June 2012 - Bite Magazine


June 2012 - Bite Magazine


Me I’m


Your Independent, Local Guide to

Eating and Drinking in Edinburgh

Who’s the


This month

Bite shines

the spotlight

on Leith


June 2012

Restaurant & Bar Reviews, Food,

Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Whisky, Listings

VIP tickets to Three Wine Men or

WIN a Meal for Two at The Sheep Heid Inn







TEL 0131 624 8624

FAX 0131 624 8649




The Grill Room, The Club Room,

Conference and Private Dining Facilities,

The Garden Café

Outdoor Dining

– The Garden Café is Open

– From 10 am

– A wonderful selection of Hot and Cold

Food, Coffees, Teas and Drinks are served

in the beautiful surroundings of The

Garden Café which is located at the rear

of the Dome building with access from

Rose Street.

The Grill Room

– Open from 12 noon until Late, every day

– A la Carte Lunch and Dinner Menus.

The Club Room

– Open for Coffees and Food from

10 am until 5 pm

– Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

10 am until Late

– Thursday, Friday and Saturday

(The Club Room is closed on SUNDAYS)

19 Shore Place, Edinburgh EH6 6SW

0131 476 6776 – tapa@tapaedinburgh.co.uk


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for Bite readers

Wednesday to Friday only.

Valid for June, July and August.

Terms and conditions apply.

To benefit from this offer quote BITE and phone

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The Ship, Limekilns


Leila Arfa

Mark Earl

Rachel Edwards

Lea Harris

The Insider

Jemma Porter

Paula Phillips

Stephanie Taylor

Sharon Wilson

James Wrobel


Leila Arifa

Front Cover

Thanks to Martin Wishart

About Bite


his month Leith once again prepares to fly their flag so we at Bite

decided to fly the flag for Edinburgh’s very own ‘Foodie Quarter’. If you

are new to Edinburgh Leith is the home to a plethora of eateries and

bars. Here, Tom Kitchin and Martin Wishart wow with their Michelin starred

creations but sit shoreside along with traditional boozers, chippies, curry

houses, seafood restaurants and cosy cafés. Leith is proud of its history and

this is reflected in the variety of food on offer. There is also the annual Leith

Festival this month so you have plenty of good reasons to visit. Have a great

Foodie month.

♥ from Bite

In this issue

06 Salt ‘n’ Sauce A flavour of what’s

happening this month

09 Review Seafood & Sauvignon at

Harvey Nichols

11 Wine Three Wine Men and June


13 Review Pho Vietnamese House

14 Foodie Leith

17 Michelin Leith

19 Review Malmaison

20 Review The Old Chain Pier

22 Grab A Pizza The Action

23 Review La Garrigue

24 Beer Wet & Mild

25 Review The Parlour

26 The Insider Silent Assassin and I

27 Gourmet Girl Newhaven


28 Off the Trolley Bijou Bites With

Bijou Critics

29 Recipe Baklava from Castle FM’s

Ricky Callan

30 Cocktails Tinctures, Potations &

Pick Me Ups

31 Dish Of The Month Chocolate

Fondant from The Whiski Rooms

32 Edinburgh Diva What’s Hot This


34 Get Juicing With The College Of


35 Healthy Eating with Real Foods

An Aladdin’s Cave For Food


37 Whiskipedia Whyte and Mackay,

Thirteen Years

38 What’s In Season Raspberry


39 Listings

47 Prize Draws


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Salt ‘n’ Sauce

– a flavour of what’s happening this month.

Cranachan and Crowdie has opened on the Royal

Mile. It is an Aladdin's cave for Scottish food and drink

enthusiasts in the heart of Auld Reekie and the owners

are keen to entice locals as well as tourists.

263 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BQ

Le Bistrot at the Institut

Francais d'Ecosse has reopened

at the rear of the

Institute's Randolph Crescent

home (13 Randolph Crescent,).

The adjoining garden and

terrace is an evening sun trap,

perfect for a glass or two of

red. The menu includes fromage

and charcuterie platters, plat du

jour, fish soup, French pastries

and croque-monsieur. Mon-Fri


Readers may remember The

Tapas Tree in Forth Street from

several years ago, Pre-Urban

Angel. Now, the owner, Luis, has

returned and opened The Tapas Tree again on the former

ESI site in Queen Charlotte Street. Bite hopes to see some

‘old faves’ such as aubergine stuffed with lamb and pork

filling, artichoke hearts and chargrilled asparagus with sea

salt and balsamic vinaigrette and chorizo cooked in cider.

The spirit of Madrid!

The owners of Hamam’s have opened a new

restaurant, Pomegranate focusing on middle

eastern streetfood. The menu includes hot and cold

mezze, as well as mouth-watering desserts, a good

no-alcohol drinks list and shisha. There is also BYOB

with no corkage charge. Open now at 1Antigua Street

Edinburgh Larder Bistro opens this month

on the former Howies site at Alva Street. Sister

restaurant to the Edinburgh Larder Café in

Blackfriars Street the new bistro will focus on

local produce with a ‘Scandic twist’.

Sky Bar – Enjoy live music, sip a

cocktail and enjoy panoramic views of

the city skyline and castle when this

monthly bar opens its doors on Thursday

7th June at 6pm. Call 0131 221 5555.


Mitchell Blend is a coffee

created, blended and batch roasted

by hand in Scotland. Choose from

250gm bags of dark, original or

mellow. Available at farmer’s

Markets, (initially Stockbridge),

select food shops, deli’s, café’s,

restaurants and



Jamie Oliver’s Italian opens in July

at the former Supper Rooms at the

Assembly Rooms, George Street. Expect

trademark Italian dishes in an energetic,

bustling atmosphere.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Afternoon Tea at

Malmaison – Indulge in delicious mini

cream scones, slender finger sandwiches

and cheeky cocktail-inspired cupcakes all

presented on a retro vinyl cake stand.

Available 12.30 – 5pm daily. Groups of 6

or more must book in advance. £14.50 or

£19.50 with a glass of Prosecco.

Hemma – Mike and Anna

Christopherson have opened their

fifth Swedish-themed bar in

Edinburgh, Hemma (Swedish for

‘Home’). It is a chilled out

Café/Bar close to Arthur’s Seat

and Holyrood Park. 27 Holyrood

Road – 0131 629 3372

Photo: Simone Hilliard.

Food at

s well as an extensive

A list of wines, with

many sold by the glass,

Le Di-Vin also serves

cheese, charcuterie & fish

platters, grilled snails,

beef sandwich, croque

Monsieur and more.

Monthly wine tastings and

private area also available.

St Ann's Oratory

9 Randolph PLace, Edinburgh.

0131 5381815 • www.ledivin.co.uk

Review: Harvey Nichols Forth Floor

Seafood, sunset and sauvignon


ell, two out of three ain’t

bad. It is always a

pleasure to bask in the

views from the Forth Floor and

although sunshine was a pretty tall

order in early May, at least my friend

and I knew we were guaranteed the

best seafood.

A customised bar proudly displays

sustainably sourced produce on ice and we

ordered ‘the platter’. The hot smoked salmon was

as meaty as steak. It is from an artisan

Smokehouse at Loch Duart ditto the cold smoked

salmon which was thick cut, rich and luscious. As

I delved into seafood heaven my friend was

swooning over the roll mop herring. Her mother

was French, she explained, and when ‘maman’

moved to Fife she missed good pickled herring

and so made her own. My friend declared she

hadn’t tasted anything as good; until now. I

agreed, it was utterly delicious.

The oysters were from Loch Creran and had a

lovely balance of creaminess and minerality. I like

my oysters ‘au natural’ but the cute glass pot of

mignonette (minced shallot and red wine vinegar)

was so good I couldn’t help myself. A poke of

pickled cockles and mussels took us both back to

our childhoods and the seaside again. Very ‘Leigh-

On-Sea’ I thought. There was Marie Rose for the

langoustines and zingy lemon mayo too. Rustic,

home-made brown bread and butter completed

our feast.

