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March 2014

Restaurant & Bar Reviews,

Food, Wine, Beer,

Cocktails, Listings

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Your Independent, Local Guide to Eating and

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Credo

Restaurant

Now Open

Modern European Dining

3 Courses for £15.00

2 Courses for £11.50 & Daily Lunch

Menu & Weekend Brunch Menu

46 Queen Charlotte Street EH6 7EX - 0131 629 1411

www.credorestaurant.co.uk

credorestaurant@outlook.com

Turquoise Thistle

RESTAURANT, BAR & LOUNGE

Mothers Day Afternoon Tea

Friday 28th, Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th March,

2pm-4pm

£12.50 per person including a complimentary

glass of prosecco


OLD CHAIN PIER

Take your time at the old chain pier but haste ye back

• Fine panoramic views of the Firth of Forth

• Real ales, bottled beers, wines, cocktails

and prosecco on tap!

• Fresh, homemade pub food made on the premises daily.

• Child and dog friendly.

• Outdoor seating & beer garden

• On No. 16 bus route!

Great

Pub

Food

32 Trinity Crescent, Edinburgh, EH5 3ED • 0131 552 4960 • www.oldchainpier.com


Wine Tastings in the Heart of Edinburgh

Tastings and courses open to anyone and everyone

No previous tasting experience necessary

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Email info@lothianwineschool.com or visit www.lothianwineschool.com

Barney’s Beer Launch

Thursday 27th March at 7pm

Beer tasting with

venison stew and

Scottish cheese

£18

Booking is essential at

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Words

Mark Earl

Rachel Edwards

Nikki Fletcher

Jean-Michel Gauffre

The Go-Between

The Insider

Leila Kean

Sharon Wilson

James Wrobel

Subbing

Leila Kean

Front Cover

Dexter Cattle

In this issue

06 Salt ‘n’ Sauce

09 Review The Lioness of Leith

11 Review Khushi’s

12 Wine Seasonal Pairings

13 Review Credo

14 Recipe Chocolate and Coffee Parfait with Tonka Bean

Ice Cream

15 Review Hewat’s Restaurant

16 Foodie Q&A with Heather Macleod

17 Scottish Seasonal Cheese of the Month 4Ewe’s

18 Highland Wagyu

20 Languedoc Notebook L’Oignon de Lézignan

21 Beer The Great Heck Brewery

22 Healthy Eating With Real Foods

23 Cocktails Refreshingly Simple Drinks

24 The Insider The Less is More Conundrum

25 Healthy Eating With CNM

26 Off The Trolley Loyalty Cards

27 What’s in Season Fat Tuesday

28 Listings

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Salt ‘n’ Sauce

A sprinkling of newsy nibbles for March

Budding Chefs, the

Franco-Scottish exchange

programme for young

chefs-to-be returns to

Edinburgh 18th March.

Students from the Lycée

Hotelier in Dinard

(Brittany) will discover the

Scottish larder and be

mentored by top Scottish

chefs. inc. Craig Sandle

and Fred Berkmiller of

L'Escargot restaurants.

Vincent Guerin of the Institut Francais and

Monsieur Berkmiller initiated the project. A Pop-up

Restaurant features at The Hub on Saturday 22

March 7pm with a 5 course menu whilst at 2.30pm

a programme of talks chaired by Alex Renton will

feature top notch food writers. All info and tickets

www.buddingchefs.net

Innis & Gunn have launched

Smokin’ Gunn, a limited edition

smoked beer and a competitionwinning

collaboration with

Michelin-starred Hinds Head’s

bartender, David Ashton-Hyde in Bray

Smokin’ Gunn (7.4%, 330ml). It is

available to buy on Innis & Gunn’s

e-shop for £35 a case

(12 x single boxed bottles).

www.innisandgunn.com

On Thursday 27th March

– Barney’s Beer will

launch and preview Extra

Pale at The Edinburgh

Larder Bistro 1a Alva

Street. Included in the

ticket price of £18 is

Venison Stew, cheese and

of course beer!

More info and tickets at

www.bite-magazine.com

The Frederick St

branch of La

P'tite Folie has

been sold and

has opened as

Fleur de Sel.

Specilaising in Crêpes et Galettes

that celebrate Brittany you can also

enjoy cidre, salads and omelettes.

– www.fleurdesel-creperie.co.uk

– 61 Frederick Street

– 0131 225 7983


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Edinburgh Larder Bistro – Urban

Foraging. A ‘spring tonic’ canal walk with

Anna Canning on Sunday 16th March

10.30am-1pm. Starting at the Water of Leith

Visitor Centre, you will wander along the

canal, forage for herbs and stop for a tasty

picnic! Book at edinburghlarder.co.uk/events

Credo is a new restaurant that has

opened in Leith at 46 Charlotte Street, on

the former site of La Mula Obstinada.

See our review in this issue – 0131 629 1411.

The Huxley’s food menu has

just had its seasonal shake up.

New additions include the soft

shell crab sandwich and corned

beef hash topped with a fried

duck egg and Tabasco.

1 Rutland Street.

At Bite HQ we love a cup of cha

so were delighted to receive

some samples of the new range

of organic green teas from

Pukka Tea – Supreme Matcha

Green, Clean Green, Serene

Jasmine Green and Cool Mint

Green feature. Available online,

and at Real Foods or search for

the competition in this issue!


Calistoga Restaurant

& Sideways Wines

A Taste of California in Edinburgh

£25 for 3 Courses Dinner Menu

Pre-Theatre & Lunch – £12 for 2 Courses

All Californian Wine List,

Events & Wine Tastings

Holder of Speciality Restaurant of the Year – Scottish Restaurant Awards

Finalist SLTN Wine Award • Awarded AA Rosette 2014

70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh. EH2 3DX • Tel 0131 225 1233 • www.calistoga.co.uk

‘That’s NEW’

Delicious Loose leaf tea

is NOW being served

‘Drink tea, eat cake’

Great tasting cake that comes with a ‘no leftover’ guarantee

Specialists in wedding & celebration cakes

Call 0131 555 6065, email hello@lacerise.biz, web lacerise.biz, fb lacerise cerise, tw laceriseleith

199 Great Junction Street, Leith Edinburgh EH6 5LQ


Review: The Lioness of Leith

Mane attraction in Leith

H

aving opened just before

Christmas, I was eager to

check out one of our

neighbourhood’s newest pubeateries,

The Lioness of Leith.

Taking up an expansive corner of

Duke Street, it arrives as a

welcome addition amongst the

area’s impressive variety of

independents.

The place is well laid out with a mix of

seating to ensure a comfy daytime spot for

coffee or a quiet pint after work. A few nicely

oddball design touches such as mounted

former wildlife, eclectic lighting and a great

playlist allow it to easily shift guise as

cocktail seekers arrive later into the evening.

Food-wise, the evening menu offers plenty of

choice whether you want a quick bite or a

full three-course dinner. The Silver Fox and I

popped in for dinner one Monday, and to

start I had the cream of mushroom soup

(£3.50), an expertly seasoned bowl of deeply

flavoured potage, with a sprinkling of bright

micro herbs and served with chunks of soft

bread. Mr Fox, whose eyes scan prospective

menus for the words Stornoway Black

Pudding (£6.50) was happily rewarded with a

dish featuring two generous chunks of this

meaty delicacy, with a leafy salad sporting

roasted walnut halves.

The option of a proper veal Wiener schnitzel

(£11.50) was a shoe-in for my choice of main

course. This was a fun version of the retro

classic, as the breadcrumb coating

the tender meat was liberally

peppered with chili-flakes.

Accompanying rosemary roast spuds

had a satisfying outer crunch, and

the dill-spiked carrot and apple slaw

kept things fresh. The Silver Fox’s

main, to me, lacked coherence.

Chef’s Italian sausage (£9) was

smokily well-seasoned and sat atop

braised fennel, artichoke and a lip-smackingly

tasty tomato ragu. It was just crying out for

some linguine to roll around in that sauce!

To finish, my fella had a truly decadent

chocolate delice (£7) with very artful tuiles,

showing off some of chef’s pastry skills. My

finalé of cardamom poached pears (£6) with

hazelnut praline and deep-fried pankocrusted

custard bonbons tasted fine as a

collection of individual things, but didn’t

really come together as a whole.

Rather than follow the well-trodden route of

familiar gastro-pub fare, The Lioness bravely

treads a different path. The food is packed to

the pub’s Victorian rafters with big flavours,

and with a little bit of a tinker I’m sure the

few kinks in the menu will be ironed out.

Leila Kean writes www.leilappetit.com

The Lioness of Leith

– 21-15 Duke Street, Edinburgh EH6 8HH

– 0131 629 0580

Opening hours

11am-1am Daily

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Photo: Simone Hilliard.

Food at

As well as an extensive wine list with

many sold by the glass, we now

also have an Extended Food

Menu. Cheese, charcuterie & fish

platters, gilled snails, beef

sandwich, Croque Monsieur,

steamed mussels and two burger

lunches per month.

NOW TAKING BOOKINGS

Monthly wine tastings and

private area also available.

St Ann's Oratory

9 Randolph PLace, Edinburgh.

0131 5381815 • www.ledivin.co.uk

scottish restaurants

NEW

SPRING

MENUS

restaurant, brasserie and gin bar:

29-33 dublin street, edinburgh eh36nl

tel: 0131 556 2231

bistro: 38 st mary’s st, edinburgh eh11sx

tel: 0131 557 5754

www.stacpolly.com


Review: Khushi’s Curry Central

hushi’s is a famous

Edinburgh institution,

Kwhich has admirably

survived and reinvented itself

over the decades (miraculously,

since 1947). Their most recent

flagship restaurant, with bright

contemporary décor offset with

charming mixed hanging lanterns,

resides like a wise old sage in a

sharp new suit governing the

spiritual crossroads between

Edinburgh and Leith, on Antigua

Street, opposite The Playhouse.

