neil has spent a lot of time

across the pond (he's part Coloradan and his

wife is the real deal) and found himself

realising the potential of the burrito-to-go

back in bonny Scotland. It was there, also,

that he pondered the possibility of marrying

the tastes of two countries with his signature

haggis burrito. As an American in Scotland, I

of course had to get to the bottom of this!

With a fellow American and burrito

connoisseur as co-taste tester, Los Cardos

had a tough audience but needn't worry

about anything at all. The first sign of

satisfaction came with the tortilla

chips,which (for us) must be housemade, and

they are. Their accompaniment was the

housemade salsas, which are such proven

successes that two of them (Medium Verde

and Roastin' Red) are now bottled and

available to enjoy in abundance en tu casa.

Next up I had the soft taco trio (prices vary

depending on what fillings you choose, up to

£6 for 3). I chose a mix of fillings, my favorite

of which was the carnitas: pulled pork that's

slow-cooked, marinated in verde salsa and

uber succulent. The vegetarian filling was a

surefire hit with hot blackbeans, grilled

peppers and onions plus all the fixings. And,

of course, I had to further research their

unique concept by quickly devouring a

haggis-filled taco and found it wildly

delicious and not at all something worth the

apprehension I experienced beforehand. It

just works.

Now, the burrito (Up to £6). Balmoral chicken

anyone? Filled with both haggis and chicken,

pinto and black beans, rice, sour cream, salsa

and cheese, it was enormous in both size and

flavour and, sigh, mind-bogglingly great. The

‘red tractor chicken’ was grilled and

marinated in their chili-citrus concoction.

Yum. We both also noted the tasty, fresh

soft tortilla – truly a special thing from our


Go onto to drool over the menu

and get yourself the delights of Los Cardos

delivered right to your door. (K. Smith)

Los Cardos

– 281 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8PD

– 0131 555 6619 –

Opening Hours

– Sun-Thurs 12-9pm – Fri and Sat 12-10pm

– Festival hours will be later!


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Cocktails: Kraken Black Spiced Rum

Put a beast in your belly – yo ho ho

n line with this month’s seafaring

theme a bottle of Kraken Black Spiced

IRum was recently plonked on the

editor’s desk. It is 94% rum from Trinidad

and Tobago.

A ‘Kraken’ is a legendry squid-like sea

monster and the label, possible inspired by

current trends in the spirits/cocktail drinks

category, draws on Victorian illustrations

recalling simultaneously a golden age of


The rum is very dark in colour to

symbolise the ink with which the giant

squid attacked its prey. It also has an

extraordinarily complex nose. It eschews

the golden caramel sweet flavours of

other spiced rums in favour of ginger,

liquorice, cloves, cinnamon and even dark

cherries. It has a Caribbean heritage and so

Mr Bite and I tried it in one of our

favourite drinks. (S. Wilson)

Dark ‘n’ Stormy

Build the drink as follows:

Place several chunks of ice in a nice highball


Add a wedge and a squeeze of lime

Add 2 ounces of rum

Top up with 3 ounces of ginger ale

Very simple but it always hits the spot.

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Review: Roseleaf Bar Café

Roseleaf revisited

oseleaf planted

itself into the

RLeith fours years

ago and is now firmly

bedded in to the local

community. Proprietors

Jonny and Lynn have

mixed quirky innovations

with a nod to and respect

for Leith’s heritage.

Chintzy crockery, shabby chic décor and an

extensive ‘something for everyone’ menu has

attracted a genuinely mixed clientele.

Cocktails in teapots, AKA ‘pot-tails’, and mad

hatter tea parties were their budding USP's but

Jonny and Lynn have not rested on their rosy

laurels. Always conscientious regarding the

quality and ethics of the food they serve, the

new summer menu clearly demonstrates

continuing energy and passion.

