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June 2013

Restaurant & Bar Reviews, Food,

Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Listings

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THE DOME

14 GEORGE STREET,

EDINBURGH EH2 2PF

TEL 0131 624 8624

FAX 0131 624 8649

sales@thedomeedinburgh.com

www.thedomeedinburgh.com

Incorporating: The Grill Room,

The Club Room, Conference and

Private Dining Facilities,

The Garden Café

Outdoor Dining

The Garden Café is open from May to

September – (Open from 10 am)

Sit back and choose from a wonderful selection of Hot

and Cold Food, Coffees, Teas and Drinks which are

served in the beautiful surroundings of The Garden

Café. Located at the rear of the Dome building with

access from Rose Street, tables are allocated on a

first-come, first-served basis.

The Grill Room

A la Carte Lunch and Dinner Menus are served under

the majesty of the Dome itself from 12 noon, every

day. Reservations are taken for Lunch and Dinner

(excluding Lunch on Saturdays when tables are

allocated first-come, first-served).

The Club Room

Coffees, Sandwiches and A la Carte Menus are

available in the luxurious yet comfortable

surroundings of The Club Room which is open

10 am until 5 pm – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

10 am until Late

– Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Reservations are taken for Lunch and Dinner

(excluding Lunch on Saturdays when tables are

allocated first-come, first-served).

(The Club Room is closed on SUNDAYS).


Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen

Newcomer of The Year

- The List Eating & Drinking Guide

60 Henderson St, Leith, EH6 6DE

T: 0131 563 5293 • E: info@thevintageleith.co.uk

W: www.thevintageleith.co.uk


CNM

COLLEGE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

Turn your passion for Nutrition into a career!

Become a Nutritional Therapist

through part-time study in Edinburgh with CNM, the

UK’s leading training provider in natural health

Find out more at our free-to-attend Open Evenings on 12th June or

2nd July, 6.30pm to 8.30pm – Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus,

Off Glenlockhart Road, Edinburgh EH14 1DJ

Reserve your place for either event by calling 01342 410 505

or email info@naturopathy-uk.com www.naturopathy-uk.com

Making your

Wedding cake as

individual as your

Wedding

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

Specialists in wedding & celebration cakes

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199 Great Junction Street, Leith Edinburgh EH6 5LQ


Words

Leila Arfa

Phil Cooke

Mark Earl

Rachel Edwards

Nikki Fletcher

The Go-Between

Lea Harris

Katey Lee

Mischa

The Insider

Sharon Wilson

James Wrobel

Subbing

Leila Arfa

Front Cover

© Jutamas Khongpoonvirun

In this issue

09 Review Chop Chop

10 Review A Room in Leith

12 Wine The Three Wine Men Are Back

13 Review Mithas

14 Wine Seasonal Pairings

15 Review The Vintage

16 Cocktails Turquoise Thistle Bar

17 Review Element

18 The Insider Arise Sir Tom of Kitchin

19 Review The Queen’s Arms

20 Beer Innis & Gunn

21 Review The Adamson

22 Review Tea & Chocolate Tasting at Eteaket

23 Review The Garden Café

24 Gourmet Girl Goes To Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Foodmarket

25 Cocktails Bathtub Gin

26 Healthy Eating With Real Foods

27 Healthy Eating With CNM

28 Off The Trolley That Old Chestnut

29 What’s in Season Pimms O’clock

with a strawberry on top!

30 Listings

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cannot be taken or edited without the permission

from the copyright holder.

This magazine is printed on sustainable paper.


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Salt ‘n’ Sauce

A flavour of what’s happening this month

Crail Food Festival returns for its

3rd year on 15-16th June. The festival

kicks off at 10.30am on the Saturday

with around 30 local food businesses

taking over the Community Hall.

There is a concert with King Creosote

in the evening and on Sunday 16th,

Crail’s picturesque harbour will host an

open air festival; a lobster shack, bikepowered

smoothies, and a pizza oven

in a horse box are just some of the

street food offerings available.

www.crailfoodfest.co.uk

Simply Eat is a private dining business

from chef Suzanne Lynch. She has a wealth

of experience including stints at The

Witchery, Channings and The Hub. She can

do intimate dinners or cater for much

larger numbers as well as offering private

cookery lessons. www.simplyeat.co.uk

Henderson Wines are hosting two wine tastings this month. On Sunday 16th June

there will be a Rosé tasting from 3pm-5pm and Sunday 30th there will a tasting of

Spanish wines 3pm-5pm. The shop is located at 109 Comiston Road, EH10 6AQ.


One Square has teamed up with Innis &

Gunn to develop a three-course menu paired

with I & G’s oak-aged beers. Dishes include Loch

Etive sea trout paired with I&G Blonde, slowroasted

pork belly paired with I&G Original and

Banana bread with an I&G Rum Finish ice cream.

Available daily, in One Square from 6pm

throughout June for £26.50 per head.

Book - 0131 221 6422;

www.onesquareedinburgh.co.uk.

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The Bread Street Brasserie at The Point Hotel

have announced some vegan evenings. The menu has

been developed by commis chef Ryan Walker with

head ched Kenny Lynch. Ryan has been a vegan for a

number of years. The menu features dishes such as

chickpea and hazelnut roast, alongside British classics

with a vegan twist. The next evening is on Thursday

27th June, with a three course meal costing £15 per

person. www.pointhoteledinburgh.co.uk

Happy birthday to Browns Bar & Brasserie who

are celebrating their fortieth anniversary this month.

The Olive Branch bistro has launched its early summer

menu and a £9.95 lunch deal. Chef Adam Young,

commenting on the new menu, said it “features ingredients

such as rhubarb, asparagus, radishes and Jersey Royals,

which are at their best at this time of year, alongside our

OB cassics.” www.theolivebranchscotland.co.uk


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Maison Bleu celebrates fifteen

years in business this month and

the French, North African and

Scottish restaurant is offering a

special £15 three course menu

available from Monday 27th May

which will run Sunday to Thursday

from 5pm to 10pm.

www.maisonbleuerestaurant.com

Meanwhile across in the new town The

Henderson's 50/50 Food Festival, a 50

day celebration of 50 years since opening runs

from May 26-July 14 2013. There over 20 events

including a secret Hawaiian-themed pop-up

restaurant, a charity fun run and Vegetarian

Speed Dining www.hendersons50.com

NOW OPEN IN

BRUNTSFIELD

136 Bruntsfield Place

EH10 4ER

0131 229 5566

www.boombarbers.co.uk


Review: Chop Chop Can a billion people be wrong?

I

t looks like we have to wait yet another

year to hear the patter of tiny panda

paws. As compensation I would suggest

that Chop Chop send a takeaway to Tian Tian.

A portion of their dumplings is the perfect

comfort food and far better than bamboo.

Mr Bite and me pondered this when we

visited recently. We went to the original

Haymarket branch, which is still my favourite

(there is a second branch in Leith). The

canteen-style decor has improved – ever so

slightly – since my last visit, the food remains

superlative.

Renowned for its dumplings (4, 8, 16 pieces

£4.40-£9.60) we order pork and prawn, pork

and coriander and pork and celery (all boiled)

plus beef and chilli (fried). Mr Bite loves the

flavour of the minced meat with celery, but

the aromatic coriander gets the gold star

from me. We are splitting hairs though as all

are fiendishly flavoursome, juicy and moreish.