We tasted a French Sauvignon and one from

Marlborough. The latter was heady with passion

fruit and peach.

Photo by Simone Hilliard

As a foodie with one eye on her

weight I apply ‘the Prue Leith’

benchmark to pudding and ask

myself “Is it worth the calories?”

A big fat affirmative came the

reply. My friend ordered

rhubarb crumble; lightly

poached fruit (debate if you

like) with a hint of lemon zest

and a sprinkle of crumble. She

said it retained its earthiness and reminded her of

snapping off a stick and dunking it in sugar as a

kid. My chocolate and salted caramel tart was as

pretty as her dish and tasted equally good, dark

chocolate, crispy buttery pastry, cacao nibs, gold

leaf, violets.

The seafood and Sauvignon offer runs throughout

June. Enjoy a Fruit du Mer Platter for two and two

glasses of the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for


The Forth Floor Restaurant and Brasserie has

been awarded the status of Two Star

Sustainability Champion by The Sustainable

Restaurant Association,

Forth Floor Restaurant

– Harvey Nichols

30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

– 0131 524 8350

– forthfloor.reservations@harveynichols.com

– www.harveynichols.com

Opening hours

Lunch: Mon-Fri: 12 noon-3pm; Sat-Sun:

12 noon-3:30pm; Dinner: Tue-Sat: 6pm-10pm


Cheeky Tiki Cocktails o Real Ale

Fresh, Fun Tiki Dishes with a Twist o Live Bands

Pooch Friendly o Children Welcome

Fresh, Ground Coffee o Sit In or Takeaway Menu

Serving up fresh, fun local produce.

Breakie served till 3pm everyday

– Eggs Benny just the way you like it!

Live Friday night gigs.

Cheeky Tiki shows on Saturday nights.

A little piece of paradise in the city.

From cocktails to real ales this little den has

something for everyone.

Open 11am-1am Monday-Friday Sat & Sun open 9am-1am

13-14 Melville Place, Edinburgh EH3 7PR

0131 226 4732

Wine: Three Wine Men

Olly, Oz and Tim are on a mission to show you just how much fun

wine can be...


o you recognise these three wine

personalities? Oz Clarke, most recently

Dspied visiting pubs on the Boat Race

course with Top Gear’s James May; Olly Smith

and Tim Atkin MW from Saturday Kitchen, the

Mail on Sunday and other media titles.

Together they are known as the Three Wine Men

and they are going to be in Edinburgh at The

Signet Library hosting one of their wine tasting

events over the weekend of 23rd & 24th June

an event not be missed!

The Three Wine Men want to get everyone in

the country tasting, experiencing and enjoying

new wines and discovering different foods. Their

events bring together wine and food retailers

and producers to show you just how much fun

your taste buds can have in a day.

It doesn't matter if you're an expert, an

enthusiast or just enjoy the odd glass

– When you arrive, you just grab a glass and get

tasting – it's as simple as that; each visitor gets a

free Riedel glass worth £10 and it's all included in

your ticket price.

Saturday 23rd June 2pm-7pm and

Sunday 24th June 12 noon-5pm.

Tickets are £20 per person

and can be purchased at



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.


Wine: June Tastings

Henrick’s Wine Society

A Taste of Summer Roses – California, Spain,

France & Australia

Where: Henrick’s Bar & Bistro,

3 Barclay Place

When: Monday 4th June

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £15.00

(includes wines and tapas)

How to Book: 0131 229 2442


Oddbins Edinburgh Wine Fair

Try everything from vintage champagne to

local beer, from bargain bottles to high end



Café Camino,

1 Little King Street

(just behind St James Centre)

Friday 8th June




Price: £10.00

How to Book: Pop into your local branch

5 Queensferry Street

176 Bruntsfield Place

94/6 Brunswick Street

Call us on 0131 2267589 or email on


Tube Map Tastings Rediscovery Line

Gourmet Wine Tasting

– Chianti and Barolo and From Conviviuim

Wine Burgundy rub shoulders with New

World Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc and

Spicy Food Tasting

Where: Bon Vivant’s Companion,

55 Thistle Street

When: Thursday 7th June and

Thursday 14th June


Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm

Price: £35 (includes ‘posh nosh’) and

£25.00 for the Spicy Tasting

How to Book: nikki@conviviumwine.com

Rose Murray Brown

Fine German Wine Masterclass

– dry whites, reds and sweet whites from top

German estates AND Rare Varietals

Masterclass – thirteen unusual grapes from

around the world

Where: 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh.

When: Tuesday 19th June


Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm

Price: £35.00 (includes cheese)

How to Book: 01334 870731/07984 893138/




Rose Murray Brown

Fifty Great Portuguese Wines

– with Master of Wine, Julia Harding

Where: The Penthouse at The Point

Hotel, 38 Bread Street

When: Wednesday 20th June

Time: 7pm-9pm

Price: £10.00

How to Book: 020 8401 5501

Review: Pho Vietnamese House

Edinburgh and Saigon


“Definitely the nicest

incarnation yet”, says my

friend, as she joins me in this

wee restaurant; only five

tables plus a window seat.

The owner has enhanced the

tiny space by adorning bright,

clean walls with original

ethnic art depicting colourful

Vietnamese scenes many of

which are painted by the

hostess/owner, Jodie Nguyen’s mother. It’s a

family affair.

We are here for lunch and it seems almost

irrelevant to mention prices (£5.90 for lunch)

when they are so competitive. I order tea and

am brought lotus flower which is pale yellow,

delicate and fragrant with a slight vanilla

edge; lovely. For main course I choose Bo

Kho, the traditional Vietnamese beef stew

which is slow cooked and the meat so tender

it falls apart easily with chopsticks. Star anise

and fish sauce add fragrant top notes and

depth of flavour to the stock respectively;

warm, spicy and satisfying.

My friend has Bun Chai Gio, a soup and spring

roll combo. Pork is blanketed in spring rolls

that are neither crisp nor soggy; just the right

chewy texture. The pork itself has deep,

succulent flavour. Glass noodles and a garnish

of sesame, ground peanuts and mint are

simple but effective in creating a vibrant dish

of texture and colour.

Chillies add heat.

For dessert we order

coconut ice cream which is

presented in cute baby

coconut shells brimming

with creamy delight.

Toasted and grated fruit are

incorporated into the cream

which is served with a pretty

sprig of mint and on plates

as azure as the South China Sea. Vietnamese

coffee completes a lovely lunch. It is thick,

sweet, syrupy and strong. Condensed milk

sits in the bottom of the cups, individual

filters squat on top.

Pho Vietnamese House is named after the

national dish Pho (pronounced ‘Fuh’) which is

a noodle soup. The business card has a

second branch in Saigon. You can’t get much

more authentic. (S. Wilson)

Pho Vietnamese House-

– 3 Grove Street, Edinburgh EH3 8AF

– 0131 228 3383

– www.vietnamesescotland.com

Opening hours

Tues-Fri Lunch 12 noon-2pm;

Dinner 5pm-10pm

Mon & Sat 5pm-10pm

Sun closed


Foodie Leith

Oysters at The Ship On Th Shore


eith is proud of its food. And with

good reason, too. It is home to

Edinburgh’s first – and second,

Michelin stars, but it is much more diverse

than this one accolade. It houses scores of

restaurants, cafés, grocers and delis. And it

boasts a proud culinary heritage to back up

its credentials.

Leithers and food might go together like fish

and chips, but the history of its local cuisine

is a bit more sophisticated. For centuries, it

was a busy port bustling in the trade of food

and drink while nearby Newhaven was

renowned for its fish and iconic fishwives in

their striped skirts.

Main industries included the selling and

importing of wine (particularly claret), sugar,

and flour and remains of these trades can still

be seen around Leith today. And it was here

that the famous Rose’s Lime Juice was born,

created out of a need for ships to carry

stocks of citrus juice to prevent scurvy.


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

surprise that Leith today is a nest of

multiculturalism. A ‘wee donder’ down

Leith Walk shows the range of cultures

and people who have made the old sea

port their home. Start at the City Limits

pub (the official division between

Edinburgh and Leith) and head north.

