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This Christmas, give them beer!
We have Edinburgh's best selection of bottled beer, lager and cider.
(we also stock some rather nice wine)
18-20 Easter Road – (0131) 6522405 – www.corneliusbeers.com
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Try the taste of Madrid in Edinburgh
We aim to bring the authentic social eating culture of Spain to Leith, with great food,
great drinks and a relaxed atmosphere. You bring the company!
Open for brunch, lunch, dinner and coffee all day everyday.
297 Leith Walk, EH6 8SA Edinburgh, Phone 0131 554 0955
Follow us – www.serranomanchego.co.uk Facebook/serranomanchego Twitter @serranomancheg
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Lunch – 2 Courses £12.50, 3 Courses £16.00, Course & Coffee £9.50
Dinner / A la Carte – 2 Courses £21.00, 3 Courses £26.00
Also Menu Degustation • Awarded One Rosette
Book for Christmas at Leith’s only French Restaurant
Recently listed in the 2015 Michelin Guide
Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 22:00.
Closed on Monday
88 Commercial St, Leith, EH6 6LX 0131 344 4295
17 Frederick St, New Town Edinburgh EH2 2EY • 0131 226 6055
2 COURSES • 1 BOTTLE OF WINE • 2 PEOPLE
£15 PER PERSON
MON - THU / SUN 12PM - 9PM
FRI & SAT 12PM - 10PM
7 DAYS A WEEK
12PM - 1AM
email@example.com • www.amicusapple.com
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Cooked up by
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In this issue
06 An Ethical Xmas Foodie Shopping Guide
10 Ethical Eating That’s a Wrap
11 Review One Square
13 Review 21212
15 Review C Shack
14 Wine of the Month Sherry
17 Wine Sparkling Wine
18 Dish of the Month Stuffed Cabbage à la Provençale
19 Insider The Core of the Big Apple
20 Languedoc Notebook Joyeux Noël
21 Beer Gold, Frankincense & Beer
22 Cocktails Tequila
23 Cocktails Paradise Palms
24 Off The Trolley Christmas Blind Tasting
24 Bite’s 2014 Food Quiz of the Year
27 Healthy Eating With CNM
28 What’s in Season Spice up Your Life
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An Ethical Xmas
Foodie Shopping Guide
very Xmas we try to have an ethical slant in Bite. In
our own bite-sized way we try to get you to think
a little about the festivities we all enjoy. It’s a time
of rampant consumerism for some and loneliness and
hunger for many others. Not to mention the impact on our
Our message to you this Xmas is simple. Have a loverly
festive break, thanks for reading Bite this year, enjoy your
local food and drink and do it with an awareness of our
planet and for our fellow human beings. Merry Xmas and
Love from Bite x
Send your Christmas cards by e-mail or buy cards made from recycled paper, give a donation
to charity instead, find inventive ways to wrap presents, support your local charity shops, give a
restaurant gift voucher, and treat your family and friends to a night out, give gifts of organic and
/or locally produced food and drink, give to your local food bank, give your family and friends
home-made jam, chutneys, cakes or truffles as presents, serve organic and /or locally produced
food and drink or at your Christmas parties, avoid using disposable cups, plates and cutlery and
avoid products with an unnecessary amount of packaging. Just a few ideas, we are sure you have
more of your own.
Here are some Gift and Shopping Ideas
Elaine Mason from Edinburgh’s
first Soup Café, Union of
Genius, suggests giving socks and
underwear to homeless people via
an appropriate organisation like the
Bethany Care Trust for example.
Apparently these are items that
often get forgotten about.
have a lovely range
of local oils that
come in beautiful
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Affogato Gelato e Caffè have lovely bottles of Valhrona
hot chocolate for £10. They are presented in litre glass bottles
which can be re-used. They can also make artisan gelato to
order and blast freeze it so you can get it home without
melting! Bespoke flavours include seasonal mince pie. Gift
vouchers too. 36 Queensferry Street.
Buy a tour of the
Distillery for the
gin lover in your life
or a bottle of the new
Edinburgh Xmas Gin
inspired by the taste of
Christmas. The limited
edition gin is infused
with the traditional
festive spices of
and nutmeg – www.
Neil Forbes of Café St Honore makes Christmas Puds
each year which are full of brandy soaked raisins and organic
ingredients. They come in a ceramic bowl which can be re-used
and feed 4-6. Call 0131 226 2211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Panettone always makes a nice foodie gift.
Try those from Bacco Wines, The Manna House
(pictured), Lidl, Lakeland or Valvona & Crolla.
We also love the puddings from the Manna House Bakery in Easter
Road. 22-24 Easter Road – 0131 652 2349
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Mara Seaweed offers a range of
distinctive products and among the
Christmas offerings is: A Shaker Tin Gift
Set which includes three recipe cards and
a suggestion leaflet, detailing ten ways to
cook with Mara Seaweed.
Get a bespoke hamper from Cranachan
and Crowdie on the Royal Mile and
you can choose contents like cheese, gin
and chocolate that will all be produced in
Scotland. They stock many gift items from
the small, like tea and spurtles, to the larger
such as whisky tasting glass sets.
– 263 Canongate.
Thinking Chocolate is a cute little
box of a shop at 19 London Rd. Handmade
Chocolates & Confections, Celebration
Cakes & Desserts, Private & Group Classes,
Childrens Workshops, Tasting Events. Buy
real chocolate and buy local!
Dunkeld Smoked Salmon
comes higly recommended from
the likes of Olive Magazine, Paul
Hollywood and The Telegraph.
They produce the finest smoked
salmon from a small artisan
divine shortbread from
the best ingredients and
pinnies for children.
– 26 St Mary’s Street.
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Why not give someone a beautiful cookery book?
Bite is currently enjoying The Ninth Wave
by Carla Lamont who owns the restaurant of
the same name on the Isle of Mull. The book is
a celebration of the beauty and bounty of the
Hebridean island. www.ninthwaverestaurant.co.uk
One Square offers a wide range of gift experiences
– with a twist. Popular choices include their
informative gin tastings (from £19 per person for three
gins) and afternoon tea experiences (from £46 for
two). For a truly unique gift idea with a difference,
Dining at the Pass is the ultimate gift for all foodies
out there (from £120 for a five-course menu for two;
drinks packages are also on offer).
For more information call One Square on
0131 221 6422 or check out
Eat walk Edinburgh gift
vouchers available for the
foodie in your life. Can be used
against their Edinburgh or St
Andrews tours. The tours take
in up to six different locations
tasting food and drink and as
you walk between venues your
guide will talk about the local
Buy someone a painting and support a
local artist. December 1st sees
the launch of Art @ The Old
Chain Pier which will happen on
a regular basis and to kick things
off Edinburgh based artists, Vicki
Dreyer and Una Monteith will be
showing their work
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Ethical Eating: That’s a Wrap!
Ethical alternatives to wrapping paper
he tradition of
wrapping gifts is
Tcenturies old. But
when it first started, in China
around 100BC, paper had
only just been invented
and was made of reusable
reeds, straw or hemp. These
days it’s a different story
– especially at Christmas.
Millions of trees are pulped into paper,
bleached with chlorine and painted with
synthetic inks. The paper is then often coated
in tiny bits of metal, so that charming cartoon
polar bears may sparkle with festive delight.
All for a single use product.
The Christmas period generates millions of
tonnes of waste, 80% of which comes from
packaging. Ouch. What can we do to uphold
beloved traditions in a less destructive
Firstly, reject the polar bear. Not all that
glitters is gold. Better still, reject any white or
shiny paper and opt for plain brown, which
will have been subjected to less processing.
You can always decorate it yourself. And
when you wrap, go for string, or as little tape
as possible. That way gift receivers can be
encouraged to unwrap with due diligence and
use the paper again.
Some retailers, such as Paperchase, now stock
wrapping paper made from recycled materials
Images © Raymond Davies
and printed with vegetable
inks. But remember, this is
only half the battle. The
act of recycling the paper
requires resources too.
Try upcycling rather than
recycling: repurpose old
magazines, newspapers, cards,
maps and sheet music into
wrapping paper. Don’t feel that this is copping
out – you can impress family and friends with
a meaningful choice of article or picture to
adorn their gift. Recipes for grandma’s cookery
book; the Guardian for your right-wing uncle
(with a sense of humour); 1980s Berlin maps for
your history student sister, etc etc.
An obvious outright alternative is cloth. The
Japanese have a material called furoshiki,
which is traditionally used in place of a
bag as well as for protecting gifts. Today
British companies such as WragWrap.
com offer a similar solution, with a very
appealing selection of sustainably made
wrapping cloths. Buttons, internal cords and a
stretchable fabric make for easy sealing across
a variety of gift shapes. Designed for re-use,
the cloth is part of the gift and can be used by
the recipient or returned to the giver.
