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Your Independent, Local Guide to

Eating and Drinking in Edinburgh

February 2013

Restaurant & Bar Reviews, Food,

Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Whisky, Listings




Italian restaurants renowned for great

food, excellent service

Two Locations

Opposite The Playhouse • Great Party Atmosphere.

Giulianos Union Place

18-19 Union Place, Edinburgh EH1 3QN

0131 556 6590

Specialising in Fish and Seafood

Giulianos On The Shore

1 Commercial Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JA

0131 554 5272

Open, Under New

Management and

Now Booking

Come along for a Mongolian Feast,

Lots of Fun and a Unique Experience.

Edinburgh – 0131 555 0005

Also in Glasgow

– 0141 552 5646

2 Course Lunch at Randolph Place

and Frederick Street £10.50

‘A La Carte’ Dinner - Set Menus available

New Food Menu at

Le Di-Vin Wine Bar

Regular Events & Wine Tastings

Raclette Evening - 6th February - Arrive from 6pm - £18

Cheese & Wine Tasting - 12th February - 9 Cheeses, 5 Wines - 7pm - £25

Steak Tartare Lunch - 21st February - £18

Please email to book


Making your Wedding cake as individual as your Wedding

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

Specialists in wedding & celebration cakes

call 0131 555 6065, email web, fb lacerise cerise tw laceriseleith

199 Great Junction Street, Leith Edinburgh EH6 5LQ

Enjoy a free talk on


Eating for Heart Health

Tuesday 5th February 2013 6.30pm–8.30pm

at CNM Edinburgh’s Open Evening where you can also find out about training for

a new career as a Nutritional Therapist

Venue: Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus,

Off Glenlockhart Road, Edinburgh EH14 1DJ

Reserve your place for either event by calling 01342 410 505

or email


Leila Arfa

Mark Earl

Rachel Edwards

Nikki Fletcher

Lea Harris

The Insider

J Lawrie

Stephanie Taylor

Simon Walton

Sharon Wilson

James Wrobel


Leila Arfa

Front Cover

Photography Simone Hilliard

Model Nina King

Hair and Make up

Lynsey Gillhooley

In this issue

11 Review Tuk Tuk

12 Wine Seasonal Pairings

13 Review North Bridge Brasserie

15 Review Chaophraya

16 Edinburgh Diva What’s Hot This Month

17 Review The Grill Room At The Dome

18 Beer Harviestoun H Series

19 Review Above At The Abbotsford

20 Review Mark Greenaway

23 Gourmet Girl Goes To Edward & Irwyn

24 Recipe Venison Wellington, Squash, Wild Mushrooms &

Blackcurrant Sauce

25 Cocktails The Brandy Alexander

26 The Insider Confession time...

27 Healthy Eating with CNM Think of your Heart this

Valentine’s Day

28 Off The Trolley Mardi Gras

29 Healthy Eating with Real Foods

Raw Chocolate

30 What’s In Season Festive February

31 Listings


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


Design I Donna Earl I

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Salt ‘n’ Sauce

A flavour of what’s happening this month

Stac Polly in Dublin has undergone a major refurbishment. The downstairs restaurant will

still serve Scottish cuisine but the upstairs bar has been transformed into a wine bar. We

hear there is an excellent gin list too and less formal bistro-style food.

Bar Soba rocked up a couple of months

ago at 104 Hanover Street on the former

site of Amore Dogs. Est. in Glasgow for

many years expect pan-Asian food, D.J’s

and cocktails.

Another exciting new venture

in Leith will open at the end of

February. The Vintage takes

inspiration from the craft beer

movement and will have 10

keg, 4 cask and bottled beers

from around the world. There

will also be a serious food

offering focusing on meaty

dishes like pulled pork. The

Vintage takes over the old Café

Fish site at 60 Henderson St.

The Malmaison Brasserie looks well

worth a visit for their promo The Mal on

Sunday. ‘The Chef’s Table’ features waffles,

eggs, omelettes and pancakes. Main dishes

include risotto, ravioli and steak frites, half

a Normandy chicken and for dessert you

can enjoy crêpe Suzette, crème brûlée or

other delightful puds. £19.95 or £7.95 for

children under 12 – 0131 468 5000 for more



Rose Murray Brown has a number of wine classes this month. Beginners

Wine Classes run on the 12th, 19th and 26th of February and there is a Rioja v

Ribera del Duero Masterclass on Wed 13 Feb. Info and bookings

– 01334 870731 –

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 ontrend

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 –

Gordon Craig and Richard Conway, previously of The Plumed Horse, have

opened their own restaurant ‘Field’, in Newington – 41 West Nicolson Street.


Ten Hill Place Hotel, part of The Royal College of

Surgeons of Edinburgh, has extended their hospitality

area. 10 Wine Bar opened its doors last month with an

extensive list of enticing wines courtesy of its

partnership with Corney and Barrow.

Restaurant 32

has just opened at

32 Coates Gardens

near Haymarket.

Food is modern

European. Chef

Arthur Mafonko has

an impressive

pedigree having

worked at The

Sheraton, The Old

Course Hotel, Airth

Castle and The

Horseshoe Inn over

the years. Opens 1st


The AA last month announced the latest

restaurants to be awarded four and three AA

rosettes. Just one restaurant, 21212 in

Edinburgh, has been awarded the prestigious

accolade of four AA Rosettes.

The Balfour Bar has been bought

and refurbished by the owners of The

Street and Elbow. It is due to be

opened in Feburay and is to be called

Woodland Creatures.


No.11 Brasserie opened somewhat quietly

last year. Food is served all day with the

emphasis on fresh produce and home made

food. The list of local producers is impressive

and there is also Afternoon Tea. No. 11

Brunswick Street - 0131 5576910

An Italian Cookery Class is running at Locanda

De Gusti on 11th February from 6pm-10pm

(£29). You prepare a three course meal with

Head Chef Rosario Sartore and then sit down

to enjoy your meal. To book or for further

contact Maria Sartore at the on 0131 558 9581

Ever wondered what the Scots

ate in the 18th Century? Wonder

no more. Café St Honoré is

running an eighteenth-century

Slow Food Masterclass on

Saturday 23 February. Sample

Venison Sokey and oatmeal

pudding and cream! Arrive 11 am

for coffee and shortbread. £25

including a 2-course lunch – To

book call 0131 2662211 or email


Fine panoramic views of the Firth of Forth

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

Take your time at the old chain pier

but haste ye back

Review: Tuk Tuk An homage to Indian street food


“This was a great idea” I

say to my two friends as I

tuck in at Tuk Tuk.

Our table is laden with

small dishes themed on

Indian road and railway

street food and we are

diving into the pickles,

scooping up the sauces.

My mango lassi (£2.90) arrives in a glass

decorated with a swirl of strawberry syrup as

scarlet and provocative as Lolita’s lip gloss. A

pink cocktail umbrella and lime green straw

add to the temptation of this fruity cooler;


I have ordered Bengali fishcakes (£4.50),

chunky white fish in a crispy batter and tarka

dhal (£3.95); the latter is soaked up with a

pieces of Peshwari nan smeared with

flourescent, sugary, coconut paste. It works

really well as a foil to the hot spicy food. I

taste Liz’s butter chicken (£4.50) and it is

creamy and moist. Anne’s chicken achari

(£4.50) is totally different. It has been cooked

with lime and pickle, Liz detects the caramel

undertones of tamarind, Anne recognises that

it has been cooked by the handi cooking

method. Individual sauces are slow cooked in

thick bottomed pans and this explains why

each or our dishes have such unique flavours.