The Walk is lined with Polish shops,

Chinese grocers, Mexican takeaways,

the Punjabi women’s café, Italian delis,

and more. Virtually any international

craving can be satisfied by a wee

wander around Leith’s shores.

And when it comes to eating out, Leith

doesn’t disappoint. So good is the food

on offer, there’s no need to leave EH6.

The Shore has been the focus of food

for the past decade, and with good

reason. Here you’ll find the Michelinstarred

restaurants Martin Wishart and

The Kitchin, You’ll also find excellent

fish restaurants, boasting fish caught

from Newhaven harbour. Visit the

historic Vintner’s Rooms and eat in the

old auction room, where the wine

imported into the harbour was once


The old industries of wine, flour and

sugar may not be as dominant as they

once were, but Leith’s history in food

isn't obsolete. It is thriving. So head to

the Shore, tuck into some herring and

claret, and enjoy a taste of Leith.

(R. Edwards)

Bite Bucket List

– for the ultimate, can’t miss,

foodie experiences in Leith

• Tasting Menu at Tom Kitchin or

Martin Wisharts (both if your

purse permits)

• Champagne and Seafood at the

Ship on the Shore

• Afternoon Tea at Mimi’s


• A pint of Scottish ale at The

Malt and Hops

• Home-made ice cream and

patisserie at La Cerise

• ‘Pot-tails’ (cocktails in teapots)

at Roseleaf Bar Café

• Sip malt at The Vault of the

Scottish Malt Whisky Society

Newhaven Harbour © Lee Kindness


Making cakes

and ice-cream

in Leith

Specialists in wedding &

celebration cakes

Call 0131 555 6065, email hello@lacerise.biz

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tw laceriseleith

199 Great Junction Street,

Leith Edinburgh EH6 5LQ


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

Ceviche at Martin Wishart

Michelin Leith


eith is the home of the stars with Tom Kitchin and Martin Wishart within a stone’s

throw of each other. If you haven’t been to or are new to the city and planning a

treat, here is what to expect.

Martin Wishart

54 The Shore – 0131 553 3557

I can’t comment better than fellow Bite

contributor, The Insider, a couple of years


Martin Wishart is the daddy of them all; his

eponymous restaurant on The Shore is an

exemplar for all that has followed. Many years

in Leith hasn’t dulled his gastronomic skill or

ambition. Tip: the daily changing lunch menu

is an absolute snip. He has an alchemical

ability to make things taste more of

themselves. Service is more relaxed than

might be imagined in a Michelin-starred place.


Tom Kitchin

78 Commercial Quay – 0131 555 1755

Bite highly recommends the Tasting Menu at

Tom Kitchin’s. Kitchin is passionate about

seasonal cooking and since he arrived in

Leith, he has pushed his ‘from nature to the

plate’ maxim. The ambience, cooking and

service are simply the best. Don’t scrimp if

you go here. Experience the full blown seven

courses with matching wine. It costs £120 and

is superb value for money and an

unforgettable experience.

Try either of these restaurants for lunch. Great value for

money and sometimes easier to secure a table.

Bruce Farm Strawberries at Tom Kitchen by Simone Hilliard



high quality, locally sourced FOOD

WITH A great range OF ALES & BEERS


IN A laidback & friendly ATMOSPHERE.

like us on facebook /thecompassleith

follow us on twitter @thecompassbar

44 QUEEN CHARLOTTE STREET, EH6 7EX | tel: 0131 5541979 | OPEN 7 DAYS, 10am – LATE

Review: Malmaison Mother Mal


ormed in 1994 this

iconic hotel chain is

named after the

château that Josephine

bought for her and Napoleon

outside Paris. ‘Mal’ swept

onto the scene with super

swish design and the

restaurants were very ‘postyuppie’;

perfect places to

kick back after ‘close of play’.

How times have changed.

The Leith brasserie is very unstuffy indeed

and the menu too favours simplicity; a single

sheet denotes a selection of classic,

unpretentious enticing dishes.

The decor is rustic and comfy, dark wood and

wine coloured walls; the shuttered evening

sun completed the rosy picture on the

evening we visited.

I started with fillet of tuna carpaccio, avocado

and pickled cucumber (£7.95) and Mr Bite had

the hot chicken skewers with soy and a chilli

and lime dipping sauce (£7.50). The fish was

sliced razor thin, as delicate as tissue paper.

Luscious folds were seasoned with pips of

wasabi and cool cubes of cucumber. A very

elegant dish presented on a glass plate. Mr

Bite’s chicken skewers had arrived on an

equally attractive wooden board. He enjoyed

them a lot and said they were well matched

by his pint of Bitter and Twisted.

For main course I had half a roast Normandy

chicken with broad beans and morels (£14.95);

these days it’s a joy to taste

real chicken with its stringy

flavoursome texture. This one

has been corn fed and baked

with lots of butter so its flesh

is tinged golden yellow like

when you place a buttercup

under your chin. The meat was

tender and delicious, the skin

soft chewy and caramel sweet;

impossible not to devour it all.

Mr Bite chose entrecote; a fine

cut of meat that was velvety tender and

complemented with an aromatic, silky


For dessert Mr Bite had the Valrhona

chocolate tart, honeycomb and Chantilly

cream and it was crème brûlée for moi (both

£5.95). The chocolate was silky smooth but it

was impossible to break the honeycomb.

When we did succeed it was really good; fizzy

and syrupy sweet. If the honeycomb had been

pre-broken we would have been hard placed

to find any criticism at all with our meal.

Malmaison is far too much of a treat to leave

to the tourists, take a trip to Leith and to the

‘Mother of the Mals’. (S. Wilson)

Mal Brasserie

– 1 Tower Place, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 7DB

– 0131 468 5000

– www.malmaison.com

Opening hours

7 Days all day



Review: Old Chain Pier Haste ye back


ou can’t go wrong with the Old Chain

Pier, neither as an owner nor as a

customer. It perches on the edge of

the Firth of the Forth with stunning views and

is definitely a destination pub. Thank heavens

it hasn’t been made into an upmarket

restaurant. Rather the new management have

concentrated on the essentials; fresh

homemade food, reasonably priced and a

welcoming ambience.

The new owners, Billy and Peter Ross have

applied a bit of interior botox to freshen up

the décor; some quirky feature wallpaper,

nice lights, massive glass windows and piles

of fresh bread to suggest the standard of

food to expect. I visited with a friend

recently and we sat by the window so we

could fully enjoy the last of the evening’s


I ordered smoked salmon mousse served

with pickled cucumber and crusty bread

(£5.95) and my friend, the Sue Ellen of

Edinburgh, chose the prawn cocktail (£5.75).

Three out of the five starters were fish. We

were both impressed by the lightness of the

dishes considering this was pub fayre; the

food is obviously fresh and made on the

premises. My mousse was moreish and

flavoursome, the cucumber good if a ‘tad’

heavy on the vinegar. Sue Ellen commented

that her prawn cocktail was light and fresh

and she was pleased that the prawns were

not ‘fridge-cold’.

For main course I couldn’t resist beer

battered haddock and chips (£8.95) and the

menu states that you will soon be able to

choose your own beer for the batter. I am not

sure what I had but it was very good indeed.

The batter was so crispy you could hear the

crunch and is there anything better than fish

n chips by the sea? Sue Ellen had fish pie

(£8.45) or is it strictly ‘Ocean Pie’, she

observed, as it includes prawns? Again she

commented on the lightness of touch; not

too heavy but choc full of pink salmon and

prawns and she liked the way it had been

layered with cheese between fish and potato


We were quite full but that didn’t stop us

sharing pudding, the homemade dark

Photo by Simone Hilliard

Photo by Simone Hilliard

chocolate cheesecake with a cherry and

orange coulis (£4.75). No complaints here and

amazing value for money. Not too rich and

the coulis was ‘just so’ in the tarty, fruity

department. Nicely judged chef!