Flavour is king at Chop Chop. Dumplings are

dipped in a mix of chilli, garlic, vinegar and

soy. Cucumber salad is fresh, sweet and tangy;

spinach gets frisky with ginger, aubergines

lubricious with garlic and Chinese spices.

Mr B has a hot and sour soup and he

describes an explosion of flavour hitting

different parts of his mouth. I taste the

comforting umami of savoury broth.

Mr B then orders a new dish on the menu,

beef stew and when it arrives, although it

would feed three easily, I watch him polish it

off. Cleavered chunks of meat and potato

swim in a thick aromatic gravy. The dish is

perfectly tasty and hearty but I am slightly

perplexed by its western character. Hey-ho.

I am saving room for dessert, sugar string

apple (£7.50 feeds two) i.e. chunks of fruit in a

toffee coating which you dip in iced water to

crisp up; delicious with vanilla ice cream and

a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

Chop Chop was bustling with custom for

both tables and takeaways when we visited

and the reason is clear; Edinburgh punters

know what they like and it is tasty, fresh,

authentic Chinese food. I bet Tian Tian would

love it. (S. Wilson)

Chop Chop

– 248 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8DT

– 0131 221 1155

– www.chop-chop.co.uk

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 12 noon-2pm & 5.30pm-10pm;

Sat 12 noon-2pm & 5pm-10pm;

Sun 12.30pm-2.30pm & 5pm-10pm.

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Review: A Room in Leith

W

ith the smell of fresh paint and a

full restaurant in house, the new

site for A Room In Leith was

opening its doors for the first time.

Previously attached to Teuchters Landing, the

team behind A Room In… Scottish Bistros

have moved the Leith eatery into the former

Skippers Restaurant next door and expanded

the popular pub.

I couldn’t resist the black pudding Scotch egg

with curried mayo and sweet pepper chutney

(£6.25) for starter. The sumptuous yolk oozed

over my plate as I burst through the crispy

panko breadcrumb crust of the delicious egg.

I particularly enjoyed the curried mayo but

would’ve likd more of the tasty sweet

chutney. Sarah chose Loch Duart salmon,

potato and Parma ham terrine with

chargrilled fennel and shallot puree (£5.45).

The terrine very fresh and zingy and sang with

the shallot puree and flavour of the fennel.

Presentation was modern and appetising but

sadly the fennel was a tad raw.

I eagerly anticipated the baked North Sea

lemon sole fillets with seared Shetland king

scallops, crushed peas, celeriac purée with

black olive, caper and thyme salsa (£16.95).

Stunningly presented, both fish components

were cooked to perfection and the crushed

peas and salsa were both delicious

accompaniments. The Highland lamb plate:

confit belly, slow roasted leg and seared loin

with Savoy cabbage, sweet potato fondant

and port jus (£16.95) was Sarah’s main which


she thoroughly enjoyed. All three parts of the

lamb were well-seasoned and tender, the

cabbage was expertly cooked and the rich,

sticky jus binded it together.

My only qualm was that the the veg we

shared seemed to be a bit of a token effort.

The green beans and carrots were still on the

firm side and the beans weren’t trimmed.

Pudding time and I ordered milk chocolate

and vanilla crème brûlée, warm dark

chocolate muffin with iced white chocolate

and cardamom parfait (£5). I cracked the

brûlée and found the milk chocolate filling

contrasted well with warm muffin and iced

parfait; while the latter lacked any flavour of

white chocolate, the spice from the

cardamom syrup was a definite highlight.

Sarah had warm apple and cinnamon scone

and butter pudding with calvados custard (£5).

The scone was flavoursome, a little dry but the

boozy custard brought a warm, soothing note.

A good meal overall; be interesting to visit

again once the paint has dried! (P. Cooke)

A Room in Leith

– 1a Dock Place, EH6 6LU

– 0131 554 7427

– www.aroomin.co.uk

Opening hours

7 Days – Lunch 12pm-4pm (last orders 4pm)

Dinner 5.30pm-10pm (last orders 10pm)

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The Three Wine Men are back in Edinburgh!

Olly Smith, Oz Clarke and Tim Atkin

MW are thrilled to be at The

Assembly Rooms over the weekend

of 29th & 30th June.

They have hundreds of wines for

you to try; it’s their mission to

encourage you to taste and

experience new wines, as well as

discovering different foods. You’re

in for a great day, whether you’re an

expert, an enthusiast or just enjoy

the odd glass.

Whilst mingling with these wine

connoisseurs you simply pick up a

glass, grab a brochure and get

tasting hundreds of wines – it’s all

included in the ticket price.

Tickets are £25 per person and can

be purchased at

www.seetickets.com or call 0844

858 6759. Every visitor gets a free

Riedel glass worth £10 to take home.

Masterclass tickets are also available as an optional extra;

you can buy your ticket in advance for £5. Visit

www.seetickets.com for more information.

Saturday 29th June 11am-3pm and 4pm-7:30pm.

Sunday 30th June 12 noon-4pm.

www.threewinemen.co.uk • Twitter: @threewinemen

‘Like’ us on Facebook – Three Wine Men

You can find out more, and see videos from previous

events at www.threewinemen.co.uk

Corporate and VIP entertaining packages are also available

Win Two Pairs of Tickets from Bite!

We are offering two lucky winners a pair of tickets

to the Edinburgh tasting. All you have to do is

send your details to contact@bite-magazine.com

and you will automatically be entered into our

prize draw. Closing date is Monday June 17th when

the winner will be announced.

*T&C’s – over 18’s only. The winners will be allowed entry into

one Three Wine Men ‘session’, they can pick from Saturday

morning (11am-3pm) or Sunday (12-4pm) session


Review: Mithas Indian re-invented

D

eep down in Dock

Place, at the original

heart of the Leith

dining explosion,

regeneration has entered its

next generation. Mithas is

situated next door to the old

‘Skipper’s corner’ (now A

Room in Leith) one of the core establishments

that kickstarted the boom of waterside dining

venues in the area.

An all-grown-up spin-off from the Khushi

dynasty, Mithas “specialising in grilled meat

from the tawa” has celebrated its latest award

of a second AA rosette – the sole Indian

representative of this in Scotland – by eating

up its old neighbour, which is currently

metamorphosing into a bar extension, the

missing link to this hitherto BYOB restaurant.

We went for lunch, a restricted version of an

already relatively short carte, in comparison to

your average local curry house. Nontheless,

all bases are fully covered for both vegetarians

and carnivores and we shared a tasting plate

of one of each variety.

Piece for piece, this food is expensive, but

reflects its plush surroundings and care in

preparation, inviting the savouring of each

morsel. To set the pace, an amuse-bouche of

roast pumpkin soup arrives which initially

wafts a bright red spicy warning before setting

your tastebuds to ‘fully alert for duty’, before

soothing them with a fruity mango salad.

Menu items are notable for the fully infused

unique flavouring. Monkfish was super-tasty,

bathed in green herbs, and

murgh kali mirch chicken

moist and zingy with black

pepper. The spinach & fig

tikki also lived up to high

expectations, the fine fig

seeds contrasting with the

soft and fluffy rissole. Raita

was pink, with pomegranate seeds.

The only dull item was the saffron basmati

rice, which was just rice; small portions should

have no room for passengers. However, it was

made up for by a garlic naan which was far and

away the best naan bread I’ve tasted. No sign

of stodge here – a fine exemplary thing, fresh

& light as a feather, crispy with blistered

bubbles and bright with coriander and melting

roast garlic.