Such sat-nav-level detail is not least for my

dining partner who was somewhat flustered by

the time he walked past the restaurant for a

second time, despite my frantic gesticulations

from the plate-glass windows. A friendly warm

welcome from the gentlemen indoors helped

calm him down. Convinced that such a major

main road could not be designated Antigua

Street, he had been searching the back streets

beyond, thus working up an appetite for lunch.

And yet…not one that could effectively deal

with his first course. Perhaps one of the

construction workers on a nearby table would

have fared better than our rambling reviewer

who, like street signs, had missed the cherryon-top

description of French fries with his

Paneer Kathi Roll. Freaked out by the volume of

his starter plate (the roll was in the form of a

large flatbread, stuffed with the business bit of

homemade cheese and spicy chutney), he

contrived to explore only the deep interior of

that starchy subcontinent, the

better able to tackle his main

course, Chicken Tikka Masala.

Nonetheless both were

enjoyed, as were the superfresh

light puffed roundels of puri

that came with my own prawn

starter. However, prawn puri is

my favourite Indian dish, and I

found the sauce here lacking

strength and zing compared to

others.

Not an issue with my main course – for a

change I tried Dal Makhani, a Punjabi veggie

dish of whole black lentils cooked overnight

with tomato, butter & cream. Far from my fear

of a black mound of fibre rather than flavour, I

was delighted to be served a rich red (and

reasonably-sized) dish that was absolutely

delicious, and that I will now order again

hoping that, if elsewhere, others can compare

to this Khushi’s version.

Sides included a refreshingly interesting version

of raita with green apple and mint.

(The Go-Between)

All lunch-time dishes are £5.95 each.

Khushi’s

– 10 Antigua Street, EH1 3NH

– www.khushis.com

– 0131 558 1947

Opening hours

Noon-late daily

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Wine: Seasonal Pairings

always have high hopes for March and it

never fails to disappoint. The days are

Idiscernably lighter and the melting pot of

weather means one day you are jacket off in

the sunshine, the next you are catching

snowflakes. My cooking takes on a hopeful,

warmer palate in anticipation of spring.

Salad

Salads are not just the preserve of the

sunshine and whilst the lettuce, cucumber

and tomatoes triand is still a summer’s dream,

the prospect of a crunchy salad is perfectly

feasible. The bite of kohlrabi, beetroot and

celeriac pair fantastically with the tang of

oranges, in abundance at this time of year,

boosted with slices of duck breast or ham.

This kind of dish needs a wine with some zing

to contrast the crunch and zest but also

some smoothness. Alsace wines have just the

right balance so I’d be heading for a Pinot

Blanc, Pinot Gris or Riesling (the former the

lightest, the latter the punchiest) to pair with

my salad.

Mackerel

I find myself turning to the spice cupboard

more at this time of year and seeking out

some warmer flavours in what I cook. Oily

fish, like mackerel or sardines, are sustainable

and fantastic for your health, and they also

take strong flavours extremely well. The

whole fish or fillets can be marinated in a

curry paste, grilled and finished off in with

lime juice pretty easily for a spicy midweek

dish. With so many flavours going on the

wine is always going to be secondary so I

tend towards a new world rosé; it has enough

flavour to stand up to the fish, and some

sweetness to offset the spice.

Blood oranges

I make the most of blood oranges whilst they

still can be found on the shelves and Blood

Orange and Campari cake is one of my

favourite ways of doing this. It’s an Italianstyle

semolina and almond (gluten-free) cake

which has a lovely sweet, grown-up taste.

Find the recipe in ‘Polpo, a Venetian

Cookbook (of sorts)’. I wouldn’t match it with

wine, but would instead hit the cocktail

shaker and make a negroni to wash it down.

The cake keeps fantastically well and is also

delicious with coffee for a wee elevenses

treat!

Find out more about wine at

conviviumwine.com


Review: Credo I believe

T

here’s nothing quite as exciting as having

a new restaurant to visit. So Mr Bite and

me sped along along to Credo, formerly

La Mula Obstinada, Tapas Tree and ESI.

A facelift means the restaurant is now a light,

airy space where natural materials are softened

by a palette of Zen-like grey, lilac and blue.

Nice touches come from candles, flowers and

artwork, particularly a quirky mural depicting a

sylvan scene.

At £15 for three courses, £11.50 for two, first up

is a MET plate (Mezze, Antipasti, Tapas) to

share. It comprises tasty Thai fish cakes, a very

garlicky hummus, chicken liver pâté funky with

flavour, delicate salmon mousse and giant

asparagus spears with hollandaise. These are

tasty morsels which whet the appetite and

demonstrate attention to detail. The variety is

exciting and the plate changes daily.

A slab of tender pork belly under chewy

crackling for main course is delicious.

Colcannon is silky with butter, heaving with

cabbage. Mint and pea purée is SO much more

than garnish and skinny honeyed carrots are

sweet, al dente, flavoursome. Meat falls from

bone effortlessly on Mr Bite's duck confit

whilst the skin is properly crispy and

caramelised. Fondant potato gets an

enthusiastic nod too. My critical dining

companion is very happy.

An assiette of desserts is a stunning showcase

of chef’s talents. A pale primrose- hued lemon

tartlet and frangipani with bite from flaked

almonds demonstrate pâtissier skills. Wild

berry homemade ice cream is tart and creamy.

Red wine pannacotta is all a wobble and heady

with vanilla. Just when you think life can't get

any better you unearth fresh fig from the

bottom of a fine crème brûlée.

A bottle of Embra complemented Mr Bite’s

duck whilst I had a nice glass of NZ Sauvignon

Blanc voluptuous tropical fruits with just a hint

of grapefruit.

Attention to detail at Credo is excellent. Each

mouthful has been considered and the value

for money is outstanding. (S. Wilson)

Credo Restaurant

– 46 Queen Charlotte Street, EH6 7EX

– credorestaurant@outlook.co.uk

– 0131 629 1411

– www.credorestaurant.co.uk

Opening hours

Tue-Fri 12noon ‘til late

Sat 11am ‘til late; Sun 11am ‘til 5pm

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Recipe: Chocolate and Coffee

Parfait with Tonka Bean Ice Cream

from Paul Gunning at Purslane

Serve 4-6

Parfait

280g dark chocolate

150ml strong coffee

460ml cream

6 egg yolks

180g sugar

• In a bowl place chocolate broken up into

small pieces, coffee and 60 ml cream and

melt over a bain marie. Once melted and

smooth, remove from heat and leave to

cool.

• Meanwhile beat egg and sugar until thick

and pale.

• Add chocolate mixture into egg mixture

until well combined and place in fridge to

cool.

• Meanwhile whisk remaining 400 ml of

cream until soft peaks form, and then fold

chocolate mix into cream and chill.

Ice Cream

5 egg yolks

600ml single cream

125g caster sugar

1 Tonka bean, grated

• Heat the cream and grated Tonka bean

together over a medium heat. Stir every

now and again, and do not let the cream

boil. When it's nice and steamy, turn the

heat off and clamp a lid on. Allow to

infuse for 5-10 minutes.

• In a medium sized bowl, beat the egg yolks

with the sugar. You don't need to

incorporate air, just make sure that the two

are well mixed.

• Pour the hot cream onto the yolks, stirring

constantly to prevent any scrambling. You

could strain the cream first, but I like the

Tonka bean flecks.

• Rinse and dry the pan used to heat the

cream, then pour the custard back into it

and heat gently, stirring constantly, until

thick and creamy. Aim for the texture of

thick cream, and never allow it to boil.

• Churn the mixture in an ice cream machine

until set. Transfer the sorbet into a freezerproof

container and chill in the freezer for

1-2 hours, or until set.


Review: Hewat’s Restaurant

In the neighbourhood

find Hewat’s colourful sparkly décor

warm and welcoming but accept that the

Iabstract art and chandeliers may not be

to everyone’s taste. The food however,

should be. Good produce, refined dishes and

great value for money – the midweek dinner

menu offers 2 courses for £18.95, 3 at £22.95.

I started with what has become Chef Richard

Hewat’s signature dish, black pudding with

haggis risotto and crispy pancetta. Carnaroli

rice yielded a supreme creamy texture and

when combined with soft pud and a shard of

salty pig this dish had me scraping my plate

and then mopping it some more with the

handy fresh walnut bread. Mr Bite had

sautéed king prawns with a chilli sauce that

was fiery and sweet. Two beautifully

presented starters.

Medley of sea bass, salmon, king scallop and

langoustine with light garlic and sun blushed

tomato fish nage, spinach mash and sugar

snaps peas for main course kept me very

happy. Lots of fish, tasty tatties, and a

colourful Provençal lift from snappy peas and

intense tomatoes. Mr Bite had roast

tenderloin of boar with braised pork belly,

apple compote, crackling, pulled pork mash,

and braised Savoy cabbage with chorizo.

Except he didn’t. The mash had black pudding

through it and the cabbage was sprouts.

Unfortunately he dislikes both of these

ingredients. The meat was excellent and the

crackling sublime. Despite some culinary

peccadilloes, still a delicious plate of food.

