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Your Independent, Local Guide to

Eating and Drinking in Edinburgh

May 2011

Restaurant & Bar Reviews

Food, Wine, Beer,

Cocktails, Whisky, Listings






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Incorporating: The Grill Room, The Club Room,

Conference and Private Dining Facilities, The Garden Café

The Grill Room – Open from 12 noon until Late, every day

– A la Carte Lunch and Dinner Menus.

The Club Room – Open for Coffees and Food from

10 am until 5 pm – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday

Open from 10 am until Late – Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Afternoon Tea – Afternoon Tea is available every day from 2 pm until 5 pm.

Tables are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fresh, Simple, Sustainable

Locally sourced Scottish fish and shellfish on The Shore

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60 Henderson Street, Edinburgh • •

Keeping it seasonal


Editor, The Ship,



Dave Albury

Mark Earl

Rachel Edwards

The Insider

Leila Arfa

Lea Harris

Sandy Ramsay

Kelly Smith

Sharon Wilson

James Wrobel

Hilary Sturzaker

Frances Bentley

Front Cover

Lemon Meringue Pie at

A Room With A View,


Thanks to Simone Hilliard

In these recessionary times the importance of eating locally and

seasonally can be truly recognised. Costs are minimised and if

you buy food locally or even grow it yourself you really are

quids in. Perhaps several years ago the effort and time required to

grow your own vegetables didn’t stack up quite so well against

nipping to the supermarket, but as food prices soar the shorter the

food chain the better the value. If you don’t have space to grow

your own veg, buying locally from farms, via box schemes, from

markets or fruit and veg shops is the answer. If you are a novice take

a look at The Fife Diet which has loads of info

and advice. It is based on the experiment spearheaded by ‘Fifers’

Mike and Karen Small on how to eat locally for a year. Restaurateurs

too have recognised the value of seasonal menus; food tastes better,

costs are kept low and margins protected. So enjoy your food this

month, whether at home or at a restaurant, but bear in mind the

true cost of what you are eating and make the right choices.

In this issue

09 Review The Smoke Stack

11 Review Café St Honoré

13 Review Hanam’s

14 Out of Town

Loch Melfort Hotel, Oban

17 Beer

18 Cocktails

20 Wine

22 Off The Trolley

23 Review La Cerise

24 Dish of the Month

25 Gourmet Girl

26 The Insider

27 Whisky

28 Healthy Eating

29 What’s In Season

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I I • Assistant Editor I Kelly Smith

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2 Course Menu Monday-Thursday 2 Courses £9.50 (Frederick St only)

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61 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1LH, Tel: 0131 225 7983

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A warm and inviting Bar/Bistro with

views over ‘TheWater of Leith’.

Plus outdoor seating, large selection of wine, spirits, bottled

beers and ales, fresh coffee, Suki Tea, WiFi. Fun and folk music

with Skirlie every Wednesday from 9pm, and live music on

Saturdays from 9pm or come along on a Thursday night to

join the popular pub quiz!

Food cooked with love!

served 12 noon – late.

58The Shore, Leith

0131 554 2425



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for ‘Serrata di Pizza e Birre’ at the

new Serendipity bar underneath Locanda

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May. Seven homemade tasting pizzas will

each be complemented by a tasting glass

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0131 558 9581. 7-11 East London Street.

Hotel Missoni is hosting a celebration of

Italian art, food and culture on 19th May. The

event is in honour of Charles Harris and his

work supporting the The Abruzzo Earthquake

Appeal. A drinks reception at 7.00pm will be

followed by a dinner at 7.30pm in the award

winning Cucina Restaurant. All courses will be

perfectly complemented with Cantina Tollo

wines and there will be an exclusive auction of

Charles Harris’ work, with all proceeds going

to The Abruzzo Earthquake Appeal.

For more info 0131 220 6666.


Al Dente Restaurant hosts regular

tasting evenings based on regional

Italian cookery. The next is on

Wednesday May 4th and is titled

Friuli Venezia Giulia. The area is

in the North East of Italy and borders

Austria and Slovenia. It is known for

orzotti, similar to a risotto but made

from barley and also for an abundance of game, fruit and nuts.

139 Easter Road 0131 6521 932 for more info.

Don’t miss the WoodWinters Big Wine

Tasting this month. It will be held at Hawke

and Hunter, 12 Picardy Place, 21st May 4pm-7pm.

There will be over 60 wines to taste and costs

only £15.

On Tuesday 24th May

Real Foods are hosting an

exclusive ‘summer’ themed

organic wine-tasting from

7.30pm - 9.30pm. From

sparkling aperitifs to crisp

whites and summery reds,

the tasting will offer a

selection of delicious organic

wines that are perfect for

summer. Samples of food will

accompany the wine-tasting

and everyone will receive a

goody bag. Tickets are £10

and are available from Real

Foods, 37 Broughton Street,


For more information please


‘The best of Scottish produce prepared

for you in the heart of Edinburgh’

Deli & Licensed Cafe

15 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NB

Pop in for Afternoon Tea!

Tel: 0131 556 6922

Review: Smoke Stack

It’s smokin’

ocated half-way down

Broughton Street sits Smoke

LStack, where the Silver Fox

and I recently stopped by for

dinner. They’ve called this busy

spot home for 15 years, and the

décor theme of ambre and burnt

ochre give the restaurant a warm

feel. We bagged a window table to

enjoy the last of the day’s light, and

some people-watching.

Along with a few ‘Tex-Mex’ dishes on the

massive menu were the chicken liver and bacon

pâté (£4.95) and the calamari (£5.95), both of

which came recommended by our cheery

waitress. The calamaris were perfect. A crisp

outer with tasty Cajun-style spice seasoning,

these thinly-cut little rounds were divine. The

homemade pâté was smooth and rich, and the

sizeable portion with two hunks of toast meant

there was plenty to share.

This being a steakhouse, there’s the full

selection from rump through to fillet, all of

which are sourced from Gilmour’s butchers in

Tranent, and expertly trimmed in the

restaurant’s kitchen. I got first dibs and chose

the rib-eye (£16.95 with chips). I like this plump

cut and enthusiastically chomped through this

juicy number which was cooked ‘a point’

medium-rare. A little under-seasoned though,

and the Drambuie and mushroom sauce I’d

ordered (£1.50) to accompany didn’t help, given

it was rather sweet. The side of chips were of

the ‘uniform in size’ variety, and

fairly average.

Graeme also fared well with his

beaut of a salmon fillet (£11.95

with side). With more of that ace

Cajun seasoning, it was blackened

and flavourful from the grill and

still soft inside. (Inner thought: Is

it BBQ time of year yet) He had a

big bowl of mashed tatties that

were...fairly average.

We finished by sharing a sticky toffee pudding

(£4.50) which came with Lucas’ vanilla ice cream.

It was an unfamiliar version of this ubiquitous

dessert, given that it was actually a giant slice of

raisin cake (what, no dates), marooned in a sea

of toffee sauce. The sponge was light, actually

really good. However, thanks to an over-zealous

and unnecessary drizzling of sharp raspberry

coulis, instead of buttery caramel, the toffee

sauce ended up tasting sour.

With just a few wee tweaks, instead of gently

sizzling, Smoke Stack could really be smokin’

hot. (L. Arfa)

Smoke Stack

– 53-55 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3RJ

– 0131 556 6032


Opening hours

Sun-Thu, noon-2:30pm & 5pm-10pm

Fri & Sat, noon-11pm


The best little slice of Poland in

Edinburgh just got a lot bigger


now offers authentic Polish artisan

bread baked on our premises



235-241 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8NY • Tel: 0131 555 1281

OPENING HOURS – Mon to Fri 9-8 • Sat 9-6 • Sun 9-6

Review: Café St Honoré Gallic meets Gaelic


et’s set the scene. An old patisserie

resembling a bistro in the Marais, Paris.

white linen tablecloths, flickering

candle light, bentwood café chairs, wine

bottles stacked to the ceiling, Edith Piaf on

repeat, dinner cooked by Neil ‘Scottish chef

of the year 2011’ Forbes– where am I

Welcome to Café St Honoré, Thistle Street

Lane, Edinburgh, where Gallic meets Gaelic in

award-winning mouthfuls. Locally supplied

provenance is choice du jour for Mr Forbes,

and why not when Scotland is his oyster

Having dined in typical neighbourhood

bistros in Paris on several occasions, Mr

Predictable and I were super excited about

this particular assignment. With immediate

reminders of one of our favourite Parisian

bistros, Le Taxi Jaune on Rue Chapon, this was

going to be ‘impressionnant’.