Tuk Tuk plan to sell recipe packs so you can

experiment at home.

Baby aubergine and potato (£3.95) and papri

chat (£4.50), crunchy,

wheat crisps, potato,

chick peas and yoghurt

are just two of the dishes

we try from several

vegetarian options.

Pescetarians and

flexitarians should be

equally happy.

For dessert I choose

almond kulfi and Liz has the pistachio version

(£2.90). They are lollipops presented in

glasses, which, as Liz points out, would be

essential when waiting for your train in the

Indian heat. Anne orders saffron ice cream

(£2.90). The portion easily feeds three and is

choc full of the precious spice.

Design is clever; railway sleepers on the walls,

upturned metal buckets as lights and retro

Bollywood toiletries in the ladies.

The bill was £45 for three people; very easy

on the pocket and there is a BYOB policy for

wine and beer.

I can’t wait for my return journey. (S. Wilson)

Tuk Tuk

– 1 Leven Street, Edinburgh EH3 9LH

– 0131 228 3322



Opening hours

Mon-Sun 12 noon-10.30pm


Wine: Seasonal Pairings


ebruary is a hard month for local

produce but for this issue I am

embracing a romantic Italian

theme and pairing up wines with

Italian classics. Italy is one of the

places where I believe that the local

rule applies and Italian wine does work



Antipasti ticks a lot of boxes for me,

I’m a big fan of any kind of picnic style

food and one that contains a selection

of pig, marinated vegetables and

cheese is definitely high on my list. I

could spend hours, and a fortune, in a

deli putting one together. The

challenge with pairing a wine with an

assortment like antipasti is finding

something that works with everything.

You need a wine that is well rounded,

with good acidity, but not too sharp.

This Pinot Bianco is perfect; it has a

lovely richness to balance the oils and

flavours with an acidity that cuts

through the fattiness of the meats. An

elegant and classy wine Aquileia Pinot

Bianco, £13, Bacco


You hardly get simpler than slices of seared

steak on a bed of rocket and parmesan,

drizzled with delicious garlic, lemon and

rosemary infused oil. Serving one whole piece

of steak gives a real sense of theatre, and

more meat juices for the rocket to soak up. I

splash out on the best steak I can for

serious decadence. To wash it down

you need a wine with body and a hint

of tartness – traits which are

commonly found in Northern Italian

red wines. I’ve picked this Barbera

d’Asti, a deliciously plump wine,

packed with damson and plum flavours

with a refreshing finish. Castel del

Poggio 2009 Barbera d’Asti DOCG, £11,


Aka Prosecco slush puppy. I love this

simple and fun dessert alternative or

‘palate’ cleanser using Italy’s

omnipresent sparkling wine. Simply

take one large scoop of ice cream for

every 100ml of Prosecco and blend

together, serve in a chilled martini

glass, with a straw or a spoon. You can

find all sorts of alternatives with vodka

or limoncello added, personally, I

prefer a little aperol drizzled on the

top for ultimate kitsch.

Convivium Wine runs food and wine

events across Edinburgh.

Next event Thirsty Thursday | 14th

February | Bon Vivant’s Companion

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Review: North Bridge Brasserie


xecutive Head Chef Paul

Hart has one rosette.

According to the AA, a

rosette indicates “how well a

chef manages to apply

advanced technique whilst

retaining maximum flavour,

assuming an appropriate

quality of source ingredients”. Normal prices at

NBB reflect the quality of the food thus offering

a set price menu (three courses for £25) on a

Monday evening has instant appeal.

The ambience befits that of a top hotel in a

major European Capital; relaxed and urbane

whilst service is friendly and professional. I am

pleased to see carafes of wine are offered,

(375mls carafes £8-£12). Such a sensible idea.

I started with cured salmon with pickled apples

and cucumber, caviar and crème fraîche whilst

my trusty wing man Mr Bite chose mushroom

soup with crispy garlic mushrooms. The salmon

was delicately sliced and lemony, the apple had

ripe autumnal sweetness and the snow white

cream dotted with black caviar looked very

pretty. Mr Bite was similarly happy with his

uber-mushroomy soup.

Main course was the pan-fried cod with

Bollinger (a nice play on Boulangère) potatoes,

baby artichoke and red wine reduction for me.

The cod was cooked golden brown, the

potatoes were infused with flavour and the

thick reduction stood up to the meaty fish and

Monday Supper Club

bound the whole dish

together. Mr Bite had the flat

iron steak with green beans,

sautéed potatoes and

béarnaise sauce. He

appreciated the attention to

detail and presentation in

this tasty dish.

Dessert was the Scottish artisan cheese

selection for me served with chutney and

oatcakes. As with all the evening’s dishes

presentation was excellent; in this case a

colourful mis en scene on a black slate. From

the five cheeses the Clava brie was particularly

ripe and oozy. A thin slice of lightly toasted

pannetone and grapes in addition to the

chutney facilitated many a mini cheese combo.

Mr Bite enjoyed the chocolate and hazelnut

torte with nougat ice cream immensely. The

chocolate was of the good quality bitter variety

and the ice cream had good home made


North Bridge Brasserie offers a sophisticated

dining experience in lovely surroundings. A

reliable choice for many a different occasion

and definitely worth a try on a Monday.

(S. Wilson)

North Bridge Brasserie

– 20 North Bridge, Edinburgh

– 0131 622 2900



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Join us at The White

Horse Bar for a relaxing

pint or grab some food.

New Menu

– Home-Made Traditional Scottish Food

Main Courses for £6 – Haggis, burgers, nachos,

soups, and home-made puddings.

Free Hire of 'The Old Stables' back room. Please enquire.

266 Canongate, Royal Mile, EH8 8AA

0131 557 3512

Review: Chaophraya

Twixtmas birthday lunch: never easy

mongst those restaurants still open,

expensively overblown & past-their-

‘Christmas menus’ remind you Asell-by

of a birthday more important than yours:


Inevitably, one is easily tempted farther East

to escape, bowing to the Buddha and a

properly exotic Thai experience. Ascending

heavenwards in the elevator of an office block

transports you to an impressive glitzy black,

gold & appropriately lime-green entranceway,

beckoning upwards yet again into its own

cocoon of pleasingly ‘luxe-dining’ feel.

Already more appealing than your average

oriental offering.

An open kitchen and expansive cocktail bar lie

to the rear. Cocktails tend to a fruity ‘beach

resort’ taste & size, rather than the sublime

herbal & floral offerings previously provided

in the Oloroso incarnation here; but my ‘Made

in Thailand’ (£7.50) was good – the Malibu

element lent it a velvety texture, and for

purists the classics are still available. From a

well-selected albeit limited wine list, the four

of us had two organic whites from the Chilean

Emiliana winemaker: a Gewurztraminer

(£24.75) and a Riesling (£28.95), both of

manageable gravity and ideal with our food.