The Old Chain Pier is a little gem. The food

has more finesse than you can fairly expect of

‘pub grub’, the views are without comparison,

there is a beer garden, ales on tap and it is

child and dog friendly. I suggest you get along

asap but hurry; it’s going to get busy!

(S. Wilson)

The Old Chain Pier

– 32 Trinity Crescent, Newhaven,

Edinburgh EH5 3ED

– 0131 552 4960

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Grab A Pizza The Action


esidents of Leith insist on

ordering pizza from big

chain restaurants: why!? In

Dalry or Gorgie, where Domino’s

and Pizza Hut are your only

options, this behaviour is (almost)

forgivable. But not in Leith,

Edinburgh’s Little Italy.

Try the following places once and

you’ll never darken the door of

Papa John’s again.

Giulianos on The Shore

1 Commercial Street, Leith,EH6 6JA

– 0131 554 5272

With the Water of Leith flowing by as you

dine al fresco, you’d be forgiven for thinking

you’ve been transported to Venice.

Gourmet dining this is not: but Giuliano’s

pizzas are simple, fresh, and deliciously

moreish. Each slice you raise leaves a long

string of gooey mozzarella trailing behind,

prompting unglamorous eating moves.

The menu easily rivals the pizza chain across

the river. My favourite topping, the Caprino

(goats cheese, pesto and red onion), is

enough to convince the most ardent meat

eater that vegetarian food has merit.

Best for: Al fresco summer lunches

La Favorita

325-331 Leith Walk EH6 8SA – 0131 554 2430

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say this

is the best pizza in Edinburgh, nevermind

Leith. Thin bases cooked to chewy

perfection in the wood fired oven,

gourmet toppings including caviar

and truffle oil: these are pizzas that

deserve to be eaten with a knife

and fork but are happy enough to

be munched in front of Saturday

night television.

With a new branch opening in

Morningside, it’s clear that La

Favorita fever is spreading. La Favorita deliver

to residents of Leith and the city centre, so

no excuses!

Best for: Adding some luxury to your

Saturday night takeaway


277 Leith Walk, EH6 8PD – 0131 554 6539

This unassuming little trattoria is the new boy

in town, and their pizzas rival those of La

Favorita. You could blink and miss this cosy

restaurant, but it would be a real shame if

you did.

The secret to Origano’s success is the

simplicity of the menu and the ingredients.

Only a few pizzas are available, but oh! What


Soft, light, bases topped with the freshest

and best Italian ingredients: mozzarella, cured

meats, grana padano, all at a price that you’d

pay for a sub-par takeaway.

Best for: a hot date on a dreich night

(J. Porter)

Review: Bistro La Garrigue Baby Garrigue


escribed as the ‘baby of the family’,

Bistro La Garrigue is the Leith

outpost of Jean Michel Gauffre’s

award-winning French restaurant La Garrigue

in the old town. Rather fittingly, I’m here to

review with my baby sister who was home for

a long-overdue visit. The restaurant in one of

the old bonds of Commercial Street, in an

area packed with the best of Leith’s dining

and drinking dens. Sitting in the conservatory

on a sunny evening, it wasn’t so hard to

envisage an equivalent supper in the south of


Gallic is indeed the order of the day and we

started with appropriate aperitifs in the form

of a kir royale for me, and a crisp Mont Blanc

wheat beer for little sister Mim. Food was our

next consideration and Mim went for the

adventurous sounding ox tongue salad with

poached rhubarb. A dish which just worked,

the tart fruit provided an interesting contrast

however the meat would have benefited

from further seasoning.

My indecisiveness led me towards the cold

meats and pâté platter (£6.50), a savoury

mélange which included a smoky ham hough

and aubergine terrine, and the smoothest

chicken liver pâté with a hint of garlic. In true

continental style, there was no shortage of

crusty bread to nibble on.

Main course for me was an easy choice, the

confit duck leg (£12.95). The slow cooking of

the rich meat in duck fat rendered it soft and

we were impressed with the ultra crispness of

the skin. ‘Confit’ might as well be French for

‘yummy’. Accompanying salardaise potatoes

sported a crunchy outer which were great

swiped through the ratatouille.

Aware of our proximity to the water, Mim’s

choice of the Provençal bouillabaisse (£14.95)

was appropriately swimming with fish,

mussels and prawns. The seasoning in the rich

broth was spot on, with warming saffron

flavour and more of that lovely garlic! Pestobrushed

toast and a peppery rouille

completed the satisfying line-up.

The dessert menu offered plenty of

temptation, including the retro île flottante

which is a contender for my favourite pud of

all time. A soft poached meringue sits

suspended in sweet vanilla custard; it’s light

but still fulfilled the desired remit of a sugary

finish to an excellent meal. (L.Arfa)

Bistro La Garrigue

– 88 Commercial Street, Edinburgh EH6 6LX

– 0131 553 5933 – www.lagarrigue.co.uk

Opening hours

Tues- Fri: 11am-2.30pm & 5.30pm-9pm

Sat & Sun: 11am-9.30pm



Beer: Wet & Mild Light Munro

ven the tee-total cannot fail to be

aware of the radical changes in the

Edrinking habits of the UK over the last

couple of decades. Wine is stronger,

measures are larger; we drink more at home

and have a bewildering array of drinks to

choose from. The local boozer has lost its

position in the heart of the community and

we are in danger of losing the quick pint at

lunchtime or the social drink forever.

The current fashion for extremely hoppy,

American influenced beers with massive

quantities of both flavour & alcohol, means

that even the most ordinary pub can offer us

a range of challenging, exciting, delicious


But what if we aren’t looking for a challenge

or excitement? Until fairly recently all most

people looked for in a beer was something

reasonably priced and gently inebriating to

share with friends. If it is this kind of session

drinking you require, you could do a lot

worse than order a mild.

A mild (or in Scotland 60 shilling) is a very

lightly hopped beer, with an abv below 4%.

These beers are currently deeply

unfashionable and quite hard to come by. The

newest Scottish example is the Light Munro

brewed by Rob Hill of The Swannay Brewery

in Orkney; the latest addition to a roster of

beers that happens to be both very

traditional and exceptionally good indeed.

The beer pours into the glass a deep umber

reminiscent of cola, with a smallish,

persistent head which laces the glass. The

nose is big and characterful with warm

aromas of roast coffee and hazelnuts. The

palate is medium weight, oily, vinous, tannic

and has a drying finish, not dissimilar to

stewed tea. It is a clean, neckable, thirstquenching

beer with bags of character. The

lack of hops really allowing the bitter

chocolate and quince flavours of the malt to

come to the fore.

Coming in at only 3% abv, this is a beer which

can be enjoyed through a long evening of

drinking or as a quick lunchtime pint. It may

not dazzle you with an explosive array of

textures and flavours, but you will drink it,

enjoy it and probably order another

James Wrobel is the proprietor of

Cornelius Beer and Wine,

18-20 Easter Road, and can be

contacted on 0131 652 2405.

Review: The Parlour Settle in

he Parlour is exactly

the sort of bar that

Tyou could while away

a few hours in: comfy sofas, a

selection of board games, and

a brilliant wine list. Strolling

in, it’s easy to see that this is

no traditional Leith boozer. The pastel

woodwork and nautical theme provide an

aura of quirky cool, added to by the relaxed

atmosphere. Staff engage in banter with

customers: regulars and first timers alike.

The only problem is, you have to find it first.

Tucked away on a side street near Tesco, it’s

the sort of joint that the phrase “hidden gem”

was made for. Once you discover The Parlour

for the first time, you’ll wish you’d ventured

down Duke Street earlier.

The bar has a legion of regulars who pop in

during the day for loose leaf suki teas

(delicious: it’s hard to go back to regular

builder’s brew afterwards), freshly ground

coffee, and home baking. I can imagine myself

spending an afternoon in there with a good

book, watching the world go by: it’s that kind

of place.

At night the bar comes alive. Staff take song

requests, and the loud (but not noisy) music is

eclectic and provides the perfect background

for getting a wee bit merry on a tasty tipple.