We were seated in a cosy corner near the

window overlooking the rest of the bistro.

Tables are close together but the intimate

atmosphere is part of the experience.

Excellent wine list, we opted for a French

Voignier at £20.50. Menu, limited and on the

expensive side but it covers all bases,

something for him (meat), something for me

(fish). We chose from the A La Carte menu but

set-priced menus are available. Warm crusty

Poilâne bread arrived to tickle our taste buds.

Mr Predictable opted for potted shrimps,

watercress and toast followed by New Milm

Farm mutton, duck fat roast potatoes, wilted

wild greens. I chose free range ham hock

terrine, sauce gribiche followed by Farmed

Isle of Gigha halibut, West Coast mussel and

wild garlic chowder. Starters range from £7.50

to £9 and mains average at £19.50. Délicieux,

clean plates all round.

Fit to burst, we perused the dessert menu

with a requested half hour break to loosen

off the waistbands. The maître d' was

extremely helpful throughout and although

had a tendency to ‘upsell’ the wine he did

recommend delectable pudding wines to

accompany my British Apple tarte Tatin with

Calvados ice-cream and Mr Predictable’s

vanilla crème brûlée and British Rhubarb

Bakewell tart. Heaven.

Coffee and Scottish tablet to finish, a

reminder that we were indeed in Edinburgh

and not Paris – you never would have

guessed though. (H. Sturzaker)

Hilary Sturzaker pens her own foodie blog at

Café St Honoré

– 34 North West Thistle Street Lane,

Edinburgh EH2 1EA

– 0131 226 2211

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 5.30-10pm

Sat/Sun noon-2pm, 6-10pm




Italian Wine and Beer Cellar

(Underneath Locanda De Gusti)

– Exclusive Artisan Beers imported from Italy.

– Fine Selection of Wines and Cocktails.

– Candelit, relaxed ambience and comfy seating.

– Italian Bar Menu.

– Private Tasting Room.

7-11 East London Street, Edinburgh EH7 4BN, Scotland

0131 558 9581 |

Review: Hanam's A halal of a time

his Kurdish/Persian restaurant is

owned by Lisa and Jamal Ahmed. They

Tare a charming and energetic couple

and their restaurant has grown and

developed from small beginnings. Hanam's

first opened in Brougham Place but a couple

of years ago needed bigger premises and the

present site at the top of the Royal Mile was

secured. It's popular for a variety of reasons

and there is a balcony for smoking shisha or

enjoying the Scottish summertime (blankets


Your host for the evening is likely to be Jamal

who surely has the biggest smile in Edinburgh

and who always chats to customers with

effortless charm.

This evening I was visiting with a friend and

we weren't drinking but ordered a bottle of

non-alcoholic wine. Hanam's has an extensive

Dry Bar which lists wines, champagnes, beers,

ciders and soft drinks, however they also

operate a BYOB policy.

Keeping it simple, I ordered two starters.

First, fatoush (£4.95) – a Lebanese-style salad

with shredded lettuce, tomato, cucumber,

onion, radish, fresh mint and cubes of

toasted, fried flatbread, seasoned with

Iranian sumac, lemon juice and olive oil and

baly merishke (£6.95), crispy lemon-scented

chicken wings straight from the grill. The

meat was succulent, the salad fresh, zingy

and plentiful.

Hanam's is a great place to order a variety of

dishes for sharing. You can try bayengaan,

slow-roasted baby aubergines stuffed with

rice, yoghurt and traditional spices; hummus,

vine leaves, patties of mixed vegetables,

falafel, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush…

My friend had the smerishke kebab from the

main course options (£11.00): succulent

pieces of prime chicken, marinated in lemon

juice and served with salad and soft, fluffy

naan. As well as a variety of healthy, ‘straight

from the barbecue’ kebabs Hanam's has lots

of meat-based and vegetarian main courses.

The desserts are truly ‘to die for’. Rosewater

and mango sorbets and ice creams, Persian

saffron and cardamom ice cream, spiced

walnut cakes and baklawa; it’s hard to be

good in the face of so much temptation and

I scoffed four sweet, syrupy baklawa with

fresh cream.

A really lovely restaurant and I have even

witnessed Jamal break into Kurdish dance.

Surely worth a visit! (S. Wilson)


– 3 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW

– 0131 225 1329



Opening hours

7 days a week from noon-late



Out Of Town Review:

Loch Melfort Hotel, Oban

Fasten your seatbelts

ards on the table, this is a tricky

review to write as Mr Bite and I had

Can experience which was definitely


The hotel is described as having ‘the finest

sea views’ on the west coast and I would

agree. This piece of the coast between Oban

and Campbletown is absolutely stunning and

this three star luxury hotel makes the most of

the magnificent sea views with plenty of

glass frontage. Our standard room was clean,

comfortable and tasteful, and proprietors

Rachel and Calum Ross are very hospitable.

The hotel has a bistro and restaurant, and on

Saturday evening we ate in the former. The

menu seemed uninspiring (burgers, lasagne,

etc) but in fact, it was excellent. I had smoked

trout and salmon with horseradish cream

followed by scallops and I couldn't fault

anything. It was delicious Scottish seafood at

its best. Mr Bite had the homemade burger

with chilli jam and he declared it would be

the ‘benchmark for all future burgers’. The

meat came from the nearby Barbreck farm

and the hotel makes excellent use of local

produce. Organic local toiletries in the rooms

were duly noted and homemade preserves of

marmalade, apple and ginger and raspberry

jams were much appreciated at breakfast. The

downside of breakfast being hard poached

eggs; unforgivable.

A day of sightseeing in glorious sunshine saw

us eager for our dinner. The Asknish Bay

restaurant has been awarded two AA

Rosettes since 2000 so our expectations

were high.

The protocol at this hotel is to order predinner

drinks in the sitting room whilst

ordering your meal and waiting for your

table. I felt a little ‘shepherded’ by this

approach and also found it a bit stuffy. Our

booking for dinner was 7.30pm; we were

seated in the restaurant at 8.15 and were

served canapés followed by starters between

8.30pm and 9pm. The evening was beginning

to drag a little. Starters were okay. I had duck

and potato salad and the meat was very

good, pink and juicy, but I could have done

with a little more of the interesting citrus

sauce. Mr Bite had Ayrshire ham which he liked.

A velouté of white onion and parmesan soup

was excellent but was followed by another

long wait for our main course. Luckily I had a

half bottle of Pouilly Fumé to keep me amused.

Excellent idea, half bottles!

Main course for me was a seafood risotto with

lobster jus. It was really very good; lots of

lobster chunks, mussels, and fillets of fish,

crispy skin, loads of flavour. Mr Bite had sole

with a saffron beurre mash with truffle and

caramelised fennel. Again very good but

followed by an hour’s wait for our desserts. A

whisky crème brûlée was congealed cream and

my chocolate fondant with salted caramel was

no better. The flavour was good but no sign of

the caramel and too much fondant. My

pudding lacked pudding. By this time it was


What a shame that such a lovely weekend in

such a special hotel was let down by what was

supposed to be the two rosette star of the

show. I would definitely return but I would eat

in the bistro. (S. Wilson)

Loch Melfort Hotel & Restaurant

– Arduaine, by Oban, Argyll PA34 4XG

– 01852 200 233




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Beer: De Dolle Ara Bier Real special brew


s we all know, strong

beer is only appreciated

by strange smelling,

hairy men on park benches.

These unfortunates are afflicted

with the only chemical

addiction that varies in severity

alongside the sufferer’s disposable income. So,

in a purely benign effort to tax this serious

social problem out of existence, our beloved

chancellor has raised alcohol duty on all beer

above 7.5% abv. Clearly the thinking is that

beer of this strength is tramp juice and weaker

beers are only purchased by responsible


This attitude would be viewed with a mixture

of disbelief and scorn in Belgium where,

famously, beer is brewed to unholy strengths

and revered as both an important export

commodity and a token of national pride. A

laissez faire attitude has prevailed which has

preserved the ancient brewing traditions of

the wealthier monasteries and nurtured a new

generation of small-scale artisan producers.

The best of these are truly unique products

which have yet to be replicated outside of


One of the best of these peculiar little

breweries is De Dolle in the West of the country.