Lastly, why not leave presents which already
come in attractive packages – such as
jewellery – unwrapped? After all, it’s what’s
inside that counts. (A. Brewer)
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Review: One Square Sole-food with Craig Hart
raig Hart took the helm as Executive
Chef for One Square early this year.
Arriving from Gleneagles he swiftly
put his own stamp on a revamped menu at
this statement restaurant.
When I sat down to dinner with my friend
Simone recently we noted that the new
menu comprises classic, seasonal dishes
where provenance is important.
To start I had Dryfeholm pork belly and
black pudding terrine with a micro leaf salad
and cauliflower three ways (£10.50) whilst
Simone chose Shetland mussels with Ayrshire
bacon and roast pumpkins seeds (£7.50). The
seeds were a new one on us but Simone
commented that the crunch complemented
the flavour and texture of the shellfish which
were ‘soft and buttery’. My terrine was a
pretty winter dish and I particularly liked the
dots of piquant pickled cauliflower which
added zing to the chunky meaty terrine.
For main course I ordered a classic fish –
Cornish sole with brown shrimps, parsley
and caper burnt butter (£19.50). The fish was
expertly cooked; slightly crunchy and golden
on top with yielding characteristic bright
white flesh underneath. It was a whopper
too, easily lapping the rim of my dinner plate
and so, for the first time ever, I was defeated
by a fish. I only managed three quarters.
Creamed spinach on the side was excellent
and seasoning throughout our meal was spot
on, it does make all the difference you know.
Simone had chosen baked Atlantic hake in a
mussel and cockle chowder with young corn
and Yukon Gold 1980 potatoes (£18). A well
travelled lady who has eaten in restaurants
worldwide she rated this dish highly. She
commented that the distinct waxy heritage
potatoes complemented the robust fish and
that the dish was very well balanced with no
one ingredient overpowering.
Desserts continued the form. I had warm and
spicy roasted autumnal plums in vanilla soup
with a stunningly flavoured ginger and lychee
sorbet (£6.50). Simone had vanilla parfait with
roasted clementines, basil meringue and a
granola crunch (£7).
We both agreed that the cooking at One Square
demonstrates a thoughtful and knowledgeable
approach to produce. A high level of expertise
is respectfully applied and the result is refined,
classic, modern food. (S. Wilson)
– 1 Festival Square, Edinburgh
– 0131 221 6422
Daily for lunch and dinner.
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C-shack, by Port of Siam, is now open and located at Newhaven Harbour our new seafood restaurant offers
an ever-changing daily menu, presenting contemporary dishes from the finest that the Fish Markets have
to offer. This is supported by our regular menus which have a range of fresh fish and seafood, the best
in burgers, made from 35-day dry-aged, farm-sourced rump steak and a refreshingly different range of
vegetarian dishes. Check our website for more details – www.cshack.co.uk.
We look forward to seeing you at Newhaven soon
3 Pier Pl, Edinburgh, UK EH6 4LP • 0131 467 8628 • email@example.com • www.cshack.co.uk
Opening Hours – Closed Monday • Tues & Wed 6pm-10pm (kitchen closes 9.30pm)
Thurs & Fri 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm, (kitchen closes 9.30pm)
Sat 12pm - 4pm, 6pm - 10pm (kitchen close 9.30pm) • Sun 12.30 pm - 8pm (kitchen close 7.30pm)
Now Open on Saturdays
‘Drink tea, eat cake’ 6 days a week
New opening hours: Monday to Friday 8.00am to
6.00pm. Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm
Specialists in wedding & celebration cakes
Call 0131 555 6065, email firstname.lastname@example.org, web lacerise.biz,
fb lacerise cerise, tw laceriseleith
199 Great Junction Street, Leith Edinburgh EH6 5LQ
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Review: 21212 The wizard in the ‘Kitching’.
t makes you feel eccentric
doesn’t it, says Mr Bite
Iskipping down the street. And
it does. Paul Kitching is like a
Michelin-Starred Willy Wonka
surrounded by his team of
culinary troubadors creating and
assembling, bent over the stove.
What emerges from the open kitchen at 21212
may cause a shift in consciousness!
This restaurant feels both futuristic and
traditional. A Georgian terraced townhouse
with a space age font above the door, a
complete course on course gourmet experience
but with foams, parchments and many a kitchen
If I had any criticism it would be that you may
experience sensory overload. Paul Kitching’s
creations are a gymnasium for your tastebuds.
What am I tasting? Why has he put these two
things on the same plate? How can this work?
The dinner menu consists of 5 courses; starter,
soup, main courses, cheese, and dessert, plus
those little fine-dining extras.
Fresh bread is superb and contains my favourite
caraway seeds. The bouche is amused by a
salad soup; stratas of texture and taste that
evoke the allotment. An exotic mushroom and
truffle bowl; slippery shrooms, flavoursome
‘parchment’, the best mozzarella ball, egg mayo
in a cup. Winter soup is full of fire and spark.
Main courses lean towards the conventional in
as much as they are protein on a dinner plate.
Baked corn-fed French chicken breast for me
which has been slow cooked
in a sous vide to retain flavour
and moisture so that it tastes its
very best. Ditto Mr Bite’s beef in
his ‘Ploughman’s’ which he raves
about. With my chicken, onion
‘popcorn’, anchovy ad radish,
pistachios, wild black rice sauce,
The cheese plate consists of 10 cheeses mostly
French, some Scottish, a basket of biscuits and
breads and a fat slice of sun-dried pear. My
favourite combo is Dunsyre Blue with ginger
snaps whilst the oaty biscuits go very well with
the harder cheeses.
For dessert Mr B has the Edinburgh Mess and
I have LTx21 or glazed lemon curd tart with
a shot of sophisticated saffron pineapple
compote. Beautiful red Goji berries, yellow tart,
Dinner prices are Tuesday – Thursday, 3 courses
from £49, 4 courses from £59, 5 courses £69
whilst on Friday and Saturday you have to take
the latter. Lunch is less. It all falls under the
category of good value because you will be
assured of an utterly unique experience.
It’s the closest thing in Edinburgh to Heston
Blumenthal. (S. Wilson)
– 3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB
– 0131 523 1030/0845 21212
– Tues-Sat 12 noon-1.45 and 7pm-9.30pm
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Photo: Simone Hilliard.
As well as an extensive wine list with
many sold by the glass, we now also
have an Extended Food Menu.
Cheese, charcuterie & fish platters,
gilled snails, beef sandwich, Croque
Monsieur, steamed mussels and
two burger lunches per month.
XMAS MENUS NOW AVAILABLE
Monthly wine tastings and
private area also available.
St Ann’s Oratory
9 Randolph PLace, Edinburgh.
0131 5381815 • www.ledivin.co.uk
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Review: C Shack Keeping it creel
ish and shellfish, 35 day aged burgers
and Belgian biers are the triptych
underpinning the menu at C Shack.
There are wines, puddings and cheese
too, don’t fret, but this tiny Newhaven
restaurant is refreshingly straightforward in
Nets and creels litter the entrance of what
was the Port of Siam Thai restaurant and
fresh Asian flavours still infuse many dishes. I
order crispy prawns, mange-tout and peanut
salad (£8) to start and Mr Bite has yellow
fin tuna tartare and quail’s egg (£8). Both are
excellent. My salad comprises sweet hot spicy
flavour, crunchy nuts, shredded veg. and fat
curly prawns. Mr Bite insists that his tartare is
far better than its meaty namesake.
For mains I have sea bass with broccoli, sweet
basil and chilli (£15) and Mr Bite has Shaw’s 35
day dry-aged rump & marrow burger (£12.50).
It is slightly tepid in temperature and my feet
are held to the fire about mentioning overly
runny brown sauce (done!). However, the
depth of flavour in the burger is immediately
apparent and distinctive and the skinny
fries are appropriately well-seasoned. We
appreciate the quality of the meat here but
feel presentation could be better. My bass
is served on the bone and is delicious. Again
the Thai flavours are spot on. Distracted by a
gargantuan plate fish ‘n’ chips at the next table
we plan our return trip.
For pudding I am tempted by George Mewes
artisan cheese board (£10) but it’s probably a
meal in itself and so I opt for chocolate orange
brownie with peanut butter ice cream and
salted caramel (£6.75). The brownie is pleasingly
gooey and the ice cream is subtle with warm
saltiness coming courtesy of the caramel sauce.
The calories slip down oh so easily in this
perfectly balanced dish but hush (!) we don’t
mention the C word in these reviews.
Chowders, ceviche, good ‘ol fish ‘n’ chips,
lobsters and other assorted ‘shells’, whatever
your fishy desires C Shack is sure to please.