Pleasing white porcelain bowls show off the

food to best advantage. The food itself had a

mixed reaction: my own papaya salad (£7.95)

was nothing to write postcards home about,

though the crispy sticky rice parcels were

surprisingly good; but the others very much

enjoyed a fresh & generous prawn tempura

(£8.95), char-grilled pork skewers (£7.55) and a

crispy duck salad (£9.95).

My Brummie pal found her chef’s signature

Mussaman lamb main (£10.95) “magic”. Stealing

a morsel (while she mused on the idea of

enjoying the outside sofas on the George St

balcony in May), I agreed with her – melting &

comforting coconutty yumminess. My other

half enjoyed only half of the Chaophraya Duo

of Fish at a hefty £18.95 (the sea bass, not the

overcooked cod), though the main of king

prawns with ginger at £14.95 was wellreceived.

There were enough interesting choices to

make a return visit worthwhile – e.g., I would

love to try their take on both street-style

spicy rice and fried tofu with tamarind & chilli.

The ‘inside-outside’ movable glassed-in

balcony was busy and, despite being a chain –

and pretty pricey for a Thai – you can expect

this to be a sought-after fixture on the central

dining scene. (The Go-Between)


– 33 Castle St, Edinburgh EH2 3DN


Opening hours

Mon-Sat 12 noon-10:30pm

Sun 12 noon-10pm



Edinburgh Diva: What’s Hot This Month

ebruary is the month of love. Don’t

squash it all into one day though,

Fspread out these lovely indulgences

over the entire month.

The Food of Love

Impress your lover with a visit to one of

Edinburgh’s best-kept secrets –

The Mulroy. Tucked away on

William Street is a wonderful

Aladdin’s cave of culinary

delights guaranteed to leave

your lover wishing for more.

From just £16.50 for lunch and

£34.50 for dinner The Mulroy

will tantalise your tastebuds

without traumatising your

pocket. 11-13a William Street

0131 225 6061

Feeling Horny?

You will be. The Vikings are coming! The next

in the hugely popular RBS Museum ‘Lates’

series is here. Don’t miss it. The exhibition

itself is compelling enough. Lates turns it up a

notch with music, magic, entertainment and

lots of surprises. A real party atmosphere will

help you see the exhibits in a new light.

Adults only. It’s playtime! Tickets available


Deliciousness Squared

Oh my goodness, I’m hyperventilating just

typing the name Edward & Irwyn. My mouth

is watering. I am beyond excited. You see I am

about to tell you about the most delicious

chocolate on earth. It’s the type they’ll have

in heaven. It’s the type, I warn you, that you’ll

taste and fall in love with. And tasting it is

something you’ll want to do again and again

and again... for

stockists. If you dare

Sit back and relax

Let the Dominion Cinema

transport you and your love to

another world. Enjoy the style of

sophistication of a bygone era at

Edinburgh’s most glamorous

independent cinema. With

comfortable sofas for two and

plenty of space to stretch your

legs, it’s perfect for romance.

Book online at or

call 0131 447 4771

– 18 Newbattle Terrace, Morningside

Licence to thrill

Your lover will be shaken and stirred when

Licence to Thrill comes to the Festival

Theatre for one night only. This dazzling

evening of music and dance presented by

Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole is sure

to hit the right note. Book online at or call 0131 529 6000 –

13-29 Nicolson Street

More Edinburgh Diva at

Review: The Grill Room At The Dome

ou cannot fail to be impressed

with the opulent decadence of this

Y19th Century bank with its grand

columned entrance leading to a

chandelier-rich, marble-faced, mosaicfloored

Grill Room and its magnificent

dome dominating the interior. Mirrors

reflect the crystal drops from the

chandeliers, cascading light around the

room. I could imagine Arthur Conan Doyle

and Robert Louis Stevenson holding

accounts here and if they were alive today,

I’m sure they’d recognise the old place.

The central bar, under the dome, is the focal

point and we gawp at the splendour before

being scooped up and lead to our table.

My eyes race over the menu and BOGG*

jumps in first with his decision, “Like the

sound of the prawns, what you having?” I’m in

a carnivore mood so the black and white

pudding (£8.50) appeals and just as I’m about

to pick my main, he lunges in for the duck

(£18.50). Twice he’s pipped me to the post. As

it’s a Grill, one of us has to have steak

(£26.50), so that’ll be me then. It’s one of our

benchmarks, to see how the kitchen deals

with the various cuts of beef.

Service is swift and it’s not long before we are

tucking in to our starters. The king prawns in

tempura (£10) are the best I’ve tasted (and it

was a taster from his plate); four huge,

quiveringly sweet bundles cosseted in

delicate batter. My duo was good, but

nothing special. The beetroot and

horseradish chutney lifts the dish. The duck

leg confit is surrounded by a fragrant bean

stew. Crispy skin is necessary but this was

flabby. My sirloin was cooked medium rather

than rare, although tender, it lacked flavour

that charred caramalisation of a hot grill

would have imparted.

For dessert his pear and almond tart (£7)could

have been warmed to fulfil the richness and

my chocolate trio (£7.50) slightly lacked the

explosion of chocolateyness I was expecting.

Staff are exemplary, presentation is excellent,

plenty of wine by the glass (£5.50) and the

setting is just magnificent. (L. Harris)

The Grill Room at The Dome

– 14 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF

– 0131 624 8624


Opening hours

Noon ‘til late every day

*Big Old Grumpy Git



Beer: Harviestoun H Series H & Mmmm!


e humans like nothing more than a

good freebie, especially when said

freebie arrives unheralded on a

gloomy midwinter evening. So I was grinning

like a Cheshire cat on MDMA when I got my

mitts on a preview bottle of the latest from

the Harviestoun Brewery near Dollar.

Harviestoun have quietly been getting on

with the business of making reliably brilliant

beer over the last few years, despite several

changes of ownership.

In addition to a small core range of

sessionable, sensible beers; they have

recently taken to whisky aging their porters in

Highland Park casks. This has resulted in the

Ola Dubh range, which are a clear concession

to the faddy, anoraky end of the market.

This latest bottling however goes a stage

further by upping the abv to full-on imperial

stout strength and by being bottle

conditioned. This should add longevity and

the potential to develop & mature over

several years.

The test batch has been labelled as

Harviestoun H Series but the final beer may

well be called something else.

It pours flat and matt black, with a gloopiness

that hints at its weight.

It has fairly muted aromas of charcoal, wood

mulch & peat smoke. Unsurprisingly, it is a

chunky, deeply complex beer with initial

flavours of raisin, liquorice, apple & fig. The

mid-palate is a battle for supremacy between

cloyingly sweet Turkish coffee and toasted,

peppery fireside notes. There is also an

underlying, yeasty, nutty quality not dissimilar

to old oloroso sherry. The drier flavours

finally assert themselves in the epic finish,

which takes on whisky-ish spirited tones and

repeats on you in delightful ways.

It’s impressive stuff, if a bit rough round the

edges. It may be the higher strength (Ola

Dubh is 8% abv – this edition is nudging 11%)

but there is definitely less whisky influence

than in its little brother.