For dessert my Tiramisu crème brûlée didn’t

cut the mustard at all. It was just the wrong

side of firm and the topping was not glassy

and brittle. A shame. Mr Bite’s warm

chocolate torte with forest fruits and cream

was excellent; good 70% dark chocolate and

in keeping with every other dish of the

evening the portion wasn’t shy.

Hewat’s needs tweaking to reach perfection

but it is a good neighbourhood restaurant

and reliving our meal for this review had me

drooling again. (S.Wilson)

Hewat’s Restaurant

– 19-21b Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1QF

– 0131 466 6660

– www.hewatsedinburgh.com

Opening hours

Dinner Mon-Sat 5pm-last booking 9.30pm

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Foodie Q and A with

Heather Macleod

Who are you and what do you do?

Heather Macleod. Singer, with The Bevvy Sisters

www.bevvysisters.co.uk who release their

second album Plan B at the end of March

How did you think of your name?

Singing at a bar with two girlfriends, we thought

it was a fine twist on The Beverley Sisters; our

other option was the St Andrews Sisters.

What would you cook for a romantic

dinner a deux?

Seafood and Steak.

Who would be your ideal date and

why?

My very soon husband-to-be! Well, he’s the one

and only – great conversation, craic and ‘click’,

very pleasing on the eye. He loves his food too.

What would you drink?

French martini aperitif, light white followed by

deep red. Finish with brandy coffee.

What is the most romantic meal you

have ever eaten?

Where was it and why was it so romantic? A

memorable meal at Stravaigin in Glasgow. A

birthday meal and a rare wee window of time

away together. Most recently an amazing meal

at a locally run restaurant in Crete. Homemade

'village' sausages, lemon and rosemary

chicken, and aubergine like I'd never tasted.

What is your idea of an aphrodisiac

food?

Seafood, particularly lobster.

What would be your ideal soundtrack

for a romantic meal?

Al Green, Etta James, Ray Charles - soul.

What is your favourite food/drink

related song/piece of music and why?

You Go To My Head. Beautiful melody that

tallies perfectly with the lyric. A Chicken Ain't

Nothin' But A Bird - Louis Prima, very cheeky.


What is your favourite restaurant

in Edinburgh and why?

Fishers in Leith, although I'm interested in

The Ship on the Shore as its environment

is gorgeous.

And elsewhere?

Monica’s in Crete.

What is your fave bar and why?

My ‘local’ for many years was Black Bo’s,

until it finally changed hands recently. lt

felt a bit like Cheers! Home to travelling

musos and kent faces. These days –

Summerhall, The Royal Dick, very local as

my office is based there.

Who would you most like to go out

drinking with and why?

If dead or alive – John Martyn for a large

dash of madness, Stevie Wonder for a

large dash of wonderment, Judi Dench

'cos I love her wry wit. My hubby to be

because it never happens…ooh, I'd just

dearly love the chance to just go out

drinking. It’s a long lost concept with a

small child and a busy life!

What would you pack for a picnic?

BBQ, pink fizz, plastic tumblers, pals, kids

and music. Blanket with waterproof

backing. We are in Scotland.

What would you order for a last

meal?

Lobster, Steak, Bevvy! Ooh, I haven't

mentioned Stornoway Black Pudding,

from my homeland, which would have to

feature somewhere!

Launch parties for the new album take

place in Edinburgh 28th March, Glasgow

Glad Café 29th Mar and London,

The Harrison, on 9th April.

Scottish Seasonal Cheese

of the Month:

4 Ewe’s

made by Rory Stone ,

Highland Fine Cheese, Tain

T

he 4 Ewe's make is a simple

short truckle hard cheese, very

much on the hard Pyrenean

style with sweet and caramel notes to

the finish. The cheese is made with

lower scald of around 36 centigrade

in order to retain a little more

moisture and culture. Ewe's milk

cheese always takes far longer to

mature mainly due to the increased

protein and fat available (which is not

the same with cow’s milk). The result

of the extended maturing time

usually gives a greater depth of

flavour and we hope it

is well worth the wait.

www.tannygill.com

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Highland Wagyu Try a little tenderness

f there was a flagship product for the

Scottish Larder, beef would be a strong

Icontender. Aberdeen Angus is recognised

worldwide as a premium product but in

recent years other pedigree breeds have been

gaining attention too.

Some Scottish chefs are even buying the

legendary Japanese Wagyu but this beef is

from Perthshire, not Tokyo!

Highland Wagyu is a company based in

Dunblane. Husband and wife team, Mohsin

and Martine Altajir are rearing 'fullbloods' i.e.

cattle with 100% Japanese genetics. They also

crossbreed and rear pedigree Angus,

Highland, Dexter and Shorthorn.

You will find their beef on menus at

L’Escargot Bleu, L’Escargot Blanc, Castle

Terrace, Scran and Scallie, and The Kitchin.

Tom Kitchin calls the Wagyu “the best beef in

the UK” whilst Fred Berkmiller (pictured

below) has commented that eating it “has the

sensation of a first kiss”. Fred tells me that he

buys a whole carcass and cooks every part of

the animal. So you may see shin of beef on

the menu at his L’Escargot restaurants which

Fred Berkmiller insists that only fullblood breeds are

served in his L'Escargot Restaurants.

Highland Wagyu

– Beef Cuts –

© Mandy Maria Illustration.

www.mandymaria.com


will have been slow cooked

for 24 hours.

Wagyu has a high level of

marbling which gives the

beef a supreme buttery

flavour and exquisite

tenderness. High levels of

omega 3 and 6 mean it

contains more

monosaturates than other

beef. Not only does it taste

delicious it but it is a healthy

option too.

It's also an ethical buy.

Herds graze on lush

Highland Wagyu – check out that

marbling!

Perthshire grassland and eat feed which is GM

free with no growth hormones and is fortified

with organic seaweed. Cattle are fattened at a

natural pace and the process is not artificially

accelerated. Martine Altajir

states:” We respect each animal

from nose to tail right through

the life cycle. We pamper our

Wagyu cattle and that ethos

continues with our luxury

Wagyu beef. I personally

inspect each carcass to ensure

the Wagyu beef is premium

quality.”

Bite tasted some sirloin cooked

medium rare, in a hot pan with

no oil and just a touch of sea

salt at the end. It had ‘hot knife

through butter’ tenderness, a

luscious creamy flavour and

mouth-feel and left one supremely satisfied. It

really does live up to expectations.

Find out more at www.highlandwagyu.com

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Languedoc Notebook: L’Oignon de Lézignan

“Occupes toi de tes oignons“

T

his is a saying from the south of France

meaning “mind your own business”. It

translates as “look after your onions”

and in the village of Lézignan-la-Cebe, near

Pezenas they are certainly doing this.

Onions are the most used vegetable

worldwide with more than four million

tonnes produced on average every year. India

is the biggest producer with France not even

making it in the first twenty, so what is so

special about this onion from Languedoc-

Roussillon?

Well to start, they have been producing

onions there since the 17th century and have

created an onion that is now an AOC and in

my opinion it is ‘the caviar of the onion

world’. You will find it in the local markets

from spring to the end of the summer. It does

not keep very long due to its water content

and does not travel very well so if you

happen to be travelling in this part of the

world, bring back a few kilos!

You will quickly recognise it; with a white

skin, and flat shape, it varies in size and can

reach 2kg. Best of all though is its unique

sweetness; you can bite into it just as you

would an apple.

I am looking forward to going home in the

summer as one of my favourite dishes is the

onion, potato and egg salad my mum

prepares with a light olive oil dressing; one of

life’s simple pleasures.

It also can be cooked of course and it takes

the famous Pissaladiere to a higher level.

Alternatively, roast it and serve warm with

some goats’ cheese and you will have a very

tasty starter.

Next month I will give you a recipe for it with

another product of the Languedoc terroir,

the well kept secret of the Chickpea from

Carlencas... “À bientôt”

Jean-Michel Gauffre

runs La Garrigue at

3 Jeffrey Street

www.oignonsdelezignan.net


Beer: The Great Heck Brewery

O

ne of the more notable consequences

of what, I suppose we must call the

Craft Beer Explosion, has been a

peculiar sort of reverse homogenization. New

breweries seem keen to turn their hand to

pretty much any style of beer; Belgian IPA,

London witbier, 90 shilling from Colorado,

sours from anywhere. With such an explosion

of choice, we appear to be losing sight of our

regional specialties; it’s a bit as if the great

vineyards of Bordeaux ripped up all their old

vines and planted a load of Shiraz to meet

demand.

The flipside is that a lot of these new wave

beers are obviously very, very good indeed; as

is the case with the beers from Yorkshire’s

Great Heck Brewery.

Great Heck is a relatively recent addition to

the Yorkshire brewing scene and a classic

Yorkshire Bitter is notable by its absence from

their roster of bottled beers. Instead their

beers have a predictable, aggressively hopped

American influence. Even their weissbier

Buy Heck!

favours the Californian over the Bavarian.

It’s called Amish Mash (nice pun) and I

suppose we can dump it in the small but

rapidly growing category of Hopfenweiss (A

German style weiss, with a generous helping

of US hops).

In the glass it is a very muddy, hazy, buttery

gold. It has a decent effervescence but its

head lacks the fluffiness of a genuine

weissbier. The nose is assertive with a big

threp of satsuma, clove, cardamom pod and

dried banana. The palate is rather full-bodied

with a good balance of the sweet fruity notes

and bitter, spicy hops. This bitterness builds

towards the finish which is lean, zesty, dry

and lip-smacking.