The drinks menu is extensive, with real ales,

wines, spirits and cocktails. The

drinks are reasonably priced,

with a bottle of wine coming

in at around £12.

I love bars that have a lot going

on, and there’s never a dull

moment at The Parlour. Acoustic sets on

Monday, pub quiz on Wednesday (£1 entry) and

an open mic night on a Thursday. Saturday

nights are often the domain of live music from

local acts.

Just the sort of friendly bar that this area of

Leith is lacking, The Parlour proudly welcomes

children (until 6pm) and dogs (all day), so it’s a

great place to unwind after an afternoon of

playing and strolling in Leith Links, just across

the road.

But be warned: once you’re settled on one of

The Parlour’s sofas, you may find it difficult to

leave. (J. Porter)

The Parlour

– 142 Duke Street, Edinburgh EH6 8HR

– 0131 555 3848

– info@theparlouredinburgh.com

– www.theparlouredinburgh.com

Opening hours

Mon-Thu: 12.00pm-12.00am

Fri-Sat: 12.00pm-1.00am

Sun: 12:30pm-12:00am


...once you’re settled on one of The Parlour’s sofas, you may find

it difficult to leave


The Insider: The Silent Assassin and I

o Paris, where my better half – The

Silent Assassin – was about to do

Tbattle with 40,000 others in that city's

marathon and I was about to do battle with

the restaurateurs.

I had been looking forward to the trip as it

would be my first experience of the Le

Fooding movement, which I had interpreted

as a poke in the eye for the Michelin and

Gault Millaus guides and their dusty,

outmoded traditions.

I had thought it simply high-end gastropub,

where the young Turks leave the grandes

maisons – originator Yves Camdeborde left

Hotel Crillon – eschewing along the way the

ridiculous fripperies demanded by the guides.

Of course, nothing in Paris is that simple, the

manifesto I read suggested: The goal of Le

Fooding is for chefs to free themselves from

modernity and tradition. Embracing instead

world food, fusion food, street food and,

ahem, bistronomy. It is, apparently, the art of

cooking and eating in certain states of mind,

an appetite for novelty, rejection of

annoyance, desire for sincerity, eating ‘with

the times’. The New Yorker offered: ‘Le

Fooding is to cooking what the Nouvelle

Vague was to French Cinema’.

So definitely not Gallic gastropubry going on

then? Nope. They’ve replaced Michelin’s

ridiculously pompous and apparently arbitrary

star system with one that is, if anything, even

more pompous: trop bon (too good), feeling

They’ve replaced Michelin’s

ridiculously pompous and

apparently arbitrary star

system with one that is, if

anything, even more pompous

(more casual) and voir et se faire voir (see and

be seen). Admittedly they have come up with

better catch-alls to describe the venues than

the ghastly ‘gastropub’. In Paree the words

neo-bistro and aubergiste proliferate.

The first three places on my list had variously,

a private party, nobody at the end of the

phone, or were fully booked (I’d assumed it

was first come first served). So La Gazzetta it

was. Imagine the sense of déjà vu when we

were handed the tasting menu...mercifully,

there were only five courses!

First up, one cold spear of green asparagus

rolled in nut crumbs with the chilly soft yolk of

a boiled egg, then two halves of potato, a tiny

shard of bacon and seaweed (all straight from

the fridge), have you ever eaten chilled

seaweed? On it went, I complained that the

white asparagus in the next dish was actually

green. The waiter considered this, “white

asparagus can be green to,” he philosophised,

before ignoring us for an hour. “I told you we

should eat simply,” said The Silent Assassin. I

thought we were, dear heart, I thought we were.

Gourmet Girl: Newhaven Fishwives


onsidering myself to

be an ‘adopted’

Leither, it’s always a

joy when Bite comes round

our way. In fact Gourmet Girl’s

first ever outing for this very

mag was a meander around

some of Leith’s finest food

shops. This month’s outing

takes us a little further along

the shore, to Newhaven,

which sprung up at the turn

of the 16th Century. King

James IV wanted to build the

ultimate warship, but Leith’s docks weren’t

large enough to support the construction and

so Newhaven (meaning new harbour) and its

deeper water port was established to carry

out the works.

So where, you may ask, is the edible angle?

Well, the founding families came from across

the North Sea, bringing not only their

industry and rope skills but also their nous

for fishing. For local residents, fish and

shellfish were easily attained and more

affordable than meats, and so Newhaven was

quickly established as a significant fishing

village, and the Forth estuary providing such a

bountiful supply as to be known as the oyster

capital of Europe.

The fishwives of Newhaven have their own

history, and were just as significant as the

men who brought in the day’s catch. It was

the women who sold the fish, making daily

the hike up to Edinburgh with

their heavy creel baskets on

their backs. They were known by

their song, as they travelled in

groups up to the town, and for

calling out to announce their

fares such as ‘callar ou’ for the

oysters. The next time you’re up

on the Royal Mile, take a second

to think about the street-traders

and cottage industries of old.

These days, a little slice of

Newhaven’s former ‘fishy’ past

remains. The old Victorian

fishmarket, overlooking the harbour and the

iconic lighthouse is still in use although the

vast building is now sub-divided. Welch

Fishmongers keep that connection to

Newhaven of old, and as many top chefs will

attest, they’re one of the finest piscine

purveyors in the country. So, next time you’re

after some local oysters, or maybe some

mackerel for the long-awaited summer’s

evening BBQ, skip the sad selection at the

supermarket. Head down to Newhaven and

keep a little bit of food heritage alive.

A fantastic resource for Leith history can be

found at www.electricscotland.com/

history/leith/ (L. Arfa)

Welch Fishmongers

– 23 Pier Place, Newhaven, EH6 4LP

Twitter @WelchFishmonger

Leila Arfa writes www.leilappetit.com



Off The Trolley:

Bijou Bites With Bijou Critics

ith an ideal summer location

alongside Leith links, the lovely

Wand aptly named Bijou bistro was

taken over by James Harrison last autumn. I

recently visited with my bite-sized

companions – Leo (4) and Rosa (2) to review

cakes. I had to keep reminding myself of this

as we walked in to amazing lunch smells. And

I’m afraid I can’t help but mention the

savoury options, which looked and smelled

so good. With most available in small (bijou),

medium and large sizes, ranging from

homemade cheeseburgers to Thai marinated

halloumi, they definitely tempted me back

for lunch one day.

But fortunately, the children were more

focussed than I and quickly got down to the

business of the afternoon: cake. As with most

small children, they know what they like, and

Leo wanted chocolate while Rosa wanted ‘a

pink one’. James was very apologetic at the

lack of pink, but both children were soon

appeased with slices of chocolate fudge and

chocolate mint cakes. I stole a bite from each

while distracting them with their apple juice,

and both were fantastic. Gooey icing, light

cake, and a taste of the homemade in the best

sense of the word. Good Mother Me (ignoring

the fact I was feeding them cake instead of

dinner) was pleased with the personal touch: I

was asked what size slice I wanted and it was

cut to order. No massive wedges of cake at

high prices: these were £1.30.

I tucked into (and was required to share) the

mixed berry crumble, and James suggested I

try one of their homemade ice creams to go

with it. Needing little persuasion, I went for

the gingersnap. Both ice cream and crumble

were superb: together, sublime.

We also forced ourselves to sample the

chocolate chip shortbread (gorgeous), the

bramble ice cream (heavenly), and the

flapjack (best I've had, no joke). The children

by now were whizzing around the floor with

James their newly appointed best friend for

life. We headed out to the adjacent Links to

run some sugar off, but not before I promised

I would take them back. Very enthusiastic

praise from the Bite-sized ones, and from me

– can’t wait to go back. (R. Edwards)


– 2 Restalrig Road, Edinburgh EH6 8BN

– 0131 538 0664

– www.bijoubistro.co.uk

Opening hours

– 7 days, 9am-9pm (10am-9pm Sundays).

Desserts priced from 80p - £4.50.