Unlike many of its ilk, Mithas delivers more

than just kulfi for dessert. Ginger toffee

pudding was yummier than the heavy sticky

version, with a far more interesting sauce. The

very western sounding rhubarb tart with blood

orange was given an Indian touch with a crispy

carom seed crumble, providing another layer

of tasty texture next to excellent fine

patisserie work. BYOB, no corkage, no wine

and spirits. (The Go-Between)

Mithas

– 7 Dock Place, EH6 6LU

– 0131 554 0008

– www.mithas.co.uk

Opening hours

Tue-Sun noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm

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Wine: Seasonal Pairings

J

une can be the nicest month of

the year in Edinburgh with less

rain than July and August and a

bit of warmth in the air. It’s time to

get al fresco, whether it’s thrown

together picnics or elaborate

outdoor feasts.

Plastic fantastic

Sometimes, when the sun puts his hat

on there’s no time for dallying around

in the kitchen. Hit your local deli or

supermarket for an array of tapasstyle

salads, dips, olives and maybe a

slice or two of pie. You need a

versatile, simple wine for this kind of

food and this Tarrango is a great

option sitting somewhere in between

pink and red. It’s cheeky, light but

with plenty of red fruit flavour. And

it’s in a picnic friendly screwcap

bottle. Brown Brothers Tarrango,

£7.99, major supermarkets

Al fresco feast

If we are lucky enough to hit good

weather at the weekend you might

find time to indulge in a bit of

preparation in the kitchen, and

happily June heralds the arrival of all

manner of garden delights to eat. I

adore the combination of fresh peas

or broad beans with feta, lemon zest,

pink peppercorns and handfuls of

fresh herbs and eat it as a side with

almost anything from flatbreads to

tiny lamb chops. It requires a pretty

zingy wine to match the freshness of

flavours and Spanish Rueda does a

sterling job, lifting all the flavours and

adding its own layer of punchiness to

the salad. K Naia, Wood Winters

£9.00

Late night chats

Our fire pit came out for the first

time in May, taking the edge of a

cool evening. I’m looking forward to

some more late nights sat around it

watching the sky transform from

dusk to dawn. For this you require a

‘session’ wine, something that will

drink easily on its own, not be too

heavy but still have a creamy caress

to it. I came across this recently and

loved it. Lots of juicy fruit with a big

dollop of savoury herbs. Made with

low sulphur and no chemicals.

Domaine de Périllière, Henris £8.99

We’re an Edinburgh based

wine company and run

events all over the city

Next event

– Film Festival Special

Thirsty Thursday | 27th June

Bon Vivant’s Companion

See Conviviumwine.com

for more details


Review: The Vintage

Mr Ben comes to Leith – all change

I

t’s been a while since

we’ve had a bar/eatery

in Leith that’s made

such a grand entrance as

The Vintage. Taking up

residence on the former

Café Fish site in

Henderson Street, The

Vintage has reverted to its

original moniker and

brought a warmth and

vibrancy to a previously clinical space, whilst

boosting its coolness.

How do you sum up The Vintage? Well, it’s a

medley of craft ales, cocktails, fabulous food,

idiosyncratic grazing boards and 22 wines by

the glass. It sounds like too much but they carry

it off – with an affable, professional air to boot.

Try the delights of the grazing boards where

you can choose from a distinctive and

intriguing choice of dishes such as spreadable

chorizo, jugged rabbit and the delectable

Arbroath Smokie pâté, all ranging in

price between £2.50 and £3.75.

Not forgetting the à la carte menu which has

an impressive selection of main dishes. I can

wholeheartedly say that the Isle of Mull

Rarebit Burger was absolutely one of the best I

have ever eaten – try it and you won’t be

disappointed.

Another highlight is the home made

oatcakes, delivered fresh out of the

oven and setting a new benchmark in crisp,

crumbly, oven-warm

yumminess that no shopbought

contender can ever

quite meet.

Look out for the

impassioned chefs in wide

screen, delicately

constructing your dinner

like eager children building

an edible Mecano platter –

Heston would be proud. The chefs' intense

cabaret is as entertaining and engaging as the

food they create.

It’s refreshing to see such a wide range

of craft ales that appeal to a less staid

generation, including delightful and chilled

IPAs, which would be sacrilege to the beerbellied

traditionalists. Into the bargain, they

have a comprehensive range of exotic guest

beers, so you’ll never know what to expect

once you make the easy decision to push your

way through their rotating door – Mr Ben

comes to Leith (Mischa).

The Vintage

– 60 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6DE

– 0131 563 5293

– www.thevintageleith.co.uk

Opening hours

Bar open Mon-Fri noon-1am; Sat/Sun

10pm-1am – Food served Mon-Fri noon-10pm;

Sat/Sun 10am-10pm

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Cocktails

Here are two cocktails courtesy of The Turquoise

Thistle Bar at Hotel Indigo in York Place. Make then at

home and try them at the bar. Enjoy!

Cranachan

The famous Scottish dessert turned into a

delicious cocktail. Glenmorangie 10 year old

mixed with fresh Scottish raspberries, raspberry

liqueur and cream.

Recipe:

• Add 35ml Glenmorangie 10 year old to a

cocktail shaker

• Add 25ml of Chambord

• Add 25ml cream

• Add 10 ml honey syrup

• Shake well

• Double strain into a martini glass

• Garnish with fresh raspberries

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

A refreshing cocktail perfect for summer

afternoons. Pampero Blanco, Cointreau, fresh lime

juice and strawberry puree are blended with ice.

Recipe:

• Add 50ml Pampero Blanco white rum to shaker

• Add 25ml of fresh lime juice

• Add 20ml of sugar syrup

• Add 5 spoonfuls of strawberry puree

• Shake well

• Strain into a cocktail glass over ice

• Garnish with fresh strawberries

The Turquoise Thistle Restaurant, Bar and Lounge is at Hotel Indigo, 51-55 York Place,

Edinburgh, EH1 3JD – 0131 556 5577 – www.hotelindigoedinburgh.co.uk


Review: Element Conundrums and crumbs

h crumbs! By the

time apple crumble

Oarrived to finish my

meal at Element, I realised

I’d somehow managed to

achieve the seemingly

unachievable. From a fairly

extensive menu, I’d

successfully ordered three

courses in a row which featured either a

‘crumble’, a ‘crumb’ or ‘crust’. The menu

phrasing was perfectly fine, something jumps

out, on this occasion I was seduced by the

key ingredient, paying less attention to the

overall description.

So, did the food at Element jump out at me?

Well, let’s rewind back a little. It’s a bar and

bistro in a great spot on a corner of Rose

Street offering a mix characterful period

details such as panelling and fireplaces,

comfy furniture and a few modern bling

lighting accents. From the wallet-friendly

drinks list my friend Emily and I partook in a

couple of pre-prandials, Bellini for her, and a

fresh Spanish Sauv Blanc for me.

The menu offers a good mix between pub

grub, and a few more imaginative dishes.

Starters were an easy pick – steamed Isle of

Eriska mussels in a white wine, garlic and

shallot cream sauce (£ 6.75) for Emily, and the

stuffed Portobello mushroom with a Dunsyre

blue and herb crust (£5) for myself. Both

dishes were spot-on, the mussels were some

bonny bivalves, and the tasty liquor great

with the chunk of fluffy bread. On my side of

the table, full-flavoured

plump mushrooms showed

that great ingredients can

make a simple dish taste so

satisfying.