The bottle conditioning doesn’t appear to

add much at this stage, but it should

hopefully develop nicely over the coming

months & years. I imagine that it will be a

little while yet before it is deemed ready for

release & sampling it at this stage is a bit like

drinking en-primeur claret, or young vintage

port. The flavour is all there, it just needs to

mature a bit, settle down and iron out the

wrinkles. (J. Wrobel)

Review: Above At The Abbotsford


’ve lived in the ‘burgh for

well over a quartercentury,

but I realised I’d

never visited one of Rose

Street’s most famous

doyennes. The original

interior of this Edwardian pub

with its classic island bar is well worth a

gander, and January’s uncongenial air was

soon forgotten, as the welcome behind the

bar is amicably warm. A row of cask ale taps

tempted, and I tried a pint of Strathaven

Brewery’s Amber Ale.

Tonight’s assignment leads us to The

Abbotsford’s restaurant upstairs, ‘Above’. The

interior decorators certainly went to town on

the ‘bold’ colours, and with the white linen

and red leather chairs, it seemed

unnecessarily formal and outmoded. My

dining sidekick Louise and I took to the menu

and given its prime location, I wasn’t

surprised to see a solid nod to the Scottish

classics, as well as a few dishes with

Mediterranean influences.

I started with ‘Scottish smoked cheese cakes’

(£5.45), which were tasty arancini-style golden

crumbed risotto cakes with a great depth of

flavour from the cheese. The accompanying

coriander, ginger and pine nut salsa had a

fresh billing, but the greyish hue and vinegary

tang let it down. Louise chose a trio of salmon

(£5.95), which she worked her way through. I

nabbed a bite of the fishcake and it was good

on seasoning if light on flakes of fish.

My main course, 8oz sirloin (£14.95) was the

tasty crisscrossed star from

the grill you hope for when

ordering steak. However the

accompanying ‘house chips’

were so anaemically blonde

and flabby, I wonder if the

fryer was even on.

Unimaginative catering bag side salad, and

roasted cherry tomatoes without their

promised balsamic glaze irritated me and

reminded me of the ol’ adage ‘if you can’t say

anything nice...’ Louise fared well with her

main of well spicy haggis, sweet neeps and

tatties (£8.45), which reassured me that the

many tourists who visit will at least get a

good plate of our national dish.

The desserts (£4.75) cheered me up, with a

deliciously sweet sticky toffee pudding and

Lou’s treacle tart, both served with creamy

vanilla ice cream; were good enough for the

table next to ours ordered extra portions to


The Abbotsford has stood for over a century,

as a pub it more than earns its place, however

as a dining destination, I need more

convincing. (L. Arfa).

Above Restaurant

– The Abbotsford, 3-5 Rose Street,

Edinburgh EH2 2PR

– 0131 225 5276


Opening hours

Food served daily 12pm-10pm



Review: Mark Greenaway

Best desserts in town


rer Rabbit is on my plate. The dish is

mosaic of rabbit terrine, carrot

mayonnaise, carrot meringues,

roasted hazelnuts, baby leaves and pickled

walnuts (£8). I love dishes like this. They recall

woodland scenes, engage my imagination and

make me appreciate winter more via the

flavours of its seasonal food.

The pickled walnut is piquant, the terrine

chunky. A skinny carrot is full of flavour and

roasted hazelnuts have a delightful crunch.

Mr Bite is relishing hand-dived Orkney

scallops with pomme fondant, tomato jelly,

baby herbs and parsley mayo (£11). The

scallops are a nod to the small solid,

impressive list of local suppliers.

Main courses are pan-roasted Scottish hake

fillet, purple mash, pumpkin, radish, ginger

and spring onion broth for me (£19) and

eleven hour slow-roasted Clash Farm belly

pork, spiced fillet, pomme purée, Savoy

cabbage and truffle apple jus for Mr Bite

(£18). He has never tasted Mark Greenaway’s

pork belly and I wear a sly grin as I predict

imminent oohing and ahhing. Sure enough

the crackling and moist tender pork go down

a treat. His only minor crit is that he would

like a little more Savoy cabbage. He thinks it

would impart more flavour on the plate.

I agree. For example I would forgo the carrot

meringues in my starter for another one

those delicious walnuts or skinny veg. But,

this is Mark Greenaway’s signature style and it

has won him a deserved three rosettes. There

is no doubting his talent and I appreciate

how he leaves you wanting more.

Presentation of all dishes is peerless.

My hake is beautifully cooked, golden on the

outside, moist inside. The lobster tortellini

has perfect al dente texture – again so

tantalising. A quenelle-shaped portion of

earthy nutty heritage potatoes is a treat, the

broth has full-on flavour.

Little do we know however, that as much as

we are enjoying our meal, desserts are about

to blow our minds. I have peanut caramel

cheesecake, shortbread, toffee sauce, roasted

peanuts and iced parfait (£7.50) and for Mr

Bite, knot chocolate tart, custard jelly, frozen

cookies, crème fraîche parfait, salted caramel

and kumquat purée (£7.50).

Mark Greenaway’s playfulness is totally apt

here. He can and does run riot. I would

If it is both brilliant and it makes me giggle like a child it is

everything I ever want from food.

happily pay double for one of these

creations. Not only is my dessert a technical

marvel and full of every element you could

want from a pud, sweet, nutty, salty, creamy,

luscious, shortbread that would make Mary

Berry a happy woman, but it passes my own

personal ‘giggle test’. If it is both brilliant

and it makes me giggle like a child it is

everything I ever want from food.

Whilst I regress Mr B declares his dessert

‘for adults only’. A spectacular wheel of

dark bitter chocolate, chocolate mini-cubes,

giant milk chocolate buttons, salted caramel

rocks, space dust; I don’t get a look in but,

‘whatever’, I am totally happy with my

deconstructed ‘cheesecake’.

We chose our food from the A La Carte

menu but the Market Menu is superb value

at £20 for three courses and available for

lunch and between 5pm and 6.45pm.

As we go to press Mark Greenaway is due to

appear on ‘Great British Menu Does Comic

Relief’ early February. There will be menu

changes to complement his TV appearance

but never fear, they are bound to be as

exciting as the current offering. (S. Wilson)


Restaurant Mark Greenaway

– 69 N Castle St, Edinburgh, EH2 3LJ

– 0131 226 1155



Opening hours

Tues-Sat 12 noon-2.30pm & 5.30pm-10pm


Well-established and well-loved salon with a

team of friendly stylists who are passionate

about hair. Specialists in hair-cutting, colour,

extensions, make-up and wedding hair.

Friendly, relaxed ambience.


136 Bruntsfield Place Edinburgh

0131 229 5566

Gourmet Girl Goes To: Edward & Irwyn


s far as awesome

job titles go, I think

‘Chocolatier’ sits

pretty highly on the fantasy

list. Whether it invokes

thoughts of working as a

maverick Wonka-esque

character, or as a precise

traditional artisan, the

thought of spending your

days enrobed in chocolate sounds pretty

tempting. Well, Edward & Irwyn are bright

young stars on the Edinburgh confectionery

scene, and it just so happens that their world

is perfectly balanced between left-side of

the brain creativity and mastered skills.