It’s a great beer and comes in at a lunchtime

friendly 4.7% abv. Although it might not be

very traditional, at well under three quid a

bottle it compares very favourably to the

equivalent stuff from across the pond.

(James Wrobel)

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Healthy Eating With: Real Foods

From apples and pears to global wares...

‘Not 3 bob, not 2 bob but 1 bob a pound for

our organic potatoes’ is what you might

have heard at our market stall in 1963.

50 years later we still like the patter about

our fresh produce, but we’ve had to come

up with new rhyming slang for our growing

organic fruit and veg range.

So, if you want some locally-grown bright

eyes and bushy tail (kale) or something

more exotic - a healthy glow (mango),

come and have a gander at our organic

greens.

Visit us in-store or go online to choose

your own mix of organic fruit & veg in the

exact quantities you need - a fresh

alternative to the surprises in a traditional

veg box. And, in the spirit of our portable

market-stall days, we have a new mobilefriendly

website.

• Simple – pick your own to make meal

planning easy and economical.

• Convenient – shop in-store, online or

on the go with your mobile.

• Choice – with a global pick of fresh

and organic fruit & veg.

Best of all, you’ll find our fresh fruit and veg

is just as good value now as it was in our

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Cocktails: Refreshingly Simple

Drinks

I

think I’m becoming an

old fart! “What do

you mean becoming?”

D struggles to say through

her howls of laughter.

“Have you only just

realised? You were

already an old fart last

century!”

Anyway, sarky comments

from D aside, I’ve noticed

a growing tendency to

“re-imagine” classic

cocktails and I just don't

like it! (Not the drinks, I

hasten to add, just the

verbose descriptions

given to them). How does the addition of

some exotic fruit juice to a well-loved drink

or the swapping of a twist of lemon for a

slice of grapefruit become a re-invention of

an original drink? Surely its just a tweak and

not some “modern re-working of an old

favourite that had fallen out of favour!” You

might change its name slightly but you

wouldn’t claim to have re-invented a

masterpiece!

To illustrate my point I thought I would turn

the clock back to the golden age of cocktails

and remind you of one of my favourite

cocktails – the fizz. A very simple cocktail with

a few basic rules: one sweet, two sour, three

strong and four weak. In the

case of the gin fizz that is 1/2

measure of sugar syrup, 1

measure of lemon juice and

2 measures of gin shaken

over ice, strained into a small

Collins glass and topped up

with soda water. Garnish

with a slice of lemon.

A few things to note: the

glass should be small (no

bigger than a 8oz glass) and

well chilled. Don’t add any

ice to the glass as this

makes it a Tom Collins. And

try to get your soda water

from an old-fashioned soda

siphon, it really does make a difference.

Now if you change the base spirit to, say,

brandy, it isn’t a “re-invention”, it is simply a

brandy fizz. Likewise a vodka fizz is made

with, yup, you’ve guessed it, vodka! Simples!

There are limitless variations (not reimaginations)

of this classic – add an egg

white to the gin fizz and it becomes a silver

fizz, add an egg yolk, it’s a golden fizz or add a

whole egg and it’s a royal fizz. Include a little

double cream and, hey presto, a cream fizz!

So, this old fart says “go ahead and

personalise your drinks, just don’t

sensationalise them!” (M. Earl)

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24

Insider: The Less is More

Conundrum

regret the passing of the handwritten,

photocopied menu, with about ten main

Idishes to choose from. Or perhaps, more

accurately, I should say that a scant four

years since I last spent substantial time in a

restaurant kitchen, the methodology seems

irretrievably changed.

Today most menus are printed, and are

described and planned (meticulously) along

'seasonal' lines, which is to say they are

changed four times a year. The average menu

now has about five choices for main course,

that’s about twenty dishes a year...hardly an

inspiring thought for ambitious young chefs.

Especially as the main ingredients are the

usual suspects: scallops, sea bass, salmon,

duck, pork, risotto etc. Not so with the

aforementioned daily changing (sometimes

twice daily), handwritten menu.

It can be argued that coming up with ten

variants on main courses every day could be

a bit stressful for a chef. And what about

quality and consistency? I would counter

that we are not talking Michelin-starred

finesse here, rather bistro style grub at about

a tenner a head. Expectations should not be

heightened. And any stress to the chef will

be ameliorated by the endless possibilities of

a daily changing menu. Ultra seasonality if

you like.

An obvious instance is amounts: I've caught a

single brown trout and stuck it on a menu; or

been given an, about to explode, puffball

mushroom and dipped it in soy then red

wine followed by Worcester sauce before

charring it and serving it as a veggie steak for

two. A couple of snipe and a single

woodcock? Two sea urchins? Three goose

eggs? Fire them over and we’ll do something

with them. (When that single woodcock is

gone you just score it off the menu...there

will still be nine choices left.) Freshness and

flux is my culinary mantra. Not endless

painstaking preparations for the serving of

six dishes over a three-month period.

Slipping loosely under the title of this piece

– when various well-known chefs talked

about their guilty eating pleasures lately, it

reminded me of my preferences whilst on

duty. When I was starting out at the Tinto

Hotel in Symington, I survived on pints of

Custard and Carnation milk. Later, at the

Howard Hotel in this fair city, three bowls of

Sugar Frosties a day did the trick. I feel sure

that these revelations will give you full

confidence in my culinary opinions…

The endless possibilities of a daily changing menu.

Ultra seasonality if you like


Healthy Eating With CNM:

Getting your Vitamin B6

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Why you need it:

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) helps the

body to

– absorb protein and carbohydrates

– prevent skin and nerve problems

– develop the foetal brain during

pregnancy

– build the immune system in

infants

– make the hormones serotonin

and norepinephrine which

influence mood

– make melatonin which helps to

regulate our body clock.

What do you find it in?

Vitamin B6 can be found in many

foods including, chicken, lentils,

brown rice, sunflower seeds and

garlic.

Seasonal tip:

The use of fresh garlic can help you

to ensure that you are having a good

supply of this vitamin. Adding

chopped or crushed garlic into any

savoury dish towards the very end

of cooking, can help retain more of the garlic’s

beneficial properties. For the brave hearted, why not try

juicing garlic? Wrap a clove in a green leafy vegetable –

this helps to counteract some of the odour both on

your juicer and your breath, and juice as normal. Or how

about adding raw, chopped garlic to mashed potatoes?

Just mix with a drizzle of olive oil at the mashing stage

and be amazed at how delicious it tastes!

(If on medication, check with your health professional before taking

garlic regularly.)

By Sam Folcarelli, for the College of Naturopathic

Medicine (CNM) in Edinburgh.

You can find out more about training with CNM for a career in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy,

by attending one of CNM’s free-to-attend Open Evenings in Edinburgh. Next dates: Tuesday 4th

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Off The Trolley: Loyalty Cards

I

f your wallet is like mine,

it’s stuffed with dog-eared

cards from various coffee

shops and cafés dotted

around town. Most have a

single stamp on them, many

belong to long shut

establishments but like a

collection of ticket stubs, I

hang on to them as the

memory of cake past. I have

stacks of duplicate cards for

the same places, the

consequence of never finding the one I need

when I’m in the queue ordering and so taking

another to start anew. Eventually I may

collect 10 stamps, spread over 6 or so cards,

and hand them over to receive my

complimentary coffee. And with it, a new

card: pristine, full of promise, destined to be

lost in my handbag.

Yes, loyalty cards are ubiquitous in coffee

shops and sandwich places. But cards that

reward you with cake are harder to find, and

more precious for their rarity. Here are a few

of my favourites.

Mimi's Bakehouse (at the Shore and the

Royal Mile) is renowned for its towers of

buttercream and mountainous wedges of

sponge. While a cupcake might be reward

enough for the cake-eater, they

offer a loyalty card which, once

filled, earns a free one. But they

also cater to instant gratification:

buy five cakes or traybakes and

get the sixth free.

The Howard (Great King

Street) serves one of the best

afternoon teas around, but their

Afternoon Tea Club card is not

to be missed. Rewards start as

soon as your second visit, and

include free champagne upgrades, tickets to

events, and complimentary afternoon tea for

two. Register at The Howard: and have a spot

of tea while you're at it.

But my newest favoured loyalty card comes

from John Lewis. A bit late to the retail

card game, they've come in with a winner:

with their shop card comes a stack of

vouchers, each good for one complimentary

coffee and cake each month. Since my card

popped through the mailbox, I have created

monthly occasions to visit the café. I'm sure

there are other benefits to their reward card,

but frankly this is enough for me.

So find a wallet with a few extra pockets and

start collecting those stamps: because loyalty

should be rewarded – with cake. (R. Edwards)

....a new card: pristine, full of promise, destined to be lost in

my handbag


What’s In Season: Fat Tuesday A time for pancakes...

I

I wonder if I’m the only person who laments

the departure of Italian cheese makers,

Gabriele Caputo and Adriana Alonzi. You

remember them; they made some of the best

ricotta and mozzarella this side of Rome. Do you,

my dear readers, have any idea what they are

doing now? I’d love to know. The reason for

recalling this memory is because of my March

recipe – ricotta pancakes. Every time I buy this

addictive soft cheese, I have a wee sigh; fond

memories of Adriana and Gabriele’s wonderful

lactic delights.

