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Me I’m


Your Independent, Local Guide to

Eating and Drinking in Edinburgh

April 2013

Restaurant & Bar Reviews, Food,

Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Whisky, Listings


Wine with

a View




Spring into Ten Hill Place...

To book a table, please call

0131 662 2080 and quote

Carvery: Midday-7pm A La Carte Menu: 7pm-10pm Wine Bar Menu: Midday-10pm

No. Ten Restaurant

No. Ten Restaurant is open to everyone, 7 days a

week. It offers a delicious carvery with marinated

roasts and fresh seasonal vegetables during the

day and in the evening an excellent á la carte

menu. We like to keep things simple, using locally

sourced ingredients and using the seasons to

dictate our menu offering.

10 Wine Bar

Located within Ten Hill Place Hotel, the bar is a vibrant and

contemporary space with an exciting list of wines supplied

by Corney & Barrow, spirits and locally produced beers

including Knops. A light menu is served in the bar which

includes tapas and sharing platters – perfect for lunch, after

work, before hitting the town, or going to a show across

the road at the Festival Theatre.

Ten Hill Place Hotel, 10 Hill Place, Edinburgh EH8 9DS | |

We're a chintzy bar cafe

serving thirst quenching juices,

real ales, homemade ginger beer,

cracking coffee, loose leaf teas

& our infamous Pot-tails!

(Cocktails in teapots!)

Wholesome brunchies, lunchies,

din-dins & munchies

made fresh on the premises

from 10 til 10 everyday

with love from

the Rosey team!

23/24 Sandport Place Leith EH6 6EW

t: 0131 476 5268 e:



Tuesday 2nd April 2013 6.30pm–8.30pm

Find out about training for

a new career as a Nutritional Therapist

at CNM Edinburgh’s next free to attend Open Evening

Venue: Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus,

Off Glenlockhart Road, Edinburgh EH14 1DJ

Reserve your place by calling 01342 410 505 or email

Making your

Wedding cake as

individual as your


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

Specialists in wedding & celebration cakes

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

199 Great Junction Street, Leith Edinburgh EH6 5LQ


Leila Arfa

Phil Cooke

Rachel Edwards

Nikki Fletcher

Lea Harris

The Insider

Sharon Wilson

James Wrobel


Leila Arfa

Front Cover

Simone Hilliard

Thanks to Brasserie de Luxe

In this issue

08 Review Galvin Brasserie de Luxe

10 Beer A Flying Dutchtrip

11 Review Nobles

12 Recipe Grilled Whole Fish of the Day with

Triple Cooked Chips and Béarnaise Sauce

13 The Insider She Who Must be Obeyed

15 Review 63 Tay Street

16 Gourmet Girl Goes To Social Bite

17 Wine Seasonal Pairings

18 Special Feature Wine with a View

26 Cocktails Cocktails at The Dome

27 Healthy Eating With CNM

28 Off The Trolley Donuts

29 Healthy Eating With Real Foods

30 What’s In Season Feeling Crabby

31 Listings


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


Design I Donna Earl I

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This magazine is printed on sustainable paper.


Salt ‘n’ Sauce

A flavour of what’s happening this month

Wikimedia Commons © Greg Morss

Tennis star Andy Murray has bought

Cromlix House Hotel near his home

town of Dunblane which will feature a

fine dining Chez Roux restaurant

offering locally-sourced produce. It is

being refurbished and is due to open

next year.

Casa Angelina is a new Vintage

Tea Room & Patisserie at the

bottom of Broughton Street.

Do we need another cake shop in

Edinburgh Oh yes.

Clyde Valley Tomatoes are gearing up

for their first ever harvest. With funding

secured, the company invested in

greenhouses, planted seedlings in January

and are expecting a yield of 140 tonnes

between April and November. They are

concentrating on heritage varieties inc plum,

cherries and vine but there will also be

innovative ones such as black tomatoes from

the Netherlands –

Congratulations to Mithas who have been awarded

2 AA Rosettes for their high-end Indian cuisine.

7 Dock Place.


The Scran and Scallie is the name of the

new gastro pub from Michelin-starred chefs

Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack. Previously

home to San Marco Restaurant in

Stockbridge, it is due to open early April.

The Trencherman’s Guide is a

directory of some of Scotland's best

restaurants and is launching summer 2013.

Entrants have to have a Michelin Star,

Rosette, Good Food Guide entry or be

identified in the category of ‘Rising Star’ to

be included. The Guide has been running in

South West England for over twenty years.

The Orb is a raw food café that has

opened at 246 Morrison Street and is part

of The Shining Light centre. The menu looks

tempting, interesting and includes juices,

desserts, starters and main courses. Bite is

eager to try chilled spiced avocado and

lime soup and the brazil nut burger.