My main course was a bit

more of a conundrum,

perfectly baked fillet of

Shetland hake (£9) topped with a savoury

tomato and leek crust. The hake however

rested on a flavourless slab of fondant

potato, and bafflingly the dish didn’t feature

any moisture. A fresh salsa-type sauce would

have made all the difference visually and

would have excited the palate. My co-diner

fared well with her braised Ayrshire pork

cheeks (£9) slow cooked in a rich gravy, and

served with spring onion mash and chunks of

roasted root veggies.

Bringing us back to dessert, where things

sadly did crumble and fall. Chunks of mostly

crunchy apple,some blackberries and

simultaneously hot and cold from a

presumed rotation in the microwave. There’s

clearly some good direction in the kitchen,

but more work’s needed to get the basic

‘elements’ right. (L. Arfa)

Element

– 110-114 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 3JF

– 0131 225 3297

– www.elementedinburgh.co.uk

Opening hours

11am-1am daily.

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insider: Arise Sir Tom of Kitchin

A

s one lummox after another was

wheeled into a sterile college kitchen

in Perth to be confronted by the

angelic silent assassin that is Tom Kitchin, I

feared the worst. Previously, Mr Kitchin has

shown all the qualities – vaulting ego, naked

ambition and simpering self-regard – of an

Apprentice contestant. Making one wish yet

again that there were more chefs like the

wondrous Martin Wishart, whose only real

leaning into the light was being papped by

the Daily Record buying a spanking fresh wild

salmon from the back of a lorry. Now…there

is a proper chef.

All of which is to say that when The Chef’s

Protégé stole onto my TV screen on Saturday

afternoon (5 of the buggers) I was

immediately scrabbling for the remote

control. It was, annoyingly, nowhere to be

found. You know what though? After a few

minutes it didn’t matter, all my defences were

down. Mr Kitchin was, I rapidly decided, my

new favourite thing.

The Chef’s Protégé – unlike the other selfserving

drivel on which he has, ahem, graced

us with his presence – proved him to be a

man of empathy, fierce passion,

understanding, and palpable commitment...in

the service of someone else. Even when he

was telling a potential protégé they were no

longer required he accentuated all their

positives and was clearly emotional – so

much so that this rapt, couch bound, cynic

wept salt tears.

Kitchin started by pointing out that most of

the young catering student’s garnishes were

stuck in the 1980s. A point well made, given

that catering colleges are still using the same

core text book that I used 30 years ago,

Practical Professional Cookery; first published

way back in 1972 and only revised once in

1999. And then took some, frankly,

uninspiring/uninspired youngsters on a five

day voyage of discovery which was

inspirational, informative and most

importantly heart felt. By the time I left the

(suddenly, wonderfully,) blossoming kids I felt

I had a vested interest in their futures. No

higher praise then... Arise Sir Tom of Kitchin!

(By the way, I found that lost remote control

in the fridge. WTF?)

P.S. A drunk woman walked into the giant wall

mirror in the Ship on the Shore, pulling

herself together, she first apologised to her

image and then exclaimed, “Oh! You’ve got

exactly the same hand bag as me!” True.

...all my defences were down. Mr Kitchin was, I rapidly

decided, my new favourite thing


Review: The Queen’s Arms A jewel of a pub

his city centre pub is a real little gem.

If you stumbled across it in a country

Tvillage you would be more than happy

so to find it tucked away down some

basement steps in Frederick Street is a real

boon.

Mr Bite and me settled in a comfy booth and

ordered drinks, a pint of ale for him and an

alcohol-free cobra for me. Brownie points all

round for the drinks menu and extra for the

chilling of my beer glass. The cocktail list is

short but creative, thoughtful and tempting,

bottles of wine are all very affordable,

whiskies abound as do bottled and cask ales.

We are impressed but it is a school night and

so our thoughts turn to food.

I start with the sardine and lemon pâté with

black olives and sourdough (£5). Kalamata

olives are juicy, the pâté is smooth and tasty

but would nonetheless benefit from a touch

more lemon. Mr Bite has chosen Isle of Skye

mussels with pancetta, cider, leeks, and garlic

cream (£5) and he praises the combination of

flavours.

Main courses are an artichoke and red onion

risotto with Old Winchester cheese (£8.50)

for me and Mr Bite chooses chicken supreme

with fondant potatoes, braised leeks and a

green peppercorn jus (£9). We can’t help but

note that both dishes are excellent value for

money and they deliver on taste also. The

cheese in my risotto is a nice twist on

parmesan and complements the robust onion

and zingy artichokes. The skin on Mr Bite’s

chicken is golden and crispy; leeks are soft,

presentation excellent.

We had to skip pudding so a return visit

beckons to try strawberry posset (£5) or

vanilla parfait (£4.50) or to hell with it, both!

The Queen’s Arms offers well-priced, good

food and drink within the ambience of a

vibrant, welcoming pub. With all the boxes

ticked, we liked it immensely. (S. Wilson)

The Queen’s Arms

– 49 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EP

– 0131 225 1045

– www.queensarmsedinburgh.com

Opening hours

Everyday

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Beer: Innis & Gunn An apology

B

efore putting pen to

paper for Bite, I have

acquired the habit of

giving the previous month’s

column a quick scan for

inspiration. Although

usually just a brain

loosening exercise, in this

instance it highlighted a few

peevish & ill mannered comments

about an iconic Edinburgh beer company

that I now regret.

A passing mention of the new Innis & Gunn

lager, led me to make a snide comment on its

similarity to Tennent’s. Having now tried the

Innis & Gunn Lager I have to concede it is a

very different beast to the Scottish brewing

behemoth. It looks and smells like a fairly

mainstream lager, but retains I & G’s signature,

sweet vanilla character. In fact, without the

body & structure of the regular beer, I find

the sweetness over-bearing. It is quite

unusual stuff, tasting less like a cheap lager

and more like lager flavoured alcopop. Not

my cup of tea, but I think in its own terms it

will be a runaway success.

In many ways it’s a continuation of I & G’s

commercial strategy, to take a familiar beer

and tweak it, make it taste less “beery” and

sell it to people who otherwise don’t drink

beer. This has given them access to a bunch

of consumers long ignored by the brewing

industry, namely wine-drinkers.

I&G also market beer very

astutely, neither patronising

the audience with moronic

drivel nor confusing it with

unnecessary technicalities.

Instead they concentrate on

the beer’s premium

credentials, mention its affinity

to fine cuisine and throw in a

few carefully chosen buzz-words.

It is also deliberately misleading; a sizable

chunk of their fanbase is under the

impression that Innis & Gunn is an Edinburgh

brewery (it actually brews in Glasgow and

Dunbar) that matures its beer in rum casks (it

uses rum-infused woodchips).

Innis & Gunn have been an important part of

the Scottish beer scene for 10 years now, just

predating (or maybe instigating?) the

explosion in quality Scottish brewers and

their success has been met by muted

grumbling from some sections of the beer

community (myself included). After all, here is

a company who happened upon a great

gimmick and milked it but the end result is

hardly great beer.

To its great credit though, its success proved

to the supermarkets that interesting little

beers can make big money and thus maybe

gave them confidence to stock more.