Established in the early eighties by a successful

artist, their most successful export is

aggressively bitter blonde ale called Ara Bier. I

first tried it back in the mid nineties and found it

close to undrinkable, my young palate preferring

the sweeter, more immediate pleasures

of more commercial products like

Leffe. Trying it again recently I was

impressed not only by its quite singular

nature, but also by just how utterly

delectable it was.

It has a gaudy, parrot-themed label

and the bottle is topped by a natty bow tie.

The beer pours as a slightly hazy pale blonde,

topped by a very impressive, lifted, fluffy

strato-cumulus head. It has a powerful

bouquet with citrus peel aromatics and a

herbal, medicinal edge. It may look fluffy, but

the palate has real bite. It is pretty bloody dry,

medium weight with sharp, zesty flavours and

a finish which becomes fairly chalky, a bit like

Alka Seltzer or fino sherry. The 8% abv alcohol

is well hidden beneath layers of bitter hop

notes, but clearly works behind the scenes

knitting together all the disparate flavours.

At around £2.70 for a 33cl bottle, it is no one’s

idea of cheap bevvy and I would be deeply

impressed if you were to find any empty

bottles underneath your local park bench.

At a time when we are all having our belts

tightened, whether we like it or not, it would

be wrong to ask for an exception to be made

for beer of all things. But it would be nice if

stronger beers of this ilk were encouraged

rather than lumped in with the super lager.

James Wrobel is the proprietor of Cornelius

Beer and Wine on Easter Road and can be

contacted on 0131 652 2405.



Cocktails: El Barrio

Latino cocktails


l Barrio is not the kind of place to go

for a quiet drink to escape the cares

of the day. A Mexican restaurant in

the evening, it turns into a raucous Latino

bar and nightclub once the kitchen closes at

10pm. And that’s when the real fun

starts…check out the numerous photos that

bedeck the walls or the gallery on their


Although fairly brief, the cocktail menu does

contain the Latino staples you would expect.

The drinks reflect the fiesta philosophy –

uncomplicated, unpretentious, easily and

quickly made. In truth, just as easily and

quickly drunk and no doubt responsible for

the content of some of the photos.

On arrival I thought I’d try a margarita (£5.90)

– simply made with Sauza reposado tequila,

triple sec, fresh limes and sugar syrup. It was

served straight up with a slice of lime as a

garnish although I could have had the glass

salted if I wanted. The addition of the sugar

syrup made it too sweet for me and the

flavour of the agave was almost drowned

out. I suspect it’s very popular with the El

Barrio crowd for these very reasons.

It is worth trying the El Barrio pisco

cucumber martini (£5.90). This is a variation

on the pisco sour and was created in El

Barrio (the name kind of gives that away).

Made with pisco, lime, cucumber and sugar

syrup it’s slightly sweeter and more fragrant

than the sour and is a real thirst quencher.

My only complaint – it went down far too


Another thirst quencher, and probably their

most popular cocktail, is the mojito (£4.90).

Made to a basic recipe using Brugal Anejo

rum, limes, sugar syrup, mint and soda, this a

simple, but effective drink, perfect to keep

you cool whilst trying to master the salsa


You can try all of El Barrio’s cocktails at its

sister nightclub (also called El Barrio) on

Rose Street, where you will also get the

opportunity to learn to salsa at one of their

regular classes.

Although not really my kind of place (I think

I’m just showing my age), El Barrio is the

perfect destination if you’re looking for a

great Latino party night. (M. Earl)

El Barrio Latino Bar and


– 47 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PJ

– 0131 220 6818


Opening hours

Mon-Sun 5pm-3am


Dry Martini Bar, Barcelona

Why dry


“You know it’s very dry don’t you” This was

the second consecutive evening that a person

in a white coat had peered down at me with

this question. “I do” I replied, “I had a pink

one last night and it knocked my socks off!”

I am sitting in Dry Martini on a corner of the

Eixample district of Barcelona; a bar opened

by Javier de las Muelas in 1978 that pays

homage to ‘the king of cocktails’ and to its


Behind the bar is the ‘original’ recipe for the

Dry Martini, ½ oz of London Dry Gin, ½ oz of

French Vermouth, dash of orange bitters, a

squeeze over the surface of the cocktail with

lemon peel and an olive (let the debate

commence). The bar recalls the golden age

of cocktails, when drinks were drinks. If your

palate demands sweet colourful cocktails

with unnecessary garnish this is not the place

for you. We are talking hard liquor here,

albeit with perfect balance and serve.

Consummate professionals, the white-coated

bartenders mix drinks with the precision of a

surgeon and the reverence of a priest.

According to Imbibe by David Wondrich the

first Dry Martini used London Dry or

Plymouth gin. Here Bombay Sapphire is the

gin of choice for classics; Martin Miller is

used for a G and T. The latter is carried to the

customer aloft a silver tray and poured at the

table. Dry Martinis are stirred hypnotically at

the centre of the bar underneath the original


Despite all the nods to the past however, Dry

Martini values ‘evolution’. Martinis are served

in differing forms, for example ‘frappes’ and

‘exotics’. I had been experimenting with

frappes which are served in coupes and

flavoured with truffle, rose petal (the abovementioned

Pink Martini) raspberry, jalapeno,

coffee, Madras, wasabi. For frappes Bombay

Sapphire and vermouth are mixed with

flavours in bottles which are refrigerated at -

26 degrees each morning. The alcohol

crystallizes and when a customer orders a

frappe, the bottle is shaken and the drink

poured. Pure genius, the result is a drink

chilled with crystallised shavings of the drink

itself instead of ice. The flavours are subtle,

the alcohol content strong; it is VERY dry.

It’s probably not a good idea to do a Mad

Men style three martini business lunch here.

Visit for pleasure only. (S. Wilson)

Dry Martini Bar

– c/Aribau 162 08036 Barcelona, Spain

– 34 93 217 50 72


Opening hours

Mon-Fri, 1pm-2.30am

Sat & Sun 6.30pm-3am


Wine: Champagne

revolution is afoot in Champagne.

The region is poised to undertake the

Acontroversial plan to re-evaluate the

original boundaries in which grapes can be

grown, which were established in 1927. During

the next four years, a team from the CIVC

(the body which monitors the region) will

taste wines from all of the villages, current

and prospective, to determine what qualifies

as Champagne. The findings will be submitted

to two public enquiries and a professional

one before the new boundaries are declared

sometime in 2016. And with 5,000 hectares of

new vineyard proposed (on top of the

existing 300,000) plus land prices in the

region arguably the most expensive in France,

bickering has set in between the growers and

the champagne houses as to who stands to


Is this greed Are the Champenois really so in

need of pocket money for Gauloise that they

want to extend boundaries to boost

production It depends on who you talk to.

Consumers are horrified at what they see as a

very cynical move, however, the wine trade

has been broadly supportive.

Re-tasting all of the vineyards will allow for

the region’s boundaries to be based on

quality, as opposed to in Bordeaux where the

classifications are based on the prices that

the wines were fetching in 1855. It’s difficult

to imagine the Bordelaise making such a bold

move as to change their classification system

to focus on product rather than the price-tag.

Champagne is taking a progressive and

provocative step in reviewing their

boundaries; indeed, this is far more a reevaluation

than an extension. The proposed

additions do not so much extend the region

as fill in the gaps where one would expect

vines to already exist.

The first new areas will be granted permission

to plant in 2017, but there won’t be any fruit

worth harvesting for a further two to three

years, and nothing would hit the shelves until

2021, providing there are no delays. Will all of

this improve the wines of the region Time

will tell; the new growers will have to find

buyers and with such young land it may be a

harder sell than they suspect.

Frances Bentley is the Scottish

Sales Manager for Champagne

Duval-Leroy and can be contacted on

07824 775862.

Wine: Rossobastardo!

ith a name like

Rossobastardo this can

Wonly be an unusual and

exciting wine!

From the famous Montefalco

region within Umbria, usually

known for its sometimes tannic

Sagrantino grape varietal, comes

Rossobastardo: a Sangiovese, Merlot and

Cabernet Sauvignon blend.

Umbria is the fourth smallest region in Italy

and produces the white wine Orvieto, made

with the Trebbiano grape and the red

Sangiovese. The region is also produces

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir,

Gamay and Chardonnay.