On April 10th La Garrigue presents an

evening of fine food and wine from Château

Haut Gleon. Seven courses and matching

wines. More info at


Review: Galvin Brasserie de Luxe

Trust me


rust me, he’s one to watch” was the nod

from a well-kent Edinburgh chef about

Fraser Alan, currently cooking at

Brasserie de Luxe. I had completely forgotten

this tip however, as I sat down to lunch at said

Brasserie. My memory would kick in later.

The Brasserie has been modelled on typical

Parisian style and has a horseshoe bar serving

seafood. Part of the Waldorf Astoria and

previously Henry J Beans, there is direct

cobbled access via Rutland Street.

Starters were smoked salmon, blini and

crème fraîche (£9.50) for Simone and a salad of

beets, blood orange and St Maure goats’

cheese (£9.50) for me. The seasonality of the

menu was blindingly obvious. The blood

orange segments complemented a rainbow of

beets; blue borage flowers were oh so pretty

alongside them, the white, creamy, goats’

cheese, c’etait superbe! Simone explained that

her salmon was light and delicate, not too

heavy and oily as can be the case, and

consequently it didn’t overpower the palate.

Simone is half French so declared she would

try the cassoulet (£14.50) ‘to test if it compares

to ‘cassoulet de grand-père’. It passed. Meat

fell from the bone, boudin noir and garlic

sausage contributed to flavour, haricot beans

were creamy, carrots cooked whole to retain

maximum flavour. I had whole lemon sole,

brown shrimps, Grenoblaise (£19.50). This

stunning fish had come from Peterhead (I had

to know) and was cooked simply with lemon,

capers and butter. Snowy flesh flaked on my

fork, it was seasoned perfectly, mini cubes of

cucumber and potato along with tightly

curled shrimps the only accompaniment

needed. Parfait.

At this point, Simone rushed to feed the

meter. She wasn’t missing out on œuf à la

neige with praline rose (£5.50) for the sake

of parking. I had blood orange soufflé with

ginger ice-cream. Pretty presentation, we

realised is de rigueur at Galvin’s; ditto

simple, classic dishes with a light touch.

Meringue with a chewy marshmallow

texture floated in vanilla speckled crème

anglaise and then dissolved in the mouth,

ephemeral as a cloud. My soufflé had

puffed up nicely (bien sur!) and the orange

flavour was concentrated.

If you imagine Edinburgh’s restaurants as

geological strata (indulge me) with the

Michelin-starred establishments forming

the upper crust, Brasserie De Luxe slots

snugly into the next layer alongside the

likes of Ondine, The Honours, Mark

Greenaway. It’s up there.

Only on the way out did I bump into the

chef Fraser Alan and had my light bulb

moment. Jean-Michel was right, he is one

to watch. (S. Wilson)

(Photography Simone Hillard)

Opening hours

Lunch: Mon-Fri 12 noon-2.30pm

(last orders)

Lunch: Sat-Sun 12.30pm-3.00pm (last orders)

Dinner: Mon-Fri 6pm-10pm (last orders)

Dinner: Sat 6pm-10pm (last orders)

Dinner: Sun 6pm-9.30pm (last orders)

Galvin Brasserie de Luxe,

The Caledonian, Waldorf Astoria Hotel,

Edinburgh, Princes Street, EH1 2AB.

– 0131 222 8988


œuf à la neige with praline rose cassoulet



Beer: A Flying Dutchtrip


ite is a pretty cool publication with a

very laid back editor whose patience

is often sorely tested by my habit of

consistently filing my copy one or two days


In this instance however I had the best of

excuses; being called to Holland on short

notice on family business. Whilst there, it

seemed like a good idea to spend an evening

in Amsterdam, a city I haven’t visited since

my student days a couple of decades ago.

Very little has changed in the past few years

except that the city’s two major tourist

attractions held very little appeal for me

now (being a sober-ish, happily married,

grown up). However, with a very tight

schedule and a limited budget I had

meticulously planned flying visits to the

more respected pubs and offies to take the

edge off the following day’s travel.

Unfortunately once we alighted from our

train we were greeted with weather that

could only be described as dreich; icy winds

with horizontal rain and sleet that sapped

us of any desire to explore one of Europe’s

most romantic capitals. Being the big girls

blouses that we are, we made it less than

half a mile from the station before taking

shelter in the first pub we spotted quiet

enough to get a seat in.

The pub was the bar at the Old Nickel

“Hotel”, a sleazy, run-down hostel on the

The Old Nickel, Amsterdam

edge of the red light district. Steeling

ourselves for the worst, we were beyond

pleasantly surprised when the interior

revealed itself to be warm, snug, shabby

but welcoming. With comfortable

couches, an open fire, and a pub cat.

Besides ourselves there were a pair of

sozzled Dutch pensioners in a friendly

huddle at the bar (this was a Friday night in

the heart of a renowned party capital). The

beer selection was more than adequate,

with seven taps (less than half of which I

recognised) and over 70 Dutch & Belgian

beers by the bottle. We immediately felt

that we had lucked out and uncovered a

hidden gem.