First off, let’s introduce Edward & Irwyn, or

Edda and Kirsty. Edda, an experienced

chocolatier learned her craft at Valhrona’s

Chocolate School in Lyon France and Kirsty

comes from a background in arts festivals.

They met whilst working on a project a few

years ago, and quickly bonded over a shared

obsession with bees, a wish to start an urban

honey project, and that the honey would be

incorporated into chocolate creations.

Five years on, and their business has found its

wings. Edda is Master Chocolatier and Kirsty

her apprentice. I was lucky to get a sneak peak

into their recently opened Chocolate Kitchen

in Morningside. A handwritten sign with the

words ‘Constant Vigilance’ is pinned to the

wall and this mantra underpins the attention

to detail required of any chocolatier.

All the chocolate used in

their creations earned its

place following a rigorous

(and I’m presuming a quite

delicious) process of blind

tasting. Tempering the

small batches of

chocolate on marble is

the traditional artisanal

method, and this the skill

Edda is now passing on to Kirsty. It’s a science,

working the chocolate to exact temperatures

to achieve chocolate with the perfect shine

and with the perfect ‘snap’.

Coming up with phenomenal flavour

combinations doesn’t seem to be challenging

the two of them too much though. From

Scandinavian-influenced flavours like juniper,

Scots pine and smoked salt, to variations on a

theme of their beloved honey, your brain and

senses engage excitedly as the chocolate

melts in your mouth.

The Chocolate Kitchen isn’t generally open,

however they do plan to organise pop-up

shopping events and to have the kitchen

open for purchases a couple of times per

week. In the meantime, you can find their

chocolates in Vino and Villeneuve wine

shops, and taste their rich aromatic hot

chocolate at Brew Lab. (L. Arfa)

For info, including details of

pop-up shop events, go to



Recipe: Venison Wellington, Squash,

Wild Mushrooms & Blackcurrant Sauce

Signature dish by Malcolm Webster, Executive Chef, One Square

Serves four people


4 x 90g portions of

venison loin

100g button mushrooms

100g wild mushrooms

50g shallots

1 x chicken breast

2 egg whites

100ml double cream

Salt and pepper

8 slices of Parma ham

Pre rolled puff pastry

Ingredients for garnish

1 x butternut squash

100g butter

100g mixed wild mushrooms

120ml veal jus

1 punnet blackcurrants


To make Wellington

1. Blend the chicken breast in the food processor and add

egg white.

2. Put chicken mix into bowl and season and slowly fold in

the double cream.

3. Blend the button mushrooms in the food processor,

finely chop the wild mushrooms and shallots.

4. Gently fry the shallots in a pan without colour until soft,

then add in both mushrooms until cooked and mix is dry.

Cool down.

5. Add the mushroom mix into the chicken mousse.

6. Fry off the venison loin to get a golden colour on all


7. When venison is cool cover all sides with the chicken

and mushroom mix, then wrap in Parma ham, and then

wrap in puff pastry

8. Cook Wellingtons at 220 o c for approximately

20 minutes.

One Square, Edinburgh

– 1 Festival Square,

Edinburgh EH3 9SR

– 0131 221 6422



/OneSquareEdinburgh @OneSq

For garnish

1. Peel butternut squash, cut into half.

2. First half is to make a butternut purée, dice roughly then

sauté in pan with the half butter without colouring then

add a little water and seasoning and cover with lid.

3. When squash is soft, purée and season.

4. With the other half of squash nicely dice.

5. Slice wild mushrooms.

6. Sauté off the diced squash with the rest of the butter in

pan until golden add the sliced mushrooms, cook and

season until soft.

7. Heat up veal jus and drop blackcurrants into jus.

Cocktails: The Brandy Alexander

"It goes down easy"


he Brandy Alexander is

my favourite sweet

cocktail. You know the

kind, ideal after dinner or

even sometimes during it

with, or, as a replacement for

dessert. It also appears to be

a firm favourite amongst

Canadian singer /

songwriters. To the extent a

couple of them have written

songs about it!

Legend has it that Ron

Sexsmith introduced Leslie

Feist (aka Feist of the 1,2,3,4 fame) to the drink

during the course of an intoxicated evening.

The experience was so memorable Feist

wrote a song about it called, strangely

enough, Brandy Alexander. Mr Sexsmith

replied in song using the same music but

subtly different lyrics. They're both ideal

accompaniments to the drink.

The history of the Brandy Alexander is

unclear and you'll find many different

references to where and when it was

created – certainly one of its first

appearances in print in 1916 was in Hugo

Ensslin’s “Recipes for Mixed Drinks”. It may

even have been created for that very modern

of things – brand marketing! It's rumoured

that Troy Alexander in New York designed it

as a white drink to celebrate Phoebe Snow, a

fictional woman, dressed in

white, used to advertise the

use of clean burning coal in

the trains on the Delaware,

Lackawanna and Western

Railroad. Plus ça change...

A simple drink to make, there

are a few variations depending

on how sweet, how creamy or

how dark you want the drink

to be. My favourite is as

follows: shake 1 and 1/2

measures of cognac, 1 measure

of dark crème de cacao and 1

measure of double cream over ice. Strain into a

cocktail glass (a coupette is ideal) and garnish

with freshly grated nutmeg. I like to serve it in

place of a dessert – it’s rich, sweet, very

creamy with more than a hint of chocolate

and it still has the kick from the cognac.

If you want the more classic white cocktail

replace the dark crème de cacao with white

crème de cacao. Other variations include

increasing the amount of cognac (strengthens

the drink and makes it less sweet), mixing

equal measures of the ingredients to give you

a true chocoholic cocktail (you might even

want to garnish with chocolate shavings) and

using single cream or half and half to make it

less creamy. Try them out to find your

favourite. Just remember Feist's words...

“always gets me into trouble”. (M Earl)



The Insider: Confession time...

I’m a serial re-gifter


ou know what I mean,

that Seinfeld moment

where he receives an

entirely inappropriate

birthday/xmas present and

squirrels it away for ‘future

reference’ or – let us be kind –

re-cycling. Lately I was invited to

an ex-footballer chum’s 50th

birthday bash and, finding myself

typically unprepared, I rooted

around the crap gifts drawer and salvaged a

pristine, retro, blow football game. Perfect!

So it was, that, on receiving an invite to a

particularly noxious epicurean’s anniversary

‘pop-up’, I found myself searching the selfsame

discarded present drawer for a book

called, ahem, how TO BE A BETTER foodie a

BULGING little book FOR THE truly

epicurious. (The title is, I assure you,

unadulterated on this page.) Ever the

professional miser, I gave it the once over, to

check there were no tell tale smudges, or

signs that the book had ever been opened.

Before re-gifting it. And, you know what, I

couldn’t put it down!

It is – despite that heinous title and overuse

of words such as recherché and recondite – a

treasury of delightful, quirky and useful info…

Had it up to here with the ethics of the foie

gras debate? Monkfish liver (ask your

fishmonger), with its lovely creamy texture, is

a less fraught alternative. What was the first

cookery book in English? Why

that would be A Forme of Cury

by Richard the Second’s cook.