For that, we owe them a whole heap of

thanks. (J. Wrobel)


Review: The Adamson

he Adamson is a

brasserie in the famous

Tgolfing town of St

Andrews. As such, staff are

attired in de rigueur long

aprons and the menu includes

classic French dishes like

steaks, moules frites and

lobster alongside more

contemporary seasonal specials.

We visited for Sunday lunch and the place

was buzzing. Customers were chatting,

quaffing wine with abandon and enjoying

some finely-crafted dishes utilising the best

of Fife’s larder.

Mr Bite promptly ordered a local ale, the 19th

Brew from The Eden Brewery; an ambercoloured

beer bursting with citrus, hops and

some banana too.

Starters impressed. I couldn’t resist asparagus

with hen’s egg and truffle hollandaise (£7.50)

and the spring vegetable was fat, chunky and

blinding proof that quality, seasonal

ingredients cannot be beaten for taste. Mr

Bite had the equally seasonal white crab and

chilled pea soup (£8.50) a dish which

matched mine in terms of flavour and

refinement.

Immediate hunger sated we looked forward

to our mains. North Sea halibut, broccoli

puree, macadamia nuts and cockles for me

The perfect Sunday lunch

Vanilla and lime cheesecake

(£22.50) and Mr B chose roast

beef served with Yorkshire

pudding, roast potatoes,

French green beans, carrots &

jus (£13.75). My fish was wellseasoned

and nicely browned

to a just-golden hue. Cockles

exploded with the flavour of

the sea, nuts added crunch; a winning

combination of taste, colour and texture. Mr

Bite’s beef was rare and juicy, carrots were

sweet, roast potatoes could have been

crisper, jus a little more intense but we are

splitting hairs and knew by now that desserts

would be far from an afterthought.

An oozy glossy chocolate fondant (£6.25) for

me was, as expected, excellent and served

with ice-cream from local parlour, Luvian’s,

Mr Bite just scraped a ‘win’ though with a

deconstructed vanilla and lime cheesecake,

poached rhubarb, ginger beer jelly and

crumble (£6.25). The rhubarb was day-glo

pink; sweet and sharp; a triumphant end to a

great Sunday lunch. (S. Wilson)

The Adamson

– 127 South Street, Fife KY16 9UH

– 01334 479191

– www.theadamson.com

Opening hours

Sun-Thu 12noon-11pm;

Fri & Sat 12noon-midnight

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Review: Tea & Chocolate Tasting at

Eteaket

E

teaket have been putting

on a number of tasting

events featuring their

custom blended teas. The

latest pairs together tea and

chocolate tasting (£5) which

may not be an obvious

combination, but I love both

dearly so was looking forward

to the experience. Eteaket’s

manager Sarah introduced Sebastian Kobelt,

ex-pastry chef at The Kitchin and now master

chocolatier, who has a range of tea-infused

chocolates in the shop. These are gorgeously

decorated truffles, jellies and caramels (some

with a nifty tartan pattern).

Sarah gave us tea lovers a brief history of the

brew and information about the five teas we

were to try, all of which came with an

accompanying chocolate. We started off with

relatively subtle flavours and began with a

classic Royal Earl Grey which has bergamot oil

that gives citrus notes to the flavour. The

chocolate was a simple ganache-infused

truffle which was delicious, but perhaps

slightly too subtle for my palate.

Moving up a notch on the flavour scale was

Bollywood Dreams Chai tea. This spicy blend

mixes well with sweet notes (hence the

delicious sweetness of chai lattes) and

Sebastian had made a chai infused caramel to

match which complemented the ginger,

pepper and clove flavours of the tea.

Switching to green teas, we

tried the Blooming Marvellous

blend which was light and

floral with a sweet vanilla

scent and was matched with a

soft apple pâté de fruit

covered in 55 per cent

chocolate. This was my

favourite pairing of the

evening, with the fruity notes

of the tea complementing the apple.

A Chilli Rooibos tea was served with an

infused chocolate and chilli ganache. This had

a kick to it which worked well teamed up with

the dark chocolate and tea.

The last pairing was Lapsang Souchong, “the

Marmite of teas” as Sarah said. With its smoky

aroma, it has a strong and lingering taste which

isn’t to everyone’s liking. There was a Black

Forest gateau-inspired chocolate to go with it,

a cherry, almond and tea-infused ganache

which matched the strong flavour of the tea.

Finally, we tried a new chocolate tea blend

that Eteaket have created which contains

cocoa bits and coconut flakes. This combined

both elements of the evening into one and

showed off Eteaket's top tea blending talents

to perfection. (K. Lee)

Eteaket

– 41 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EP

– 0131 226 2982

– www.eteaket.co.uk


Review: The Garden Café

An oasis in the heart of the city

W

hen the sun finally decides to don

some headwear the Garden Café at

The Dome is a very tempting

destination for an al fresco drink or bite to eat.

The entrance is a few steps down from Rose

Street and the space is filled with colourful

flowers, tables and parasols.

It is popular because it is a pretty sheltered

suntrap but also because of the reasonablypriced

menu of tasty dishes.

The pizzas are particularly good and filling

without being stodgy; bases are thin and

toppings tasty. In general portions are

generous at The Dome and I know that when I

order one of my favourite dishes, the classic

Caesar salad I will get a huge bowl of fresh

vibrant lettuce, salty parmesan crispy

croutons and bacon bits. The aim is clearly to

over-deliver.

The smoked salmon with watercress and

lemon is a light summery dish to but heartier

appetites are catered for with fish and chips,

pastas and burgers.

I always have an eye for the summer puds too!

I have enjoyed a traditional summer pudding

swimming in berries and clotted cream and

also remember the chocolate cheesecake with

caramelised oranges and crème Anglaise.

Whatever is on the menu it will be prettily

presented on large blue plates the colour of

summer skies, dusted with icing sugar.

If you visit the Garden Café this summer you

can expect good, wholesome food that is

fairly priced and which will be enjoyed in a

beautiful location in the city centre. (S.Wilson)

The Garden Cafe at The Dome

(Entrance at the back of The Dome on Rose

Street)

– 14 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF

– 0131 624 8624

– www.thedomeedinburgh.com

Opening hours

Mon-Sat, food and drinks from noon

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24

Gourmet Girl Goes To: Harvey Nichols Forth

Floor Foodmarket

arvey Nichols’

Foodmarket, with their

Hbrilliantly curated

selection of foodstuffs, has been

a favourite since they first

opened. From one angle, they

satisfy the simple food-lover’s

requirement for things like good

cheese, bread and olives.

Satisfying the ‘want but not

necessarily need’ angle, you

might find yourself staring at

something so fabulously

luxurious, exciting or weird that

you just have to put it in your basket to take

home, either as a gift for a friend or a treat for

yourself.

The range of sauces by Edibles (the folks who

brought Scorpion toffee candy and chocolatecovered

ants to the world) are a good example

of the more exotic side of things available. The

Foodmarket’s Manager, Carole Dawson,

recommended a few of the exclusive lines that

they’ve brought in for the summer. Gastronomic

curiosity found me putting a bottle each of the

Marshmallow Smoke Ketchup and the Cola

Leather BBQ sauce into my basket. Both are the

perfect conversation starter, not to mention

delicious; ideal for a bbq!

Back to basics, and I have two ‘essential’

products from HN. First is their Pesto alla

Genovese. I discovered this about 8 years ago,

and though I thought I wasn’t that into pesto

(finding the generic stuff dull and muddy) I

experienced a basil-flavoured epiphany. This

version is fresh – notably made without any

cheese – and gets its creaminess from ground

cashew nuts. Pasta has never looked back. My

other essential is the gordal

olives from the deli counter, the

meatiest most moreish olives in

town.