This was confirmed when I returned with the

first round, a couple of dark frothy glasses of

Jopen Koyt, a spiced, malty Dutch beer in

the Trappist style. Warming, gritty, earthy

and savoury a real cockle warming beer,

which I had chosen by my foolproof method

of ordering the strongest cask beer available

that I’m unfamiliar with.

We drained our glasses and it was time for

the wife’s round, but by this time the cat had

coiled up in her lap and was purring


It was at this point we agreed, that whatever

other delights Amsterdam held could wait

until our next visit, since we were in no hurry

to go back outside. (J. Wrobel)

Review: Nobles Spring menu

eing a relatively new resident of

Edinburgh, I had never heard of Nobles

Bbut when I asked around I couldn’t find

anyone with a bad word to say.

Admiring the beautiful stained-glassed windows

and original Victorian features of the bar; the

warm atmosphere immediately hit as a smiling

waitress greeted us and led us to our table.

The new spring menu launched recently and I

chose smoked haddock and black pudding

fishcakes with red pepper marmalade and a

soft poached egg (£5.95 starter or £8.95 main)

to begin.

I thought it might be difficult to balance the

flavours of smoked fish and spicy black pudding,

but this was bang on and well-seasoned. The

poached egg was 15-20 seconds over from

providing enough of a yolky sauce but didn’t

overly detract from a tasty starter.

Sarah went for honeyed parsnip and thyme

soup (£3.95), which was suitably sweet and

earthy with a subtle hint of thyme and a slice

of quality bread.

The scent of rosemary hit as my braised Black

Isle shoulder of lamb with roasted root veg and

jus (£12.95) arrived and I was pleased the meat

was tender enough to cut with the back of a

knife and correctly seasoned.

The veg was cooked al dente and

complimented the lamb along with the rich,

sticky jus which brought the dish together.

Opting for seared sea bass with olive and chive

crushed potatoes and tomato and coriander salsa

(£11.95), Sarah cracked the crispy skin and enjoyed

her well-cooked fish with the fresh, zingy salsa.

However, I didn’t feel the olives needed to be

there as they overpowered the dish.

For pudding I went for vanilla pannacotta with

berry compote (£4.50) and Sarah had treacle

tart with clotted cream (£4.50).

The pannacotta had sufficient wobble and the

compote cut through the cream well, without

being too sharp.

Only criticism is the mix should have been left

longer before going into the mould to allow

the vanilla seeds to suspend through the

pannacotta and give an even taste throughout

rather than one big kick.

The treacle tart filling was tasty and not too

strong with crumbly pastry rolled to a perfect

thickness. However, Sarah felt the pastry was

slightly burnt around the edge leaving an


The menu at Nobles is good value and boasts

fresh, tasty food coupled with great service and

an excellent atmosphere to dine in; I’d highly

recommend it. (P. Cook)

Nobles Café, Bar and Venue

– 44a Constitution St, Leith EH6 6RS

– 0131 629 7215


Opening hours

Mon-Sun 11am-1am



Recipe: Grilled Whole Fish of the Day with

Triple Cooked Chips and Béarnaise Sauce

Signature Dish from Dan Mellor Head Chef Turquoise Thistle


1 whole gutted Rainbow Trout 450-600g (other

fish you can use sea bass, sea bream, red


1 tsp. each of pink peppercorns, fennel seeds,

fresh dill (chopped)

Zest of 1 lemon

1-2 star anise

2-3 tsp. Maldon sea salt

Triple cooked chips

2-3 large red rooster baking potatoes

Béarnaise sauce

3 free range egg yolks

1 tbsp tarragon vinegar

150ml clarified butter

1 finely diced banana shallot

1 tsp chopped tarragon


Ask your fishmonger to scale and gut the fish

for you. Crush the peppercorns, fennel seeds,

star anise and lemon zest then add dill and salt.

Make 3 cuts in to both sides of the fish, leave in

the fridge until ready to cook.

For the chips

• Peel the potato and cut into thick chips.

• Put into a pan of cold water and bring to the

boil, cook for 7-10 mins until the chips are

cooked through but not falling apart.

• Drain and cool in freezer for 10 mins.

• Remove chips and cook in a deep fat fryer at

150c for 5 mins or until light golden in colour.

For the Béarnaise sauce

• Put egg yolks and vinegar in a heat-proof


Place over a pot of simmering water and

whisk until thickened and paler.

• Remove from heat, slowly pour in the

clarified butter while whisking. The sauce

will thicken.

• Check seasoning.

• If the sauce is too thick you can add a little

water to thin a bit but don’t add too much.

• Add tarragon and diced shallot. Voila!

Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper,

sprinkle a little of the salt mix on the tray and

rub mix on the fish.

Put in to a pre heated oven 170c, and cook for

12-15 mins depending on the size of the fish

(with a temperature probe the fish must reach

75c otherwise the fish should peel from the

bone easily).