This month sees the beginning of Lent and Shrove

Tuesday – Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, call it what

you like, to me it’s just Pancake Day! Thick or thin,

sweet or savoury, for breakfast or dinner, they

must be one of the best multi-purpose dishes to

make. It has been know for me to devour them

with hot or cold smoked salmon (I’m rather

partial to the Dunkeld Smokehouse fish) and

crème fraîche, followed by pancakes with berries,

yoghurt and honey, but I am a gannet! There’s

something more comforting about the thicker

type over the more refined crepes. I mean, you

can’t really have skimpy, lacy ones with fat slabs

of crispy bacon and maple syrup; you need

something substantial to soak up that sticky sap.

If you make them small enough, plop on some

sour cream and caviar, you have canapés, dahling.

Best of all is a heaving plateful, a table laden with

toppings and hungry bellies waiting to tuck in –

gluttony at its best!

Lea writes http://OfftheEatenTrack.

wordpress.com and is @BakersBunny on Twitter

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Ricotta and

Lemon Pancakes

2 eggs

Tub of ricotta

1tblespn caster sugar

(omit if making savoury)

8-10oz self raising flour

1tsp baking powder

Juice and zest of a lemon

Milk

Method

• Blitz eggs with sugar (if using) until foamy.

• Add ricotta, lemon zest and juice, blitz again.

• Sift flour and baking powder into another bowl.

• Mix in the egg and ricotta gloop.

• Add enough milk to make a stiff, dollopable batter like Scotch pancakes.

• Put large spoonfuls of batter on a pre-heated, greased griddle or

heavy-based frying pan.

• When bubbles form on the top, flip over and cook for another

2-3 mins or until they feel firm to the touch.

• Serve with whatever takes your fancy.

What else is in my basket?

Rabbit, lamb, oysters, wild trout, spring greens, sorrel, kale, watercress,

beetroot.


Listings

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Restaurants

Bistros and Brasseries

Bijou – A local eatery for breakfast, lunch &

dinner, or maybe just a cheeky glass of wine. An

ever changing menu, available in 3 different sizes,

bijou, medium and main – you choose. Private

Dining available. Free wifi. 2 Restalrig Road

Edinburgh, EH6 8BN – 0131 538 0664

– www.bijoubistro.co.uk

Bread Street Brasserie – A classic Brasserie

offering a seasonal Scottish menu cooked with

flair and imagination. Everything is cooked on the

premises and the menu includes classic dishes

which utilise the best of Scottish seafood and

beef alongside vegetarian and vegan options. All

is served in a buzzy, professional, friendly setting.

Lunch: 12pm-2pm, 7 days (Sunday 12.30pm-

2.30pm) , pre-theatre from 5pm-7pm (£12.95 for 3

courses), dinner: 5pm-10pm. 34 Bread Street,

Edinburgh EH3 9AF – 0131 221 5558

– www.pointhoteledinburgh.co.uk

The Edinburgh Larder Bistro – Inspired by

local ingredients, The Edinburgh Larder Bistro

serves the best of Scotland’s landscape on a plate.

Tucked away downstairs on the corner of Alva

and Queensferry Street the Bistro is a hidden gem

with cosy dining rooms that blend beautiful old

and modern décor. Proud to work closely with

suppliers who treat Scotland’s wild, natural

resources with honour they offer a uniquely

Scottish experience that doesn’t stop at the food.

The menu also offers a range of Scottish gin, malt

whiskies, local beers and artisan roasted coffees.

Their bakery launched in December 2013 and is

open from 11am-5pm Tue-Sat serving a beautiful

range of cakes and artisan breads. The bistro is

open Tuesday-Saturday (closed Sunday & Monday)

with lunch served between 12pm-2.30 and dinner

from 5.30-10pm.

1a Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH

– 0131 225 4599 – www.edinburghlarder.co.uk

Elbow – Eat ... the freshest produce from cakes

to steaks. Drink ... grape to grain and everything inbetween.

Enjoy ... the little things that count. . Bar

open 11am-1am, 7 days.Lunch, dinner & snacks

daily from 11am –10pm. Burger & a cocktail £10

every Wednesday all day! Monday Movies,

Tuesday Pub Quiz, Friday's Live Music & D.J's.

133-135 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh

– 0131 556 5662 – www.elbowedinburgh.co.uk

The Shore – Next to the famous Fishers

restaurant on The Shore sits this classic bistro

from the same owners with wood panelling, huge

mirrors, open fires and hearty satisfying food. The

food is a creative mix of classic British dishes

with a modern European twist. Set lunch Mon-Fri,

2 courses £13, 3 courses £16. Bar snack menu also

available all day. Live folk and jazz musicians

entertain customers in the bar on Tuesdays and

Sundays. Open everyday from noon-late. 3 Shore,

Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6QW – 0131 553 5080

– www.fishersrestaurantgroup.co.uk

The Olive Branch – With its large windows

and relaxed atmosphere is the perfect place to

enjoy a relaxing brunch, lunch or dinner in the

company of friends or family, with children under

14 welcome until 8pm. Using the best local

produce, we aim to provide inventive seasonal

dishes with a Mediterranean feel, as well as

classic comfort food. Open Mon to Fri 11.45 to

10pm, Sat and Sun 10am to 10pm. 91 Broughton

Street, EH1 3RX – 0131 557 8589

– www.theolivebranchscotland.co.uk


Stac Polly Brasserie, Gin & Wine Bar –

Scottish lunch menu with meat, fish, vegetarian

options and sharing platters. Light bites from midafternoon

and throughout the evening. Selection

of premium Scottish and London gins and

beautiful, modern Scottish décor. Open 7 days a

week from 12 noon until midnight. Mon-Sat

12noon-2pm. Brunch 12.30-3pm on Sundays. 29-33

Dublin Street Edinburgh EH3 6NL

– 0131 5562231 – www.stacpolly.com

British (Modern)

One Square – a vibrant bar and restaurant,

offering a modern, uniquely British take on the

classic grand café, serving an inventive range of

dishes by award-winning Executive Chef, Malcolm

Webster, from breakfast and afternoon tea to latenight

dining, all with views of Edinburgh Castle.

The bar features over 40 different varieties of

premium gin. Open daily from 7am to midnight,

food served until 11pm.

1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR

– 0131 221 6422 – www.OneSquareEdinburgh.co.uk

Purslane – It's all about the produce at this

bijou restaurant in Edinburgh’s boho

neighbourhood of Stockbridge. Fresh local

seasonal ingredients are the foundation upon

wich Chef Paul Gunning creates stunning dishes.

He uses a mix of old and new techniques with a

nod to worldwide influences and the result is top

notch dining but in a casual unbuttoned ambience.

33a St. Stephen Street Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3

5AH – 0131 226 3500 –

www.purslanerestaurnt.co.uk – Open for lunch &

dinner Tues-Sat 12 noon-2pm and 6.30pm-11.30pm.

Californian

Listings

Calistoga – Current Holders of ‘Speciality

Restaurant of the Year’ at Scottish Restaurant

Awards. Edinburgh’s original and only Californian

restaurant. Our unique fresh food is prepared by

our great kitchen team who are inspired by the

flavours of California. Wine List of over 100

Californian wines at only £5 above shop prices. Try

us or book one of of unique Wine, Whisky or Beer

Tastings Dinners. Private Dining.

70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX

– 0131 225 1233 – www.calistoga.co.uk

Fish and Seafood

Fishers in the City – A spacious and stylish

space – the epitome of a classic city centre

eatery. Set in a converted warehouse on cobbled

Thistle Street the comtemporary surroundings

offer the perfect venue for a casual lunch or

initmate night out. A firm favourite with locals

and visitors for fabulous Scottish seafood. Set

lunch & pre-theatre menu, 2 courses £13, 3 courses

£16, everyday 12 noon-6pm. Open everyday from

12 noon - late. 58 Thistle Street,

Edinburgh EH2 1EN – 0131 225 5109

– www.fishersrestaurantgroup.co.uk

Fishers in Leith – has been the last word in

Edinburgh's finest casual dining for 21 years. The

original Fishers is nestled on the historic shore of

Leith. Set in a 17th century watchtower it has two

beautiful dining areas, the round room and bar and

the restaurant as well as outside dining. All offer

great atmsophere and, of course, fabulous Scottish

seafood – Set lunch & pre-theatre menu, 2 courses

£13, 3 courses £16. Open everyday from 12 noon - late.

1 Shore, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6QW

– 0131 554 5666 – www.fishersrestaurantgroup.co.uk

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Listings

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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.

French

Bistro Provence – Head Chef Paul Malinen

and Patron Michael Fons bring the taste of Le

Midi to Edinburgh. Taste typical Provencal dishes

and wines in this friendly relaxed bistro. The

menu changes seasonally and there is a

degustation menu everySaturday night. Open

Tues-Sun 12 noon-10pm. 88 Commerical Street,

Leith – 0131 344 4295 –

www.bistroprovence.co.uk

La Garrigue – Regional French Cuisine and

Terroir Wines from the Languedoc/Roussillon. A

restaurant where ‘Chef Jean Michel Gauffre brings

warm Languedoc to your plate’ (Peter Irvine,

Scotland The Best). Simple and stylish with the

relaxed ambience of a French bistro and a firm

favourite with locals and tourists alike. Winner of

the Good food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the

Year 2010. Also Gordon Ramsay’s Best French

Restaurant 2010. Open 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner.

31 Jeffrey Street – 0131 557 3032

– www.lagarrigue.co.uk

La P’tite Folie – Informal, bustling bistro with

mixed clientèle. Favourites include moules frites,

steak frites, beef bourguignon, duck, etc. Extensive

wine list. 2 course lunch £10.50, noon-3pm. Dinner

a la carte 6-11pm. Closed Sundays. Large groups

catered for, set dinner available.