– 3 Pier Pl, Edinburgh EH6 4LP
– 0131 467 8628
Closed Mon; Tues & Wed 6pm-10pm (kitchen
closes 9.30pm); Thurs & Fri 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-
10pm, (kitchen closes 9.30pm); Sat 12pm-4pm,
6pm-10pm (kitchen close 9.30pm);
Sun 12.30pm-8pm (kitchen close 7.30pm
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Wine of the Month: Sherry
y wine of the month
for December is
but not a recommendation of
what to eat with your turkey,
I’ll leave everyone else to do
that (the answer I think, is to
buy something that you know
you like and that you don’t
mind sharing, I like something
classic with a bit of creamy
oak in it). Instead it’s the wine
that will revive you after a
day’s Christmas shopping, get
you through the dark nights,
pep you up after a cold but
dry Sunday stroll and help you
wrap presents whilst watching
schmaltz and not judge you.
As a lifelong member of the
sherry cult, I believe that sherry
is the answer to every question, but I switch
from the pale, refreshing Manzanillas and
Finos of summertime to the altogether
moodier Amontillados, Palo Cortados and
Olorosos for winter. Many find them a
little intimidating, and can’t shake the ‘great
aunt Maude’ image that sherry has. Let’s
get that clear, Great Aunt Maude probably
drank mass-produced cream sherry, which
can be incredibly sweet and sickly, out of
tiny glasses maybe with a walnut whip.
The sherry I’m talking about is something
altogether different; it is dry, layered with
flavours and very versatile. I drink mine out of
wine glasses, just go easy on the
glass size as it’s stronger than
wine, and often serve it with
food. Unlike most wines it has
an uncanny ability of matching
to salt and sweet so it’s an
excellent snack drink (utterly
acceptable during the festive
season) whether that snack is
cheese and biscuits, a sausage
roll or a mince pie.
The great thing about sherry is
it also very reasonably priced
compared to wine and fizz, you
can get really good wines under
£10, as it’s Christmas I’ve pushed
the boat out a bit at £12.99, but
as, in theory, you drink smaller
glasses it’s still a great deal.
Rio Viejo Oloroso
Oloroso is on the darker side
of sherries, however this is a
comparatively light version. It layers
savoury nuttiness with rich dried fruit
flavours of mince pie and leaves you
with a refreshing tang. Don’t be fooled,
although it has a sweet nose it isn’t
really! Drinkmonger £12.99
For more information try The
Pocket Guide to Wine by Nikki
Welch, available in bookstores and
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Wine: Sparkling Wine
Celebrate good times, come on
othing says CELEBRATION
more than a glass of fizz. And
Nwhen I say fizz, I really mean
Champagne, or do I?
True Champagne, from the vineyards
around the towns of Reims and
Epernay whilst undoubtedly
responsible for some of the greatest
wine on earth comes at a cost. So
how do you find the quality and style
worthy of the traditional Champenois
without breaking the bank?
First stop West Sussex and the South
Downs. 10 years ago English sparkling
wine was a well-kept secret, but thanks
to some outstanding results in various
International Competitions, the secret
is out. Wiston Estate NV Brut, comes
from a family owned estate with a rich
farming history and a modern appetite
to make use of the perfect soil and
growing conditions to produce exceptional
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier,
the holy trinity of grapes, lending all the
balance and structure needed for this fine and
refreshing sparkler. Hints of fragrant apple
blossom, supple texture and crisp acidity make
this a benchmark of English sparkling wine.
£28.75 Vino Wines
A quick trip across the Atlantic, and we land
in arguably the best Chardonnay & Pinot Noir
growing region outside of France, Napa Valley
in California. I guess this is what tempted the
Grand Marque Champagne House of
Taittinger, to invest and subsequently
oversee the sparkling wine making in
this relatively small estate. The results
are outstanding. For less than a decent
entry level Champagne, Domaine
Carneros Sparkling Brut 2010 offers a
vintage wine. Juicy apple, lemon zest, a
touch of ripe pear from the Californian
sunshine, all balanced out with creamy
texture, toasted caramel biscuit and a
long sumptuous finish. Supreme!
£19.95 Vino Wines.
Finally, back to where it all began. I
know it’s meant to be Champagne
alternatives on discussion, but this is
truly worth a mention. Guy de Chassey
Grand Cru Brut NV is the best way to
enjoy Champagne without paying a
premium to support the worldwide
marketing budgets of Mo*t. This wine is
made by the De Chassey family who control
every step from harvesting 100% Grand Cru
status vineyards which cover a relatively small
11 hectares, to the perfect Pinot led blend and
then bottling and ageing on site. The results
are plain to see. Zesty Apple and citrus bursts
are softened by hints of berry fruit while
the brioche tones and rich texture persist.
Thanks to John Moffat at Vino Wines.
Note – Vino have up to 25% discount for cases
booked online with free local delivery.
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Dish of the Month:
Stuffed Cabbage à la Provençale
A winter dish to warm the cockles form Bistro Provence
Savoy cabbage, weighing about 900g
200 g lean diced bacon
2 slices stale bread
150g long-grain rice
200g chopped chicken
0.5 tsp of grated nutmeg
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Salt & pepper
600ml chicken stock
45ml tomato purée
• Throw away damaged coarse leaves and
blanch the whole cabbage in boiling water
for 5 minutes.
• Drain & refresh in cold water.
• Open by pressing back leaves one by one.
• Cut out heart and finely chop.
• For the stuffing, sizzle bacon in a small
pan. Add 1 chopped onion and soften.
• Soak bread in milk. Then squeeze until
• In a bowl mix together bacon, onion,
chopped cabbage heart, uncooked rice,
chicken meat, bread, beaten egg, nutmeg
thyme & garlic.
• Season well.
• Put a spoonful in middle of cabbage, then
in each leaf, remaking the original shape.
Tie with kitchen string.
• Put in a deep oven dish a little bigger than
• Cover with stock mixed with tomato
purée; add the chopped carrots, the
second onion sliced & the bouquet garni.
• Cover and leave for 3 hrs in a slow oven,
170 o C, until it slightly brown on top and
has absorbed nearly all the liquid, melding
all its delicious flavours together.
– 88 Commercial Street, Edinburgh EH6 6LX
– 0131 344 4295
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Insider: The Core of the Big Apple
ew York is a law unto itself. Go
into a bar and have a beer and a
Nwine, okay 3 beers and wines, pay
up and leave. Later, checking the bill, you’ll
find you apparently had 2 large Cobb salads
but no alcohol. Alcohol is untaxed, so they
magic your drinks into food conjuring up a
$6 surcharge. Similarly if you have a beer and
meal, then another 6 beers, the food tax will
be recalculated every round even though
you are no longer eating. Tip: check out after
eating and start a new tab.
What about the mysterious $3 tax for The
Jacob Kravitz Center ‘extension’ that pops up
on some bills. Is that kosher? Or, in Pod 39
hotel – if you are lucky enough to extricate
one of the hipster bar staff from their
hilarious (and no doubt deep) conversations
to actually order a drink – this might happen:
“That’ll be 7 dollars,” you hand over a 20
dollar bill and wait for the change. This time
it takes 15 minutes to get their attention, “I’m
waiting for my change.” You get a look of
barely concealed contempt. “I thought it was
a tip.” There is no “sorry”.
All of this rather theatrical finagling is
perhaps understandable, because you see
those buildings tumbling into the sky?
They are there for one express purpose
only, making money. New York was a city
of hucksters from the get go, in 1626 Peter
Minuit bought Manhattan from the Canarsie
Indians for the equivalent in today’s money
of $72 – an investment that has realised an
increase, as of 1992, of 17 billion percent.
The Canarsies were no slouches either,
they came from Brooklyn, so it turns out
Manhattan wasn’t theirs to sell. (For their
part, the Raritan Indians sold Staten Island to
six different buyers, but at least it was theirs
In a mercifully quiet cul de sac off Times
Square a man cuts across us diagonally
from behind and crashes into both of us.
He wheels round, sober suited, fiftyish, and
brandishing his briefcase screams at us,
“Don’t stop in New York!” And, much quieter,
almost to himself, “…don’t ever stop in New
A city then whose sole purpose is movement.
A city on the lam. A city that is barely even
cohesive until night falls. Someone called it ‘a
European city, but of no particular country’.
For all of the above, I adore it.
If you can extricate the hipster bar staff from their
hilarious, no doubt deep, conversation
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Languedoc Notebook: Joyeux Noël
must admit that my memories of
Christmas in Languedoc are getting a bit
I blurred; it may have something to do with
my age; a few images are still in my mind and
most of them food related of course.
Firstly Christmas was holiday time; no school
for weeks, no homework, and with a bit of
luck snow in time for Christmas Day. There
was of course the anticipation of “THE”
Christmas present; my brother and I had one
main present each and some essentials...times
I remember walking home
with a piglet on a lead
I remember a particular Christmas when “Le
Père Noël”, decided that my school results
were not good enough for a present, and I
am told that this was the day when I spent
most of the morning helping my grandmother
in the kitchen while my brothers were busy
with their toys; a blessing in disguise?