My friend Lea and I started with two vintage

glasses of pink lemonade, one rose and one

raspberry, refreshing and pretty. Starters were

holy mackerel pate (£4.50) for me and homecooked

beef (£5) for Lea. My pâté was mixed

with cream cheese and chives but was still

predominantly firm and fishy; crunchy toast, a

colourful well-dressed salad and lemon

wedge completed the dish. Lea commented

that her beef was “very tender, nicely marbled

and well seasoned”. She like the horseradish

foam served in a cup and the rustic homemade

oatcakes were a dream.

Mains courses were a summertime risotto (£6)

for me and Lea chose the tasty tilapia (£7). My

risotto was made with carnaroli rice which is a

bigger grain than Arborio and

it had a pleasingly sloppy

consistency. I particularly liked

the topping of lots of chard

and the snowy, pure, fresh

ricotta. A zing of lemon and

some cherry tomatoes gave

just the right balance of

summery acidity to ensure I

cleaned my plate. I pinched

some tilapia which had been coated in

pumpkin seeds and it was indeed tasty. It was

served with potatoes, green beans and a

pesto which Lea thought too heavy for this

delicate freshwater fish. She thought Asian

spices and flavours may have worked better.

Onto desserts which were truly sublime. I had

the cheek-puckering posset (£4) served in

trademark flowery teacup. It was silky, citrusy,

creamy and luscious and I promptly declared

it my new favourite pud. I looked up to try

Lea’s Prestonfield Parfait (£5) but it had

disappeared, the greedy bunny! I’ll just have

to return, (sigh), for the frozen white

chocolate, which, apparently, had been

expertly balanced by the tart rhubarb. We

both had homemade shortbread which was

neither too salty nor too sweet.

Roseleaf truly excels in offering superb food

and VERY competitive prices. Criteria for a Bib?

(S. Wilson)

Roseleaf Bar Café

– 23/24 Sandport Place, Edinburgh EH6 6EW

– 0131 476 5268



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Charity Begins At Home: Maid In Leith


f you are fortunate enough to live in

the North of Edinburgh, it's more

than likely that you are aware of the

extensive flood prevention work

currently underway along the Water of

Leith. Unlike some large-scale public

projects I can think of, the work

continues apace with little delay or


The Water of Leith may be a small,

inconsequential river that meanders

nowhere in particular (sorry Balerno!) but

it is home to a surprising amount of

wildlife, is very tranquil in places and is a

vital resource for many joggers, cyclists &

young families. Unfortunately

maintaining a 13 mile stretch of river is a

costly business and with Edinburgh's purse

looking a bit empty, the Water of Leith

Conservation Trust is in need of an alternate

revenue stream, (snort!) which is where we

can all pitch in and help, through the

wonderful healing power of beer.

Maid in Leith is a light, summery beer which

will (hopefully) be widely available from

August and some of the profits will go to

help the Trust maintain this little-heralded,

but much-loved Edinburgh landmark.

The beer pours a brilliant gold, with a fair

amount of effervescence and a small, but

persistent head, which leaves a delicate

lattice work of lacing down the glass. The

nose is simple, but punchy, with definite

aromas of custard cream and apple blossom.

The palate is drier, thirst-quenching and

seriously quaffable, with a finish dominated

by toasted citrus.

Quite wisely, with a product aimed squarely

at the mass market, both the alcohol and hop

levels are quite restrained. Clearly intended

as a easy going session ale, it succeeds

superbly, which comes as little surprise since

it is brewed by the Williams Brothers out in

Alloa who are masters at this sort of thing.

Their beers are also usually very well priced,

so although I can't be precise, Maid in Leith

should retail for well under £2 a bottle.

To sum up, it isn't made in Leith, isn't

particularly interesting and shouldn't be

difficult to get hold of but it is a wellcrafted

beer of near universal appeal, which

helps to support a decent local charity.