About 3 mins before the fish is ready cook your

chips again in the deep fat fryer at 180c until

crisp. Take the fish off the tray when cooked

and serve with your chips and Béarnaise sauce.

Turquoise Thistle at Hotel Indigo

– 51-59 York Place, EH1 3JD – 0131 556 5577


The Insider: She Who Must be Obeyed

he editor’s abruptness had shocked

me, after all I was only four days late

Tand I usually have a certain ‘latitude’

regarding, ahem, deadlines. The lady however

was not for turning, my column had to be with

her lickety-split as she was heading North in

her beloved mobile home, and ideas had I

none. I pulled out a copy of the food quarterly

Fire & Knives with the intent of nicking (sorry,

expanding upon) a few ideas from it, when out

fell some bits of paper. Ya beauty!

The first one I picked up noted that Ferran

Adria reckons Modern Peruvian is going to be

the next gastronomical revolution, so look

out for lomo saltado, anticuchos and (more)

ceviche on menus.

A ripped fragment of newspaper reminded

me that I had experienced the same tastemangling

dish – chicken livers fried in peanut

butter – as Jay Rayner, the Observer food

critic. Why order it if it sounds so foul I have

to try the ‘car crash items’ on menus to see if

chef can pull them off. I note that the same

place is offering duck samosa with brie salad

on their new season menu. Duck, cheese and

curry flavourings Yup, I’m there!

Feverish scribblings record another of my pet

hates, overly wrought menu descriptions.

From the positively baroque: farm's egg,

beetroot liquid herb salad, carpaccio of

basque stew, cheese & touches of truffle

cream – I particularly liked that ‘touches of

truffle cream’, it translated as ‘not enough

truffle cream’. To the stupefyingly mundane:

garlic grilled Isle of Wight rock rump

(underneath this the menu helpfully explains;

‘Isle of Wight rock rump grilled with garlic

butter’). More would have been better here,

after all, what the hell is rock rump

A programme for Craigroyston FC reminds me

that eating out is not just about the food, it is

also about the company and (writing on St

Patrick’s day) the day that is in it. An unlikely

corporate hospitality day out, in a portakabin

in a field in Leith, included lentil soup, crispy

lasagne, cheese, bought in cake and all the

beer and wine you could swallow. The service

by the Craigroyston management team was

hilarious, contributing muchly to my favourite

meal of last year.

Lastly, another bit of paper has me querying

the vexed problem of tasting menus and

matching wines. On this occasion we had a

glass of fizzy, 8 red or whites, a dessert wine

and a port! No wonder I can hardly read the



Why order it if it sounds so foul I have to try the ‘car crash

items’ on menus to see if chef can pull them off

Brasserie, Gin and Wine Bar

• Modern Scottish Lunch Menu &

Sharing Platters

• Small Dishes Available

Mid-Afternoon and Evening

• Sunday Brunch

• Local Seasonal Produce

• Premium Scottish & London Gins,

Beers & Wines

Stac Polly

29-33 Dublin Street

Edinburgh EH3 6NL

0131 5562231



136 Bruntsfield Place

EH10 4ER

0131 229 5566

Review: 63 Tay Street A real find

he relationship between

supplier and restaurateur is

Tobviously important to Perth

Chef, Graeme Pallister. An A-list of

farmers, fishmongers and foragers

demonstrates how carefully he selects

the ingredients he will transform into

colourful, tasty, creative dishes.

The restaurant is situated beside the

silvery Tay and Mr Bite and me choose

a seat by the window. An amuse bouche of

lentil and smoked bacon promises a meal that

will be full of flavour whilst rapeseed bread is

so moist and springy it reminds me of steamed

Momofuku buns.

I start with pressed rabbit braised in Muscat with

whole spice dressing and gingerbread and Mr

Bite has celery root crème with Fingal’s Cave

scallop, Raeburn apple, and smoked sausage. The

dishes are beautifully presented. The terrine is

chunky, the sauce, spicy, fruity and voluptuous

and the gingerbread dark and soft. Scallops are

just toasted warm and golden but Mr Bite says

the homemade earthy smoked sausage is the

‘surprise star of the show’.

This is seriously good food but I reach ‘bliss

point’ with my main; fillet of sea trout, sauce

Bordelaise, Shetland mussel and clam gnocchi,

twice smoked bacon and parsley root. The

gnocchi is tiny and delicate and the

combination of potato, flour, fish, and

seasoning achieves perfect balance. A robust

and colourful fillet keeps company with dots

of langoustine, mussels, cockles and scallop.

Shards of bacon crisps add even

more texture and flavour.

Mr Bite has matured Aberdeen

Angus rib-eye with a peppercorn

sauce and handmade chips and I

know, by the ritualistic way he eats

it, he approves. A carefully sliced

piece of meat, a chunk of chip, a

swipe of sauce, into the mouth,

eyes heavenward. It is cooked

perfectly medium rare and he remarks how his

Innis and Gunn original complements the

smoky caramel flavours.