As with most small children, they know what they like, and Leo

wanted chocolate while Rosa wanted ‘a pink one’.

Recipe: Baklava

from Ricky Callan at Castle FM

based in Leith


2 Packs of filo pastry

(12 sheets)

1 lb Unsalted butter

1 1/2 Cups of finely chopped

nuts of your choice. I

normally use pistachios,

walnuts and pecans.

1/8 Cup sugar 1/8 tsp cloves

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp water 1 cup of simple

syrup (see recipe below)

ground pistachio to decorate.

Ingredients and Method for Simple


2 cups sugar 1 cup water 2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp rose water 1 tbsp orange blossom

water. I always add some honey to this too.

And less sugar.

For the syrup.

Place sugar, water and lemon in a pot and let

come to a soft boil, let simmer for 10 minutes

then remove from heat and add rose water

and orange blossom water, let simmer for

another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let

cool completely before adding to the


Method for Baklava

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (180).

2. Mix nuts, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and

sugar in a bowl.

3. Butter each later of the filo pastry and

layer 4 sheets at a time then add nuts and

repeat the layers.

4. Cut the pastry into any shape, most

commonly squares or diamond shape.

Place in oven and cook for 30-45 minutes

or until golden brown.

5. Drizzle while in the pan with the simple

syrup and then let cool completely before

serving. Top each piece with ground



Cocktails: Tinctures, Potations

& Pick Me Ups at Bond No 9

We don’t get down to Leith as

often as we would like to. City

centre attractions and sheer

laziness see to that. However, Bite’s

feature on Leith gave us the

perfect excuse to take a trip down

and try some of our favourite

haunts. We also knew half of Leith

would have decamped to Glasgow

or to bars showing Sky Sports,

something to do with the

improbable occurrence of a Hearts

/ Hibs cup final, an event so rare

only good Steven Segal movies are rarer.

Initially luck was not on our side. Upon arriving

at Roseleaf, definitely one of the friendliest bars

in town, we discovered one wedding and two

hen groups taking advantage of their

wonderfully quirky Mad Hatter's Tea Parties.

Consequently there was very little room,

although there was a preponderance of women

in ridiculous hats. I wasn’t sure whether they

were wearing them for the wedding or for a

dare! We settled for a quick glass of wine and

decided to see if our luck was any better at

Bond No 9.

And it was! What Roseleaf serves up in terms of

fun, friendliness and flirtation, Bond No 9 serves

up in terms of the sheer variety and quality of

its drinks. I could go on at length about the back

bar and its infinite attractions but I'll limit

myself to the cocktails we actually tried.

D started with an At It Like Abbots (£6.50), a tall

refreshing mix of two rums, citrus juices, maple


syrup, coriander and bitters. Her initial

reaction of “Oh that’s a bit sweet”

soon gave way to “Hmmm, should I

have another?” as the acidity and the

citrus flavours from the juice and the

coriander came through after the

immediate sugar hit. I opted for the

forgotten master that is the Lucien

Gaudin (£7.25), a very adult aperitif

made from Plymouth Gin, Campari,

Cointreau and dry vermouth. If you

like a Negroni then try this, a great

combination of juniper, bitterness and

After our meal I finished with a Calvados &

Hobbes (£5.95), a gentle post-prandial drink of

Calvados, lavender syrup, lemon and apple

juices. Not too strong, the apple flavours

worked well with the fragrant lavender. D

pushed the boat out with a luxurious The

General (£8.50), a champagne based cocktail

with Hendricks Gin, St Germain Elderflower

Liqueur all served with a cucumber baton.

Perfect for those long lazy summer days – if

they ever arrive! (M .Earl)

Bond No 9

– 86 Commercial Street, Leith EH6 6LX

– 0131 555 5578

– info@bondno9.co.uk

– www.bondno9.co.uk

Opening hours

– Mon-Sat 12pm-1am; Sun 12pm-12am

Dish of the Month: Chocolate Fondant

from The Whiski Rooms

Ingredients - Serves 1

• 50g Melted Butter & Cocoa (for dusting)

• 200g 70% Cocoa Solids Chocolate

• 200g Cubed Butter

• 200g Sugar (Caster)

• 4 Eggs (Whole)

• 4 Yolks

• 200g Plain Flour


1. Melt 200g butter & the 200g of

chocolate over a Bain Marie

2. Whisk eggs, egg yolks & sugar for 5

mins (or until pale and fluffy)

3. Combine 1. & 2. and ensure they are

well mixed

4. Fold in the flour

5. Using the 50g of butter, butter the

inside of the mould and coat with

cocoa powder; this will allow the

fondant to come out of the mould

when cooked

6. Fill the mould ¾ of the way

7. Cook at 180 degrees for 8 minutes

Serve with vanilla ice cream & redcurrants

and enjoy!



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

– Bar & Bistro 0131 225 7224 – Whisky Shop 0131 225 1532

– info@whiskirooms.co.uk – www.whiskirooms.co.uk

Mon-Sun, 10am-1am; Food served daily until 10.30pm


Edinburgh Diva: What’s Hot This Month

Bite’s very own ‘Diva about town’ gives you her tips

African Dancers at The Leith Festival

Love Leith

Get shore-side for the Leith Festival. You'll

be in good company, last year over 10,000

people attended the festival which includes

over 200 events of all types from history, to

dining and sports to thearts. The Festival

runs for 10 days from 8-17 June, with the

Festival Gala Day taking place on 9 June. Find

out more atwww.leithfestival.com

Gallic Gourmet

Indulge in fantastique French flavours atLa

Garrigue in Leith.Award-winning chef Jean

Michel Gauffre tantalises the tastebuds with

delights that make you go mmmm. And the

prices are incredibly good value, from £8.50

for 2 courses. La Garrigue in Leith is at 88

Commercial Street, Leith.Call 0131 553 5933

to book

Get Berry Passionate

As the weather gets warmer; I’m always

drawn towards the Shore. Venture a few

steps back from the water and you’ll discover

the Roseleaf on Sandport Place. Among its

ornate wallpaper, eclectic furniture and

mismatched crockery, flirt with a fabulously

fruity mocktail (my favourite is berry

passionate), or go all the way with a pot-tail

– that’s a cocktail served in a teapot.

Warning: you may find it difficult to leave!

Roseleaf, 23-24 Sandport Place, Leith.

Make a masterpiece

If you’re looking to unleash your creative side

then look no further than the Leith School of

Art. Evening classes run from Monday-

Thursday with courses to suit all abilities

including Drawing and Painting for Beginners.

Tuesday night is jewellery class with the

option to work in a range of materials. Learn

how to cut, pierce and join metal as well as

how to approach the design process and

develop your ideas. Make personalised gifts

for friends and family for maximum brownie

points! If you are holidaying at home,

consider a break from the norm and indulge

your inner artist on a week-long course.

Leith School of Art is at 25 North Junction St,

Leith. Find out more at


Easy like Sunday Evenings

If your Sunday evenings lack a certain zing,

you’ll love these new Sunday film nights

organised by the Sunday Brunch Club

activities network. The first one is classic film

Sideways with a wine tasting on Sunday 27

May. As Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack

(Thomas Haden Church) explore Napa on a

final-fling, stag road trip, we join them. A

perfect evening in sunny Californian.

Tickets available from


(S. Taylor) – More Edinburgh Diva at




Get Juicing!

ue to the vast

concentration of

Dnutrients, juicing can be

amazing for us and using juicing as

an additional tool in your daily

diet can be better than taking

supplements. Things to remember

are to use organic where possible,

thoroughly wash the fruit and

vegetables beforehand and peel

those that need it. It’s also a good way of

using up vegetable boxes if you get them

delivered from farmers markets direct each

week and run out of cooking ideas.

You’ll need a good juicer either a centrifugal

or masticating type. A centrifugal juicer is

relatively inexpensive and a good starting

point to get into juicing, they work by

separating the pulp from the juice by

centrifugal force. The masticating types work

by mashing the fruit and vegetables and

pushing them through a fine mesh so you get

more juice and as a result, are a more

expensive type of machine.