9 Randolph Place – 0131 225 8678

61 Frederick Street – 0131 225 7983

L'Escargot Blanc – first floor West End

restaurant. Sit beside a window and reminisce of

the bohemian Latin Quarter or Marais district of

Paris. Traditional French and classic dishes such as

garlicky Snails, Rabbit in Dijon mustard, Sheltland

lamb Navarin or Cassoulet, Îles Flottantes and

Tarte Tatin. Provenance is paramount here and

expect to find imported goods from well reputed

producers only. Open Mon-Thurs 12 noon-2.30pm

and 5.30pm-10pm. Fri & Sat 12 noon-3pm and

5.30pm-10pm. Closed Sunday. 17 Queensferry St

– 0131 226 1890 to make a reservation

– www.lescargotbleu.co.uk

L'Escargot Bleu – “French twist using the best

of Scotland”. The Auld Alliance is alive and well!

Chef Patron Fred Berkmiller seeks out others that

share this passion for excellence. Producers of

Scotland for 1st class quality meat, fresh water

fish, handpicked fruits and vegetables whilst his

partner Betty will proudly serve you Hervé Mons

exclusive selection of French cheese.

Recommended by the Michelin Guide and listed

in the best 5 restaurants by Peter Irvine/Scotland

the Best. Open Mon-Thurs 12 noon-2.30pm and

5.30pm-10pm. Fi & Sat 12 noon-3pm and 5.30pm-

10.30pm. Closed Sunday (open 7 days during

August). 56 Broughton Street – 0131 557 1600 to

make a reservation – www.lescargotbleu.co.uk


Italian

Mia – simple, cosy and welcoming. Serving

delicious food, fine wines and fresh Italian

coffee. 2 course lunch £7.50 with a dessert and

glass of wine £9.50 (Mon-Fri), £8.50 & £10.50 (Sat),

2 course dinner £14.95 & £16.95 (Sat). A La Carte

available daily from 10am-late.

– 96 Dalry Rd, EH11 2AX – 0131 629 1750

– www.mia-restaurant.co.uk

Kurdish / Middle Eastern

Hanams –Authentic cuisine in the heart of

Edinburgh and and voted one of Britain’s Top 5

Middle Eastern Restaurants by the Telegraph. The

menu features falafel and baba ghanoush,

charcoal cooked shish kebabs and

mouthwatering exotic ices and desserts. There is

an extensice Dry Bar and shish balcony(blankets

provided!). Open 7 Days. 3 Johnston Terrace, EH1

2PW – 0131 225 1329 – www.hanams.com

Pomegranate – Middle Eastern Street Food

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

wide selection of vegetarian dishes, main courses

and mouthwatering desserts. BYOB with no

corkage charge. Non-alcohol bar available plus

Shisha pipes. 1 Antigua Street, Edinburgh,

EH1 3NH – 0131 556 8337

– pomegranate-edinburgh@hotmail.com

– www.pomegranatesrestaurant.com

Mediterranean

Laila's Mediterranean Bistro and

Takeaway – Middle Eastern and Mediterranean

favourites – fresh salads, paninis, wraps, and mezze

style light meals. Breakfast from 8am daily,

specialty coffees and teas and Mediterranean and

Middle Eastern cakes and pastries throughout the

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day. Laila’s tranforms into a warm and cosy bistro in

the evening with olive tree inspired decor, hanging

lanterns, comfy seating, delicious dinner menu,

BYOB and free corkage. 63 Cockburn Street, EH1

1BS – 0131 237 2448 – www.lailas-bistro.co.uk

– lailas-bistro@hotmail.com

Mexican

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. Delivery to EH3,

EH5, EH6, EH7 and EH8 postcodes. 281 Leith Walk

– 0131 555 6619 – www.loscardos.co.uk

Scottish

Field – This restaurant as its name suggests

loves 'field-fresh food' and is proud to showcase

Scotland's larder in a menu of tasty, innovative,

seasonal dishes. The wine-list is carefully chosen

and tempting. A cosy, unpretentious,

neighbourhood restaurant in the University /

Old Town area. which also happens to be superb

value for money 2 Courses £11.95 / 3 Courses

£14.50. 41 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DB

– 0131 667 7010 – www.fieldrestaurant.co.uk

– Sittings: Tues-Sat 12 noon-2pm and

5.30pm-9pm.

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

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modern flavours with classical techniques. Fresh,

sustainable seafood available from the Seafood

Bar whilst the Brasserie offers round the clock

eating. Brasserie: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-

5pm; Restaurant: lunch – Mon-Fri 12 noon-3pm, Sat

& Sun 12 noon-3.30pm, dinner, Tues-Sat 6pm-10pm.

forthfloor.reservations@harveyhichols.com

Book on line at www.harveynichols.com

– 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh,

EH2 2AD – 0131 524 8350

experience. Expect a menu of exciting

interpretations of modern and traditional cuisine

using locally sourced produce. We have a fantastic

selection of Scottish beers and a fine array of

single malt whiskies at both Dublin Street and St

Marys Street Bistro. Private dining rooms at Dublin

Street and St Mary's Street Bistro. Open 7 days.

New menus online – www.stacpolly.com

29-33 Dublin St – 0131 556 2231

38 St Mary’s St – 0131 557 5754

a room in leith and teuchters landing, a

room in the west end and teuchters bar

– Two well-loved Scottish bistros attached to

two well loved bars. The emphasis is on quality,

fresh, locally sourced Scottish food and drink .

Spend the day with us meandering between bar

and restaurant! The west end, 26 William Street,

EH3 7NH – 0131 226 1036. Leith, 1a Dock Place,

EH6 6LU – 0131 554 7427 – www.aroomin.co.uk

No. Ten Restaurant – Attached to the Royal

College of Surgeons this restaurant is tucked

away from the hubbub of the old town but also

close to the Festival Theatre and other arts

venues. It offers an excellent value Pre Theatre

menu and a seasonal A La Carte menu with an

emphasis on high quality Scottish provenance

ingredients available 5pm-10.00pm.

10 Hill Place EH8 9DS, – 0131 662 2080

– www.tenhillplace.com

Stac Polly – Stac Polly is one of Edinburgh's

original restaurants for authentic Scottish food

and atmosphere; now in its 23rd year. Stone walls

combine with flickering candles, crisp linen and

twinkling glasses to give a truly Scottish

Turquoise Thistle – Fine dining in a relaxed

atmosphere. A La Carte Menu from 5pm; pretheatre

menu from 5pm-7pm. Bar area serving

signature cocktails and a great selection of

Scottish beer and lager in convivial surroundings.

At Hotel Indigo, 59 York Pl, EH1 3JD

– 0131 556 5577 – www.hotelindigoedinburgh.co.uk

The Whiski Rooms – Glamorous new sister

venue to the award winning WHISKI on the Royal

Mile. With iconic views over the mound to

Edinburgh, it's an all day dining bar &

bistro/restaurant serving fresh Scottish food.

Stocking an impressive range of premium spirits,

wines and Scottish beers,ciders and over 300

whiskies. Beside the bar is a specialist whisky shop

where you can buy the bar's range and more. Daily

whisky tastings.

– Whiski Bar & Restaurant, 119 High Street,

Edinburgh, EH1 1SG, 0131 556 3095.

Whiski Rooms Bar & Bistro, 4-7 North Bank

Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2LP – 0131 225 7224

– bar@whiskirooms.co.uk

Whiski Rooms Shop – 0131 225 1532

– shop@whiskirooms.com

– www.whiskishop.com


Spanish

Iggs and Barioja – Est. 1989 and recently

featured in Channel 5’s Restaurant Inspector.

Modern Spanish Cusine and Tapas using the finest

ingredients imported directly from Spain

alongside the best of local, seasonal Scottish

produce. 2 AA Rosettes. An excellent wine list

which has won many accolades including the ‘AA

Most Notable Wine list Award’.

Iggs, 15 Jeffrey Steet – 0131 557 8184 and

Barioja, 19 Jeffrey St – 0131 557 3622

Tapa – With its white-washed, high-vaulted walls

adorned with a stunning floor to ceiling antique

bull fighting poster and live Flamenco guitarist on

Friday & Saturday evenings, Tapa in Leith evokes

memories of lazy summer holidays spent with

family and friends. Sunday afternoons are a must

as their Andalusian Head Chef prepares Paella in

the restaurant while you eat! The perfect tonic if

you have over indulged the previous evening! 19

Shore Place, Edinburgh EH6 6SW

– 0131 476 6776 – tapa@tapaedinburgh.co.uk

– www.tapaedinburgh.co.uk

Tex Mex

Tex Mex – Donald Mavor, head chef and

proprietor brings the heart of Mexico to your

table, emphasising traditional Mexican food with

an authentic menu. Try the flaming fajitas and the

potent Margaritas ‘the best in town’. Good fun,

tasty food and very affordable.

64 Thistle Street – 0131 260 9699

– www.texmex2.com

Bars and Bar Food

The Abbotsford – City’s finest ‘island bar’. Est.

1902 specialising in Scottish real ales (6) and malt

whiskies. Food served all day in the bar. Lunch &

dinner in the Restaurant ‘Above’.