(J Wrobel)

Maid in Leith is a creative project

from The Leith Agency and all of the

agency's profits will be donated to

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust

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Leith: Digging Deeper

Best Pubs

The Waterline – great beer

garden overlooking The Water

‘o’ Leith. Best for soaking up

the sun. Cosy inside, friendly

staff and freshly-cooked pub

favourites like fish pies, burger

and steaks. – 58 The Shore

Teuchters Landing – A

lovely traditional building and Roseleaf Bar Café

good Scottish hospitality. Lots

of whiskies, real Scottish ales

and fine wines. They also have a ‘mug menu’,

try stovies or chips, and a superb restaurant A

Room in Leith at the back. – 1c Dock Place

Malt ‘n’ Hops – Dried hops hang from the

ceiling of this quaint traditional bar squashed

into The Shore. The place to go for real ales.

– 45 The Shore.

Best Cocktails

Roseleaf Bar Café – The quirkiest

destination in Leith where they don’t actually

serve cocktails. In Roseleaf what you get are

boozy concoctions, served as pot-tails i.e.

cocktails in teapots. Stick a cocktail stick

behind your ear and enjoy the Rosewater ‘o’

Leith (£4.50), vodka, lemonade and chilli rose

syrup. – 23/24 Sandport Place

Bond No 9 – Bond No 9 currently stands

out as the cocktail destination in Leith.

Situated in one of the old whisky bonds on

Commercial Street, this bar is a welcoming

haven for any bon vivant. As

well as a great cocktail menu,

there is a wide choice of

champagnes and premium

spirits to accommodate one’s

indulgences. Excellent for

classic cocktails such as Sazerac

of Gin Fizz. Don’t leave without

experiencing La Loche, the

ritual of adding ice water to


– 84 Commercial Street.

Best for Brunch/Brekky

Roseleaf – The best eggs in town whether

you plump for Benedict or Florentine. The

fact that they are free range and organic

helps. French toast, tattie stack, porridge and

traditional breakfast also available; choose

between the Wee Yin, the Big Yin or the

veggie option. Served 10am-5pm

– 23–24 Sandport Place

Nobles Bar Café and Venue – Like

Roseleaf above the success of this bar lies in

its mix of the innovative with the traditional.

A beautiful Victorian bar that retains original

features alongside quirky modern touches.

‘Eggs Nobles’ (£5.95), which is their take on

eggs Benny; two toasted English muffin

halves, each sporting a chunky slice of black

pudding, on top of that , a poached egg with

runny golden yolk, and finished with

Hollandaise sauce. The place for live music in

Leith. – 44a Constitution street


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The King's Wark – Classic but

exceptional pub breakfasts are on offer here.

Winner of Best Pub Food in the 2008

Scottish Restaurant Awards, weekend

brunches often require booking in advance

and are well worth any wait! The menu

ranges beyond the usual meaty fry-up and

for those in need of recovery, there are

plenty of on-tap options to help.

– 36 The Shore

Best of International


Spanish - Tapa – Serves fabulous Spanish

tapas. All the old favourites and some new

besides and a great lunch of Tapas for Two

for £10. Wash it down with some cidre or a

cheeky little rioja. – 19 Shore Place,

Swedish – Sofi’s – Anna and Mike

Christopherson have sprinkled their quirky

Scandinavian fairy dust on four pubs in EH6;

Joseph Pearce’s at the top of the walk, Boda

Bar and Victoria’s further down and Sofi’s at

the Shore. Sofi’s at the shore offers knitting

nights, champagne Sundays, film nights,

themed Swedish nights and light snacks such

as gravadlax and reindeer. You get the

picture! – 56 Henderson St

Turkish – Café Truva – Cafe Truva Try a

Turkish twist to your usual fry up. With a

range of filled croissants, bagels, and

standard Scottish breakfasts but when the

food arrives, the portions are generous,

delicious, and adorned with Turkish garnishes

of cheese, olives, and stuffed leaves. A

Turkish apple tea or coffee washes it all

down. – 77 The Shore

Wash it all down with Leith's special brew.

Photo by S Hilliard

French – La Garrigue Jean-Michel

Gauffre has recently taken over the much

loved institution of Daniel’s Bistro. It is his

third restaurant in Edinburgh. He specialises

in cuisine from the Languedoc but has still

kept some of the Daniel’s beloved Alsace


– 88 Commercial St.