The author, Sudi Pigott, likes

extreme seasonality. Ormers

can only be harvested on, or up

to two days after a full moon

between January and April.

Gull’s egg gathering requires a

licence and only happens in

early May. Cobnuts are only sold fresh in Kent

round about Edinburgh Festival time.

Percebes cling to the cliffs of the Galician

coast and are treacherous to gather,

particularly as they are at their best during

the wild North Atlantic winters. Elvers can

only be fished with silk nets on the River

Severn on moonlit nights in April. Cor blimey!

She is astute too on weekend foodie

getaways: Quimper and Pont-l'Abbé in

Britanny for velvet crab, skate cheeks and

cotriade (fish stew), rightly highlighting Le

Doris restaurant in Kerity. County Cork is

good for crubeens (crispy pig trotters),

drisheen (sheep blood sausage) and

Hederman’s famed smokehouse in Cobh and

our very own Orkney Islands are just the

thing for semi-feral, seaweed-fed Ronaldsay

lamb, indigenous Creel sea witch, forkbeard

fish and various sea lettuces.

Sod that re-gifting lark; I’m keeping this little

gem of a book to myself!

Healthy Eating with CNM:

Think of your Heart this

Valentine’s Day


ebruary is upon us already;

the month when

traditionally the romantics

amongst us may turn to matters of

the heart. Flowers, romantic

dinners for two, perhaps even

a Valentine’s Day proposal with two

people planning a long and happy

future together! All of these

images are regularly symbolised by

the image of a beautiful rosie-red

heart, but how many of us ever

turn our thoughts to the actual physical health

of this vital organ?

Heart disease is one of the most prevalent

conditions in today's western society.

There are many contributing factors but the

great news is that by making sensible changes

to our diet and lifestyle, heart disease may be


This heart-boosting juice with its blood

thinning onion and garlic (which also helps to

lower cholesterol), beetroot to help

strengthen red blood cells and watercress to

help oxygenate the blood, will increase your

intake of vitamins C and E which are essential

to heart health.

A word of warning though – perhaps this juice

is best shared with the one you love – then

you can both enjoy the benefits of garlic



125g raw beetroot

125g watercress

125g red onion

250g carrot

1 clove garlic.

Juice all the ingredients and serve!

That's it! Happy, healthy Valentine’s

Day - and many returns!

By Sam Folcarelli, Director of Studies at the

College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) in


If you’d like to find out more about

eating for heart health, or about training

for a new career as a Nutritional

Therapist, come along to CNM

Edinburgh’s next free-to-attend Open

Evening on Tuesday 5th February 2013

from 6.30pm-8.30pm.

For more details or to reserve your place

call 01342 410 505,

email or




Off The Trolley: Mardi Gras


fter all the excitement of Christmas,

New Year, and Burns Night has died

down comes the Real food event.

Mardi Gras, (aka Fat, Shrove, or Pancake

Tuesday), falls on 12 February and marks the

last day before Lent begins. Traditionally, it

was a day when observant Christians took

advantage of one last chance to eat all the

things forbidden until Easter. My children

know it as the day they are allowed to have

breakfast for tea.

Pancakes are standard fare, but you don't

have to be traditional about the pancakes

you make. Here are some different versions

that are worth trying.

First, the classic buttermilk. My recipe comes

from The Joy of Cooking, but a quick google

should get you one. Buttermilk is hard to find,

but you can easily make your own by stirring

a teaspoon of lemon juice into 250mL of

milk. The resulting pancakes are fluffy and


For a real change, try cornmeal pancakes. My

mother used to make cornbread, fry the

leftovers and serve it for breakfast. These give

you the same taste without the work, and are

wonderful with maple syrup. Lupe Pintos in

Tollcross sell (fabulously retro-styled) boxes

of the cornmeal for £1, with a recipe for

pancakes on the side. They are more fragile

than your standard version, so make sure

they're well cooked before you turn them –

and no showy flips!

If you're going for the traditional crèpe, look

for a recipe that uses a bit of beer in the

batter. Best rolled and dipped in lemon juice

and then sugar, they're also fabulous filled

with cheese and ham.

And finally, the latest recipe in my pancake

fold: sourdough pancakes. It’s worth keeping a

sourdough starter just to make these. Try for a foolproof recipe but

be warned – it makes a LOT. Should you have

any leftover, they are excellent cold with a

bit of butter.

When cooking any pancakes, make sure your

pan is good and hot before you start. Swirl

some oil in, tip out any excess, add your

batter, and wait for the little holes to appear

in your pancakes. When you have a fair few,

it's time to flip.

And whether you top with nutella or maple

syrup, jam or banana, I wish you a very happy

Fat Tuesday when it comes! (R. Edwards)

Healthy Eating With Real Foods: Raw Chocolate

he treat we all love so much derives from

the fruit of the Theobroma cacao tree, the

Tname of which means 'food of the gods'. Its

ripe pods contain rows of cacao beans

surrounded by a sweet white pulp. The beans and

pulp are scooped out, left to ferment, before

finally being sun-dried on bamboo mats.

For most chocolate, the cacao beans would then

be roasted at temperatures exceeding 100°C.

However, in raw chocolate production ingredients

are never exposed to temperatures of more than

45°C. This preserves more of the beneficial

nutrients present in the cacao nibs, and the rich,

complex flavours that can be altered by heating at

high temperatures. The nibs are then removed

from the hard shells of the cacao bean and ground

to produce chocolate liquor - chocolate in a pure,

liquid form.

Choc-full of nutrients

Raw cacao is considered a superfood for its high

concentration of enzymes, antioxidants and

minerals including iron, magnesium and zinc. It

also contains the mood-boosting amino acid


A brief history

Chocolate has been enjoyed for thousands of

years, and used for ritual purposes by the ancient

Mayans and Aztecs in the form of a bitter elixir

blended with spices. It was discovered by

Christopher Columbus in the sixteenth century

and brought to the West via the royal courts of

Europe, where it was sweetened with sugar and

vanilla. The Victorian age brought us chocolate as

we know it now, and the rest, as they say, is history.

More raw benefits

Raw chocolate is lactose and gluten-free, without

unhealthy hydrogenated oils or artificial additives,

and typically sweetened with low GI agave syrup.

With the inclusion of other superfoods such as

goji berries, blueberries and hemp seeds, raw

really is the healthiest way to enjoy chocolate.

The lower temperatures used to make raw

chocolate mean less energy is needed, making for

a more environmentally-friendly product too.

Raw chocolate treats

Real Foods recommends The

Raw Chocolate Company's

Raw Chocolate Coated

Mulberries. These ‘tiny titans

of flavour & nutrition’ are

dipped in raw chocolate and

dusted in cacao powder.

RealFoods stocks a huge range

of tempting raw chocolate

treats with which to spoil your

beau this Valentine’s Day –

For a chance to try some Raw Chocolate

Company chocolate for free, why not enter our

Valentine's Day 'Chompetition' by simply posting

on our Facebook page why you love raw

chocolate –

realfoodsedinburgh. Closing date 14th February.