Here are a couple of my favourite juices

Berry Beet Blast

– rich in potassium, vitamin C and


125g blueberries

125g raspberries

125g strawberries

1 peeled beetroot

Glorious Green Goo

– rich in iron and folic acid, beta carotene

and vitamin C

A handful of watercress

225g spinach

25g parsley

2 carrots

¼ of a cucumber

1 kiwi (providing vitamin C which helps the

body absorb the iron)

1 teaspoon powdered spirulina or Blue green


By Jacquie Lane, Lecturer and Director

of Studies for The College of

Naturopathic Medicine.

If you’d like to find out more about

training in Edinburgh for a new career

as a Nutritional Therapist, come along

to CNM Edinburgh’s next free-to-attend

Open Evening – for details check the

website www.naturopathy-uk.com or

call 01342 410 505.

Healthy Living With Real Foods:

An Aladdin’s Cave For Food



enny has been a customer at Real Foods

since she was 10 years old and went with

her mother. Today she is the Product

Customer Service Manager for Real Foods

and is also the culinary creative behind the

new ‘Real Taste’ range of exciting ready to

eat, fresh and tasty snacks, delicious salads,

generously filled rolls and scrummy desserts.

‘I've always been fascinated by where and

how food is produced and really enjoy

working with the many local producers that

Real Foods buys from. Provenance and a fair

deal are important to us all.

My mum introduced me to Real Foods when

she was a baker and used to come to Real

Foods to buy Organic flour in bulk. As I grew

up I got seriously into cooking and I always

knew that if there was anything I needed for

a recipe Real Foods would have it.

At Real Foods people are always coming in

saying “I’ve been looking for that for years! At

last I've found it!”. (If we don't stock it we'll try

our hardest to get it for you – that's a

genuine promise.)

I put lots of recipes online on the Real Foods

website and loads of them are wheat-free,

gluten-free and dairy-free. You can also read

my own food blog at


Real Foods really is an Aladdin's cave for food


There are over 30 products in the Real Taste

range, many of which are raw, vegan or

special diet and all of which are freshly

prepared and available from both of our

stores daily.

Real Food Shops

– 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU

– 0131 557 1911 and

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– 0131 228 1201

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June 2012

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Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Whisky, Listings




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Whiskipedia: Whyte and Mackay,

Blended Scotch Whisky, 13 years, (70cl, 40%)


hyte and Mackay was founded on the

docks of Glasgow in 1844 by James

Whyte and Charles Mackay. They

used a double marriage process in the blending

of their whisky. This unique process guarantees

a smooth, mellow and distinctive dram. A good

present day example is The Thirteen.

Thirteen Years I hear you ask? Well at twelve

years when most producers bottle their aged

blends, Whyte and Mackay’s Master blender

‘The Nose’ Richard Patterson, brings together

the finest malt whiskies such as Fettercairn,

Dalmore and Isle of Jura and then returns them

to sherry casks for another year. At thirteen

years the finest grain whiskies are now added to


It is a fine example of a blended whisky hailing

from Glasgow and for a blended whisky it is

robust and full of character.

Tasting Notes

Colour: Stewed tea.

Nose: Soft and refined. No harsh edges at all.

Sweet, toffee caramel, hint of sherry, vanilla and


On the Palate: Sweet, almond, walnut, zest.

Finish: Vanilla, refined, but disappears quite


Taste with: Ohgoon,goon,goon–trya

whisky afternoon tea.

Available from the Whisky Rooms

Shop at £24.99

WHISKI Rooms & Shop

– 4, 6 and 7 North Bank Street,

Edinburgh EH1 2LP

– Bar & Bistro 0131 225 7224

– Whisky Shop 0131 225 1532

– info@whiskirooms.co.uk



What’s In Season


tried, believe me I tried, to find a foodie

link with Leith’s shady past, but nothing

leapt out shouting and screaming; so

here are my tenuous connections.

Back in 1560, Marie de Guise ruled Scotland

from Leith; she was from Lorraine in Alsace

where the quiche comes from – I like a

good savoury tart! This brings us swiftly on

to Mimi’s Bakehouse, where the Edinburgh

Cake Ladies held a tart event back in March.

I told you it was going to be tenuous. And,

if that’s not enough, Sofi’s Bar holds a

monthly bake club. Well that’s the Leith

stuff out the way, let’s talk cake! I haven’t

done a baking recipe, so with the

abundance of raspberries at this time of

year, here’s my take on the simple but

utterly addictive brownie, easy to adapt for

allergy sufferers. Replace the butter with a

dairy free substitute and the flour with

finely ground nuts, GF flour or even

coconut flour. The latter tastes like a gooey

Bounty but without the bits and not as

sickly! Aficionados of this bake know it has

to have a squidgy middle and this recipe

comes out of the oven with a wobble like a

belly dancers belly – quivering, seductive

and moreish!

Lea writes


and is @BakersBunny on Twitter

Raspberry Brownies

9oz dark chocolate, chopped

9oz unsalted butter, chopped

4 large eggs

5oz sugar (whatever takes your fancy)

2 ½ oz plain flour

8oz raspberries.


• Oven: 180C/160C fan/Gas 4

• Line a 9-inch square tin with baking


• Put chocolate and butter into a bowl, pop

over a pan of simmering water, don’t let

the bottom of the bowl touch the water.

Stir occasionally until it’s glossy. Cool


• Beat the eggs and sugar until thick creamy;

the beaters should leave a trail when

lifted. With the mixer set to hyper-drive,

gently pour in chocolate goo.

• When combined, sift the flour over the

mix, gently folding in, making sure no flour

is left at the bottom of the bowl. Fold in

the rasps.

• Tip into the tin and throw in the oven on

the middle shelf. Bake for 25 mins; check

to see if it the brownie has set, but should

wobble slightly.

What else is in my basket?

Broad and French beans, peas, mackerel, crab, lamb, strawberries,

cherries, tayberries.


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 – www.igniterestaurant.com

Lancers Brasserie – A sumptuous dining

experience in Stockbridge offering awardwinning

Indian cuisine. Three dining rooms,

Lancers Mess, The Regiment Club & The

Officers Club, can cater for every desired

dining experience from an intimate dinner for

two, through to private dining and up to large

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

carte menu (£18.95) and the vegetarian and

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

respectively. Open for lunch and dinner.

5 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

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


Bistros and Brasseries

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, Private Dining available. Recently under

new management and fresh after a makeover.

BYOB. Free wifi. 2 Restalrig Road Edinburgh,

EH6 8BN – 0131 538 0664.


Bisque – Casual gourmet dining using locally

sourced food, served in a relaxed and


contemporary setting. The bright, airy

brasserie and sunny garden terrace are perfect

for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, not to

mention a glass of wine from the well thought

out list. Open all day, every day.

69 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HH

Reservations: 0131 622 8163

Online reservations:




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


Elbow – Eat ... the freshest produce from

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

everything in-between. Enjoy ... the little

things that count. Open for breakfast at 11am.

Live music is now every Friday. Pub Quiz every

Tuesday. Open mic every Sunday. Upstairs

space available for free hire.

133-135 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh –

0131 556 5662 – www.elbowedinburgh.co.uk


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 foodis 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.


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. Now

also at Leith. Open 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner.

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


Britannia Spice – This award-winning gem

of the Edinburgh dining scene is often referred

to as the best Indian restaurant in the Capital.

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

years running! The menu is vast – Indian,

Bangladeshi, Nepali, Thai dishes are served and

the prices are reasonable. Conveniently

located in Leith near the Royal Yacht Britannia,

Ocean Terminal shopping centre and the

Scottish Executive, Britannia Spice is served by

frequent buses from the City centre. Open

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

Sun 5pm-11.45pm

150 Commercial Street, Ocean Drive, Leith,

EH6 6LB – 0131 555 2255

– www.britanniaspice.co.uk


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


281 Leith Walk – 0131 555 6619

– www.loscardos.co.uk


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 www.harveynichols.com

– 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 – www.aroomin.co.uk

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




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, Iggs now

specialises in seafood. Lunch 2 courses £12.50,

pre-theatre available and dinner à la carte.