Pudding is poached Yorkshire rhubarb for me

with white chocolate ice cream and pink

peppercorn mousse. Sweet-sharp stalks are

day-glo pink and al-dente, the mousse is fiery.

Glacier cubes of gin jelly likewise excite the

palate. Mr Bite thinks his treacle tart is too

refined he would have preferred a

straightforward traditional offering.

63 Tay Street is a real find. The chef is supertalented,

service is impeccable and the

produce well-sourced. Highly recommended.

(S. Wilson)

£37 for three courses.

63 Tay Street

– Perth PH2 8NN

– 01738 441 451


Opening hours

Lunch Thurs-Sat 12 noon-2pm



Gourmet Girl Goes To: Social Bite

tep into Social Bite on

Rose Street, and your first

Simpression might be that

this is a sandwich shop like so

many others in Edinburgh’s city

centre. Appealing décor, shiny

fridges packed with the day’s

selection of sandwiches and

wraps, a blackboard at the back

advertising soups, specials and a

cabinet filled with various

tempting cakes from Love Pure Cakes. What

sets this place apart though, is that this is a

Social Business, and as such both staff and

customers know that they’re part of a small

new wave of companies who aim to redress

the balance of solely profit-driven enterprise

versus businesses which can make a

difference to deserving causes.

Set up by Josh Littlejohn and Alice Thomson,

the inspiration for Social Bite was the work of

Bangladeshi economist and Nobel Prize

Winner Professor Mohammad Yunus. A

community project he initiated in Bangladesh

all but wiped out poverty in a particular area,

thanks to intuitive work to enable the locals

to work and provide for themselves and

supply to others.

Having opened last year during the busy

festival season, Social Bite is committed to

giving all of their profits to various projects

both here and abroad including an eye

pavilion in Bangladesh. I met with the shop’s

manager, Angela McEwan and she told me a

little bit about the benefits of

this type of business here in

Edinburgh. With an inclusive

employment policy and

offering a fair (aboveminimum)

wage, the staff

work well as a team and take a

pride in ownership of what

they do.

They are also committed to

shopping and sourcing locally, food miles are

cut down and as such the menu is kept fresh.

A daily choice of handmade pies, noodles,

soups and hot dishes like Jamaican chicken

stew, along with breakfast options enhance

the menu to offer more than just a sandwich.

At the end of the day, nothing goes to waste,

as homeless people in the area are

encouraged to come for a bite to eat or cup

of tea to take away. Social Bite also offer

outside catering, with platters of sandwiches

for board meetings, or offering a lunch

service for larger offices. A bite to eat that

helps to improve peoples’ lives – what a

great idea! (L. Arfa)

Leila writes at

Social Bite

– 131 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 3DT


Opening hours

Mon-Fri 7am-5pm

Wine: Seasonal Pairings


pril is a great month for eating

and drinking; evenings are

lighter and there’s even a

touch of warmth in the sunshine, so

it’s the perfect season to linger a bit

longer over lunch or dinner.

Brown Crab

April sees the beginning of the season

for the brown crab, found on our

abundant shoreline. There are an array

of things you can do with crab,

pimping it up with fresh mint and dill

or making it richer with butter and

cream. Being an old fashioned girl I

like mine with brown bread and butter

and home-made mayonnaise. I tasted

this Gavi di Gavi for the first time

recently and fell for its soft, delicate

flavours. The perfect match for the

crab with a honeydew melon flavour

and the right amount of crispness.

Sarotto Gavi, £11, Wood Winters


Watercress and rocket arrive this

month, packed with peppery zeal!

After months of brassicas I’m ready

for handfuls of them on the side of

every plate. Not only delicious, they

are so good for you too containing

high levels of antioxidants, vitamins

and minerals. I like to whip mine into

a pesto sauce to smear on pasta or

make into huge salads with parmesan,

walnuts and orange segments. And to

drink I’ve picked the Grüner Veltliner

grape from Austria. It has its own

pepperiness and a lovely ripe apple

flavour to set off the salad, it’s tasty

without being overpowering.

Weingut Eichinger Strasse Hasel, Vino


Wood Pigeon

My trips to the farmers market often

see me returning home with meaty

goodies. Wood pigeon is great at this

time of year and reasonably versatile.

I like the breast pan fried in a salad

or as a main course with butter bean

puree and a cherry sauce. This Bierzo

is a great match, it’s a less commonly

found wine from northern Spain and

this example is divine. It is smooth

and velvety with layers of dark

cherry and spice. It isn’t too heavy so

won’t mask the pigeon’s flavours. It’s

a bit pricier, but it isn’t every day you

cook pigeon!

Petalos, Wood Winters, £17

We’re an Edinburgh based

wine company and run events

all over the city

Next event

Thirsty Thursday

25th April

The Bon Vivant’s Companion

See for

more details



Saturday April 27th – 2pm-5pm at The Sky Bar

Penthouse Suite – Wine with a View

a different kind of vinous experience for Edinburgh’s wine lovers


howing the diversity and

deliciousness of Edinburgh’s

flourishing independent

wine scene, Wine with a View

introduces its drinkers to some of

the capital’s independently owned

wine merchants showcasing the

variety of their ranges and the

benefits of their bespoke service.