To the review: Rossobastardo holds a

wonderful, lightly-perfumed nose of deep,

blackberry fruit. Be a little patient though, at

first the nose was closed, it didn’t profess a

lot but after a few moments of oxidation it

awakened into soft, delicate, perfumed

nuances. As it sat in the glass, cherry fruit

took over. On the palate, bundles of

blackberry and blueberry fruit wonderfullybalanced

with a hint of oak, delicate, yet

understated. Soft tannins complement the

fruit and the finish lingers.

The quality shown in the glass starts in the

vineyard. Family owned and managed, this

winery boasts high standards within their

winemaking practices, although some of

these are unusual. Stainless

steel tanks are below ground to

fend off electromagnetic fields,

organic viticulture practices are

employed in addition to handtying

vines in a specific fashion

to attain smaller crop yields

which, in turn, enhances the overall quality of

the grapes. Handpicking, hand sorting, and no

filtration, with the exception of gravity

filtration, are used. Only Slovenian oak barrels

are commissioned in order to enhance the

delicate fruit in the wine.

The Sartori family takes great pride in

producing top quality wines. The quality shows.

The unusual nature is definitely in the name!

You can find this exact wine at Henderson

Wines in Edinburgh for approximately £12.99

per bottle. Just another little gem from Italy.

(S. Ramsay, W’est Solutions)

W’est Solutions is a wine tasting /wine

and customer service training and

consulting company working with

corporate groups, hotels/restaurants

and private individuals. If you would

like to learn more about W’est

Solutions, log onto or call

Sandy at 07871 793 801 or email at



Off The Trolley: Making Do

hen I encounter a

fellow expat,

Wwithin seconds the

conversation has turned to

food, and the things we miss.

Food shopping in another

country takes some getting

used to. Ingredients have

different names and

packages, and even when you

think you've found the right thing; chances

are it doesn't taste quite right.

There are businesses devoted to keeping expat

stomachs happy. In Edinburgh, most of

my needs can be met by Lupe Pintos

(Tollcross), the food courts at Harvey

Nichols and Jenners, and Jordan Valley

(Nicolson Street). In a pinch, the Canada

Shop in London

( delivers

favourite groceries from North America,

Australia, NZ and South Africa. And then

there’s the help of fellow exiles. Across the

city, we swap sources, substitutes, and

secrets to recreate our favourite recipes

from home. We take orders and each in our

turn has returned through customs with a

suitcase of CheezWhiz and maple syrup.

It works pretty well, but recently, I fancied

making a batch of butterscotch birds’ nests.

A standard Canadian treat, they’re like a

gooier version of a Rice Krispie square. The

recipe takes only four ingredients, but

proved to be one of my

biggest challenges. The first:

deep fried chow mien

noodles. The Chinese

grocers on Leith Walk had

never heard of them. I could

fry my own...but fortunately,

a Canadian visiting from

London provided two


Second: butterscotch chips. Available on

Amazon for £7 a bag or I could make my

own, using a recipe found on the Internet. I

was leaning towards the latter when I

discovered Sainsbury’s own brand of mini

butterscotch chips. The other ingredients –

mini marshmallows and peanut butter –

were easy. I melted the butterscotch, added

the marshmallows, peanut butter, and

noodles, mixed, dropped, and topped with

Cadbury mini-eggs.

They looked a treat, but they didn't taste

quite right. The butterscotch chips had a

hard, chewy consistency different from the

North American version, which is closer to a

chocolate chip. But, they did okay in a

pinch. And really, that's what expat eating is

all about: making do, and telling all who'll

listen what it really should taste like. I

suppose I should pack in my old cookbooks

and measuring cups, buy a set of scales and

a Delia and start anew. But that's not in the

spirit of the expat. (R. Edwards)

Review: La Cerise New! Quality ready meals

a Cerise is well established as the

place to go for cakes and pastry in

LLeith. Exquisite mousses, gorgeous ice

cream, beautiful biscuits and scrumptious

baking are all de rigueur, and well

appreciated by the locals. But a serious

flood in the Winter of 2010 meant the shop

had to close for four months, and a lot has

changed since its reopening.

A new downstairs seating area, designed

with small children in mind, is just one of

the improvements. And it's in this

downstairs area that you'll find another

innovation: La Cerise's own brand of ready


The idea was born out of the horrible snow

and ice in late 2010 when owners and chefs,

Claire and Martin, were uninspired by the

bare findings on the local supermarket

shelves. Cooking 14-16 hours a day, they

couldn't face the idea of making dinner

when they got home, but didn't enjoy the

standard offerings of highly seasoned, poor

quality products on offer. As Claire says,

“What began as a solution to feed ourselves

turned into a business idea.” And their two

ranges, Take to Bake and Reheat to Cheat,


As Claire points out, many people either

can't cook at all, or can't be bothered

cooking just for themselves. But La Cerise

offers a convenient option without

compromising on taste and quality. The

range consists of filo haggis parcels, chicken

and leek parcels in a creamy tarragon sauce

(my favourite), beef or butternut squash and

goats cheese lasagne (the customers'

favourite), and Greek cheese pie with ham

or spinach as well as homemade soups.

Prices are about £3 for a single portion, or

£5.50 for a double. Everything can be

microwaved from frozen in a few minutes.

The idea has proven popular with locals, and

particularly older people living alone. But it

should be equally popular with busy

families, professionals, and couples. The

ingredients are quality, the flavours more

sophisticated than your average supermarket

mince and tatties, and yet not too fussy for

both me and my two very small children to


Ready meals certainly have a time and a

place. But the beauty of La Cerise's range is

that they offer the ease of a ready meal but

the quality and taste of real home cooking.

And while you're there, be sure to pick up

some cake for afters! (R. Edwards)

La Cerise

– 199-201 Great Junction Street

Edinburgh EH6 5LQ

– 0131 555 6065


Opening hours

Mon-Fri 8am-6pm



Dish Of The Month:

Hot Chocolate Fondants

These treats are brought to you by the creative cats over at The

Waterline on The Shore, Leith.

Prep time: 20 min, plus chilling time

Cook time: 12 min

Serves: 6

Keep a careful eye on the cooking time of these chocolate

fondants so they’re firm outside with a molten interior.


250 g dark chocolate, broken into pieces

250 g unsalted butter, cubed

125 g caster sugar

5 eggs plus 5 egg yolks

50 g plain flour

clotted cream, to serve


1. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a heatproof

bowl. Set over a saucepan of steaming water.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the sugar, whole eggs and

yolks together until light and pale. Gradually add the

melted chocolate to the egg mixture, and then use a large

metal spoon to carefully fold in the flour and a pinch of


3. Pour the mixture into six 200ml non-stick dariole moulds,

filling each one about half way up. Leave to chill in the

fridge, overnight if possible.

4. When you’re ready to cook the fondants, preheat the oven

to 180C/160C fan/. Remove the moulds from the fridge

and let them come to room temperature.

5. Bake the fondants for 12 minutes, no longer. The outside

should be set firm, while the middle remains molten. Serve


The Waterline

– 58 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 5RD – 0131 554 2425

Gourmet Girl Goes To: Edinburgh Larder

aving lived in Edinburgh for over 20

years, I’d say I’m pretty familiar with

Hthis ol’ burgh. Strangely, though, one

part of the city that I rarely find myself in, is

the one which tourists often get to know

better than others: the Old Town. It’s

convenient to dismiss the area’s shops as

purveyors of tartan tat, tablet, and not much

else, but on Blackfriars Street (literally metres

off the Royal Mile) is the Edinburgh Larder, and

it’s well worth a visit.

This wee 20-seater licensed café-cum-deli

wears its ‘locally-sourced’ credentials on its

sleeve. I wasn’t expecting everything to have its

provenance quite so readily known, but the staff

will cheerily talk through the ingredients that

they sell and cook with in their open kitchen.

For example, the chicken for sandwiches and

pies is from Gartmorn farm, the hams, salamis,

chorizo are from Peelham Farm in the borders

(they’ve even adopted their own pig as part of

the farm’s adopt a Tamworth scheme), artisanal

bread is from Au Gourmand and fine cheeses

are sourced from all over Scotland.

They also sell a selection of homemade pickles

and jams which are used on sandwiches if you’re

eating in, or can be bought in jars to take home.

