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December 2014

Restaurant & Bar Reviews,

Food, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Listings




Your Independent, Local Guide to Eating and

Drinking in Edinburgh

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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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Bistro Provence

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

Joyeaux Noël

Book for Christmas at Leith’s only French Restaurant

Recently listed in the 2015 Michelin Guide

Opening Hours

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





MON - THU / SUN 12PM - 9PM

FRI & SAT 12PM - 10PM



12PM - 1AM

edinburgh@amicusapple.com • www.amicusapple.com

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Cooked up by

Amy Brewer

Mark Earl

Rachel Edwards

Lea Harris

Jean-Michel Gauffre

The Go-Between

The Insider

Nikki Welch

Sharon Wilson

James Wrobel

Subbing by

Leila Kean

Front Cover

Courtesy of One

Square (Festive

Afternoon Tea)

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

29 Listings



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This magazine is printed on sustainable paper.

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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

Edinburgh Gin

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

frankincense, myrrh

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 eat@cafesthonore.com

– £12.50.

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.

– www.maraseaweed.com

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



Pinnies and

Poppyseeds make

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


– www.eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk

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

– www.oldchainpier.com

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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)

One Square

– 1 Festival Square, Edinburgh

– 0131 221 6422

– www.OneSquareEdinburgh.co.uk

Opening hours

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 • info@cshack.co.uk • 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 hello@lacerise.biz, 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

gadget employed.

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,

sour cream.

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,

pretty plate.

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

– www.21212restaurant.co.uk


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Photo: Simone Hilliard.

Food at

As well as an extensive wine list with

many sold by the glass, we now also

have an Extended Food Menu.

Cheese, charcuterie & fish platters,

gilled snails, beef sandwich, Croque

Monsieur, steamed mussels and

two burger lunches per month.


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

its approach.

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.

(S. Wilson)

C Shack

– 3 Pier Pl, Edinburgh EH6 4LP

– 0131 467 8628

– info@cshack.co.uk

– www.cshack.co.uk

Opening hours

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

shockingly seasonal,

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.

Delightful! £26.25

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 onions

2 slices stale bread

300ml milk

150g long-grain rice

200g chopped chicken

1 egg

0.5 tsp of grated nutmeg

thyme leaves

2 cloves garlic, crushed

Salt & pepper

600ml chicken stock

45ml tomato purée

2 carrots

Bouquet garni


• 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

almost dry.

• 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

the cabbage.

• 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.

Bistro Provence

– 88 Commercial Street, Edinburgh EH6 6LX

– 0131 344 4295

– www.bistroprovence.co.uk

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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

to sell).

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

were hard!

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.

À bientôt


Jean-Michel Gauffre

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

a treat.

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 &

quince heart.

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

cranberry sauce?

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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

acknowledged experts.

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

for us.

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 Go-Between)

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

smokiness, abundant

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)

Paradise Palms

– 41 Lothian Street, Edinburgh

– 0131 225 4186

– www.theparadisepalms.com

Opening hours

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

somewhat controversial

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)

Bite December 2014.indd 24 23/11/2014 22:45

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

6 translation:

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

pot cost?

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

not true?

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



1. C

2. Iain and Diana, and the flavour was black sesame seed

3. True

4. They all have potatoes named after them

5. Cyanide

6. 1E, 2C, 3A, 4B, 5D

7. D

8. E

9. Samoa, although she was brought up in New Zealand

10. D

Bite December 2014.indd 25 23/11/2014 22:45




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Become a Nutritional Therapist

through part-time study in Edinburgh with CNM,

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Find out more at our free-to-attend Open Evenings in Edinburgh

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Reserve your place for either event by calling 01342 410 505

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Bite December 2014.indd 26 23/11/2014 22:45

Healthy Eating With CNM:

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

processed foods.

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.

Seasonal Tip

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

their structure.

By Nutritional Therapist Roisin Cooke,

lecturer at CNM (College of Naturopathic

Medicine) in Edinburgh.

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

by attending one of CNM’s free-to-attend Open Evenings in Edinburgh. Next dates: Tuesday 2nd

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Bite December 2014.indd 27 23/11/2014 23:02


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


www.scotiaspice.co.uk @ScotiaSpice

Lea writes http://OfftheEatenTrack.

wordpress.com and is @BakersBunny on

Twitter and Instagram

Scallop Pakora



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

or quarters.