The small villages of the Languedoc
organised their Lotto too at Christmas. This
was similar to Bingo except you were more
likely to win some sausages, chestnuts, a
capon, a ham or, if you were really lucky, a
whole pig...live of course. My mum won one
year and I remember walking home with a
piglet on a lead.
The real festivities started on Christmas
Eve, Le réveillon de Noël when close family
and friends got together. I recall that a fair
amount of wine and “gnome” (fire water
to you and me) was drunk. Chestnuts were
roasted before the traditional “pot au feu”,
story telling and cards. Then came Midnight
Mass; cafés were open late and it was “de
rigueur” to have a glass of mulled wine or a
bowl of onion soup.
In my family the opening of the presents
was done first thing in the morning as the
preparations for lunch took priority. It was
always was a big long event, and the food
was always the same; foie gras, crawfish
mayonnaise, roast goose or capon, cheeses,
and vacherin glace; lot of Mousseux (sparkling
wine) was served and my father was always in
charge of the wine...my first taste of Faugères.
Then I joined the catering industry, and
Christmas was never the same again. No
regrets though, as we all know the chefs get
the best cuts! Will you be joining me for
Christmas again this year? I hope so, if not
Have a great Christmas anyway.
runs La Garrigue at
3 Jeffrey Street
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Beer: Gold, Frankincense & Beer
epending who you speak to,
Christmas is an exploitative exercise
Din crass commercialism, the most
wonderful time of the year, or the second
most important festival in the Judeo-Christian
calendar. The vast majority of us however,
come Christmas Day will be indulging in the
biggest family meal of the year.
So how do we lubricate that fatty mass
of protein and cranberry sauce? Tradition
dictates we reach for a decent bottle
of Cotes du Rhone, but is it possible to
make your way through Christmas dinner
substituting the grape for the grain?
When your guests arrive, they are going to be
expecting a glass of cheap prosecco; why not
surprise them with a young, vibrant saison? A
good saison should be yeasty, bubbly, dry and
zesty, making it the perfect palate cleanser.
The Saison d’etre by Alechemy Brewing is a
great, well-priced example. Last year I tried
my parents on the wacky Cool as a Cucumber
by Loch Fyne & Wild Beer Co which worked
Any small gathering will have a dyed in the
wool lager drinker and to keep them happy
you need a half decent pilsner. Schiehallion
by Harviestoun is a great fail safe.
A big, complex, greasy roast dinner needs a
richer beer. A full bodied, malty bitter would
work, ditto a good 80 shilling. I’m currently
drinking way too much of the RAW bitter
by the Moor brewery down in the West
Country. It’s a great, toasted, nutty beer in a
sensible 66cl bottle.
For Christmas pud, you have to pull out the
big, boozy guns and meet its sweet, spicy
indulgence head on, with a mouthful of
Belgian quad or barley wine. I usually fall
back on one of two old favourites; either
Trappistes Rochefort 10 or Gouden Carolus
Cuvee Van der Keizer: Both enormous double
digit Belgians with a sweet, dark, raisin &
Finally, when your guests have buggered
off, the kids have gone to bed and you’re
dozing in front of the telly, it’s time to crack
open that special bottle. You know-that
one you’ve had your eye on for a while, but
couldn’t bring yourself to open. Now is the
time to treat yourself (and I mean yourself-no
sneaky sharing with your other half!).
I’ve got a few barrel-aged stouts lined up, but
really anything goes as long as you remember
Christmas is really all about the joy of getting
pished. (J. Wrobel)
So how do we lubricate that fatty mass of protein and
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Cocktails: Tequila Smooth Sippin’ at The Voodoo Rooms
his gloriously-restored over-thetop
Victorian Gothic city centre
gastrobar is an oasis of quality,
intensely proud of the products gracing its
gantries.Tequila, rum & mescal are house
specialities, making the Voodoo Rooms a bit
like an exotic museum where its several bars
have to be used to display the full range of
nuanced varieties, on which the team are
The appropriately-named Tim Pryde who,
along with Rosie Paterson and the rest of the
team, has been consistently scooping global
mixology awards for the last six years and
regularly running individually-tailored tasting
masterclasses, helped dispel a few myths
While current flavour-of-the-month in rum
is Brugal, we were there for the tequila,
since Hallowe’en in Edinburgh is followed by
Day of the Dead in Mexico and we felt it a
good time to pay our respects to this often
underappreciated and frequently mistreated
nectar. At The Voodoo Rooms individual
serves of tequila come with their own
sangrita ‘hot’ shot on the side. This may seem
like something of a belt & braces approach
in the ‘heart-starter’ department, but staff
are happy to explain why it can enhance
We were told how tequila had gained
a reputation for being a devilish brew
following adulteration with other liquors
and additives a few decades ago after the
national crop of Blue Weber Agave plants (all
good tequila is 100pc made from this) had
been decimated by disease. The resultant
hangovers left something of a ‘fear factor’
mystique. Today, though many producers
are extremely small family farms, whose
investment entails waiting 8 to 10 years
before each plant can be harvested, the
content is regulated so checking the label
can guarantee quality. Just like fine wines
& whiskies, the agave plants are strongly
affected by terroir, microclimate and aging,
resulting in a clear variety of styles from just
one plant variety.
Here also, sensitively-calibrated cocktails
marry different tequilas with complementary
companions such as home-made syrups &
infusions of hibiscus flower, pineapple and
clove. Tequila has found its spiritual home
here and invites detailed discovery.
The Voodoo Rooms
– 19a W Register St, Edinburgh EH2 2AA
– 0131 556 7050
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Cocktails: Paradise Palms A real dive bar!
t’s no fun being off
work and finding you’re
INorman Naemates. And
it really doesn’t help your
mood when iTunes chooses
to belt out Meatloaf’s “All
revved up and no place to
go” from the more than
8000 songs in your library.
Time to leave the flat!
And so it was that I found
myself, alone, in Paradise
Palms on a dreich Wednesday afternoon
with just the bar staff for company. Now I
can appreciate that there are two schools of
thought in relation to drinking cocktails by
yourself in the afternoon; the prevailing one
being what a sad git; the alternative which I
prefer is it’s a great way to get to know a bar
and understand what it’s all about. Plus I did
have to get my review done!
In the best possible way I have to say that the
Palms lives up to its own billing as a dive bar.
It would take a whole article just to describe
the decor, suffice to say the whole chaotic
and dimly lit mess just works. For someone
as disorganised as me it felt like a home away
from home. This whole feeling was enhanced
by the quality music (The Clash, James etc)
coming out of the impressive sound system.
Add to this a drum kit and a pinball machine
and I couldn’t have been happier.
I tried two cocktails on their list (believe me,
I wanted to stay for a few more, but I did tell
D I would make the dinner).
The first was The Hair of
the Dug (£7.00). A mix
of Rum, Talisker, Amaro,
orange bitters and brown
sugar. This was strong, rich
cocktail, with a pleasing
sweetness, a distant
citrus and just an edge of
bitterness. A cocktail I will
be having again.
The second was the California Dreaming
(£6.00). This is another short cocktail, made
with bourbon, Cherry Heering, lemon and
sugar. Similar to the Hair of the Dug, although
not as complex, and for my taste, just a little
too much lemon. It was, nevertheless, a good
drink for a dreich day.
As I left it struck me that Paradise Palms is
the kind of place which exudes a certain
mellowness by day and descends into
wonderful, noisy chaos in the evening.
Whatever your mood I’m sure it can be
accommodated at the Palms. (N. Naemates
aka M. Earl)
– 41 Lothian Street, Edinburgh
– 0131 225 4186
daily, 11am to 1am
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Off the Trolley: Christmas Blind Tasting
This year ….Panettone!
anettone, that fluffy,
domed, sweet Italian
bread, is a Christmas
morning staple. It originated in
Milan, in either the Roman or
Medieval period, possibly the
creation of a baker named Toni
who was either A) in love with
a beautiful girl or B) a kitchen
porter. Whatever the varied
history, though, the basics are the
same: panettone is a fruit-filled,
fragrant, and complicated bread.
And this year, the annual Bite
Christmas taste test selflessly set about to
determine Edinburgh’s best.
Twenty panelists blind-tasted contributions
from Valvona and Crolla, Manna House,
Tesco, Lidl, Lakeland and Bacco Wines. When
the crumbs were cleared and results tallied,
the panettones had divided in two groups. In
the less popular pile were Tesco’s Finest (£10),
Fiasconara (sold by Bacco Wines on Dundas
St, c.£12) and, surprisingly, Manna House (£6).
While Tesco and the Fiasconara both lost
marks for being a bit on the bland side, Manna
House’s position seems to be down to their
version being the most bread-like. However, it
did earn commendation from the panel who
felt that if you were looking for a panettone
to bake with, this was the one to choose - and
still recommended it as the only locally-made
At the other end of the
table, in third place was the
chocolate panettone from
Valvona and Crolla (£17.95).
This was the priciest option
and it split the panel, receiving
six first place but also four last
place rankings from tasters.