‘My mum’s raspberry jam’ is wonderfully fruity

and is great on any of the huge selection of

Scottish oatcakes for sale. I met the team at one

of last summer’s food festivals and tried ‘Johnny’s

elderflower cordial’, the flowers for which had

been picked from branches along the water of

Leith. Talk about cutting down on food miles!

Along with the sarnies, frittata, stews and

salads, you’ll also find a couple of soups

available everyday. On my recent visit I tried a

tangy gordal olive with sun-dried tomato

tapenade, and a moreish pâté with hot-smoked

salmon, dill and cream cheese. On top of the

counter lay the day’s tempting baked treats -

freshly-baked scones, brownies and fat


If you’re taking a wander around the Old Town,

I’d recommend stopping by for a bite to eat, a

coffee or locally-produced beer. Alternatively

you can grab some goodies to take home for

later. There will be extended opening hours

during the summer months – see website for

updates. (L. Arfa)

Leila Arfa writes

The Edinburgh Larder

– 15 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh EH1 1NB

– 0131 556 6922


Opening hours

Mon-Sat, 8am-5pm

Sun, 9am-5pm



The Insider: The Indolent Diner


ometimes it takes strangers to remind

you of what you’ve got. You can be

walking along Princes Street, head

bowed against a biting wind, eyes fixed on

your shoe laces, when you overhear a voice

saying something along the lines of, “Gee ain’t

that awesome!” You follow their gaze and

find yourself staring at the proud strut of the

castle, its beetling brow gazing at the gardens,

and you think to yourself ‘God I’d forgotten

that was there’.

So it is with restaurants. I have a friend from

New York who, upon landing in this fair city,

phones me and demands I book a table in,

“that place that’s really old and pretty, I’ll get

a taxi straight there.” He means the Vintners

Rooms, which I live almost directly behind.

Every time I go – i.e. once a year when he is

in town, I promise myself that I will always

eat there, and sing its praises to anyone who

will listen. (The last time Silvio, the patron,

glided to our table with a white truffle the

size of a snooker ball in his hand and said, “I

can bring you a menu or chef can create a

tasting menu using this.” The New Yorker

almost wept…) But, and you’ve already

guessed, I never go and I never sing its praises.

A couple from Los Angeles always book into

Malmaison in order to be as near as possible

to their favoured eating hole, again round the

corner from the living quarters of your

forgetful (or should that be indolent)

correspondent. When they arrive they simply

text and you know they will be

ensconced in the Shore Bar, two of the

world’s finest Bloody Marys to hand and a

look of quiet contentment playing across

their bronzed (swines!) features. I was there

last night, shamefully, only because they were

here. Lovely, pungent – almost muttony –

merguez sausages with a perfect paprika kick.

A gluey French onion soup of surpassing

excellence that was so viscous that my lips

were stuck together. (No bad thing, I hear my

loved ones say.)

Finally a simple dish, often the hardest to

execute, of beetroot carpaccio, quenelles of

dill crème fraiche and bulgar, lemon, fennel

salad. Zinging with freshness and texture.

Again attention to detail. You have to build

that salad to order or the fennel will ‘cook’ in

the lemon juices. And again, that promise to

self, ‘I’ll come here more often’. So…see you

same time next year, Shore Bar

A gluey French onion soup of surpassing excellence that was so

viscous that my lips were stuck together. (No bad thing, I hear

my loved ones say.)

Whisky 101:


10 year old

– Highlands/Islands

What’s the story Tobermory

he story starts with a little

distillery which sits on the

Tseafront of a small fishing bay

on the Isle of Mull. It is the only

distillery on the island and was

founded in 1798. The original

distillery was called Ledaig

(pronounced ‘Lay check’) meaning

‘safe haven’.

The distillery was in operation until

1930 and then lay uninhabited for 42

years until it was purchased by

Tobermory Ltd. It suffered closures

on and off for several years and is

now in safe hands, producing

wonderful malts.

Tobermory is a gentle whisky made

entirely from unpeated malt, which

comes from the Pencaitland area.

The water used in making the whisky

is from the Mishnish Loch and is

highly peated. The result: a malt with

hints of peat. All whisky is matured

on the mainland in warehouses near

the Trossachs. The use of exbourbon

and ex-sherry casks is


The Review:

Tobermory 10 year old – Islands – 46.3% abv.

On the nose: this whisky exhibits hints of fresh cut

grass, a natural light-malted nose, hints of

gingerbread spice.

On the palate: smooth yet tangy spice, aniseed

nuances and a light sweetness.

The finish: more ginger spice and oak, bitter

chocolate with a little salted nuttiness.

To find this wee gem, try the Malt Whisky Shop on

the Royal Mile or if you don’t want to leave the

comfort of your home, you can order it online.

Approximately £30.99 per bottle.

Farewell! I am off to discover the wonders of whisky

for next month. (S.Ramsay, W’est Solutions)



Healthy Eating With Real Foods: Nuts in May

ike seeds, nuts are little pellets of

nutritional goodness. Yes they are

Lcalorific but as long as you eat them in

moderation they are a real boost to a healthy

diet. Nuts are the best plant sources of protein.

They're rich in fibre, phytonutrients (which are

thought to prevent disease) and antioxidants

such as vitamin-E and selenium. They are also

high in mono-saturated and polyunsaturated

fat which have all been shown to lower LDL

cholesterol (the ‘bad’ cholesterol as opposed

to HDL, the ‘good’ cholesterol).

Real Foods sells nuts in various tasty forms for

all your nutty needs. I particularly like the

organic almond nut butter which is a healthy

and tastier alternative to peanut butter. You

will also find packets of organic nuts, raw

snack mixes and almond milk.

Almonds – freshest in the summer when

they are at the height of their season,

almonds are a good source of vitamin E and

magnesium. Flavonoids in the skin of almonds

team up with the Vitamin E in the flesh to

increase the antioxidant punch. Almonds are

rich in amino acids which bolster testosterone

levels and muscle growth.

Hazelnuts – a good source of vitamin-E,

they have a great supply of B-vitamins too and

also contain trypotophan an amino acid which

can help treat insomnia and depression.

Walnuts – one of the best plant sources of

omega 3 essential fatty acids. Their

concentration of omega 3’s has many potential

health benefits including cardiovascular

protection. They also contain an antioxidant

compound called ellagic acid which supports

the immune system and is thought to have

several anti-cancer properties.

Pecans – provide essential vitamins and

nutrients like folate and Vitamin-A, they are

high in manganese which helps promote

healthy bones and regulate blood sugar levels.

Cashews – cashews’ fat content mainly

comes from the healthy unsaturated kind and

most of this is from oleic acid, a heart-healthy

monounsaturated fat. One 28g serving of

cashews contains 10% of your daily

requirement for iron and they're also high in

magnesium, zinc and copper which are

important for strengthening bones and

fighting disease.

Real Food Shops

– 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU

– 0131 557 1911 and

– 8 Brougham Street, Tollcross, EH3 9JH

– 0131 228 1201

– Free online delivery

10% Early Bird Discount Available to December 2011,

Mon-Fri 8am-10am, Sat 9am-10am, Sun 10am-11am.

What’s In Season:



sparagus! A magical word that gets my

juices going. This is the King of Vegetables

(we all know why it’s not queen); it’s

seductive, sensuous, provocative. It doesn’t

warrant heavy-handed treatment: melted butter

over the tips, a squeeze of lemon, a sprinkle of

rock or sea salt, a grinding of pepper if you must

or a good dollop of Hollandaise and I’m a very

happy bunny!

The season is just too short and although you can

get imported ‘gus, it just isn’t a patch on the British

variety, especially asparagus from bonnie Scotland.

Buy it as soon after picking as you possibly can, as

the sugars start to turn to starch and it isn’t as

sweet (it’s still magnificent though). I never buy the

foreign intruder; it lacks that essential flavour that

our own home-grown spears have.

To get the best from this vegetable, either steam it

(don’t immerse the tips) or griddle it. I prefer the

latter and the recipe I’ve chosen is simplicity itself.

Serve it as a starter with the poached or boiled

egg or as a side dish. The ham seasons the

asparagus really well so back off on the salt. But

whatever you do, don’t throw away the trimmings;

great for making stock for a soup or sauce. I use it

as a base for a spring vegetable risotto, with baby

broad beans and frozen petit pois. (L. Harris)

For each person

6 stems of asparagus, no thicker

than your middle finger

2 slices of air-dried ham

Oil of choice

1 soft boiled or poached egg


1. Trim the first inch from the base

of each spear. Gently wash the

stems to remove any grit and

dry on kitchen roll.