Barioja is a multiple award-winning restaurant

serving paella and tapas. Great for parties. All

overseen by the ever charismatic Iggy.

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

0131 557 3622 (bar).

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




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

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

Boda Bar – A bohemian, cheeky, wee boozer

with a subtle Swedish twist. It is a cosy bar with

a strike of craziness. If you are unlucky you can

get to hear Abba more than once per night. But

since we love Spotify – you can always ask if

you have any special requests. Since the owners

love their wine, they have decided to have nice

wines at a good price so – try out the wine list.

You can also try Idun's a new Elderflower Cider

or maybe an OP Andersson Aquavit (only you

have to sing before you drink it). Or what about

our Craft Guerilla nights – every last

Wednesday of the month. Check web for full

event details. Open Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat

noon-1am, Sun 1pm-midnight. 229 Leith Walk –

0131 553 5900

– www.bodabar.com Free Wifi.

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 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 beers, real ales and quality

wines available. Food served 10am-10pm daily.

44 Queen Charlotte Street Edinburgh, EH6

7EX – 0131 554 1979.


Joseph Pearce – A large airy bar at the top

of Leith Walk. You can eat from 11am-9pm daily.

The menu changes seasonally, but always

include meatballs! Daytime we are more like a

cafe with a popular kidscorner for all ‘latte

mothers’. Free WiFi. Night-time busy bar with a

relaxed, cool, friendly crowd. Check out web

for all our crazy events www.bodabar.com

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

23 Elm Row – 0131 556 4140.

The Guildford Arms – Elegant ‘Gallery

Restaurant’ serving quality Scottish food

overlooks one of Edinburgh’s finest Victorian

Bars. Popular with Real Ale enthusiasts. Situated

at the East End of Princes St opposite the

Balmoral Hotel. 1 West Register St, EH2 2AA –

0131 556 4312 – www.guildfordarms.com

Nobles – With this cafe bar and venue, the

Phoenix has risen from the flames. Since

reopening over a year ago this classic Victoriana

bar has very quickly established a top

reputation as a classy watering hole, fine eatery

and live music hub and continues to charm

critics and customers alike. Nobles has a warm,

inviting and contemporary feel whist

maintaining it's traditional, bold wood and stain

glass heritage. The menu is locally sourced and

expertly prepared to an exceptionally high

standard. Music also plays a large part in the

day to day life of Nobles so expect to see top

drawer, original live music from Tuesday

through to Sunday following food service. Real

ales, a fantastic wine list, high speed wi-fi, fresh

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 – www.noblesbarleith.co.uk

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, Thurs June 7th – Open

singer/songwriter mic with Moira McKay, Sat

9th – Detox 5 and friends (part of Leith Festival,

starts at 3pm), Sat 16th – Z/28's, Fri 22nd –

Dynamite Pussy Club/The Blunders/Bucky

Rage, Sat 23rd – The Brutes. Child and Dog

Friendly – 142 Duke Street – 0131 555 3848


Roseleaf Bar Café – A cosy wee bar cafe in

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

homemade ginger beer, cracking coffee, loose

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

served up in Grannies finest bone china.

Wholesome brunchies, lunchies, din-dins &

munchies served from 10 till 10 everyday with

daily changing specials including Sunday roasts

& home baked 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


Sofi’s – is a chic, hip, upbeat and popular little

bar with many events, e.g Champagne Sundays

where champagne is offered at great prices,

film nights every Monday, Knitting on Tuesdays

and lots more. Our lighter snacks are perfect

with one of our many wines and we also have a

great new cocktail menu both virgin and

alcoholic. Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon-1am and

Sun 1pm-midnight.

65 Henderson Street – 0131 555 7019

– www.bodabar.com. Free WiFi.

Starbank – Traditional Ale House with 8 daily

cask ales pouring, great range of homecooked

food served with daily specials to ensure you

never tire of eating at the Starbank. 64

Laverockbank Road, Edinburgh.

The Street – Lively night-time hot spot with

an eclectic back bar, plus light bites served until

midnight Sunday to Thursday and classic pub

grub served until 9pm daily, until midnight on

weekends. Check out ‘orange Wendy’s

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

Open everyday from midday until 1am.

2 Picardy Place, EH1 3JT

– 0131 556 4272 – www.thestreetbar.co.uk

Victoria – If Scandinavian style equals

minimalistic Victoria doesn’t fit. It is colourful,

radiant and full of life. The crowd is a cool,

friendly and open-minded and there are a lots

of events e.g. singles nights, Eurovision party,

Come Dine with Me and what ever else that

pops up in our silly minds. We serve a lot of

different drinks: Beers from 30 different

countries and 12 different gins. Open: Mon-Fri

2pm-1am, Sat noon-1am; Sun 1pm-midnight. Now

also children licensed from opening til 5pm.

265 Leith Walk – 0131 555 1638. Free WiFi

– www.bodabar.com

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’


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 3346 – www.unionofgenius.com


Deli Polonia – Offering the largest range of

Polish produce in Edinburgh. We have a variety

of fresh breads which are a combination of

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

biggest range of fresh Polish Sausages and a

wide range of Polish beers and much much

more... All nationalities very welcome. Opening

hours Mon-Sun 10am-6pm (Café and Deli).

Come in and enjoy a coffee –


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




Fish ‘n’ Chips/Takeaway

Tea Rooms

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 for free delivery.

11 Bernard Street, Leith, EH6 6PW

Good Food Online


Peelham Farm – Is an organic Sustainable

farm in Berwick-upon-Tweed. They produce

Free-range 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

www.peelham.co.uk – 018907-81328

Retro Sweets

Lickety Splits Gallery – Edinburgh’s one

stop shop for retro sweets, birthday parties,

bespoke hampers and personalised gifts for

that special someone. A feel good retrodecorated

sweet shop where sweets are stored

in glass jars and weighed out on a scale.More

than 145 different kinds of sweets including

traditional Scottish, retro American and an

impressive range of Danish salt liqourice. 6

Jeffrey Street, EH1 1DT – 07581342204.

Tea at 94 – is a new Tea Shop at 94 Buccleuch

Street near the Meadows. It is styled as a

traditional tea room with a modern slant. The

breakfast selection includes bacon rolls,

porridge and pancakes; for lunch try the soup,

sandwiches and specials. Loose leaf teas,

freshly ground coffee, homemade cakes, scones

and afternoon tea all look very tempting, with

the lemon drizzle, carrot and gingerbread cakes

being very popular. Open Mon-Friday 8.30am to

5.00pm; Sat 9.30am to 5.00pm; Sun 11.00am to

3.30pm. 94 Buccleuch St.

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


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

– www.Calistoga.co.uk


We are offering two lucky winners a pair of VIP tickets

to the Edinburgh tasting at The Signet Library on 23rd

& 24th June – enjoy a glass of fizz upon arrival, a wine

walk with Oz and entry into a masterclass of your

choice & take home a couple of Riedel glasses.

All you have to do is answer this question correctly –

Oz Clarke appears with whom on the TV show ‘Oz &?

Drink to Britain?’

a) Colin Firth

b) James May

c) The Queen

To be entered email your details to contact@bite-magazine.com

Closing date is Friday June 15th 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

2pm-7pm, or Sunday 12noon-5pm.



The Sheep Heid Inn is a beautifully restored pub &

restaurant. Dating back to 1360, Edinburgh's oldest

surviving watering hole exudes charm and character

from every nook and cranny. This month they have

teamed up with Bite to offer a lucky reader and their

‘plus one’ a fabulous night out. To be in with a

chance of winning email your details to


Closing date is Friday June 22nd

The Sheep Heid Inn, 43-45 The Causeway,

Duddingston, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH15 3QA -

0131 661 7974.

Food served every day until 10pm and 9.30pm on

Sundays. www.thesheepheidedinburgh.co.uk

Please note: your details may be passed on or used for further promotions.

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