While almost all reviewers
agreed it had a lovely taste,
many bemoaned the ‘lack of
traditionality’ and commented
that the chocolate covered
the panettone essence.
Just edging ahead of Valvona and Crolla was
Lakeland’s version (£13.99), praised for its
‘complex taste and good fruit’ and ‘possible
hints of saffron.’ Although it received
only two first place rankings, it performed
consistently among tasters, earning it second
However, the clear winner was Lidl’s La
Favorina (£3.99). Fans praised the moistness,
fluffy consistency and lovely citrus flavour
which one reviewer poetically likened to
marmalade. What makes it even better is
that it is by far the cheapest option: it’s like a
Christmas miracle! But whichever panettone
you choose, enjoy it with something fizzy
on Christmas morning and have a wonderful
holiday. (R. Edwards)
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Bite’s 2014 Food Quiz of the Year
Try your hand at this year’s fiendishly difficult foodie quiz for the ultimate Christmas
dinner boasting rights!
1The 2014 National Fish and Chip Awards
gave second place in the UK (and the highest
Scottish showing) to Frankies Fish and Chips,
located in which northern locality?
A) John o’Groats, B) Orkney, C) Shetland
D) Aberdeen, E) Plockton
2Who were the Bake Off contestants involved
in the infamous Alaska-gate scandal of
Episode 4? And for a bonus point, what was
the flavour of the ice cream that refused to
Still with Bake Off, true or false: the Bake Off
3 finale drew more viewers on BBC1 than this
summer’s World Cup Final?
What do Vivaldi, Mozart, Chopin, and King
4 Edwards all have in common?
Marzipan, a traditional Christmas confection,
contains traces of what toxic chemical found
naturally in almonds?
Match the pasta shape to its literal
1) Casarecce A) sleeves
2) Orecchiette B) angel hair
3) Manicotti C) little ears
4) Capellini d’angelo D) little ribbons
5) Fettuccine E) homemade
The Royal China Club in London this year
7 launched the world’s most expensive pot of
tea, created from the leaves of the Da Honh
Pao which are left to mature for 80 years
before being served. How much does one
A) £16 B) £29 C) £75 D) £180 E) £220
Coca-Cola was invented by a morphine
8 addict looking for a substitute for his opiate
problem. Which of the following did he claim
the drink would also cure?
A) headache, B) impotence, C) indigestion
D) anxiety and depression, E) all of the above
Masterchef the Professionals is well
9 underway, with the always excellent Monica
Galetti running the show. In what island
country was she born?
Fudge is often described as tablet’s
10 poorer cousin, although less experienced
connoisseurs may struggle to differentiate
between the two. Which of the following is
A) tablet tends to have more sugar than fudge
B) fudge tends to have more fat than tablet
C) tablet is grainier than fudge
D) fudge uses dairy products while tablet does
e) tablet is cooked at a higher temperature than
2. Iain and Diana, and the flavour was black sesame seed
4. They all have potatoes named after them
6. 1E, 2C, 3A, 4B, 5D
9. Samoa, although she was brought up in New Zealand
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Essential Fatty Acids
ssential fatty acids, or EFAs, are needed
to support great health but the body
cannot make them itself and therefore
we must include them in our diet, preferably
replacing unhealthy fats such as margarines,
or hydrogenated fats which are often found in
Why you need them
EFAs support adrenal and thyroid activity
which in turn supports a healthy immune
response. As well as supporting the nervous
system they also promote healthy blood,
arteries, and help regulate cholesterol,
therefore benefiting the cardiovascular
system. They also help promote youthful
skin and hair. EFAs are thought to reduce
inflammation and so can support people with
inflammatory conditions such as asthma,
arthritis or eczema.
Try to buy walnuts as fresh as possible as
EFAs are highly perishable. Keep in an airtight
container in the fridge or a cool, dry, dark
place where they can last up to 6 months.
Shells should not be cracked and there should
be no mould. Add walnuts to salads, stuffing
mix, smoothies or use to top your porridge.
They can also be added to cooked lentils with
herbs and olive oil to make a tasty dip.
What do you find them in?
EFAs can be found in seeds such as hemp,
chia, pumpkin and sunflower as well as leafy
vegetables, oily fish like mackerel, and nuts
such as pecans and walnuts. It is best not to
heat the nuts and seeds so as not to damage
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What’s in Season:
Spice up Your Life
hey say never judge a book by its cover, don’t
they? Nevertheless, I’m a sucker for pretty
packaging and quirky labels, yet I’m not easily
fooled (well sometimes my eyes lead me astray). This
year there have been some amazing products that have
dazzled me and my magpie personality. They may have
caught your eye too. This month’s recipe is inspired by
the spices and recipes hidden within a most gorgeous
box; I would be more than happy to have this under the
tree. Scotia Spice is a wee company based just outside
Stirling and is Yasmin’s baby. Her roots are from the
Punjab, which is reflected in her spices, recipes and
cooking techniques. From this one little box (there are
three – chicken, lamb and vegetable), I learned an awful
lot about Yasmin and Punjabi cuisine. The spices are well
chosen, fragrant and will carry you off on an exotic cloud
to nirvana. I am now addicted to pakora and have played
around using different ingredients, from courgettes to
sweet potato and parsnip. Using scallops might not be
conventional but the gram flour (made from chickpeas)
lends itself so well to the sweet shellfish. That nutter
chef, Tony Singh, makes a cracking haggis version.
The leftover scraps from the dreaded bird, I’m sure, will
find itself dipped in this versatile batter and scoffed with
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5oz/ 125g gram flour + extra for
½ tsp baking powder
2tsp garam masala
½tsp ajwan seeds
Chilli powder and salt to taste
Oil for frying
• If the scallops are huge, cut in half
• Dump all the dry ingredients
into a bowl and gradually add
water until you have a batter that
coats the back of the spoon (like
double cream would).
• Stand for 15 mins.
• Heat oil in a pan or wok.
• Test is hot by putting in a little
batter. It should float with a
sizzle (at this point you can check
seasoning and adjust).
• Dust the scallops with flour, dip
in batter, slip into oil and fry for
2-3 mins, turn half way through.
• Drain on kitchen roll and keep
warm while you fry the rest.
Serve with any dip or relish that
takes your fancy.
What else is in my basket?
Winter squash, beetroot, celeriac, dates, figs, cranberries, goose, rabbit,
pheasant, langoustines, razor clams, sprats.
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Bistros and Brasseries
Apiary – New addition to the growing
Newington dining scene, Apiary is the bigger
version of Three Birds already creating a buzz
about town. In an old bank building, the space
is large and airy with seating for up to 60
in intimate booths or bigger groups. Lunch,
dinner, pre-theatre, weekend brunch and
even Tunnocks & coffee are the bill of fare,
served by knowledgeable, smiley staff...open
Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm/5.30pm-10pm, sat+sun 11am-
4pm/5pm-10pm. 33 Newington Road, Edinburgh
EH9 1QR – 0131 668 4999
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 – Fresh. Seasonal.
Scottish. City Centre dining in our elegant,
welcoming brasserie. Open daily for lunch and
dinner. Lunch and early evening menu £9.95 for 2
courses, £12.95 for 3 courses.
– 34 Bread Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AF
– 0131 221 5558
The Edinburgh Larder Bistro – Inspired
by local ingredients, The Edinburgh Larder Bistro
serves the best of Scotland’s landscape on a plate.
Tucked away downstairs on the corner of Alva
and Queensferry Street the Bistro is a hidden
gem with cosy dining rooms that blend beautiful
old and modern décor. Proud to work closely
with suppliers who treat Scotland’s wild, natural
resources with honour they offer a uniquely
Scottish experience that doesn’t stop at the
food. The menu also offers a range of Scottish
gin, malt whiskies, local beers and artisan roasted
coffees. Their bakery launched in December 2013
and is open from 11am-5pm Tue-Sat serving a
beautiful range of cakes and artisan breads. The
bistro is open Tuesday-Saturday (closed Sunday
& Monday) with lunch served between 12pm-2.30
and dinner from 5.30-10pm.
1a Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH
– 0131 225 4599 – www.edinburghlarder.co.uk
The Shore – Next to the famous Fishers
restaurant on The Shore sits this classic bistro
from the same owners with wood panelling, huge
mirrors, open fires and hearty satisfying food.
The food is a creative mix of classic British dishes
with a modern European twist. Set lunch Mon-
Fri, 2 courses £13, 3 courses £16. Bar snack menu
also available all day. Live folk and jazz musicians
entertain customers in the bar on Tuesdays and
Sundays. Open everyday from noon-late. 3 Shore,
Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6QW – 0131 553 5080 –
The Olive Branch – With its large windows
and relaxed atmosphere is the perfect place
to enjoy a relaxing brunch, lunch or dinner in
the company of friends or family, with children
under 14 welcome until 8pm. Using the best local
produce, we aim to provide inventive seasonal
dishes with a Mediterranean feel, as well as
classic comfort food. Open Mon to Fri 11.45 to
10pm, Sat and Sun 10am to 10pm. 91 Broughton
Street, EH1 3RX – 0131 557 8589
Stac Polly Brasserie, Gin & Wine Bar –
Scottish lunch menu with meat, fish, vegetarian
options and sharing platters. Light bites from
mid-afternoon and throughout the evening.