Indian – Britannia Spice

The very best of multi-ethnic cuisine with a

highly skilled team of chefs producing a

mouth-watering range of delicacies from

Bangladesh, Northern India, Thailand and

Nepal. – 150 Commercial St

South African – Shebeen

A welcome addition of Leith for sheer

uniqueness. Warm, inviting and friendly

South African styled bar with a wide

selection of beer, wines and spirits as well as

Puro fair-trade coffee. Bar snacks including

biltong and droewors are available.

– 3-5 Dock Place

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Review: The Starbank Bank it!


eer battered haddock ‘n’ chips and

a pint of your finest real ale please!

The Starbank does what it says on

the tin – ‘pub classics’ – you know what to

expect and are duly greeted with a menu

that covers all bases, lasagne, burgers,

steaks, and the odd global dish such as

Chicken Tikka Makhani.

Recently refurbed the pub’s

clientele are a mix of old

and young who sit

comfortably alongside each

other in very welcoming

surroundings. We dined

during a fantastic sunny

evening in Edinburgh and at

the best seat in the house

we watched the sun set

over the Forth.

After a pint and a chilled

sauvignon blanc were

swiftly delivered by our

cheery barman Ian, we

perused the menu and major

decisions ensued for Mr Predictable who

was quite literally in his own wee foodie

heaven. The more health conscious amongst

us may struggle with the calorific menu but

there are a couple of salads on offer along

with jacket potatoes. (£4.89-£7.99)

Starters. I opted for the King prawn

cocktail (£4.69), it’s a retro dish but if it’s

done well it’s a classic and this was a pretty

good combination of prawns, crispy

lettuce and Marie Rose sauce. Mr P

selected Scottish breaded mushrooms with

garlic mayo (£3.99), nods all round. Mains,

At the Starbank. Photo by H Sturzaker.

Mr P chose the Belhaven beer battered

North Sea haddock served with chunky

chips, peas and tartare sauce (£8.29). An

absolute delight from start to finish for

him, and being the fish n chip connoisseur

that he is, it got the thumbs up. I chose

grilled Scottish salmon served with lemon

and herb butter, potatoes

dauphinoise and green beans

(£8.49). Potatoes were

verging on the heavy side for

me and the beans slightly

overdone but an all round

good dish.

‘Desserts folks?’ chirped Ian,

‘the Peanut Butter Stack is a

good one to share’! Minutes

later a huge pudding

appeared that was a

gastronomic hybrid of a

snickers bar combined with a

chocolate brownie with

pouring cream on the side for

good measure. Heavenly!

If you’re after good ‘pub grub’ the Starbank

puts its money where its mouth is and has

the hospitality to boot. Strolling back

towards Leith eased the guilty ‘peanut

butter stack’ pleasure!

Starbank Inn

– 60-64 Laverockbank Road

Edinburgh EH5 3BZ

– 0131 552 4141

– Main menu served from noon daily

Hilary Sturzaker


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Off The Trolley: Leith Cake Trail


have happily spent many an hour in Leith

eating cakes. After years of research,

thousands of calories consumed, and

endless coffees and teas I am pleased to

present the Leith cake trail.

We start at the Shore where our first stop is

Cafe Truva (daily 9-6 30)). With lovely views

of the water, try the Turkish apple tea and

baklava. Then, head next door to Mimi's

Bakehouse (daily 9-5). The afternoon tea is

one of the best around, and very nicely

priced at £13.95. But try the whoopie pies,

cupcakes, crumbles, scones and towering

slices of cake – it's homemaking at its best,

and servings are large!

From there, head to Commercial St and Relish

(daily 8-8, 9-8 at weekends), a tiny deli with a

wide range of Scottish and imported sweets.

Buy something for later, but sit in with a

coffee and nata (Portuguese custard tart)

before you go.

Next stop: The Roseleaf Bar Cafe on

Sandport Place (daily 10am-1am). Explore the

pudding menu, or go for their afternoon tea.