Carole says ‘My all-time favourite

Own Label product is actually

the pesto too, so my second

favourite would be the HN Sweet

Tomato Chilli Jam. It’s delicious

and goes so well with so many of

the great cheeses we have in the

deli!’

The decadent and sweet are very

well represented in the Foodmarket. Head Pastry

Chef David Simak keeps the cakes counter full of

delectable patisserie, cakes and macarons. On

the shelves there’s everything from serious

chocolate, Pink Champagne truffles, fun

American candy and a new favourite in the Barú

chocolate-covered marshmallows with fleur de

sel caramel. Or as they rather deliciously

describe them, ‘chocolate wrapped clouds’.

With an ever changing roster of seasonal

products, events and samplings there’s always a

good excuse to pop into the Foodmarket; see

you up on the Forth Floor. (L. Arfa)

Harvey Nichols Food Market

– Forth Floor, 30-34 St Andrew Square EH2 2AD

– 0131 524 8322

– www.harveynichols.com/edinburgh

Bite waves à bientôt to Gourmet Girl for a

few months whilst she gets hitched but

Mrs GG will return this Autumn with more

foodie goodies. Congratulations Leila!


Cocktails: Bathtub Gin

I

n the world of premium and

super premium (whatever

the hell that is) gins, Bathtub

gin appears to stand out for all

the wrong reasons.

The name – during Prohibition

bathtub gin was the euphemistic

title given to any cheap and

nasty spirit which had been

flavoured with Juniper berry

juice and watered down in the

sink or even actually distilled in

the bath.

The packaging – at first glance it

looks like it is wrapped in cheap

brown paper, secured with

twine and sealed with wax. On

second glance you realise it is wrapped in

brown paper, secured with twine and sealed

with wax.

The manufacture – made using a copper pot

still and the age-old process of cold

compounding. Basically distill your spirit, add

some botanicals or flavourings, allow to

infuse and filter (they might have forgotten

the filtering process in the "good old days").

Generally this process is considered to be

inferior to distilled gins where the spirit is

distilled with the botanicals.

However, and it is a great big however, this is

a great gin. Spend some quality time tasting

the gin and you'll realise this is not some

poorly distilled juniper flavoured vodka

masquerading as gin, it’s a seriously

good gin made from high quality

ingredients and ideal for cocktails

like the martini or the aviation. A

genuine small batch gin (only 30 to

60 bottles are distilled at a time)

the botanicals, which include

orange peel, cardamom, cinnamon

and cloves give it an aroma of

citrus and juniper, whilst gentle

flavours of juniper, pine, spice and

light citrus appear on the palette.

Please don't drown it in a bottle of

tonic.

Whilst drinking your martini it's

also worth taking some time to

don your spectacles (you don your

spectacles, not put on your glasses, when

drinking this gin my dear) and read the notes

printed on the packaging which by this stage

you'll realise is actually high quality and a

very deliberate marketing ploy. Best

described as looking like some kind of

Victorian snake oil cure, the copy alludes to it

being manufactured by Professor Cornelius

Ampelforth (actually the Master of Malt). It

is, in fact, one of a series of gins in the

Professor Ampelforth range (all of which

must be worth a try on the basis of this gin).

Get hold of it at Vino (£35.50) or online at

Masterofmalt.com.

Oh, and by the way, it actually stands out for

all the right reasons. (M. Earl)

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26

Healthy Eating With: Real Foods

We’ve packed a lot into the last 50 years

R

eal Foods has been selling good food

for over half a century now, so we

know a thing or two about packing

wholefoods.

We pack all our Essentials and Organic

products on site. This means we can pass on

the savings of buying in bulk to you and you

still get the smaller quantities you want, as

and when you want them.

The wholefoods we buy arrive vacuumpacked

for maximum freshness. These are

divided into smaller quantities for you on

demand and remain fresh for longer in your

home, retaining more of their goodness.

You literally do get to weigh up all your

options, with minimum wastage – we call it

‘pre-cycling’ – and cellophane packaging that

is completely biodegradable.

• Fresh – as the day our Essentials and

Organic goods were produced. They arrive

in your home packed with goodness.

• Convenient – sold in the quantities you

want at home.

• Value – we buy in bulk on your behalf

and the more you buy the less you pay

per kilo.

So you can really see on ‘balance’ that buying

from Real Foods means maximum freshness,

minimum packaging and greater value, for

you and the environment.

At Real Foods today you can still buy as much or as

little as you want, and we've already packed it for you.

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Real Foods

50 years providing wholefoods to the nation

– 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3JU

– 8 Brougham Street, Edinburgh EH3 9JH

– Shop online at www.realfoods.co.uk

Fresh • Local • Seasonal • Value


Healthy Eating With: CNM

The Sunshine Vitamin

V

itamin D is known as the sunshine

vitamin. It's called this because our

bodies are able to make vitamin D

from exposure to the sun.

Along with other nutrients and minerals,

vitamin D is required by the body to help

regulate bone and muscle health; it can assist

with the maintenance of a good and

responsive immune system, as well as playing a

direct role in managing healthy blood pressure

and cardiovascular health.

Here in the northern hemisphere we don’t get

enough exposure to the correct sunshine rays

to allow our bodies to make the amount of

vitamin D we require in order to maintain good

health! So to make sure we don't become

vitamin D deficient we need to get plenty of it

from our diet.

One of the best food sources of vitamin D is

sardines. Try this tasty ‘sunshine’ spread as a

summer treat.

Ingredients

2 cooked sardines, heads and tails removed

1/4 cup of red onion, chopped

1/4 cup of fresh parsley

1/4 cup of fresh coriander (plus a little for

garnish)

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Place all the ingredients in a food processor

and process until smooth. Add a drizzle of

olive oil and some chopped coriander to

garnish. Using romaine lettuce leaves as 'wraps',

dollop on the mixture to make a healthy

alternative for your wonderful summer picnics!

By Sam Folcarelli, Director of Studies at the

College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) in

Edinburgh.

You can find out more about training with

CNM for a career in Nutritional Therapy, by

attending one of CNM’s free Open Evenings in

Edinburgh. Next dates: Wednesday 12th June

or Tuesday 2nd July 2013, from 6.30pm-

8.30pm.

For more details or to reserve your place call

01342 410 505,

email info@naturopathy-uk.com or

visit www.naturopathy-uk.com

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Off The Trolley: That Old Chestnut

T

hink of chestnuts and you think of

open fires, Christmas, or maybe a layer

of purée in a dark chocolate cake.

They're often considered a winter food, but if

you've never had the chance to try baking

with chestnut flour, you are missing out.

Recently I spent a week in Corsica, a beautiful

island justifiably proud of its food. Brocchiu,

a mild cheese made from sheep or goat's

milk, is ubiquitous, finding its way into

everything from aubergine dishes to sweet

pastries. Wild boar stew, hams and sausages,

wonderful wines and beers, and even a local

cola are just some of Corsica's culinary

delights. But among all these is a less

flamboyant star: the chestnut.

They grow in the mountainous centre of the

island, flavouring the dark, herb-flavoured

honey and the local charcuterie. The

chestnuts that don't find their way into the

grazing pigs are turned into flour: a careful

and meticulous process which yields around

300 tons a year. From there, it appears all

over the island in pasta, breads, pastries and

tarts.