• 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

– www.apiaryrestaurant.co.uk

Bijou – A local eatery for breakfast, lunch &

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

ever changing menu, available in 3 different sizes,

bijou, medium and main – you choose. Private

Dining available. Free wifi. 2 Restalrig Road

Edinburgh, EH6 8BN – 0131 538 0664

– www.bijoubistro.co.uk

Bread Street Brasserie – 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

– restaurant@DoubleTreeEdinburghCity.co.uk

– 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

– www.theolivebranchscotland.co.uk

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

– www.threebirds.co.uk


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

British (Modern)

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

– www.OneSquareEdinburgh.co.uk

Purslane – It’s all about the produce at

this bijou restaurant in Edinburgh’s boho

neighbourhood of Stockbridge. Fresh local

seasonal ingredients are the foundation upon

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 • info@cshack.co.uk •

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

– www.fishersrestaurantgroup.co.uk

Fishers in Leith – has been the last word in

Edinburgh’s finest casual dining for 21 years. The

original Fishers is nestled on the historic shore of

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

beautiful dining areas, the round room and bar

and the restaurant as well as outside dining. All

offer great 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

– www.fishersrestaurantgroup.co.uk


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

– www.lagarrigue.co.uk

La P’tite Folie – Informal, bustling bistro with

mixed clientèle. Favourites include moules frites,

steak frites, beef bourguignon, duck, etc. Extensive

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

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

catered for, set dinner available.

9 Randolph Place – 0131 225 8678

61 Frederick Street – 0131 225 7983

L’Escargot Blanc – first floor West End

restaurant. Sit beside a window and reminisce of

the bohemian Latin Quarter or Marais district of

Paris. Traditional French and classic dishes such as

garlicky Snails, Rabbit in Dijon mustard, Sheltland

lamb Navarin or Cassoulet, Îles Flottantes and

Tarte Tatin. Provenance is paramount here and

expect to find imported goods from well reputed

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

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

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

– 0131 226 1890 to make a reservation

– www.lescargotbleu.co.uk

L’Escargot Bleu – “French twist using the best

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

Chef Patron Fred Berkmiller seeks out others that

share this passion for excellence. Producers of

Scotland for 1st class quality meat, fresh water

fish, handpicked fruits and vegetables whilst

his partner Betty will proudly serve you Hervé

Mons exclusive selection of French cheese.

Recommended by the Michelin Guide and listed

in the best 5 restaurants by Peter Irvine/Scotland

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

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

10.30pm. Closed Sunday (open 7 days during


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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

– www.mia-restaurant.co.uk

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

– pomegranate-edinburgh@hotmail.com

– www.pomegranatesrestaurant.com


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

– lailas-bistro@hotmail.com


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

Modern European

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 –


– www.credorestaurant.co.uk


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

– www.hotelindigoedinburgh.co.uk

The Whiski Rooms – Glamorous new sister

venue to the award winning WHISKI on the

Royal Mile. With iconic views over the mound

to Edinburgh, it’s an all day dining bar & bistro/

restaurant serving fresh Scottish food. Stocking

an impressive range of premium spirits, wines

and Scottish beers,ciders and over 300 whiskies.

Beside the bar is a specialist whisky shop where

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

whisky tastings.

– Whiski Bar & Restaurant, 119 High Street,

Edinburgh, EH1 1SG, 0131 556 3095.

Whiski Rooms Bar & Bistro, 4-7 North Bank

Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2LP – 0131 225 7224

– bar@whiskirooms.co.uk

Whiski Rooms Shop – 0131 225 1532

– shop@whiskirooms.com

– www.whiskishop.com


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 – tapa@tapaedinburgh.co.uk

– www.tapaedinburgh.co.uk

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

– www.amicusapple.com

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

1902 specialising in Scottish real ales (6) and malt

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

dinner in the Restaurant ‘Above’.

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

– www.theabbotsford.com

– theabbotsford@dmstewart.com

Boda Bar – A cosy, friendly bar with a subtle

Swedish twist. Regulars, Leithers, Students and

Tourists mix together are all welcome. When

you book the backroom for more than 15 people

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

the lovely Idun’s Elderflower cider, Aquavit and

many odd shots. Every Monday is live music and

on regular basis there are Bar Boot Sales. Check

web page for all events: www.bodabar.com Open

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

229 Leith Walk – 0131 553 5900

The Canons’ Gait – Royal Mile Bar & Bistro

specialising in Ales from Scottish micro breweries.