Priced at £10 for the food, add on either a pot

of tea or a teapot of cocktails for your own

'Mad Hatter's' tea party.

Just around the corner on Coburg St is the

Water of Leith Cafe (Tues-Sun, 10-5), where

the resident French chef serves the best

sticky toffee pudding and cheesecake in

town, as well as pear and almond tart,

flourless chocolate cake, and seasonal

specials. From there, it's a bit of a walk (or a

short ride on the number 7 bus) to Newhaven

Afternoon tea at Mimi’s Bakehouse.

for our final two destinations.

Porto & Fi on Newhaven Main St (Mon-Sat 8-

8, Sun 10-6) has an expansive pudding menu

with many attractive options but I confess, I

always eat the same thing. The Honeymoon

bar is just too good to try anything else, with

layers of chocolate crisp, caramel, coconut,

and chocolate: simply the best tray bake

there is.

But save room because around the corner

is my favourite place to wile away a

morning. Newhaven Connections Cafe on

Craighall Road (Tues-Thurs 9:30-4) is

inauspicious but delicious. They offer the

stuff that comfort is made of: sponges,

iced coffee cakes, crumbles with custard.

Cozy, relaxed, and perfect with kids and

extremely affordable, at least you can

afford to spend the whole day here eating

cakes and drinking coffee.

I wish I could tell you that the walking you do

en route negates the calories eaten. It

doesn't. But it's worth it. (R. Edwards)

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Gourmet Girl Goes To: Berits And Brown

o Biters, are you ready for August’s

festival fun? It’s a relentless month and

Sa great time to be a tourist in your own

city. There’s the delicate balance of squeezing

in work, performances, and friends. A coffee

on the go here, a quick bite before a show

there. For this we need to be armed with a few

select pit spots. I’m pleased to have found

Berits and Brown which is on Haddington

Place, (AKA Top of Leith Walk), in other words

en route to town from my home in Leith.

This is the latest franchise of a small

independently-run group which started in

Glasgow. The bright store multi-tasks as café,

delicatessen, bistro and wine shop. Owners

Audrey and Simon Tarkenter have handpicked

each and every item, and having

bought several bags full of goodies, I can

vouch for their good taste!

On the shelves you’ll find a great selection of

small-producer products like Summer

Harvest’s Rape Seed oils and dressings, along

with various types of honey, jams and

chutneys. There’s a selection of teas from

TeaPigs and a tempting range of chocolate

and sweeties like fudge from Melting Pot.

Their deli counter is well-stocked, with a

wide range of local and continental items.

The brave should try the Admiral

Collingwood, a stinky number whose rind is

washed in good ol’ Newcastle Brown Ale for

authentic Northumberland pedigree! I also

tried the soft Morangie Brie, an awardwinning

Scottish artisanal cheese. My new

favourite pâté is made by Patchwork who are

based in Wales. It’s a flavourful blend of

chicken livers, chilli, ginger and lemongrass.

One taste, spread on granary bread and I was


There’s also a wide selection of wines, and

specialist beers both on the shelves and a

good choice of chilled bottles, including

summery Prosecco. You can buy to go, or sit

in for £6 corkage.

Lastly, try as we may to avoid festival

hangovers, there is some inevitability to it.

Berits and Brown have come up with ‘The

morning after the night before’ sandwich, a

‘delicate’ combination of salt and vinegar crisps,

montgomery cheddar and balsamic onions. To

sit in, they also offer up a mean-looking plate

of eggs benny with Crombies bacon. I’ll be

keeping this place on file! (L. Arfa)

Leila Arfa is the voice behind

Berits & Brown Edinburgh

– 26-27 Haddington Place

Edinburgh EH7 4AF

– 0131 652 3955



Opening hours

Mon, Tue & Wed, 8am-8pm

Thu & Fri, 8am - 10pm

Sat, 10am - 10pm

Sun, 10am - 6pm

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Well-established and well-loved salon with a

team of freindly stylists who are passionate

about hair. Specialists in hair-cutting, colour,

extensions, make-up and wedding hair. Friendly,

relaxed ambience.