Unlike any other wine tasting, the wines are

organised by flavour and style using the

unique WineTubeMap. This means that visitors

can really explore their taste preferences,

discover new wines and work out what they

like best and why they like it, in a fun, social

and informal way.

Set in the Sky Bar Penthouse, Wine with a

View has an unrivalled vista of Edinburgh’s

castle and provides a unique, light and airy

place to spend an afternoon navigating the

WineTubeMap. The rooftop terrace will be

open, weather permitting, and visitors are

encouraged to take their time as they sniff,

swirl and swallow their way around the tasting.

Good wine goes hand in hand with good food

and visitors will be able to purchase canapé

flights on the day to enhance

the wine experience. Each

canapé is especially designed

to match with a specific wine

highlighting the unique

flavours and giving a taster in

food and wine pairing. There

will also be a barbecue on the

terrace for those with a heartier appetite.

The Wine with a View experience is sociable,

informal and delicious, providing wine-loving

visitors with a unique view of the world of

wine. We believe everyone’s palate is different

and want to provide a new take allowing

visitors to explore their likes and dislikes

whilst introducing them to some of

Edinburgh’s best wine sellers and supporting

local businesses. You don’t need to know

anything about wine, except what you like, the

WineTubeMap will do the rest!

For those visitors who love bubbles we’ll be

running a fizz masterclass at 3pm hosted by

Nikki Welch, creator of the WineTubeMap.

We’ll taste around the Fizz line on the

WineTubeMap and talk about what makes

good fizz for different occasions.

How to use the


Use the WineTubeMap however it

works best for you, as a reference

guide or something to point you in

a different direction. Here are our

top tips for using it at the show.

Find a favourite – Start with a

wine you know and then move

along to the next station. If you

love Sauvignon Blanc try an

Albariño, Semillon or Rueda. If you

enjoy that one keep going along

the line.

Challenge your palate try a wine

from the other end of the line to

your favourite, or better still, head

off to a wine that is a long way

from your favourite and taste your

way back towards it. You may be


Looking for a gift If you know the

lucky person’s favourite wine find

them a wine from a nearby station

instead – they will enjoy

something a bit different and you’ll

be thanked for your expertise.

Top tips for any tasting

• Have a plan – decide what you want to

taste; it could be your search for a new

favourite or to work out what things you

like in a wine so you can be more

confident when you’re shopping.

• Do what they do on the TV! Sniff and

swirl – the more you do the more

flavour you’ll get from the wine.

• Ask questions and say what you think

about the wines – it will help the person

behind the counter find you things you


• Don’t worry if you don’t like something,

not every wine is to everyone’s tastes.

Just think about what it is that you don’t


• Spit or tip – boring as it is! Even if it’s

not every wine it will help you be able

to taste for longer that way.

• Keep topped up with water. It’s amazing

how thirsty you’ll get. And remember to


• Tell us what you did and didn’t like –

tweet us on the day, email us afterwards.


Vital Statistics

27th April 2013


Sky Bar Penthouse Suite,

Point Hotel, Bread St

Tickets £15 can be purchased


Local independent wine

merchants including

Appellation Wines, Bacco Wines,

The Bon Vivant’s Companion,

Henderson Wines, L’Art Du Vin,

Woodwinters and Vino Wines

Over 80 wines to taste on the day.


Line Guides


This line ranges from the lightest of light,

Pinot Grigio, to the heady Gewurztraminer. It

encompasses a section of wines that can

range from sweet to dry but all have a more

perfumed, exotic character. They are

deliciously moreish and the semblance of

sweetness that you get from the aromatic

nature makes these wines great with

aromatic foods; complementing chilli,

lemongrass and ginger as well as being a

surprisingly good match for cheese.

Appellation Wines

white central

These wines range from very light and

refreshing to full bodied and creamy all with

an inherent fruitiness, whether it’s overtly

citrus or very tropical. One of the key things

about this line is its versatility, most of the

wines lend themselves to food matching,

although many aren’t so big and beefy that

you can’t just settle down and have a glass

on its own. Perfect for dinner parties and

restaurant winelists.

Woodwinters and L’Art Du Vin

easy loop

The Easy Loop Line does exactly what it says

on the tin. It is relaxed and laid back, perfect

for days when you don’t know what to drink

or you’re pleasing a crowd. These wines are

great for parties, picnics and when you just

fancy something easy going. They aren’t big

food wines but there are quite a lot of

stations on the easy loop that will go well

with chocolate and cakes as well as nibbles.