Selection of premium Scottish and London gins
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and beautiful, modern Scottish décor. Open 7
days a week from 12 noon until midnight. Mon-
Sat 12noon-2pm. Brunch 12.30-3pm on Sundays.
29-33 Dublin Street Edinburgh EH3 6NL
– 0131 5562231 – www.stacpolly.com
Three Birds Restaurant – A firm
neighbourhood favourite in Bruntsfield, 3Birds is
a pocket-rocket of a restaurant. Small, cosy and
busy, menus change every 3 months and daily
specials add more choice. Famous for sharing
platters and great wine pricing, a warm welcome
always awaits...open Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm/6-
10pm, sat-sun 12pm-4pm/5pm-10pm.
3-5 Viewforth, Edinburgh EH10 4JD
– 0131 229 3252
Burger Meats Bun – If you want a burger
that’ll blow your box you’re in the right place. At
Burger Meats Bun we are dedicated to producing
the tastiest burgers, using only the best quality
ingredients, served to you with a huge smile (and
on a brioche bun) from our Edinburgh kitchen.
1 Forth Street, EH1 3JX Edinburgh – 0131 556 7023
One Square – A vibrant restaurant and bar,
serving an inventive range of dishes by Executive
Chef, Craig Hart. As well as the extensive à la
carte menu, highlights include views of Edinburgh
Castle, Dining at the Pass in the heart of the
kitchen, and interactive gin tastings in homage to
the fifty plus varieties of premium gin.
1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR
– 0131 221 6422
Purslane – It’s all about the produce at
this bijou restaurant in Edinburgh’s boho
neighbourhood of Stockbridge. Fresh local
seasonal ingredients are the foundation upon
which Chef Paul Gunning creates stunning dishes.
He uses a mix of old and new techniques with a
nod to worldwide influences and the result is top
notch dining but in a casual unbuttoned ambience.
33a St. Stephen Street Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3
5AH – 0131 226 3500 – www.purslanerestaurant.
co.uk – Open for lunch & dinner Tues-Sat 12
noon-2pm and 6.30pm-11.30pm.
Calistoga – Current Holders of ‘Speciality
Restaurant of the Year’ at Scottish Restaurant
Awards. Edinburgh’s original and only Californian
restaurant. Our unique fresh food is prepared
by our great kitchen team who are inspired by
the flavours of California. Wine List of over 100
Californian wines at only £5 above shop prices.
Try us or book one of of unique Wine, Whisky or
Beer Tastings Dinners. Private Dining.
70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX
– 0131 225 1233 – www.calistoga.co.uk
Fish and Seafood
C Shack – Seafood, Burgers and Bières at
Newhaven Harbour. Changing daily menu
presenting contemporary dishes from the finest
that the Fish Markets have to offer. Regular
menus off a range of fresh fish and seafood, the
best in burgers, made from 35-day dry-aged,
farm-sourced rump steak and a refreshingly
different range of vegetarian dishes. Check our
website for more details 3 Pier Pl, Edinburgh, UK
EH6 4LP • 0131 467 8628 • firstname.lastname@example.org •
www.cshack.co.uk • Opening Hours – Closed
Monday • Tues & Wed 6pm-10pm (kitchen
closes 9.30pm) Thurs & Fri 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-
10pm, (kitchen closes 9.30pm) Sat 12pm - 4pm,
6pm - 10pm (kitchen close 9.30pm) • Sun 12.30
pm - 8pm (kitchen close 7.30pm)
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Fishers in the City – A spacious and stylish
space – the epitome of a classic city centre
eatery. Set in a converted warehouse on cobbled
Thistle Street the contemporary surroundings
offer the perfect venue for a casual lunch or
intimate night out. A firm favourite with locals
and visitors for fabulous Scottish seafood. Set
lunch & pre-theatre menu, 2 courses £13, 3 courses
£16, everyday 12 noon-6pm. Open everyday from
12 noon-late. 58 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2
1EN – 0131 225 5109
Fishers in Leith – has been the last word in
Edinburgh’s finest casual dining for 21 years. The
original Fishers is nestled on the historic shore of
Leith. Set in a 17th century watchtower it has two
beautiful dining areas, the round room and bar
and the restaurant as well as outside dining. All
offer great atmosphere and, of course, fabulous
Scottish seafood – Set lunch & pre-theatre menu,
2 courses £13, 3 courses £16. Open everyday from
12 noon-late. 1 Shore, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6QW
– 0131 554 5666
Bistro Provence – Patron Michael Fons and
the team bring the taste of Le Midi to Edinburgh.
Taste typical Provencal dishes and wines in
this friendly relaxed bistro. The menu changes
seasonally and there is a degustation menu every
Saturday night. Open Tues-Sun 12 noon-10pm. 88
Commercial Street, Leith – 0131 344 4295 – www.
La Garrigue – Regional French Cuisine and
Terroir Wines from the Languedoc/Roussillon. A
restaurant where ‘Chef Jean Michel Gauffre brings
warm Languedoc to your plate’ (Peter Irvine,
Scotland The Best). Simple and stylish with the
relaxed ambience of a French bistro and a firm
favourite with locals and tourists alike. Winner
of the Good food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of
the Year 2010. Also Gordon Ramsay’s Best French
Restaurant 2010. Open 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner.
31 Jeffrey Street – 0131 557 3032
La P’tite Folie – Informal, bustling bistro with
mixed clientèle. Favourites include moules frites,
steak frites, beef bourguignon, duck, etc. Extensive
wine list. 2 course lunch £10.50, noon-3pm. Dinner
a la carte 6-11pm. Closed Sundays. Large groups
catered for, set dinner available.
9 Randolph Place – 0131 225 8678
61 Frederick Street – 0131 225 7983
L’Escargot Blanc – first floor West End
restaurant. Sit beside a window and reminisce of
the bohemian Latin Quarter or Marais district of
Paris. Traditional French and classic dishes such as
garlicky Snails, Rabbit in Dijon mustard, Sheltland
lamb Navarin or Cassoulet, Îles Flottantes and
Tarte Tatin. Provenance is paramount here and
expect to find imported goods from well reputed
producers only. Open Mon-Thurs 12 noon-2.30pm
and 5.30pm-10pm. Fri & Sat 12 noon-3pm and
5.30pm-10pm. Closed Sunday. 17 Queensferry St
– 0131 226 1890 to make a reservation
L’Escargot Bleu – “French twist using the best
of Scotland”. The Auld Alliance is alive and well!
Chef Patron Fred Berkmiller seeks out others that
share this passion for excellence. Producers of
Scotland for 1st class quality meat, fresh water
fish, handpicked fruits and vegetables whilst
his partner Betty will proudly serve you Hervé
Mons exclusive selection of French cheese.
Recommended by the Michelin Guide and listed
in the best 5 restaurants by Peter Irvine/Scotland
the Best. Open Mon-Thurs 12 noon-2.30pm and
5.30pm-10pm. Fi & Sat 12 noon-3pm and 5.30pm-
10.30pm. Closed Sunday (open 7 days during
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August). 56 Broughton Street – 0131 557 1600 to
make a reservation – www.lescargotbleu.co.uk
Mia – simple, cosy and welcoming. Serving
delicious food, fine wines and fresh Italian
coffee. 2 course lunch £7.50 with a dessert and
glass of wine £9.50 (Mon-Fri), £8.50 & £10.50 (Sat),
2 course dinner £14.95 & £16.95 (Sat). A La Carte
available daily from 10am-late.
– 96 Dalry Rd, EH11 2AX – 0131 629 1750
Kurdish / Middle Eastern
Hanams –Authentic cuisine in the heart
of Edinburgh and voted one of Britain’s
Top 5 Middle Eastern Restaurants by the
Telegraph. The menu features falafel and baba
ghanoush, charcoal cooked shish kebabs and
mouthwatering exotic ices and desserts. There is
an extensive Dry Bar and shish balcony (blankets
provided!). Open 7 Days. 3 Johnston Terrace, EH1
2PW – 0131 225 1329 – www.hamans.com
Pomegranate – Middle Eastern Street Food
and Shisha Bar. Cold and hot mezes, kebabs, a
wide selection of vegetarian dishes, main courses
and mouthwatering desserts. BYOB with no
corkage charge. Non-alcohol bar available plus
Shisha pipes. 1 Antigua Street, Edinburgh,
EH1 3NH – 0131 556 8337
Laila’s Mediterranean Bistro and
Takeaway – Middle Eastern and Mediterranean
favourites – fresh salads, paninis, wraps, and
mezze style light meals. Breakfast from 8am daily,
specialty coffees and teas and Mediterranean and
Middle Eastern cakes and pastries throughout
the day. Laila’s transforms into a warm and cosy
bistro in the evening with olive tree inspired decor,
hanging lanterns, comfy seating, delicious dinner
menu, BYOB and free corkage. 63 Cockburn Street,
EH1 1BS – 0131 237 2448 – www.lailas-bistro.co.uk
Los Cardos – Fresh Mex Burritos, Quesadillas
and Tacos made-to-order with choice of grilled
marinated chicken, steak, haggis, and slow-cooked
pork. Vegetarian and vegan options also available.