37 Leith St Edinburgh EH1 3AT

0131 556 9999

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Beat Festival Frazzle With

Real Foods

alking from show to show during

the Edinburgh festival can be tiring.

WRushing to be punctual, crowds and

queuing can also lead to stress. Prioritising

nutrition will help and Real Foods have

devised a list of portable energy-boosting

snacks to keep you revving.

Nakd Energy Bars

Unlike similar bars on the market these are

100% natural. There is no added sugar and

they are gluten, wheat, dairy & GM free. They

consist solely of raw fruit and nuts. They are

virtually fat-free and what little fat there is

comes from nuts which are nutritional power

houses. They also taste delicious. The 35 gram

bar flavours include Cashew Cookie, Cocoa

Orange, Ginger Bread.


Invest in a multi-vitamin and mineral to

guarantee your ‘RDA’. Individual supplements

can help with specific conditions.

Non-wheat Snacks And Dips

Wheat can cause digestive problems for some

people which in turn can prevent them

absorbing vitamins and mineral.

Try alternatives such as oatcakes, rice-cakes or

sesame and linseed mini crisp breads. Along

with a hummus, tzatziki or mushroom dips

you have a very satisfying, healthy portable


Coconut Water

Provides super hydration to keep energy

levels tip top.

Good Quality Chocolate

70% minimum, cocoa solid

chocolate contains anti-oxidants which are

thought to fight cancer- causing free radials

and lower blood pressure!

Seeds And Nuts

Nuts and seeds are nutritional power houses

and Real Foods have plenty of ‘snack-sized’


Teas And Fruit juices

Swap alcohol and caffeine for natural, organic

fruit juices and herbal teas.

Healthy Vegetable Crisps

The spiced cassava crisps are a real find. They

taste much better than conventional crisps

and have the added advantage of being

gluten, wheat, dairy and sugar free and

contain no msg. Cassava is a tropical root

vegetable that is full of nutrients and


Real Foods

– 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU &

–8 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9JH

For opening times (they vary at each locale)

and more info, go to

Free online delivery

10% Early Bird Discount Available

to December 2011,

Mon-Fri 8am-10am,

Sat 9am-10am, Sun 10am-11am.


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Whisky 101:


Nector D’or

– Highlands

ust when you think you know the

whiskies of Glenmorangie, I

Jwelcome you to try the Nector D’or.

Both Gaelic and French for gold, D’or is

named appropriately to note its rich


This whisky is finished in hand-selected

barriques from Sauterne. Sauterne is

the most famous sweet dessert wine

region in France.

For over 150 years Glenmorangie has

been making whisky. They are unique to

the fact that they own the tallest stills,

5.14 metres high, and only ever use their

finest selection of oak casks for ageing


This ensures a maximum delivery of

flavours that are extracted during

maturation. Glenmorangie endeavour to

discover the most unique casks from all

over the world and this whisky is

testament to that commitment.

The distillery sources it water from the

Tarlogie Springs which has been

travelling through limestone and

sandstone for a hundred years. The hard

water assists the whisky in its unique

and precious flavours.

The Review:

Glenmorangie Nector D’or – Sauterne finish

– Highlands – 46% abv.

On the nose: Sauterne! Rich lime and orange

zest, and ripe apricots give this whisky a fruity

rich flavour with hints of coconut and nutmeg.

On the palate: Toasted almonds, ginger and

nutmeg, intertwining lemon and syrup with a hint

of honey in the middle.

The finish: Long, sweet, full sweet finish with

traces of vanilla and ginger.

To find this wee gem, try the Royal Mile Whisky

Shop on the Royal Mile, The Whisky Exchange, or

if you don’t want to leave the comfort of your

own home, you can order it online.

Approximately £ 43.99 per bottle.

Farewell! I am off to discover the wonders of

whisky for next month.