This line takes you on a journey from frothy

Moscato to everyday fizzes, and from

affordably priced champagne-alikes to the

real deal. The range of bubbles on the line

means there is one for every occasion and at

prices to match. Try Moscato on its own or

with a slice of cake, Pink and Red fizz at

parties or with a curry, Champagne for

serious food matching or drink any of them

in the bath – just because you can! Our

masterclass at 3pm explores the options!

red central

This line has most of your drinking occasions

sorted, whether it’s summer picnics,

Christmas dinner or impressing your new

romantic interest! The wines share the

characteristics of red and black fruits, ranging

from fresh strawberries to baked

blackcurrants, with the influence of oak

ageing, tannins and spiciness growing as you

travel the line. It is mostly a foodie line, but

one which can handle the pace regardless of

what you’re eating. Henderson Wines and

The Bon Vivant’s Companion


These wines are all classics, mostly European,

and they feel like they’ve fallen foul to

newer ‘trendier’ wines. Despite the

reputation this wine can be a joy to explore,

particularly if you know what to look out for

and when to drink it. Sophisticated,

interesting and great with food; they are also

brilliant ways of impressing people either

with a gift or with something really delicious

for dinner. Bacco Wines


These wines are a bit different, they

are inky dark, velvety and pack a

punch, both in terms of flavour and

body. Some are commonplace, like

Merlot; some rising stars, like

Malbec and Carmenère and some

are new like coffee style. Most are

full bodied and high alcohol, best

consumed with something meaty to

mop them up. That said, they have a

silky velvetiness making them easy

to sup –watch out for that

headache the next day!

Vino Wines

Canapé Flights

Canapé flights

designed to

complement themed

lines on the WineTube

Map will be available

to buy from The Edinburgh

Larder at Wine with a View. The

Edinburgh Larder are passionate

about excellent quality, seasonally

fresh, locally sourced food. They

specialise in creating delicious

canapes from a wide range of

Scottish produce, sourcing as

many free range and organic

ingredients as possible, and

working with lesser known but

sustainable cuts of meat and fish.

About the Exhibitors

Appellation Wines

Appellation Wines was set up to bring fine wine

to as many people as possible. There was

originally a strong emphasis on French wines and

this still holds as wines are directly imported

from around 50 wine producers from all corners

of France. Now, wines from all across the globe

are represented on our shelves and nearly all of

these are unique to us in Scotland. Many are in

fact unique to us in the UK as we shun brands in

favour of small artisan producers. There's simply

no need for everyone to sell the same monobrands.

Recently, craft beer has had a growing

part to play and in January we were rated as top

beer store in Scotland by reviewers at Ratebeer.

Our second shop was recently opened at 63,

Comely Bank Rd. The mission of continually

expanding and refining our wine range continues.

Bacco Wines

Bacco Wines are a young and vibrant company

dedicated to bringing the best Italian Wines and

Oils to customers’ homes. Products are

imported from privately owned, independent



producers, who pay the upmost attention

to the quality of their products and the

environment. The owner, Valerio Lo Coco,

was born in Tuscany, where some of the

best wines in the world come from.

Growing up in his family restaurant and

country house allowed him to be in

contact with the nature and get to know the

best producers in the area. Thanks to his

direct knowledge of the region and the

country, he is able to choose truly unique

products, many of which from organic and

biodynamic farms. Imported directly from

Italy, Bacco Wines offers great value and the

perfect compromise between quality and

price, giving you a real experience of the

true taste of Italy.

The Bon Vivant’s Companion

The Bon Vivant’s Companion will be

celebrating its 2nd birthday this summer. A

small but perfectly formed off-licence and

events space on Thistle Street where the

focus is on extraordinary wines, spirits,

beers, champagnes, liqueurs and customer

service. With an 800 bottle strong wine

selection from all over the globe and

boasting over 40 gins among a plethora of

other spirits. The tasting rooms are used for

a wide range of events including whisky

tastings, wine and food matching, cocktail

masterclasses and meet the winemaker

dinners. They are an independent offlicence

offering everything you might need

to be the bon vivant of any party, including

cocktail equipment, vintage books and

bespoke bitters. They are passionate about

good booze and hope to be able to hunt

down any rare wines and products you are

searching for.

Henderson Wines

Henderson Wines was estblished in 2001

and has grown considerably since. There are

now over 1000 wines for sale as well as over

100 beers and 50 or so malts. The company

prides itself on its friendly service and offer

free local delivery, sale-or-return, glass

loan and and will try to track down that

hard-to-find wine that you have been

looking for. Whether it is Port or Plonk,

Claret or Cassis, Sherry or Champagne

Henderson Wines fits all your needs.

L'Art du Vin

L'Art du Vin, are passionate about wine and

constantly strive to offer an honest,

personal and reliable service. They are small

enough to care and big enough to cope. In

2011 and 2012, they were proudly recognised

as one of the leading wine merchants in the

country, and were shortlisted for the

Scottish Wine Merchant Award at the

International Wine Challenge Merchant of

the Year! L'Art du Vin was conceived and

nurtured out of a passion for food and wine

and their overriding aim is to supply quality

wines that are made with passion, integrity

and uniqueness of origin whilst being true

to environmental and ethical issues. For this

reason they offer a wide range of

biodynamic and organic wines alongside

their very own range of micro fair trade

wines which they have developed in South

Africa, called Cannonberg.”