I have baked with chestnut flour before,

making an Italian castagnaccio flavoured with

olive oil, pine nuts, sultanas and rosemary.

Sweet but with a hint of savoury, it wasn't to

everyone's taste although its admirers were

fervent. But it was a world apart from the

bite-sized chestnut fondants I tried in a tiny

bakery in Porto Vecchio. Sweet, moist, and

almost dripping with honey they were the

pinnacle in a week of fabulous food.

Back in Scotland, you can find chesnut flour

at Real Foods, Broughton St and Tollcross

branches (see p.26). Once purchased, don't

wait to use it as it has a short shelf life, which

can be prolonged by storing it in the fridge,

or even freezer. Try it as a proportion of flour

in pancakes, pastries and breads. It works

particularly well with chocolate, so add it to

a favourite cake recipe. It is naturally very

sweet, and if you try a traditional Corsican or

Italian recipe you may find it has no added

sugar at all, making it ideal for those watching

calories. It's also suitable for wheat allergies

and gluten free diets. A wonder food indeed

– and one for all seasons. (R. Edwards)

You can buy chesnut flour locally from Real Foods (or online)


What’s in Season:

Pimm’s O’clock with

a strawberry on top!

ow the hell did that happen? Blink and it’s

midsummer. It had bloody well better be a hot

Hcouple of months. Let’s face it, we could do

with it! I for one want to eschew the welly boots and

brolly. June has the longest day and who doesn’t want

to celebrate it in style. I think we can forgo El Colacho

(Baby-jumping Festival) held in the Spanish province of

Castilla y León and plump for some Scandi traditions.

With the burning of straw witches, downing copious

amounts of schnapps and beer, celebrating Midsummer

has its roots (like many traditions) in pagan beliefs. As

for food, the humble herring is wolfed down along

with buckets of potato salad. Lisbon also has a fishy

connection, with the feast day of St Anthony, the city’s

patron saint, the Portuguese capital goes sardine crazy.

The smell of grilling fish wafts around the winding

streets; the whiff of bbq smoke is seductive. The

tradition stems from the saint, pissed off that no one

would listen to his sermons, went to the shoreline and

fish poked their heads up to listen to him. Bit like

shooting fish in a barrel.

If your tipple is wine, then Batalla del Vino – Battle of

the Wines, is for you. Pack a white T-shirt and a pumpaction

supersoaker and head to Haro, capital of

northern Spain. The local council even provide four

litres of cheap plonk per sniper! Money well spent.

Take aim … fire! (L. Harris)

Lea writes http://OfftheEatenTrack.wordpress.com

and is @BakersBunny on Twitter

Strawberry and Pimm’s

Syllabub

1lb strawberries

2floz rosé wine

3floz Pimm’s

2oz caster sugar

½pt double cream

Basil leaves,

pansy or heartsease

flowers for decoration

Method

• Hull and slice strawberries and plop

into a bowl.

• Top with wine and Pimm’s. Leave in a

cool place for an hour.

• Drain strawberries and put them in a

pretty glass bowl or individual glasses.

• Add sugar to wine mix, stir until

dissolved, then pour in the cream.

• Slowly beat until the cream forms soft

folds. Stop at this point as it will turn

to curds and whey before you can say

little Miss Muffet!

• Dollop over strawberries, decorate

with basil and flowers. Serve with

homemade shortbread.

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What else is in my basket?

Lamb, mackerel, wild trout, cherries, raspberries, elderflowers,

aubergines, lettuce, spinach.


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

The Edinburgh Larder Bistro – at the west

end corner of Prince’s Street, with its light

interior and conservatory, is the ideal place to

enjoy seasonal Scottish food. The Edinburgh

Larder team works closely with local farmers,

fishmongers, fruit and vegetable suppliers to

bring you the best of local Scottish produce.

Sample Scottish Spirits & Beers, carefully

selected wines from Woodwinters and

Edinburgh-based Artisan Roast coffees and

Eteaket teas. Open 12noon-2.30pm & 5.30pm-

10pm Mon-Sat (pre-theatre menu available

5.30pm-6.45pm). Sundays 12.30pm-3.00pm.

Excellent value weekday dining from £8.95.

1a Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH – 0131 225

4599, www.edinburghlarder.co.uk

Elbow – Eat ... the freshest produce from cakes

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

in-between. Enjoy ... the little things that count. .

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

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

every Wednesday all day! Monday Movies,

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

133-135 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh

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

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

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 late-night 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

Californian

Calistoga Central & Sideways Wines –

Current Holders of ‘Speciality Restaurant of the

Year’ at Scottish Restaurant Awards. Edinburgh’s

original and only Californian restaurant. Our

unique fresh food is prepared by our great

kitchen team who are inspired by the flavours of

California. Wine List of over 100 Californian

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

book one of of unique Wine, Whisky or Beer

Tastings Dinners. Private Dining.

70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX

– 0131 225 1233 – www.calistoga.co.uk


Fish and Seafood

The Ship on The Shore – Seafood

Restaurant and Bar. Sustainable Scottish seafood

served with simplicity and style complemented

by a carefully chosen and extensive wine and

champagne list. Try the fruits de mer for two or

the oysters, both with champagne. The Ship also

serves lobster, smoked salmon, mussels, crab,

monkfish, bass and much more. Seasonal

specialities include game and meat dishes.

Outside seating. Food served Mon-Sun noon-

10pm. 24-26 The Shore – 0131 555 0409.

French

La Garrigue – Regional French Cuisine and

Terroir Wines from the Languedoc/Roussillon. A

restaurant where ‘Chef Jean Michel Gauffre brings

warm Languedoc to your plate’ (Peter Irvine,

Scotland The Best). Simple and stylish with the

relaxed ambience of a French bistro and a firm

favourite with locals and tourists alike. Winner of

the Good food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the

Year 2010. Also Gordon Ramsay’s Best French

Restaurant 2010. Open 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner.

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

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the bohemian Latin Quarter or Marais district of

Paris. Traditional French and classic dishes such as

garlicky Snails, Rabbit in Dijon mustard, Shetland

lamb Navarin or Cassoulet, iles 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. Friday and Sat 12 noon-3pm

and 5.30pm-10.30pm. 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 his passion for excellence.

Producers of Scotland for 1st class quality meat,

fresh water fish, handpicked fruits and vegetables

whilst his partner Betty will proudly serves 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. Frid & 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

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

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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

Scottish

The Dome – Located in the city centre, The

Dome is situated on the site of the Old Physician’s

Hall designed and built in 1775 by James Craig, the

celebrated planner of Edinburgh’s New Town. After

major refurbishment, this listed building became

The Dome which opened in 1996. The Dome

houses 2 restaurants, namely The Grill Room &

The Club Room. A La Carte Lunch & Dinner Menus

are offered in both restaurants. The Dome

favourites include The Dome Club Sandwich and

The Dome Burger. Local Scottish produce is used

wherever possible. The menus are created to

include a flavour of Scotland and Europe. The Grill

Room is open seven days from 12 noon until Late.

The Club Room is open Monday, Tuesday and

Wednesday from 10 am until 5 pm: Thursday,

Friday and Saturday from 10 am until Late. The

Club Room is closed on Sundays.

14 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF.