(S..Ramsay, W’est Solutions)

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What’s In Season:

The Glorious Twelfth!

world’s most sought-after game bird will be hitting

the restaurants from our heather-clad hills this month.

TThe wee grouse is a rich, tasty bird that needs very little

in way of seasoning and is real fast food, taking as little as 15

minutes to cook.

I was lucky to be sent a brace from the Dumfries-based,

Blackface Meat Company ( The recipe

below is quick and simple. With barely any fat, I covered the

grouse in a good quality, fatty bacon; streaky works really well.

Don’t use plastic white bread but a chewy doorstop of

sourdough, the juices soak into the croute but the bottom

remains crispy.

With wild berries in the hedgerow, you could make a sauce by

deglazing the pan with a little stock or wine, throw in a

handful of berries and reduce slightly.

The normal accompaniments are bread sauce, game chips (hot

crisps) and watercress, but I like idea of roast tatties and

parsnips. If you are lucky enough to get the livers, quickly pan

fry them in butter with a little salt and pepper, then either

roughly mash or blitz to a smooth paste. Serve on warm fried

bread as a starter.

How to choose a grouse? You want a young bird – the breast

bone, legs and feet should be pliable with sharp claws. Avoid

any that ‘off’ smell, the dried looking ones, as well as ones that

don’t have a deep red skin. After all you’ll be paying a premium

price so you want the best. Talk to your butcher or get them

from Blackface like I did! (L. Harris)

Roast Grouse

1 young grouse per person

Fatty bacon

50g butter

Rapeseed oil

1 slice of bread per bird

Pop a knob of butter inside

the grouse.

Wrap it in bacon.

Melt the remaining butter

and oil in a frying pan and

heat till sizzling.

Put the bread into the pan

and brown one side. Turn it

over and plop grouse on


Cook in a very hot oven

(200oC) for 15 mins for rare;

30 mins for med/well.

Leave to rest for 10 min,

then serve with whatever

you fancy.

Lea writes

http://OfftheEatenTrack. and is

@BakersBunny on Twitter


What else is in my basket?

Hare, red deer, game birds. Mullet, wild trout,

scallops. French beans, shallots, greengages.

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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 – Bookings: 0131 622 8163 or

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.

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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

and 14 Eyre Place

– 0131 558 1608

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

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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


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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.



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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 –


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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.



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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

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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.



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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.

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

Food and Wine Club

Bite Club – The gourmet food and wine club

associated with this fine magazine! Exclusive

invitations to bespoke events, discounts at

restaurants and bars, free tastings and more!

For more info please email us at

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.

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

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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Win a Three Course

Meal for Four People

with Champagne at

The Salisbury Arms

"The Salisbury arms is a beautifully restored bar and

restaurant in Edinburgh’s Southside, directly opposite

the Commonwealth Pool. Many people will be aware

of the bar in previous incarnations; however you

really have to see it to believe the changes! Our new

kitchen is headed up by Neil MacKenzie, former Scottish young chef of the year who has drawn on

his experience with the likes of Richard Corrigan and Chris Galvin to produce fantastic bistro style

food at very reasonable prices. Our fully stocked bar includes three guest ales from around the

country constantly on rotation, and an extensive carefully chosen wine list.

We would like to offer bite readers the chance to win a three course meal for 4 people with

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To enter the above competition please email

Please note: your data may be passed on and may be used for further promotions.

The closing date for entries is August 21st

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TEL 0131 624 8624 • FAX 0131 624 8649


Incorporating: The Grill Room, The Club Room,

Conference and Private Dining Facilities, The Garden Café

The Grill Room – Open from 12 noon until Late, EVERY DAY

– A la Carte Lunch and Dinner Menus.

The Club Room – Open for Coffees and Food from 10 am EVERY DAY.

Afternoon Tea – Served daily from 10 am until 6 pm.


– A wonderful selection of Hot and Cold Food, Coffees, Teas and Drinks are served

in The Garden Café. Tables in the Café are allocated on a first-come,

first-served basis. The Garden Café is located at the rear of the Dome building

with access from Rose Street.

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