Fresh made guacamole and choice of five salsas
ranging from Mild to Extra-Hot. Delivery to EH3,
EH5, EH6, EH7 and EH8 postcodes. 281 Leith Walk
– 0131 555 6619 – www.loscardos.co.uk
Credo – Relaxed, casual dining at a very
reasonable price. Start with the MAT (mezze,
antipasti, tapas) for sharing, followed by a choice
of main courses and an assiette of desserts or
cheeseboard to follow. £15 for 3 courses/£11.50
for 2! Also informal lunch, brunch at weekends.
Mezzanine area for parties – 46 Queen Charlotte
Street, Leith, EH6 7EX – 0131 629 1411 –
Field – This restaurant as its name suggests
loves ‘field-fresh food’ and is proud to showcase
Scotland’s larder in a menu of tasty, innovative,
seasonal dishes. The wine-list is carefully
chosen and tempting. A cosy, unpretentious,
neighbourhood restaurant in the University /
Old Town area which also happens to be superb
value for money 2 courses, £11.95 and 3 courses,
£14.95 until 18:45pm, à la carte all day. 41 West
Nicolson Street, EH8 9DB – 0131 667 7010
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– www.fieldrestaurant.co.uk – Sittings: Tue-Sun
12 noon-2pm and 5.30pm-9pm.
The Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar &
Brasserie – The best in contemporary eating
and drinking & un-paralleled views from the
Castle to the Firth of Forth. Executive Chef Stuart
Muir uses fresh seasonal Scottish produce to
create food of the finest quality by matching
modern flavours with classical techniques. Fresh,
sustainable seafood available from the Seafood
Bar whilst the Brasserie offers round the clock
eating. Brasserie: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-
5pm; Restaurant: lunch – Mon-Fri 12 noon-3pm,
Sat & Sun 12 noon-3.30pm, dinner, Tues-Sat 6pm-
Book on line at www.harveynichols.com
– 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh,
EH2 2AD – 0131 524 8350
a room in leith and teuchters landing,
a room in the west end and teuchters bar
– Two well-loved Scottish bistros attached to
two well loved bars. The emphasis is on quality,
fresh, locally sourced Scottish food and drink .
Spend the day with us meandering between bar
and restaurant! The west end, 26 William Street,
EH3 7NH – 0131 226 1036. Leith, 1a Dock Place,
EH6 6LU – 0131 554 7427 – www.aroomin.co.uk
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
Turquoise Thistle – Fine dining in a relaxed
atmosphere. A La Carte Menu from 5pm; pretheatre
menu from 5pm-7pm. Bar area serving
signature cocktails and a great selection of
Scottish beer and lager in convivial surroundings.
At Hotel Indigo, 59 York Pl, EH1 3JD
– 0131 556 5577
The Whiski Rooms – Glamorous new sister
venue to the award winning WHISKI on the
Royal Mile. With iconic views over the mound
to Edinburgh, it’s an all day dining bar & bistro/
restaurant serving fresh Scottish food. Stocking
an impressive range of premium spirits, wines
and Scottish beers,ciders and over 300 whiskies.
Beside the bar is a specialist whisky shop where
you can buy the bar’s range and more. Daily
– 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
Tapa – With its white-washed, high vaulted
walls, one adorned with a stunning floor to ceiling
antique bull fighting poster and the others with
vintage Spanish movie posters, a visit to Tapa
is instantly evocative of the Iberian Peninsula.
Working with Artisanal Spanish produce, Head
Chef Paco Martin Romano has not only created
a menu of inventive, distinctive tapas dishes but
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has also given serious consideration to those with
specific dietary requirements – e.g nearly a third
of the menu is dedicated to vegetarians! New: La
Terraza de Tapa, Tapa has just opened and is a
large, al fresco dining space that is a brilliant sun
trap from 2pm- 8pm!
19 Shore Place, Edinburgh EH6 6SW
– 0131 476 6776 – email@example.com
Bars and Bar Food
Amicus Apple – stylish bar in the city centre
with great food and drink selection. The former
includes smaller sharing plates, sandwiches,
burgers, classic pub standards, and more
substantial Scottish meals. Excellent cocktail,
wine, draught beer, cider and outside seating.
– 17 Frederick Street – 0131 226 6055
The Abbotsford – City’s finest ‘island bar’. Est.
1902 specialising in Scottish real ales (6) and malt
whiskies. Food served all day in the bar. Lunch &
dinner in the Restaurant ‘Above’.
3-5 Rose Street, EH2 2PR – 0131 225 5276
Boda Bar – A cosy, friendly bar with a subtle
Swedish twist. Regulars, Leithers, Students and
Tourists mix together are all welcome. When
you book the backroom for more than 15 people
you get a small, free buffet. Here you can try
the lovely Idun’s Elderflower cider, Aquavit and
many odd shots. Every Monday is live music and
on regular basis there are Bar Boot Sales. Check
web page for all events: www.bodabar.com Open
Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon -1am and Sun 1pmmidnight.
229 Leith Walk – 0131 553 5900
The Canons’ Gait – Royal Mile Bar & Bistro
specialising in Ales from Scottish micro breweries.
Reputation for impressive bar food. Live Music.
Cellar Bar free hire. Food served: Mon-Sat noon-
8pm. 232 Canongate, High Street, EH8 8DQ
– 0131 556 4481 – www.canonsgait.com
The Cumberland Bar – Spacious New Town
local, lots of rooms and beer garden. Eight real
ales on tap. Plus good wine list. Food all day.
Sunday Roasts (till 6.00pm).
1 Cumberland Street EH3 6RT – 0131 558 3134
Element – Tucked away amongst the
boutiques of Rose Street, Element has long
established itself as the perfect place to eat &
drink right in the heart of the city. You always
receive a genuinely friendly welcome in the busy
bar and you will find a calm & cosy restaurant
serving a tempting mix of dishes prepared using
the finest Scottish ingredients. There’s a wellchosen
wine list to complement the menu and
the cocktails are a must too! 110-114 Rose St EH2
3JF – 0131 225 3297
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 Scandinaviantinged
menu of gravadlax, pork meatballs with
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oot 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 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am -1am.
23 Elm Row – 0131 556 4140.
The Guildford Arms – Edinburgh’s finest Real
Ale Bar Est. 1898 (10) ale taps mainly Scottish, (13)
keg beers/ciders, good wine and whisky lists.
Food served all day in classic Victorian bar or
boutique ‘Gallery’ restaurant above.
1-5 West Register Street – 0131 556 4312
The Huxley – Your home from home in
Edinburgh’s West End. The Huxley is the perfect
place to relax, refuel, gather with friends and
enjoy our extensive cocktail list. An informal vibe
where the focus is on terrific food – burgers and
dogs, beautifully created cocktails, wide selection
of beers and wines served with exceptional
customer service. The burgers are listed as some
of the best in town whilst the ‘dogs’ include,
‘naked’ and ‘chilli-cheese’ versions which regularly
change and evolve. Small plates and boards of
tempting tapas also feature. Coffee and homebaked
pastries to sit in or to go make this a very
flexible venue. 1 Rutland Street, EH1 2AE
– 0131 229 3402 – www.thehuxley.co.uk
The Lioness of Leith – Bar/brasserie
situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s vibrant and
fashionable Leith area specialising in fine British
and European food and drink. Since opening
in December 2013 The Lioness has rejuvenated
Duke Street to make this end of town a goto area
synonymous with good times. Live DJs, eclectic
and quirky decor, in a relaxed atmosphere,
combined with a fantastic selection of local and
international premium beverages and an exciting
and innovative choice of cocktails, mean there’s a
new destination for Edinburgh’s foodies and style
set alike. The Lioness of Leith is on Facebook and
is at 21-25 Duke Street – 0131 629 0580.
Monboddo – Chic and cosy, day and night. Eat:
Breakfasts, Coffee and Cake and Express Lunches,
to Afternoon Tea, Seafood Platters and bar
classics. Drink: Perfectly created cocktails, bottles
of bubbly, a fine selection of Gin. Enjoy: Castle
views in sophisticated surroundings. Open daily
from 8am-1am (Sundays until 12am).