3-5 Rose Street, EH2 2PR – 0131 225 5276

– www.theabbotsford.com

– theabbotsford@dmstewart.com

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Boda Bar – A cosy, friendly bar with a subtle

Swedish twist. Regulars, Leithers, Students and

Tourists mix together are all welcome. When you

book the backroom for more than 15 people you

get a small, free buffet. Here you can try the

lovely Idun’s Elderflower cider, Aquavit and many

odd shots. Every Monday is live music and on

regular basis there are Bar Boot Sales. Check web

page for all events: www.bodabar.com Open Mon-

Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon -1am and Sun 1pmmidnight.

229 Leith Walk – 0131 553 5900

The Canons’ Gait – Royal Mile Bar & Bistro

specialising in Ales from Scottish micro breweries.

Reputation for impressive bar food. Live Music.

Cellar Bar free hire. Food served: Mon-Sat noon-

8pm. 232 Canongate, High Street, EH8 8DQ

– 0131 556 4481 – www.canonsgait.com

– canonsgait@dmstewart.com

The Cumberland Bar – Spacious New Town

local, lots of rooms and beer garden. Eight real

ales on tap. Plus good wine list. Food all day.

Sunday Roasts (till 6.00pm).

1 Cumberland Street EH3 6RT – 0131 558 3134

– www.cumberlandbar.co.uk

– cumberland@dmstewart.com

Element –Tucked away just off Princes Street in

amongst the boutiques of Rose Street you will

find Element. The bar has long since established

itself as the perfect place to eat, drink and relax

right in the heart of the Edinburgh. Whether you

fancy a quick drink after work, a bite to eat or a

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long lazy lunch, Element will deliver above and

beyond. 110-114 Rose St EH2 3JF – 0131 225 3297

– www.elementedinburgh.co.uk

Jake’s Place – A rustic bar and kitchen serving

the best in American and Scottish craft beer, malt

whisky, bourbon and rye. A succulent fusion of

American and Scottish street food. Opening

hours: Mon-sat 12 noon-1am; Sun 12.30pm-1am

– 9-13 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE

– 0131 226 1446 – www.jakes-place.co.uk

Joseph Pearce – Joseph Pearce's popularity is

testament to the warm and genuine welcome it

extends to a diverse clientele. During the day a

raised area to the back is a family-friendly haven,

stocked with all the toys, highchairs and feeding

paraphernalia that junior patrons and their

beleaguered parents could require. From 5pm a

more grown-up but equally laid-back atmosphere

pervades, making Pearce's a favourite haunt of a

cool crowd seeking simple relaxation or perhaps

taking part in one of the regular jogging. Many will

be there to enjoy the Scandinavian-tinged menu

of gravadlax, pork meatballs with root vegetable

mash in a plum sauce or smoked haddock with

crisply roasted hasselback potatoes and poached

egg, all washed down with a great draught and

bottled drinks selection Open Sun-Thurs 11ammidnight,

Fri-Sat 11am -1am.

23 Elm Row – 0131 556 4140.

The Guildford Arms – Edinburgh’s finest Real

Ale Bar Est. 1898 (10) ale taps mainly Scottish, (13)

keg beers/ciders, good wine and whisky lists. Food

served all day in classic Victorian bar or boutique

‘Gallery’ restaurant above.

1-5 West Register Street – 0131 556 4312

– www.guildfordarms.com

–guildfordarms@dmstewart.com

The Huxley – Your home from home in

Edinburgh’s West End. The Huxley is the perfect

place to relax, refuel, gather with friends and

enjoy our extensive cocktail list. An informal vibe

where the focus is on terrific food – burgers and

dogs, beautifully created cocktails, wide selection

of beers and wines served with exceptional

customer service. The burgers are listed as some

of the best in town whilst the ‘dogs’ include,

‘naked’ and ‘chilli-cheese’ versions which regularly

change and evolve. Small plates and boards of

tempting tapas also feature. Coffee and homebaked

pastries to sit in or to go make this a very

flexible venue. 1 Rutland Street, EH1 2AE

– 0131 229 3402 – www.thehuxley.co.uk

The Lioness of Leith – Bar/brasserie situated

in the heart of Edinburgh’s vibrant and

fashionable Leith area specialising in fine British

and European food and drink. Since opening in

December 2013 The Lioness has rejuvenated Duke

Street to make this end of town a goto area

synonymous with good times. Live DJs, eclectic

and quirky decor, in a relaxed atmosphere,

combined with a fantastic selection of local and

international premium beverages and an exciting

and innovative choice of cocktails, mean there’s a

new destination for Edinburgh’s foodies and style

set alike. The Lioness of Leith is on Facebook and

is at 21-25 Duke Street – 0131 629 0580.

Nobles – With this café bar and venue, the

Phoenix has risen from the flames. Since reopening

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 Fairtrade TM coffee plus

various organic loose leaf teas complete the

experience. Opening times 12pm-1am Monday to

Friday, 10am-1am Saturday and Sunday. Children &

Dry well behaved dogs are welcome.

44a Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6RS

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

– www.facebook.com/noblesbarleith

The Old Chain Pier – Under the new

management of Billy and Peter Ross, this

Newhaven bar has a glass frontage with views

over the firth of forth which allow one of the

finest panoramic views in Edinburgh. The water

almost laps your toes. Real ales, bottled beers,

wines and whiskies. Fresh, homemade pub food

made on the premises daily. Child and dog

friendly, beer garden. 32 Trinity Crescent,

Edinburgh, EH5 3ED – 0131 552 4960

The Queens Arms –A hidden jewel, below the

cobbles of Frederick Street and steeped in

Scottish history. This New Town pub provides a

home from home for locals and tourists alike.

With an amazing selection of real ales, Scottish

Whiskies and a twist on some classic cocktails

you're guaranteed to enjoy this cosy wee pub.

49 Frederick Street, EH2 1EP – 0131 225 1045

– www.queensarmsedinburgh.com

Roseleaf Bar Café – A cosy bar café off the

shore in Leith serving fresh juices, real ales, local

bottled beers, cracking coffee, loose leaf teas &

“Pot-Tails!”... cocktails in teapots! All served up in

Grannies finest bone china. Barry brunchs served

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from 10am till 5pm & din-dins & munchies served

from 5pm till 10pm everyday with daily changing

specials including Sunday roasts & home baked

bread & deserts all made with luv! 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

us at info@roseleaf.co.uk. 23-24 Sandport Place,

Leith – www.roseleaf.co.uk

The Salisbury Arms – In the shadow of the

majestic Arthur's Seat and opposite the

Commonwealth pool. A beautifully refurbished

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

couches and a stunning restaurant area. Serving

quality home cooked food with an interesting

wine list and cask ales. 58 Dalkeith Rd, Edinburgh,

EH16 5AD – 0131 667 4518

– www.thesalisburyarmsedinburgh.co.uk

The Sheep’s Heid – village pub & restaurant in

Duddingston and Edinburgh’s oldest surviving

watering hole. Pull up a chair near the roaring fire,

dine on Scottish seasonal food or in the warmer

months, kick back in the beer garden. Real ales on

tap, wine list and a skittle alley available to hire

for parties. 43-45 The Causeway, Edinburgh, EH15

3QA – 0131 661797. Open everyday

– www.thesheepheidedinburgh.co.uk

Sofi’s – Sofi’s bar is the port in the storm, it is the

little squeeze in a hug, it is home from home. So

feel free to sink in and snuggle up, with a glass of

wine, or a pint of beer. On Friday and Saturdays it

is more like a party in the kitchen with many

delightfully tasty cocktail s on offer. Lots of

events: Sing Songwriters nights, Clothes swaps,

Knitting nights, Film nights and variety of cool

parties. Check webpage: www.bodabar.com

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Open Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon-1am Sun 1pm -

1am. 65 Henderson Street – 0131 555 7019.

The Street – A popular mixed bar at the top of

the very funky Broughton St. By day the glass

front makes it an ideal place to relax inside or out

with a coffee & people watch, whilst at night it

attracts a livelier crowd with a buzzing

atmosphere. Good pub food such as homemade

burgers & enchiladas until 9pm, and snacks such as

nachos, homemade chilli & potato wedges until

midnight Sun-Thurs. Premium selection of beers,

wines & spirits and cocktails and Rekordelig cider

on draft! Open 12pm-1am Mon-Sat, 12.30pm-1am

Sun. 2 Picardy Place, EH1 3JT – 0131 556 4272

– www.thestreetbaredinburgh.co.uk

Victoria – Victoria’s philosophy is that everyone

who is nice is welcome to join the party. The

drinks range is chosen and proven by staff and

regulars, including beers from at least thirty-five

different countries and their own-brand Iduns

swedish cider. Events include a language café

every Monday, live acoustic music every so often

and irregular speed-dating singles nights. Any

sense of gimmickry is nicely underplayed, though.

With a child-friendly ethos during the day, a warm

and moodily lit atmosphere at night, a wellstocked

bar and very friendly service, all you need

for a great local is right here. Check facebook for

all events. Open Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon -1am

and Sun 1pm- midnight.

265 Leith Walk – 0131 555 1638.

The White Horse – The bar is an institution on

the Royal Mile where it has been serving thirsty

locals and tourists alike in several different guises

since 1742. Come along for a glass of wine, pint,

meal or simply a coffee and a slice of cake. Great

bar menu available. The White Horse is also a free

fringe venue in the private stable room to the rear

of the building throughout the festival. Opening

times: Mon-Thur 12 noon-11pm, Fri & Sat 12 noon-

12 pm, Sun 12 noon-11pm.