Real Food Shops

– 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU

– 0131 557 1911

– 8 Brougham Street, Tollcross, EH3 9JH

– 0131 228 1201



What’s In Season:




ast month’s column got me thinking –

dangerous I know – what other festivities

around the world involve food? This

month there’s Lent and of course Valentine’s Day,

but did you know that in Suzhou, China, they have

a celebration for plum blossom? Or in Bulgaria,

they raise the odd glass of wine to St. Trifon,

patron saint of vineyards? In Turin, girls would lob

oranges from balconies at boys they fancied.

Vilanova i La Geltrú in Catalonia not only hurl

meringues at each other but bury sardines to mark

the beginning of Lent. Weird huh? Menton on the

posh French Riviera have a festival to citrus fruits,

using them to build elaborate constructions. For

good luck in Japan, they throw beans at their

fathers on Setsubun, the eve of the first day of

spring according to the old Japanese calendar.

They also eat the same number of beans as their

age to bring good fortune. This year, Purim, a fun

and festive Jewish holiday celebrating the

deliverance of the Jews from their enemies, is in

February. A celebratory family meal is shared and

hamantaschen cookies are served for dessert.

Otherwise known as Purim biscuits, they’re a bit

like jammie dodgers!

Lea writes and

is @BakersBunny on Twitter

Purim Biscuits


8oz granulated sugar

6 ¼ fl oz sunflower oil

2 ½ tsp vanilla extract or paste

5fl oz orange juice

1lb 4oz plain flour

1 tblspn baking powder

Jams of choice


In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar

until light and fluffy, then stir in the

orange juice, oil and vanilla.

Stir in sifted flour and baking powder.

The dough needs to be firm enough to

roll out. If it isn’t, add a bit more flour.

Roll out on lightly floured work surface

to about ¼ inch thick. Using 2-inch

cutter, stamp out circles of dough and

place 2 inches apart on greased baking

sheet. Spoon 2tsps of jam into the centre

of each disk. Pinch the edge to form

three corners (like a tricorn hat).

Bake in a preheated oven, 180C/Fan

160C/Gas4, for about 12 -15 minutes.

Cool for a couple of minutes and then

transfer to wire racks until cool enough

to eat.

What else is in my basket?

Parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, wild salmon, winkles, hare,

goose, venison, rhubarb.


Bengali and Indian Dining

Ignite – Cuisine based on traditional recipes

from Bangladesh and Northern India in a

sumptuous setting. Dining at Ignite is an

experience capable of rekindling your passion for

Indian food. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner.

272 Morrison Street, Haymarket

– 0131 228 5666 –

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


Bread Street Brasserie – Serving

international cuisine with a Scottish focus, Bread

Street Brasserie is the perfect setting in which to

relax and enjoy your surroundings, a step away

from the bustling City Centre. In crisp, stylish

surroundings, local, seasonal produce is offered,

showcasing Scotland’s finest seafood and beef.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, pre-theatre and

dinner. Bread Street Brasserie, 34 Bread Street,

Edinburgh EH3 9AF – 0131 221 5558

The Edinburgh Larder Bistro – Scottish

menu, produced with locally sourced, free-range,

seasonally fresh ingredients. This bistro states a

commitment to be boldly flavoursome,

environmentally sustainable, and culturally

daring as they work with lesser-known but

sustainable cuts of meat and fish. Sample

Scottish Spirits & Beers, carefully selected wines


from Woodwinters and Edinburgh-based Artisan

Roast coffees and Eteaket teas. Open Daily

12noon-2.30pm & 5.30pm-10pm (pre-theatre

menu available 5.30pm-6.45pm). 1a Alva Street,

Edinburgh, EH2 4PH – 0131 225 4599,

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 –


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 –

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.


La Garrigue – Regional French Cuisine and

Terroir Wines from the Languedoc/Roussillon. A

restaurant where ‘Chef Jean Michel Gauffre brings

warm Languedoc to your plate’ (Peter Irvine,

Scotland The Best).Simple and stylish with the

relaxed ambience of a French bistro and a firm

favourite with locals and tourists alike. Winner of

the Good food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the

Year 2010. Also Gordon Ramsay’s Best French

Restaurant 2010. Open 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner.

Now also at Leith, open from Wednesdays to

Sundays only (on Tuesdays we only open for

private event of 12 and more).

31 Jeffrey Street – 0131 557 3032 and

88 Commercial Street Leith – 0131 553 5933.

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


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


Middle Eastern

Pomegranate – Middle Eastern Street Food

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

wide selection of vegetarian dishes, main courses

and mouthwatering desserts. BYOB with no

corkage charge. Non-alcohol bar available plus

Shisha pipes. 1 Antigua Street, Edinburgh,

EH1 3NH – 0131 556 8337




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.

The Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar &

Brasserie – The best in contemporary eating

and drinking & un-paralleled views from the

Castle to the Firth of Forth. Executive Chef Stuart

Muir uses fresh seasonal Scottish produce to

create food of the finest quality by matching

modern flavours with classical techniques. Fresh,

sustainable seafood available from the Seafood

Bar whilst the Brasserie offers round the clock

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

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

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

Book on line at

– 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh,

EH2 2AD – 0131 524 8350

A Room In The Town, A Room In

The West End, A Room In Leith

– A trio of well-loved Scottish bistros. The

emphasis is on quality, fresh, affordable Scottish

produce served in a relaxed and friendly

atmosphere. All are fully licensed with BYOB

option also. Leith has a stunning waterside setting

and incorporates the bar 'Teuchters'. The West

End branch also has a Teuchters and like The

Town is within easy walking distance of Princes St.

18 Howe St – 0131 225 8204,

The West End, 26 William St – 0131 226 1036,

Leith, 1c Dock Place – 0131 554 7427


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 –

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 –

29-33 Dublin St – 0131 556 2231

38 St Mary’s St – 0131 557 5754

The Whiski Rooms – Glamorous new sister

venue to the award winning WHISKI on the Royal

Mile. With iconic views over the Mound to

Edinburgh, it’s an all day dining bistro/restaurant

serving fresh Scottish food and cakes. Stocking an

impressive range of premium spirits, wines and

Scottish beers, ciders and over 300 whiskies.

Beside the bar is a specialist whisky shop where

you can buy the bar’s range and more. Daily

whisky tastings.

– Whiski Bar & Restaurant, 119 High Street,

Edinburgh, EH1 1SG, 0131 556 3095.

Whiski Rooms Bar & Bistro, 4-7 North Bank

Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2LP, 0131 225 7224,

Whiski Rooms Shop, 0131 225 1532,


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

La Mula Obstinada – 2 Course Lunches £6.25,

Evening Tapas Feast (kid’s under 10 eat free, T&C

Apply). Closed Mondays, Open Tues-Sat 12-3pm




5.30-10pm, Sundays 1-7pm. For reservations call –

0131 555 3103, 46 Queen Charlotte Street, Leith,


– 0131 555 3103. Watch this space

– more details coming soon.