2. Cut each slice of ham into three

long strips and wrap around the

asparagus starting about ½ inch

below the tip. Lightly drizzle

with oil.

3. Heat a griddle pan until it is hot

and pop in the spears. Turn

down the heat as the ham

colours. Cook for about 4-5

mins and test to see if it’s

cooked by piercing the stem

with the point of a sharp knife,

if it has a little resistance then

it’s done.


What else is in my basket

Lamb, duck, sardines, sea trout, new potatoes,

watercress, elderflowers, gooseberries.




Bengali and Indian Dining

Ignite – Cuisine based on traditional recipes

from Bangladesh and Northern India in a

sumptuous setting. Dining at Ignite is an

experience capable of rekindling your passion

for Indian food. Open 7 days for lunch and

dinner. 272 Morrison Street, Haymarket

– 0131 228 5666

Lancers Brasserie – A sumptuous dining

experience in Stockbridge offering awardwinning

Indian cuisine. Three dining rooms,

Lancers Mess, The Regiment Club & The

Officers Club, can cater for every desired

dining experience from an intimate dinner for

two, through to private dining and up to large

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

carte menu (£18.95) and the vegetarian and

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

respectively. Open for lunch and dinner.

5 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

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

Bistros and Brasseries

Bisque – Casual gourmet dining using locally

sourced food, served in a relaxed and

contemporary setting. The bright, airy brasserie

and sunny garden terrace are perfect for

breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, not to

mention a glass of wine from the well thought

out list. Open all day, every day. 69 Bruntsfield

Place – Bookings: 0131 622 8163 or

Browns – Spacious brasserie-style restaurant

with trademark quality service and bustling

atmosphere. Choose throughout the day from

a freshly prepared menu or enjoy a snack or

pre-dinner cocktail in the bar. Bar open daily

9am-10.30pm Sun, until midnight Mon-Thu, 1am

Fri and Sat; restaurant noon to 11pm daily

(10.30pm Sun). 131-133 George St

– 0131 225 4442.

Elbow – Eat... the freshest produce from

cakes to steaks. drink...grape to grain &

everything in between. Enjoy...the little things

that count. Open for breakfast at 11am. Live

music 1st Friday of every month. Pub Quiz

every Tuesday. Open mic every Sunday.

Upstairs space available for free hire.

133-135 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh, –

0131 556 5662

e.s.i. – Englishman, Scotsman and an Irishman!

Watch the chefs in the open kitchen create

your meal with fresh, homemade produce.

Diverse beer list ranging from Timothy Taylors

Landlord of Yorkshire, to James Boags of

Tasmania, whilst the bottle of wine on your

table could be award winning. Expect value for

money, a comfortable environment and an

enjoyable experience. 46 Queen Charlotte

Street, Leith – 0131 555 3103 www.


Calistoga Central & Sideways Wines –

WINNERS of Speciality Restaurant of the Year.

Great food, great wine, wine sales, wine

tastings, whisky tastings all available at

Edinburgh’s Original Californian Restaurant

now based exclusively at 70 Rose St. Lane

North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX – 0131 225 1233.

Ethical Eating

Urban Angel – Open daily for brunch, lunch

and dinner Urban Angel source the very best

organic, fair trade, local and free range produce

from across Scotland. A creative menu with a

host of daily specials. Home-made breads,

cakes and desserts and a reputation for the

best croissant and cakes in town. Numerous

local and national awards, ‘best breakfast in

Scotland’ The Observer Food Monthly Awards

and ‘best budget dining in Edinburgh’ The List

Food & Drink Guide. Enjoy with a clear

conscience in stylish and environmentally

aware surroundings. Private dining.

Open – 121 Hanover St, Mon-Sat

10am-10pm and Sun 10am-5pm

– 0131 225 6215;

1 Forth St, Mon-Sat 9am-10pm and

Sun 9am-5pm – 0131 556 6323.


Rice Terraces – Recently opened, Rice

Terraces is the only Filipino restaurant in

Scotland. Filipino chefs create authentic home

made dishes accompanied by a large selection

of Philippine beers and drinks. Open Tue-Fri

5pm-11pm; Weekends 10am-11pm.

93 St. Leonards Street, Edinburgh EH8 9QY,

– 0131 629 9877 –

Fish and Seafood

The Ship on The Shore – Seafood

Restaurant and Bar. Sustainable Scottish

seafood served with simplicity and style

complemented by a carefully chosen and

extensive wine and champagne list. Try the

fruits de mer for two or the oysters, both with

champagne. The Ship also serves lobster,


smoked salmon, mussels, crab, monkfish, bass

and much more. Seasonal specialities include

game and meat dishes. Outside seating. Food

served Mon-Sun noon-10pm.

24-26 The Shore – 0131 555 0409.


Café Marlayne – An absolute winner! Both

branches of this Edinburgh favourite have a

well deserved reputation for serving

consistently first rate cuisine that is fresh,

seasonal and skilfully cooked. The homemade

desserts are ‘to die for’. Open for lunch and


13 Antigua Street – 0131 558 8244 and

76 Thistle Street – 0131 226 2230.

La Garrigue – Regional French Cuisine and

Terroir Wines from the Languedoc/ Roussillon.

A restaurant where “Chef/ proprietor Jean

Michel Gauffre brings warm Languedoc to your

plate” (Pete Irvine in Scotland The Best). This

restaurant is simple and stylish with the

relaxed ambience of a French bistro and it is a

firm favourite with locals and tourists alike.

Winner of the Good Food Guide Readers’

Restaurant of the Year 2010 (Scotland). Also

Gordon Ramsay's Best French Restaurant 2010.

Open 7 days for lunch and dinner. 31 Jeffrey

Street – 0131 557 3032

and 14 Eyre Place

– 0131 558 1608

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

£9.50, noon-3pm. Dinner a la carte 6-11pm.

Closed Sundays. Large groups catered for, set

dinner available.




9 Randolph Place – 0131 225 8678

61 Frederick Street – 0131 225 7983


Britannia Spice – This award-winning gem

of the Edinburgh dining scene is often referred

to as the best Indian restaurant in the Capital.

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

years running! The menu is vast – Indian,

Bangladeshi, Nepali, Thai dishes are served and

the prices are reasonable. Conveniently

located in Leith near the Royal Yacht Britannia,

Ocean Terminal shopping centre and the

Scottish Executive, Britannia Spice is served by

frequent buses from the City centre. Open

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

Sun 5pm-11.45pm

150 Commercial Street, Ocean Drive, Leith,

EH6 6LB. 0131 555 2255.

Suruchi and Suruchi Too – Indian Cuisine

at its best. Innovative cuisine from the major

culinary regions of India bought to Edinburgh

and skillfully prepared by master chefs.

14a Nicolson Street and

121 Constitution Street – 0131 556 6583

and 0131 554 3268 respectively. &


Al Dente – Literally ‘on the tooth’ which is

typical of freshly cooked pasta and typical of

this authentic restaurant which serves ‘pure’

Italian food. The changing menu includes

dishes from Puglia to Tuscany and is

complemented by regionally themed nights

once a month. Food cooked with passion using

only the freshest, seasonal ingredients. Ideal

venues for corporate events private parties or

business lunches. Nominated for the Ethical

Good Food Awards 2009.

– 139 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QA

– 0131 652 1932 mob 07530516822

Kurdish and Middle Eastern

Hanam’s – Edinburgh’s only Kurdish & Middle

East restaurant proudly offers a wide variety of

authentic dishes served with complimentary

naan bread. Traditional costumes, music, decor

and speciality events throughout the year,

ensure the Hanam’s experience is really

something to shout about. Also Shisha Pipe

Balcony. Open 7 days from Midday-Late.

3 Johnston Terrace (nr the castle)

– 0131 225 1329 and online booking at


Pani Solinska – Fully licensed

restaurant/bistro serving the best traditional

and modern cuisine including classic dishes

such as Bigos and Perogi. Also serving light

meals, soup, sandwiches, tea, coffee and cakes.

Vodkas, beers and wines. Open for breakfast,

lunch and dinner.