– 0131 221 5555
Nobles – This classic Victorian bar & restaurant
has an established 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 whilst
maintaining it’s traditional, bold wood and stain
glass heritage. The menu is locally sourced and
expertly prepared to an exceptionally high
standard. A famous weekend brunch, craft beers,
real ales, fantastic wine list, high speed wi-fi, fresh
Fairtrade coffee plus various organic loose leaf
teas complete the experience. Opening times
11am-1am Monday to Friday, 10am-1am Saturday
and Sunday. Children & 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
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The Queens Arms – A hidden jewel, below
the cobbles of Frederick Street and steeped in
Scottish history. This New Town pub provides
a home from home for locals and tourists alike.
With an amazing selection of real ales, Scottish
Whiskies and a twist on some classic cocktails
you’re guaranteed to enjoy this cosy wee pub.
49 Frederick Street, EH2 1EP – 0131 225 1045
Roseleaf Bar Café – A cosy bar café off the
shore in Leith serving fresh juices, real ales, local
bottled beers, cracking coffee, loose leaf teas
& “Pot-Tails!”... cocktails in teapots! All served
up in Grannies finest bone china. Barry brunchs
served from 10am till 5pm & din-dins & munchies
served from 5pm till 10pm everyday with daily
changing specials including Sunday roasts & home
baked bread & deserts all made with luv! Locally
sourced, free range & organic where possible
cause it tastes really, really good! Free WIFI,
wheelchair & child friendly. Open from 10am-
1am everyday. For bookings call 0131 476 5268 or
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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: www.bodabar.com
Open Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon-1am Sun 1pm
-1am. 65 Henderson Street – 0131 555 7019.
The Street – A popular mixed bar at the top
of the very funky Broughton Street. By day the
glass front makes it an ideal place to relax inside
or out with a coffee and 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. Antipasti plates. Premium
selection of beers, wines & spirits and cocktails
and Edinburgh 3 HOP on draft! Open 12pm-1am
Mon-Thurs and ‘til 3am Friday & Saturday in
Street Night-club! 12.30pm-1am Sun.
2b 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
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ethos during the day, a warm and moodily lit
atmosphere at night, a well-stocked 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 1pmmidnight.
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
Brass & Copper – Your coffee is provided by
Union Roasted and served by either Astrid or Rob.
Every morning they bake their our own cakes and
brownies. Soup is homemade by Astrid (tell us if
you have any preference and we’ll try to make it)
and sandwiches are freshly made throughout the
day. Long story short: perfect place for coffee,
breakfast, lunch, cake and cupcakes! 18 William
Street EH3 7NH - open Mon-Fri 8am-4pm and Sat
Edinburgh Larder – A relaxed bright and
welcoming café with a delicious selection of
local, good quality food using organic/seasonal
ingredients whenever possible. Great coffee
from Artisan Roast, teas from Eteaket, lovely
homebaking inc. superb cakes! Fully licensed
with tasty local craft beer and cider. Free WiFi,
wheelchair and child-friendly. Open from 8am-
5pm Mon-Thurs and 9am-5pm Sat-Sun.
15 Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NB – 0131 556 6922
Hemma – A newly opened café/bar with great
brunch, lunch, buffet, smörgåsbord platters,
dinners and last but not least cakes. A family
friendly haven daytime and a party place at
night with 12 well chosen draughts on tap and
an extensive cocktail list. It is a big place where
you can bring 130 of your friends and have a great
party on the mezzanine level. Every Friday is a
after work DJ starting from 6pm. Other events like
networking meetings, promotional events, Vintage
pop up shops and plenty others are occurring on a
frequent basis. Come and have a look! Open Sun-
Thurs 11am-midnight Fri-Sat 11am -1am.
Tun Building, 75 Holyrood Road – 0131 629 3327.
Union of Genius Soup Café – You need soup
and we have soup – officially the best soup in
Scotland! Two of our soups are Great Taste Gold
award-winners. Each day we serve six different
soups, flavour-matched with artisan breads. We
always have veggie and vegan options, and most
of our soups are naturally gluten-free. We have
Artisan Roast coffee, Eteaket teas and a gorgeous
range of hot chocolates from the Chocolate Tree.
Open 10am-4pm Mon-Fri.
8 Forrest Road, EH1 2QN, – 0131 226 4436
– www.unionofgenius.com and we are now
mobile – see ‘Soup Van’
Coffee on the Canal
Brunel Coffee – Sunny in the summer and cosy
in the winter! What better place to sit on the
dock of the bay and watch the world go by? This
coffee house/canal boat has outside seating and
cute tables inside. Coffee is Union Roasted and
cakes are homemade daily. Croissants, pastries
and bread for sandwiches are also served and
made with bread from the excellent Morningside
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bakery ‘Andante’. Open Mon-Fri 8m-5pm, Sat &
Sun 9am-6pm. Union Canal EH3 9NY – Facebook
Confectioners / Café
Tipsy Mallows – Handmade gourmet
mallows created using fresh fruit purées, natural
flavourings and more than a dash of favourite
liqueurs and spirits. We also serve coffee, and sell
gifts, Iain Burnett chocolates and fudge. Visit us at
230 High Street, EH15 2AU Portobello
Craft Pattisserie and Café
La Cerise – is a fresh and innovative patisserie
cake and coffee shop that will leave you hooked
on Café Culture. Individual cakes, celebration
cakes, pastries, award-winning home-made
ice-cream and more – all made fresh on the
premises. All products are hand-crafted fine
foods made from the best quality ingredients.
Many are gluten-free and they use free-range
eggs. From homemade soups that will transform
your lunchtime into a five-a-day brain-booster, to
cakes and desserts that evoke sheer ecstasy, and
delicious savoury items. 199 Great Junction Street
(corner Bangor Road), Leith, EH6 5LQ – 0131 555
6065. LRT buses: 1, 7, 10, 14, 21, 34, 36.
Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm – www.lacerise.biz
Eat Walk Edinburgh – A foodie walking tour,
presently in the top ten of activities in Edinburgh
on Tripadvisor with a five star rating. The morning
tour takes in the Canongate and visits a number
of shops and bars where you get the chance to
talk to the locals and taste some great Scottish
produce. The afternoon tour takes in the Old and
New Towns offering more of a full meal as we
meander between six venues tasting food, wines
and whisky as we go. Both tours last three to
three and half hours. Gift vouchers are available
for the Foodie in your life.
Visit our web site for further information at
Foodie Gift Shop
Cranachan & Crowdie – Purveyors of Fine
Scottish Food, Drink & Gifts, this Royal Mile gem
is Edinburgh’s leading speciality food & gift shop,
selling only Scottish products. Choose a unique
present or create a tantalizing Scottish food
hamper filled with award winning delights. Their
range includes scrumptious Scottish must-haves
such as smoked venison and salmon, cheese,
chutney, shortbread, tablet, chocolate, haggis,
black pudding, tea, coffee, beer and spirits.
Beyond the array of edibles are quality Scottish
gifts including Harris Tweed, earthenware, handblown
glass and an exclusive range of ex-whisky
barrel pieces. Open daily 11-6.
263 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ
– 0131 556 7194
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 5LQ
– 0131 555 6065 – www.lacerise.biz
LRT buses: 1, 7, 10, 14, 21, 34, 36.
Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm.
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Affogato – gelato e caffé. Specialising in
artisanal gelato, made fresh daily on the
premises. All crafted using the finest ingredients
with no artificial flavourings or colours. Our
gelato is vegetarian with plenty of gluten-free
and dairy free (vegan) options. Large seating
area. Sit in or takeaway. Handmade cakes, Illy
coffee, Valrhona chocolate and savoury snacks.
36 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh. EH2 4QS
(2 minute walk from Princes Street) – www.
affogatogelato.co.uk or www.facebook.com/
Union of Genius Street – Find Dumbo, our
Citroen H van on the NW corner of George
Square, next to Middle Meadow Walk. Dumbo
carries four different Union of Genius soups each
day, paired with Manna House breads. The South
Side is now the Soup Side! With our Forrest Road
café and Dumbo, you can now find 10 Union
of Genius soups each weekday. Dumbo trades
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
281 Leith Walk – 0131 555 6619
Le Di-Vin – is Edinburgh’s most sophisticated
Wine Bar beside La P’tite Folie restaurant on
Randolph Place. You can enjoy complementing
charcuterie with your favourite wine as most are
sold by the glass. Open Mon-Sat 12 noon ‘til late.
Closed Sundays. 9 Randolph Place, EH3 7TE
– 0131 538 1815 – www.ledivin.co.uk
Bacco Wine – Independent Italian wine and
oil specialists. Delivering only the best Italy can
offer. Free delivery on any 6 bottles case and
special discounts in the Edinburgh area. New
Shop Open Now at 136 Dundas Street
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
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
Vino Wines – Local, Independent and
Different. the best wines of the world, the
UK, world craft beers and specialist artisan
spirits. Branches at Grange Loan, Stockbridge,
Morningside and Broughton Street – www.
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