Tapa – With its white-washed, high-vaulted

walls adorned with a stunning floor to ceiling

antique bull fighting poster and live Flamenco

guitarist on Friday & Saturday evenings, Tapa in

Leith evokes memories of lazy summer holidays

spent with family and friends. Sunday afternoons

are a must as their Andalusian Head Chef prepares

Paella in the restaurant while you eat! The perfect

tonic if you have over indulged the previous

evening! 19 Shore Place, Edinburgh EH6 6SW –

0131 476 6776 –

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


Bars and Bar Food

52 Canoes Tiki Den – Cheeky Tiki Cocktails,

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

Bands, Live Cheeky Tiki Burlesque Shows, Pooch

Friendly, Children Welcome, Fresh, Ground

Coffee. Sit In or Takeaway Menu. Breakfast Served

11am-3pm, 7 Days. Open 11am-1am Monday-Friday,

Sat & Sun open 9am-1am.

13-14 Melville Place, Edinburgh EH3 7PR

– 0131 2264732

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 –

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: 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



The Compass Bar – Warm welcomes, a cosy

environment and excellent service makes

Compass the well established bar and restaurant

it is. Serving great food, all locally sourced and

fresh, daily – changing menus. All day breakfast

menu on Saturday & Sunday. Wide selection of

eers, real ales and quality wines available. Food

served 10am-10pm daily. 44 Queen Charlotte

Street Edinburgh, EH6 7EX – 0131 554 1979.

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 –

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


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 –

Nobles – With this café bar and venue, the

Phoenix has risen from the flames. Since

reopening over a year ago this classic Victoriana

bar has very quickly established a top reputation

as a classy watering hole, fine eatery and live

music hub and continues to charm critics and

customers alike. Nobles has a warm, inviting and

contemporary feel whist maintaining it's

traditional, bold wood and stain glass heritage.

The menu is locally sourced and expertly

prepared to an exceptionally high standard. Music

also plays a large part in the day to day life of

Nobles so expect to see top drawer, original live

music from Tuesday through to Sunday following

food service. Real ales, a fantastic wine list, high

speed wi-fi, fresh Fairtrade TM coffee plus various

organic loose leaf teas complete the experience.

Opening times 12pm-1am Monday to Friday &

11am-1am Saturday & Sunday. Children & Dry well

behaved dogs are welcome.

44a Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6RS

– 0131 629 7215 –

The Old Chain Pier – Under the new

management of Billy and Peter Ross, this

Newhaven bar has a glass frontage with views

over the firth of forth which allow one of the

finest panoramic views in Edinburgh. The water

almost laps your toes. Real ales, bottled beers,

wines and whiskies. Fresh, homemade pub food

made on the premises daily. Child and dog

friendly, beer garden. 32 Trinity Crescent,

Edinburgh, EH5 3ED – 0131 552 4960




The Parlour – Offers a warm and welcoming

atmosphere, with comfy sofas for people to

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

fine coffee, loose leaf Suki teas and freshly

squeezed juices. We offer great evenings of

entertainment. Every Mon Andy Lang, Fri Night

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

Friendly – 142 Duke Street – 0131 555 3848

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

23-24 Sandport Place, Leith


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

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.

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:

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


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


Bakery Andante – Exceptional Artisan bread,

pastries and cakes made at a slower pace! Breads

include seven types of sourdoughs, speciality

loaves, rye, spelt etc. Also croissants, baguettes,

brownies and much more. All products are made

from scratch (starting from basic ingredients) on

the premises. “Bread, like it should be!”

352 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4QL

– 0131 447 8473 –

Follow on Facebook: ‘Bakery Andante’


Edinburgh Larder – A relaxed bright and

welcoming café with a delicious selection of

local, good quality food using organic/seasonal

ingredients whenever possible. Great coffee from

Artisan Roast, teas from Eteaket, lovely

homebaking inc. superb cakes! Fully licensed with

tasty local craft beer and a range of great value

wines from Alliance Wines. Free WiFi, wheelchair

and child-friendly. Open from 8am-5pm Sun -


Thurs and 8am-9pm Fri - Sat.

15 Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NB – 0131 556 6922

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.

I Heart Café – Licensed café and coffee shop.

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

Leith Walk! Breakfast, all day menu and weekend

brunch. Great coffee & Eteaket teas, pastries,

cakes & sweet treats, sharing platters & deli

nibbles, lovely vino & cool beers. Open 7 days

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

26-27 Haddington Place, EH7 4AF

– 0131 556 1672.

Union of Genius Soup Café – You need

soup. We have soup. Six handmade soups every

day, with fresh-baked artisan bread. Veggie &

vegan options and most soups are gluten-free.

Also, breakfast: soup or porridge with two

toppings. Takeaway is in eco-friendly packaging

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

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

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

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

– 0131 226 4436 –




Craft Pattisserie and


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.


Cranachan & Crowdie – Purveyors of Fine

Scottish Food & Drink is Edinburgh’s newest

delicatessen selling only products produced in

Scotland. All our cheese, smoked fish and venison

are pre-packaged for easy transport home, to

take on a picnic or to ship worldwide.

Complimenting these are chilled foods including

award-winning yoghurt and a superb range of

oatcakes, condiments, tea & coffee, beer and

whisky, jams, biscuits, shortbread, cakes,

chocolate and not forgetting 3 different brands

of tablet. Our freezer contains handmade meals,

ice cream and iced desserts. Open daily 11-6.

263 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ

– 0131 556 7194


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 –

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

Good Food Online


Peelham Farm – Is an organic Sustainable

farm in Berwick-upon-Tweed. They produce Freerange

rare-breed pork, lamb, mutton and

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

smoked ham, charcuterie (prosciutto, salami,

chorizo, cottechino, pancetta), sausages &

burgers. Committed to guaranteeing product

integrity, traceability and taste. Shop at – 018907-81328

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 home-

made 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- LRT buses: 1, 7, 10, 14,

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


Fish ‘n’ Chips Pierinos – Local fish and chip

shop and delivery service. Delicious menu ranging

from fabulous Fish & Chips and succulent

Sausages to perfect Pizza and irresistible Pasta.

Call 0131 477 7727 or order online at

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


Tea Rooms

Tea at 94 – invites you to experience a different

kind of Tea room. Situated near the Meadows, at

94 Buccleuch Street, this modern Tearoom

supplies you with the sustenance you need! From

lovingly home baked treats to a large choice of

house teas and an ever changing selection of

guest teas, not to mention freshly ground coffee,

we’re sure you’ll find something you like. We also

have delicious breakfast and lunch menus, with

everything made on the premises. Open Mon-

Saturday 8.30am to 5.00pm. 94 Buccleuch St.

Wine Bars


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 –

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.

Wine Stores

Henderson Wines – Independent wine

merchant. Wine ranges from £5 a bottle on offer

wines to £100 plus on fine clarets and

champagne. A good range of collectable Malt

Whiskies up to £300 a bottle. 100+ beers

available. Collectable spirits also. Home delivery.

109 Comiston Rd – 0131 447 8580 and new shop

now open at 23 Roseburn Terrace

– 0131 337 4444.

Sideways Wine Store – Californian wine

specialist. Over 150 wines and beers available.

Free delivery in Edinburgh area. Buy direct from

70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh

EH2 3DX – 0131 225 1233






Served all evening Tuesday – Friday 5.30pm – 10pm

Available from Tuesday 8th January – Thursday 28th February

To make a reservation book online at

or call Forth Floor Reservations on 0131 524 8350.

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