73 Broughton St – 0131 557 6900.


The Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar &

Brasserie – The best in contemporary eating

and drinking & un-paralleled views from the

Castle to the Firth of Forth. Executive Chef

Stuart Muir uses fresh seasonal Scottish

produce to create food of the finest quality by

matching modern flavours with classical

techniques. Fresh, sustainable seafood available

from the Seafood Bar whilst the Brasserie

offers round the clock eating. Brasserie: Mon-

Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-5pm; Restaurant:

lunch – Mon-Fri 12 noon-3pm, Sat & Sun 12

noon-3.30pm, dinner, Tues-Sat 6pm-10pm.

Book on line at

– 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh,

EH2 2AD – 0131 524 8350

The New Bell Restaurant / Hellers

Kitchen – The New Bell is Scottish seasonal

cooking at its best using fresh, locally sourced

produce. They offer a relaxed dining

experience in informal surroundings. Serving

lunch & dinner every day 12noon - 2pm

(Sundays 12.30pm) and 5.30pm until late. Pretheatre

menu available and large parties

welcome. See the website for special offers

and menus

233 Causewayside (5 mins from the Meadows)

– 0131 668 2868.

Sister restaurant, Hellers Kitchen, is a bright,

modern bistro in the heart of the Southside.

Chef Richard Heller cooks up a storm in the

kitchen – from American style pancakes to

perfectly cooked steaks and daily changing

fresh fish dishes. For a quick bite, try one of

their special recipe stonebaked pizzas. Their

on-site bakery delivers the perfect midafternoon

pick-me-up of cupcakes, scones and

delicious desserts. Open all day from 8.30am

(Sat 9am & Sun 10am). 15 Salisbury Place

– 0131 667 4654,

A Room In The Town, A Room In

The West End, A Room In Leith

– A trio of well-loved Scottish bistros. The

emphasis is on quality, fresh, affordable


Scottish produce served in a relaxed and

friendly atmosphere. All are fully licensed with

BYOB option also. Leith has a stunning

waterside setting and incorporates the bar

'Teuchters'. The West End branch also has a

Teuchters and like The Town is within easy

walking distance of Princes Street.

18 Howe St – 0131 225 8204, The West End,

26 William St – 0131 226 1036, Leith, 1c Dock

Place - 0131 554 7427.

Stac Polly – One of Edinburgh’s original

restaurants for authentic Scottish food and

atmosphere; now in its 21st year. Tasteful,

traditional décor such as stonewalls, Anta

furnishings and thistles 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. Private rooms

available and outdoor facilities in Dublin St.

Open 7 days.

29-33 Dublin St – 0131 556 2231

8-10 Grindlay St – 0131 229 5405

38 St Mary’s St – 0131 557 5754


Iggs and Barioja – Est. 1989, Iggs now

specialises in seafood. Lunch 2 courses £12.50,

pre-theatre available and dinner à la carte.

Barioja is a multiple award-winning restaurant

serving paella and tapas. Great for parties. All

overseen by the ever charismatic Iggy.

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

0131 557 3622 (bar).

Tex Mex

Tex Mex – Donald Mavor, head chef and

proprietor brings the heart of Mexico to your





table, emphasising traditional Mexican food

with an authentic menu. Try the flaming fajitas

and the potent Margaritas ‘the best in town’.

Good fun, tasty food and very affordable.

64 Thistle Street – 0131 260 9699


Thai Orchid – Award-winning authentic Thai

cuisine using the best locally sourced produce

and imported Thai spices.

3 course business lunch £7.95.

5a Johnston Terrace (top of the Royal mile)

– 0131 225 6633


Henderson’s Restaurant and Bistro –

Delicious, wholesome food, using the best and

freshest of ingredients, all at reasonable prices

from Scotland’s legendary vegetarian restaurant,

family run since 1962. Special diets and food

intolerances catered for. Mon-Wed 8am-10pm;

Thu-Sat 8am-11pm; Sun Bistro open 12-8.30.

94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DR

– 0131 225 2131 and

23 Roseburn Terrace – 0131 337 4444

Bars and Bar Food

Advocate – Traditional Scottish Ale House

offering an extensive range of freshly prepared

food at great value everyday. 7 Hunter Square,


Albanach – Serving the best in Scottish

cuisine daily in both the restaurant and bar.

Over 250 Malt Whiskies on offer alongside an

extensive wine and ale list. 197 High Street,


Amicus Apple – Hardly a secret destination,

Kevin Spacey, the cast of Gossip Girl and top

premiership footballers have been clocked

enjoying an award-winning cocktail in recent

months. However, the food is the real find!

Whatever you fancy, leisurely lunches, languid

evenings or late nights, you are guaranteed a

great time. 17 Frederick Street, Edinburgh

– 0131 226 6055

Boda Bar – A bohemian, cheeky, wee boozer

with a subtle Swedish twist. It is a cosy bar

with a strike of craziness. If you are unlucky

you can get to hear Abba more than once per

night. But since we love Spotify - you can

always ask if you have any special requests.

Since the owners love their wine, they have

decided to have nice wines at a good price so -

try out the wine list. You can also try Idun's a

new Elderflower Cider or maybe an OP

Andersson Aquavit (only you have to sing

before you drink it). Or what about our Craft

Guerilla nights -every last Wednesday of the

month. Check web for full event details. Open

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

229 Leith Walk – 0131 553 5900 Free Wifi.

BrewDog Bar – Enjoy a selection of the best

beers the world has to offer, in a laid back,

chilled out atmosphere. For more info see, or facebook on BrewDog

Bar Edinburgh. 143-145 Cowgate, Edinburgh,

EH1 1JS.

Cameo – Food served daily, 2 for 9.99 deal

Mon – Thurs. All live sport shown and an

extensive range of continental lagers on offer.

23 Commercial Street, Edinburgh.

The Canons’ Gait – A Real Ale/Gastro pub

in Edinburgh’s Old Town offering a selection of

Ales from Scottish micro breweries. This bar

has gained a reputation for it’s impressive bar

food. The menu includes traditional dishes

such as Crombies sausage and mash, fish ‘n’

chips, haggis etc, more ambitious daily specials

and outstanding desserts. All offer superb

value for money and always with the emphasis

on home made and seasonal produce. There is

also a large Cellar Bar available for free hire,

book early to avoid disappointment! Food

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

High Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8DQ

– 0131 556 4481 –


The Earl of Marchmont – The Earl a

bustling, community-based hub has a

contemporary interior with generous outside

seating and beautiful lighting. On offer is an

extensive all day menu served by a welcoming

service from all the staff. Enjoy chilled Sunday

afternoons or a night out with friends and

family. Visit and follow link

for the Earl. 22 Marchmont Crescent,

Edinburgh – 0131 662 1877.

The Espy – Esplanade Bar & Restaurant

overlooking Portobello beach known for its

wide range of menu options created with

quality produce and freshly prepared specials.

A new and comprehensive breakfast menu is

now being served from 9am to 1145am. Also

coffees & teas, delicious wines, cask ales, cold

beers, cocktails and freshly squeezed fruit

juices plus free wifi & live music too. Bright sea

views and cosy sofas, you can relax and watch

the world go by friends. 62-64 Bath Street,

Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1HF

– 0131 669 0082


Forth Floor Bar – For the finest bespoke

cocktails, wines and draught beers head to this

swanky cocktail bar with curvy banquettes,

chilled music and stunning views. Open from

noon every day, Tues-Sat til midnight. Food

served noon-7pm.

Harvey Nichols, St Andrews Square

– 0131 524 8350.

Guilty Lily – Caught between the

decadence of 1940’s burlesque and the

comfort of your local watering hole, Guilty Lily

welcomes and seats you on some of the

squishiest sofas in Leith. An extensive menu

that includes, homemade specials prepared

daily, fresh ground coffee and scones, fabulous

live music, funky cocktails, fine beers and ales,

fruity wines, free wifi and a huge big smile. We

are a family friendly café/restaurant and are

licensed for children. Café by day, bar and

venue by night. After the success of the

Esplanade in Portobello, Amanda decided to

share the love with the good people of Leith.

284 Bonnington Rd, – 0131 554 5824.

Hampton Hotel – Extensive menu of

Scottish classic and modern favourites served

12-3 5-9pm daily. Dine in the restaurant or bar

and enjoy a 2 for 9.99 deal midweek. 14

Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh.