Reputation for impressive bar food. Live Music.

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

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

– 0131 556 4481 – www.canonsgait.com

– canonsgait@dmstewart.com

The Cumberland Bar – Spacious New Town

local, lots of rooms and beer garden. Eight real

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

Sunday Roasts (till 6.00pm).

1 Cumberland Street EH3 6RT – 0131 558 3134

– www.cumberlandbar.co.uk

– cumberland@dmstewart.com

Element – Tucked away 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

– www.elementedinburgh.co.uk

Joseph Pearce – Joseph Pearce’s popularity is

testament to the warm and genuine welcome it

extends to a diverse clientele. During the day a

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

stocked with all the toys, highchairs and feeding

paraphernalia that junior patrons and their

beleaguered parents could require. From 5pm a

more grown-up but equally laid-back atmosphere

pervades, making Pearce’s a favourite haunt

of a cool crowd seeking simple relaxation or

perhaps taking part in one of the regular jogging.

Many will be there to enjoy the 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

– www.guildfordarms.com


The Huxley – Your home from home in

Edinburgh’s West End. The Huxley is the perfect

place to relax, refuel, gather with friends and

enjoy our extensive cocktail list. An informal vibe

where the focus is on terrific food – burgers and

dogs, beautifully created cocktails, wide selection

of beers and wines served with exceptional

customer service. The burgers are listed as some

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

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

change and evolve. Small plates and boards of

tempting tapas also feature. Coffee and homebaked

pastries to sit in or to go make this a very

flexible venue. 1 Rutland Street, EH1 2AE

– 0131 229 3402 – www.thehuxley.co.uk

The Lioness of Leith – Bar/brasserie

situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s vibrant and

fashionable Leith area specialising in fine British

and European food and drink. Since opening

in December 2013 The Lioness has rejuvenated

Duke Street to make this end of town a goto area

synonymous with good times. Live DJs, eclectic

and quirky decor, in a relaxed atmosphere,

combined with a fantastic selection of local and

international premium beverages and an exciting

and innovative choice of cocktails, mean there’s a


new destination for Edinburgh’s foodies and style

set alike. The Lioness of Leith is on Facebook and

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

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).

– Bar@DoubleTreeEdinburghCity.co.uk

– 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

– www.facebook.com/noblesbarleith

The Old Chain Pier – Under the new

management of Billy and Peter Ross, this

Newhaven bar has a glass frontage with views

over the firth of forth which allow one of the

finest panoramic views in Edinburgh. The water

almost laps your toes. Real ales, bottled beers,

wines and whiskies. Fresh, homemade pub

food made on the premises daily. Child and

dog friendly, beer garden. 32 Trinity Crescent,

Edinburgh, EH5 3ED – 0131 552 4960


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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

– www.queensarmsedinburgh.com

Roseleaf Bar Café – A cosy bar café off the

shore in Leith serving fresh juices, real ales, local

bottled beers, cracking coffee, loose leaf teas

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

up in Grannies finest bone china. Barry brunchs

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

served from 5pm till 10pm everyday with daily

changing specials including Sunday roasts & home

baked bread & deserts all made with luv! Locally

sourced, free range & organic where possible

cause it tastes really, really good! Free WIFI,

wheelchair & child friendly. Open from 10am-

1am everyday. For bookings call 0131 476 5268 or

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

Place, Leith – www.roseleaf.co.uk

The Salisbury Arms – In the shadow of

the majestic Arthur’s Seat and opposite the

Commonwealth pool. A beautifully refurbished

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

couches and a stunning restaurant area. Serving

quality home cooked food with an interesting

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

EH16 5AD – 0131 667 4518

– www.thesalisburyarmsedinburgh.co.uk

The Sheep’s Heid – village pub & restaurant

in Duddingston and Edinburgh’s oldest surviving

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

dine on Scottish seasonal food or in the warmer

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

tap, wine list and a skittle alley available to hire

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

3QA – 0131 661797. Open everyday

– www.thesheepheidedinburgh.co.uk

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

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

So feel free to sink in and snuggle up, with a

glass of wine, or a pint of beer. On Friday and

Saturdays it is more like a party in the kitchen

with many delightfully tasty cocktail s on offer.