266 Canongate – 0131 557 3512

Cafés/Informal

Edinburgh Larder – A relaxed bright and

welcoming café with a delicious selection of

local, good quality food using organic/seasonal

ingredients whenever possible. Great coffee from

Artisan Roast, teas from Eteaket, lovely

homebaking inc. superb cakes! Fully licensed with

tasty local craft beer and cider. Free WiFi,

wheelchair and child-friendly. Open from 8am-

5pm Mon-Thurs and 9am-5pm Sat-Sun.

15 Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NB – 0131 556 6922

– www.edinburghlarder.co.uk

Hemma – A newly opened café/bar with great

brunch, lunch, buffet, smörgåsbord platters,

dinners and last but not least cakes. A family

friendly haven daytime and a party place at night

with 12 well chosen draughts on tap and an

extensive cocktail list. It is a big place where you

can bring 130 of your friends and have a great

party on the mezzanine level. Every Friday is a

after work DJ starting from 6pm. Other events like

networking meetings, promotional events, Vintage

pop up shops and plenty others are occurring on

a frequent basis. Come and have a look! Open

Sun-Thurs 11am-midnight Fri-Sat 11am -1am.

Tun Building, 75 Holyrood Road – 0131 629 3327.

Union of Genius Soup Café – You need soup

and we have soup – officially the best soup in

Scotland! Two of our soups are Great Taste Gold

award-winners. Each day we serve six different


soups, flavour-matched with artisan breads. We

always have veggie and vegan options, and most

of our soups are naturally gluten-free. We have

Artisan Roast coffee, Eteaket teas and a gorgeous

range of hot chocolates from the Chocolate Tree.

Open 10am-4pm Mon-Fri.

8 Forrest Road, EH1 2QN, – 0131 226 4436

– www.unionofgenius.com and we are now

mobile – see ‘Soup Van’

Craft Pattisserie and

Café

La Cerise – is a fresh and innovative patisserie

cake and coffee shop that will leave you hooked

on Café Culture. Individual cakes, celebration

cakes, pastries, award-winning home-made icecream

and more – all made fresh on the

premises. All products are hand-crafted fine

foods made from the best quality ingredients.

Many are gluten-free and they use free-range

eggs. From homemade soups that will transform

your lunchtime into a five-a-day brain-booster, to

cakes and desserts that evoke sheer ecstasy, and

delicious savoury items. 199 Great Junction

Street (corner Bangor Road), Leith, EH6 5LQ –

0131 555 6065. LRT buses: 1, 7, 10, 14, 21, 34, 36.

Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm – www.lacerise.biz

Food Events

Eat Walk Edinburgh – A foodie walking tour,

presently in the top ten of activities in Edinburgh

on Tripadvisor with a five star rating. The morning

tour takes in the Canongate and visits a number

of shops and bars where you get the chance to

talk to the locals and taste some great Scottish

produce. The afternoon tour takes in the Old and

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New Towns offering more of a full meal as we

meander between six venues tasting food, wines

and whisky as we go. Both tours last three to

three and half hours. Gift vouchers are available

for the Foodie in your life.

Visit our web site for further information at

www.eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk

Foodie Gift Shop

Cranachan & Crowdie – Purveyors of Fine

Scottish Food, Drink & Gifts, this Royal Mile gem

is Edinburgh’s leading speciality food & gift shop,

selling only Scottish products. Choose a unique

present or create a tantalizing Scottish food

hamper filled with award winning delights. Their

range includes scrumptious Scottish must-haves

such as smoked venison and salmon, cheese,

chutney, shortbread, tablet, chocolate, haggis,

black pudding, tea, coffee, beer and spirits.

Beyond the array of edibles are quality Scottish

gifts including Harris Tweed, earthenware, handblown

glass and an exclusive range of ex-whisky

barrel pieces. Open daily 11-6.

263 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ

– 0131 556 7194

– www.CranachanAndCrowdie.com

Ice Cream

La Cerise – Award winning artisan ice cream. 5

Bronze awards at the Royal Highland Show 2012.

All ice-creams are gluten-free and are homemade

using Scottish milk and Scottish cream. No

fat substitutes or flavourings. All available as

cones or in tubs to eat-in or take-away and a

huge range of flavours which include the exotic

and well as classic favourites. 199 Great Junction

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Street (corner Bangor Road), Leith, EH6 5LQ

– 0131 555 6065 – www.lacerise.biz

LRT buses: 1, 7, 10, 14, 21, 34, 36.

Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm.

Affogato – gelato e caffé. Specialising in

artisanal gelato, made fresh daily on the premises.

All crafted using the finest ingredients with no

artificial flavourings or colours. Our gelato is

vegetarian with plenty of gluten-free and dairy

free (vegan) options. Large seating area. Sit in or

takeaway. Handmade cakes, Illy coffee, Valrhona

chocolate and savoury snacks. 36 Queensferry

Street, Edinburgh. EH2 4QS (2 minute walk from

Princes Street) – www.affogatogelato.co.uk or

www.facebook.com/affogatoedinburgh

Local Cooking Lessons

Do you want to master French

Macarons? – Mademoiselle Macaron now

offers classes at the beautiful Edinburgh School of

Food and Wine. Vouchers are also available for

gifts. For more information visit:

www.mademoisellemacaron.co.uk/classes

Soup Van

Union of Genius Street – Find Dumbo, our

Citroen H van on the NW corner of George

Square, next to Middle Meadow Walk. Dumbo

carries four different Union of Genius soups each

day, paired with Manna House breads. The South

Side is now the Soup Side! With our Forrest Road

café and Dumbo, you can now find 10 Union of

Genius soups each weekday. Dumbo trades

11.30am-2.30pm Monday-Friday

– www.unionofgenius.com

Takeaways

Fish ‘n’ Chips Pierinos – Situated in the

heart of the Shore area of Leith, Pierino’s is

renowned for it’s traditional Fish & Chips,

Takeaway Favourites and authentic Italian Pizzas

and Pasta, which is achieved by paying special

attention to every fine detail and only using the

very finest ingredients. Pierino’s have been offering

traditional Fish & Chips since 1983. You’ll also find

an array of other favourites, such as homemade

Pizzas, Burgers, Kebabs, Pasta and great value Meal

Deals. If you are looking for the best Fast Food in

Edinburgh, then order online for delivery or

collection with our easy to use website.

Call 0131 477 7727 or order online at

pierinos.readyforfood.com.

11 Bernard Street, Leith, EH6 6PW

Los Cardos – Fresh Mex Burritos, Quesadillas

and Tacos made-to-order with choice of grilled

marinated chicken, steak, haggis, and slow-cooked

pork. Vegetarian and vegan options also available.

Fresh made guacamole and choice of five salsas

ranging from Mild to Extra-Hot. Delivery to EH3,

EH5, EH6, EH7 and EH8 postcodes.

281 Leith Walk – 0131 555 6619

– www.loscardos.co.uk

Wine Bars

10 Wine Bar – A vibrant and contemporary

space, offering an extensive list of wines supplied

by Corney & Barrow, A large selection of beers

and spirits are also available along with tapas,

light snacks and sharing plates. 10 Hill Place, EH8

9DS – 0131 662 2080 – www.tenhillplace.com

Open 12 noon-10pm.

Le Di-Vin – is Edinburgh’s most sophisticated

Wine Bar beside La P’tite Folie restaurant on

Randolph Place. You can enjoy complementing


charcuterie with your favourite wine as most are

sold by the glass. Open Mon-Sat 12 noon ‘til late.

Closed Sundays. 9 Randolph Place, EH3 7TE

– 0131 538 1815 – www.ledivin.co.uk

Wine Stores

Bacco Wine – Independent Italian wine and oil

specialists. Delivering only the best Italy can offer.

Free delivery on any 6 bottles case and special

discounts in the Edinburgh area. New Shop Open

Now at 136 Dundas Street

– www.bacco-wine.co.uk

Henderson Wines – Independent wine

merchant. Wine ranges from £5 a bottle on offer

wines to £100 plus on fine clarets and champagne.

A good range of collectable Malt Whiskies up to

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£300 a bottle. 100+ beers available. Collectable

spirits also. Home delivery.

109 Comiston Rd – 0131 447 8580 and new shop

now open at 23 Roseburn Terrace – 0131 337 4444.

Sideways Wine Store – Californian wine

specialist. Over 150 wines and beers available. Free

delivery in Edinburgh area. Buy direct from

www.Bottleshock.co.uk.

70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh

EH2 3DX – 0131 225 1233 – www.Calistoga.co.uk

Vino Wines – Local, Independent and Different.

The best wines of the world, the UK, world craft

beers and specialist artisan spirits. Branches at

Grange Loan, Stockbridge, Morningside and

Broughton St – www.vinowines.co.uk

– @vinowineshops – info@vinowines.co.uk

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BRUNTSFIELD

INAA AWARD FOR BEST

BARBERS IN SCOTLAND

136 Bruntsfield Place

EH10 4ER

0131 229 5566

www.boombarbers.co.uk


NEWLY OPENED

MIA is simple, cosy and welcoming.

Serving delicious food, fine wines and fresh Italian coffee.

2 Course Lunch – £7.50 – with a dessert or a glass of wine – £9.50 (Monday – Friday)

2 Course Lunch – £8.50 – with a dessert or a glass of wine – £10.50 (Saturday)

2 Course Dinner – £14.95 – with a dessert or a glass of wine – £16.95

A la Carte Menu available all day

Come and enjoy yourselves in

our relaxed atmosphere.

Open daily from 10am-Late

Mia Restaurant, 96 Dalry Road, EH11 2AX

T: 0131 629 1750

E: info@mia-restaurant.co.uk • www.mia-restaurant.co.uk

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