Joseph Pearce – A large airy bar at the top

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

daily. The menu changes seasonally, but always

include meatballs! Daytime we are more like a

cafe with a popular kidscorner for all ‘latte

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

relaxed, cool, friendly crowd. Check out web

for all our crazy events




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

23 Elm Row – 0131 556 4140.

Merlin Roadhouse – Recently refurbished

and with an extensive menu and very

competitive prices the Merlin is a must visit for

anyone on the southside of Edinburgh. 168

Morningside Road, Edinburgh.

Nobles – With this cafe bar and venue, the

Phoenix has risen from the flames. Since

reopening over a year ago this classic

Victoriana bar has very quickly established a

top reputation as a classy watering hole, fine

eatery and live music hub and continues to

charm critics and customers alike. Nobles has a

warm, inviting and contemporary feel whist

maintaining it's traditional, bold wood and

stain glass heritage. The menu is locally

sourced and expertly prepared to an

exceptionally high standard. Music also plays a

large part in the day to day life of Nobles so

expect to see top drawer, original live music

from Tuesday through to Sunday following

food service. Real ales, a fantastic wine list,

high speed wi-fi, fresh fair-trade coffee plus

various organic loose leaf teas complete the

experience. Opening times 12pm-1am Monday

to Friday & 11am-1am Saturday & Sunday.

Children & Dry well behaved dogs are

welcome. 44a Constitution Street, Leith,

Edinburgh EH66RS – – 0131 629 7215

Roseleaf Bar Café – A cosy wee bar cafe in

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

homemade ginger beer, cracking coffee, loose

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

served up in Grannies finest bone china.

Wholesome brunchies, lunchies, din-dins &

munchies served from 10 till 10 everyday with

daily changing specials including Sunday roasts

& home baked cakes all made with luv! All

locally sourced, free range & organic where

possible cause it tastes really, really good! Free

WIFI, wheelchair & child friendly. Open from

10am-1am everyday. For bookings call

0131 476 5268 or email

23-24 Sandport Place, Leith

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

little bar with many events, e.g Champagne

Sundays where champagne is offered at great

prices, film nights every Monday, Knitting on

Tuesdays and lots more. Our lighter snacks are

perfect with one of our many wines and we

also have a great new cocktail menu both

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

noon-1am and Sun 1pm-midnight. 65

Henderson Street – 0131 555 7019 Free WiFi.

The Standard – Bar menu available all day

with a seasonal set menu changing daily.

Breakfasts available at weekends, Roasts

available every Sunday. Children welcome 'til

6pm. We also now have a new cocktail/wine

list available and excellent deals on spirits and

beers. Live sport shown in basement sports.

Function room available to hire. All this makes

this new town bar a must for foodies, locals,

sports fans and students. Sun-Thu 11am

midnight; Fri & Sat 11am-1am. Food served

noon-9pm. 24 Howe Street,

Edinburgh EH3 6TG – 0131 225 6490

Starbank – Traditional Ale House with 8

daily cask ales pouring, great range of

homecooked food served with daily specials

to ensure you never tire of eating at the

Starbank. 64 Laverockbank Road, Edinburgh.

The Street – Lively night time hot spot with

an eclectic back bar, plus light bites & classic

pub grub served until 9pm daily, light bites

until midnight on weekdays, check out “orange

wendy’s” Wednesday Pub Quiz. Djs every Thus,

Fri, Sat. Open everyday from midday until 1am.

2 Picardy Place, EH1 3JT

– 0131 556 4272

Victoria – If Scandinavian style equals

minimalistic Victoria doesn’t fit. It is colourful,

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

friendly and open-minded and there are a lots

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

Come Dine with Me and what ever else that

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

different drinks: Beers from 30 different

countries and 12 different gins. Open: Mon-

Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon-1am; Sun

1pm-midnight. Now also children licensed

from opening til 5pm.

265 Leith Walk – 0131 555 1638. Free WiFi.

The Waterline – A warm and inviting

Bar/Bistro with views over ‘The Water of Leith’.

Enjoy some of our fresh homemade food for

lunch, dinner or simply when you get the

nibbles as you relax by the cosy fire. Dine with

friends in our back restaurant area and choose

from our large selection of wine, spirits,

bottled beers & ales, or simply relax with a

coffee or fresh Suki Tea as you surf the free

WIFI. Food is now served 12 till late. Fun and

folk music with Skirlie every Wednesday from

9pm, and live music on Saturdays from 9pm or


come along on a Thursday night to join the

popular pub quiz! For more info contact Sonia

and The Team at 58 The Shore, Leith – 0131

554 2425.

White Hart – Selection of Scottish

favourites served daily in the surroundings of

Edinburghs oldest bar. Trading since 1517 this is

one not to miss. 34 Grassmarket, Edinburgh.

The White Horse – on the Canongate has

recently been re-opened by the Ross Brothers

of The Earl of Marchmont. 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. 232 Canongate,

EH8 8DQ – 0131 556 4481

World’s End – Famous Edinburgh pub

serving high quality pub food daily

complemented by a range of cask ales, whisky

and wine. 2-8 High Street, Edinburgh.


Always Sunday – A sunny, refreshing

experience in the heart of the Old Town.

Fairtrade coffee, pots of tea, breakfast, lunch,

wine and beer, all day deli dishes and fabulous

cakes and scones. 170 High Street - Mon-Fri

8am-6pm, Sat & Sun 9am-6pm.





Edinburgh Larder – A relaxed, bright and

welcoming environment with a delicious

selection of local, good quality food, using

organic / seasonal ingredients wherever

possible. Great coffee from Artisan roast,

fantastic teas from Eteaket, lovely home baking

and superb cakes. Fully licensed with tasty

local beer, wines from Friarwood and a

selection of Scottish spirits. Free WIFI,

wheelchair & child friendly. Open from 8am-

5pm Monday-Saturday and 9am-5pm Sunday.

15 Blackfriars Street EH1 1NB – 0131 5566 922


Deli Polonia – Offering the largest range of

Polish produce in Edinburgh. We have a variety

of fresh breads which are a combination of

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

biggest range of fresh Polish Sausages and a

wide range of Polish beers and much much

more... All nationalities very welcome. Come in

and enjoy a coffee –

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

Real Foods – is at the forefront of natural,

organic and vegetarian food retailing and is the

largest Scottish retailer of Organic, Fair trade,

Vegetarian and Special Diet foods. Opened in

Edinburgh in 1975, Real Foods was also the

capital’s first natural food shop. With over 30

years of trading, the shops have become an

integral part of the local community and

provide first rate customer service. Visit them

at - 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU

– 0131 557 1911 or 8 Brougham Street, Tollcross,

EH3 9JH – 0131 228 1201 – or order online

Food and Wine Club

Bite Club – The gourmet food and wine club

associated with this fine magazine! Exclusive

invitations to bespoke events, discounts at

restaurants and bars, free tastings and more!

For more info please email us at

Wine Stores

Henderson Wines – Independent wine

merchant. Extensive range of wines, champagnes,

beers & spirits. Wines range from pick ’n’ mix for

£10 to bottles of £130. Collectable spirits also.

Home delivery. 109 Comiston Rd – 0131 447

8580 and new shop now open at 23 Roseburn

Terrace – 0131 337 4444.

Sideways Wine Store – Californian wine

specialist. Over 150 wines and beers available.

Free delivery in Edinburgh area. Buy direct from

70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX –

0131 225 1233.

WoodWinters Wines & Whiskies –

Drinking wine is about pleasure and should be

fun whether you’re buying party wine sub £5 or

you’re a canny claret collector. Our shop

is…small; compact and bijou. We treat our

customers like wine-loving friends; pointing

them in the right direction and getting to know

what they like. And, when we know what you

like, we can deliver more of it! Regular tastings

and a wide range of organic and bio-dynamic

wines from small vineyards around the world.

91 Newington Rd, Edinburgh, EH9 1QW

– 0131 667 2760



With west facing floor to ceiling windows, there’s arguably

no better location than the Forth Floor to watch the sun set over

the city skyline. Share an exquisite Lobster Seafood Platter*

from the Forth Floor Seafood Bar and enjoy two glasses

of Sauvignon Blanc with our compliments.


The perfect way to welcome summer to the city!

The Forth Floor Seafood Bar is available from Tuesday to Saturday,

offering a choice of freshly caught and sustainable seafood

exclusively of Scottish origin including Loch Fyne lobsters and

langoustines and Loch Etive oysters.

*Please note that all seafood is freshly delivered to the

Forth Floor daily and may be subject to availability.

For further information please contact Forth Floor

Reservations on 0131 524 8350

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