Lots of events: Sing Songwriters nights, Clothes

swaps, Knitting nights, Film nights and variety of

cool parties. Check webpage: www.bodabar.com

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

– www.thestreetbaredinburgh.co.uk

Victoria – Victoria’s philosophy is that

everyone who is nice is welcome to join the

party. The drinks range is chosen and proven

by staff and regulars, including beers from at

least thirty-five different countries and their

own-brand Iduns swedish cider. Events include

a language café every Monday, live acoustic

music every so often and irregular speed-dating

singles nights. Any sense of gimmickry is nicely

underplayed, though. With a child-friendly

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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

9am-4pm. www.brassandcoppercoffee.com

Edinburgh Larder – A relaxed bright and

welcoming café with a delicious selection of

local, good quality food using organic/seasonal

ingredients whenever possible. Great coffee

from Artisan Roast, teas from Eteaket, lovely

homebaking inc. superb cakes! Fully licensed

with tasty local craft beer and cider. Free WiFi,

wheelchair and child-friendly. Open from 8am-

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


15 Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NB – 0131 556 6922

– www.edinburghlarder.co.uk

Hemma – A newly opened café/bar with great

brunch, lunch, buffet, smörgåsbord platters,

dinners and last but not least cakes. A family

friendly haven daytime and a party place at

night with 12 well chosen draughts on tap and

an extensive cocktail list. It is a big place where

you can bring 130 of your friends and have a great

party on the mezzanine level. Every Friday is a

after work DJ starting from 6pm. Other events like

networking meetings, promotional events, Vintage

pop up shops and plenty others are occurring on a

frequent basis. Come and have a look! Open Sun-

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

Tun Building, 75 Holyrood Road – 0131 629 3327.

Union of Genius Soup Café – You need soup

and we have soup – officially the best soup in

Scotland! Two of our soups are Great Taste Gold

award-winners. Each day we serve six different

soups, flavour-matched with artisan breads. We

always have veggie and vegan options, and most

of our soups are naturally gluten-free. We have

Artisan Roast coffee, Eteaket teas and a gorgeous

range of hot chocolates from the Chocolate Tree.

Open 10am-4pm Mon-Fri.

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

– www.unionofgenius.com and we are now

mobile – see ‘Soup Van’

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

and Twitter.

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

– www.tipsymallows.co.uk

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

Food Events

Eat Walk Edinburgh – A foodie walking tour,

presently in the top ten of activities in Edinburgh

on Tripadvisor with a five star rating. The morning

tour takes in the Canongate and visits a number

of shops and bars where you get the chance to

talk to the locals and taste some great Scottish

produce. The afternoon tour takes in the Old and

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

– www.CranachanAndCrowdie.com

Ice Cream

La Cerise – Award winning artisan ice cream. 5

Bronze awards at the Royal Highland Show 2012.

All ice-creams are gluten-free and are 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/


Soup Van

Union of Genius Street – Find Dumbo, our

Citroen H van on the NW corner of George

Square, next to Middle Meadow Walk. Dumbo

carries four different Union of Genius soups each

day, paired with Manna House breads. The South

Side is now the Soup Side! With our Forrest Road

café and Dumbo, you can now find 10 Union

of Genius soups each weekday. Dumbo trades

11.30am-2.30pm Monday-Friday

– www.unionofgenius.com


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

– www.loscardos.co.uk

Wine Bars

Le Di-Vin – is Edinburgh’s most sophisticated

Wine Bar beside La P’tite Folie restaurant on


Randolph Place. You can enjoy complementing

charcuterie with your favourite wine as most are

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

Closed Sundays. 9 Randolph Place, EH3 7TE

– 0131 538 1815 – www.ledivin.co.uk

Wine Stores

Bacco Wine – Independent Italian wine and

oil specialists. Delivering only the best Italy can

offer. Free delivery on any 6 bottles case and

special discounts in the Edinburgh area. New

Shop Open Now at 136 Dundas Street

– www.bacco-wine.co.uk

Henderson Wines – Independent wine

merchant. Wine ranges from £5 a bottle on

offer wines to £100 plus on fine clarets and

champagne. A good range of collectable

Malt Whiskies up to £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.

vinowines.co.uk @vinoshops

– info@vinowines.co.uk


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