Reservations – 0131 624 8624.

www.thedomeedinburgh.com

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

modern flavours with classical techniques. Fresh,

sustainable seafood available from the Seafood

Bar whilst the Brasserie offers round the clock

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

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

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

forthfloor.reservations@harveyhichols.com

Book on line at www.harveynichols.com

– 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh,

EH2 2AD – 0131 524 8350

a room in 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

No11 Hotel & Brasserie – Open from

10.00pm-22.00pm seven days a week, serving

light lunches, luxury afternoon teas and fine

dining dinners. Our food has an emphasis on

quality ingredients from artisan suppliers. We are

just five minutes from Edinburgh Playhouse

Theatre. 11 Brunswick St, Edinburgh EH7 5JB

– 01315576910 – www.11brunswickst.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. There is a carvery from 12 noon-7pm

serving marinated roasts, seasonal vegetables,

starters and desserts and also a Scottish, seasonal

à la carte menu 7pm-10pm – 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

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

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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

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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 – Guest ales served at a fine

‘island bar’. Est. 1902 specialising in beers from

Scottish independent breweries. Lunch & dinner

served in the bar or in the restaurant ‘Above’.

3-5 Rose Street – 0131 225 5276 –

www.theabbotsford.com

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 – A Real Ale/Gastro pub in

Edinburgh’s Old Town offering a selection of Ales

from Scottish micro breweries. This bar has gained

a reputation for it’s impressive bar food. The menu

includes traditional dishes such as Crombies

sausage and mash, fish ‘n’ chips, haggis etc, more

ambitious daily specials and outstanding desserts.

All offer superb value for money and always with

the emphasis on home made and seasonal

produce. There is also a large Cellar Bar available

for free hire, book early to avoid disappointment!

Food served: Mon-Sat noon-8pm. 232 Canongate,

High Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8DQ – 0131 556 4481

– canonsgait@dmstewart.com

– www.canonsgait.com

The Cumberland Bar – 1-3 Cumberland

Street - Spacious bar with lots of rooms and beer

garden. Eight real ales on tap. Plus good wine list.

Mixed clientele, pet-friendly. Good bar food

available for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

– 0131 558 3134 – www.cumberlandbar.co.uk

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

long lazy lunch, Element will deliver above and

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

– www.elementedinburgh.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 - perfect to enjoy food, cask ales, malt

whisky and imported beers.- Ten taps of (mostly

Scottish) cask ales from Scottish micro-breweries.

Regular beer festivals. food served all day.

1-5 West Register Street – 0131 556 4312

– www.guildfordarms.com

The Huxley – The new home of social

entertaining in Edinburgh. Located in the city's

West End, The Huxley is the perfect place to

relax, refuel and gather with friends. An informal,

casual space has been created and the menu is

über on-trend with its focus on burgers and hot

dogs. The former are all made with chuck steak

whilst ‘dogs’ include, ‘naked’, ‘chilli-cheese’,

‘kimchi’ and ‘Chicago’ versions. Small plates and

boards of tempting tapas also feature and

bottled and cask beers from around the world

shape the drinks list. 1 Rutland Street, EH1 2AE –

0131 229 3402 – www.thehuxley.co.uk

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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, 11am-1am Saturday & 10am-1am 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

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Roseleaf Bar Café – A cosy wee bar café in

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

homemade ginger beer, cracking coffee, loose leaf

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

up in Grannies finest bone china. Wholesome

brunchies, lunchies, din-dins & munchies served

from 10 till 10 everyday with daily changing

specials including Sunday roasts & home baked

bread and cakes all made with luv! All locally

sourced, free range & organic where possible

cause it tastes really, really good! Free WIFI,

wheelchair & child friendly. Open from 10am-1am

everyday. For bookings call

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

23-24 Sandport Place, Leith

– www.roseleaf.co.uk

The Salisbury Arms – In the shadow of the

majestic Arthur's Seat and opposite the

Commonwealth pool. A beautifully refurbished

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

couches and a stunning restaurant area. Serving

quality home cooked food with an interesting

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

EH16 5AD – 0131 667 4518

www.thesalisburyarmsedinburgh.co.uk

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

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.

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I Heart Café – Licensed café and coffee shop.

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

Leith Walk! Breakfast, all day menu and weekend

brunch. Great coffee & Eteaket teas, pastries,

cakes & sweet treats, sharing platters & deli

nibbles, lovely vino & cool beers. Open 7 days

Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm.

26-27 Haddington Place, EH7 4AF

– 0131 556 1672.

Union of Genius Soup Café – You need

soup – and we have soup; the best soup in

Scotland! Our soups won the Good Soup Guide's

Best Soup in Scotland award 2013. Each day we

serve six different soups, flavour-matched with

four artisan breads. We always have veggie and

vegan options, and most of our soups are

naturally gluten-free. We have Artisan Roast

coffee and a gorgeous range of hot chocolates

from Coco and The Chocolate Tree. Open 9am-

4pm Monday-Friday. 8 Forrest Road, EH1 2QN,

– 0131 226 4436 – www.unionofgenius.com

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

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Farm Shops

Hopetoun Farm Shop – offers some of

Scotland's finest foods including fresh local

produce from the surrounding Hopetoun Estate

plus a wide range of produce from award winning

Scottish suppliers. Open 7 days a week the Farm

Shop butchery provides a range of fresh beef,

lamb, game and poultry whilst the delicatessen

offers a mouth watering selection of Scottish

cheeses, pies, cakes and cold meats. Hopetoun

Farm Shop, Newton, Broxburn. EH52 6QZ

– 01506 830 716 – www.hopetoun.co.uk

Food Events

Eat Walk Edinburgh – As recommended by

the BBC Good Food Magazine, this is a fabulous

way to learn about Edinburgh whilst sampling its

culinary delights at top venues. Tours start in the

Old town at 2pm and finish in the New Town at

5.30pm. Along the way you will visit 6 premises

and enjoy one of their signature dishes plus a

couple of wine tastings and a malt whisky. For

more info and to book, please visit

www.eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk

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

Street (corner Bangor Road), Leith, EH6 5LQ0131

555 6065- www.lacerise.biz LRT buses: 1, 7, 10, 14,

21, 34, 36. Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm.

Local Cooking Lessons

Eat-In Edinburgh – Love food and wish you

could cook it? Whether it's cooking better for

your family, impressing your friends or gaining

some more confidence in the kitchen Eat-In

Edinburgh provides affordable cooking lessons

for everyone. All you need is a kitchen and we'll

bring the rest. Eat-In Edinburgh also offers kitchen

assistance and home-cooked meals to those who

are unable to cook for themselves. Email

steph@eat-inedinburgh.co.uk – or call 07702

011451 or go to www.eat-inedinburgh.co.uk


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 slowcooked

pork. Vegetarian and vegan options also

available. Fresh made guacamole and choice of

five salsas ranging from Mild to Extra-Hot.

Delivery to EH3, EH5, EH6, EH7 and EH8

postcodes. 281 Leith Walk – 0131 555 6619

– www.loscardos.co.uk

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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

Wines Online

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.

www.bacco-wine.co.uk

Wine Stores

Henderson Wines – Independent wine

merchant. Wine ranges from £5 a bottle on offer

wines to £100 plus on fine clarets and

champagne. A good range of collectable Malt

Whiskies up to £300 a bottle. 100+ beers

available. Collectable spirits also. Home delivery.

109 Comiston Rd – 0131 447 8580 and new shop

now open at 23 Roseburn Terrace

– 0131 337 4444.

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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.

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

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