Vino Wines

Vino Wines aim is to be local, independent

and different. They make every effort to

stock products that appeal to a broad

spectrum of customers who have different

tastes and budgets. They source wine from

all over the UK as well as importing directly

from vineyards from Europe and beyond.

Created by three Edinburgh entrepreneurs

the first two stores opened in June 2010 the

third in September of that year and the

fourth in June 2011. Their aim since day one

has been to take the best parts from the old

Wine Rack business and utilise their wealth

of retail and hospitality experience to

provide a buying environment where their

customers feel comfortable, a shop layout

that is easy to navigate and staff who are

genuine in their appreciation of the

products and are happy to discuss and help

their customers. At Vino there is definitely

NO snobbery!

WoodWinters Wines and Whiskies

WoodWinters Wines and Whiskies are a

leading Scottish independent founded in

Bridge of Allan by Douglas and Cara Wood

(neé Winters). Their philosophy is simple:

they don’t do shelf-fillers and there’s not a

bottle in their shops that they wouldn’t

drink themselves. They take enormous

pride in their hand-picked wine and spirits

list, offering only the best wines,

champagnes, artisan gins, whiskies

(including their own-bottlings), craft beers,

oils, vinegars, coffee, chocolate and

glassware that money can buy. They have

two shops: Bridge of Allan (Henderson St.)

and Edinburgh (Newington Rd.). They run

tasting events throughout the year,

including their hugely popular Friday

Tasting Club on the last Friday of each

month between 5-7pm in both shops.

They’re always expanding their range and

say they have “the best prices in town”, so

why not pop in for some chat and a

browse...There's always something open to



.......................Tickets from


Cocktails: Cocktails at The Dome

Pina Colada

25ml Malibu

12.5ml Havana 3 yr old rum

12.5ml Havana 7 yr old rum

50ml pineapple juice

35ml double cream

Dash of gomme syrup

All mixed together in a Boston shaker and

strained into a crushed ice filled Brandy


Garnish with maraschino cherry wrapped in

a rind of orange.

Espresso Martini

37.5ml Ketel 1 vodka

10ml Kahlua

10ml cacao brown

Fresh espresso

Dash of gomme syrup

All mixed together in a Boston shaker and

finely strained into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish with coffee beans.

The Dome

– 14 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF

– 0131 624 8624

– 0131 624 8649



Healthy Eating With: CNM

Awaken your Taste Buds this Spring!


pring is here! At this

time of year we find it

Smuch easier to 'lighten'

our eating and the thought of a

salad is far more appealing now

than it was. All the new

growth and colour surrounding

us sends subtle signals to our

brains and can make us feel

more inclined to spend a

greater amount of time outside

in the natural environment, as

well as tempting us to choose

fresher, nutrient-dense foods

that will have a positive impact

upon our health and wellbeing.

So why not try this bright and colourful salad

recipe with a simple but tasty curried dressing

that will appeal to your eyes as well as to your

taste buds!


1 bunch of fresh coriander, chopped

Fresh rosemary - amount 'to taste'

1 bunch of dill - chopped

1/4 head of red cabbage sliced thinly and


1/2 bunch chard chopped – (rainbow chard if

possible), with rough stems removed

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl.


1 apple, diced

1 tablespoon grated root ginger

1 clove garlic

1 dessert spoon curry powder

1 cup virgin cold-pressed olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 teaspoon sea salt (optional)

Place all the dressing ingredients

in a blender and blend until


Mix the salad and dressing

together and serve. Simple!

By Sam Folcarelli, Director of Studies at the

College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) in


If you’re fascinated by the impact of Nutrition

on health, you can find out more about

training with CNM for a career in Nutritional

Therapy, by attending a free Open Evening.

The next one at CNM Edinburgh is on Tuesday

2nd April 2013 from 6.30pm-8.30pm.

For more details or to reserve your

place call 01342 410 505,

email or



Off The Trolley: Donuts


ast summer, in these pages, I tipped

donuts as the Next Big Thing. At the

time, I was thinking independent

donut shops, full of quirky flavours, inspired

by those springing up across North America.

Places where donuts are made 24 hours a

day, use locally sourced ingredients, and

feature flavours like Earl Grey tea, maple

bacon, and honey dip.

I'm pleased to say, I was sort of right. Donuts

have indeed become hugely popular in

Edinburgh. But instead of small, innovative

shops it is down to a rather larger American

influence, and the February opening of the

first Scottish Krispy Kreme.

Traffic is brought to a standstill at Hermiston

Gait as cars queue for an hour at the drivethru

and Krispy Kreme seems to have quickly

won the hearts and stomachs of a nation.

And while a small minority find them

overrated, “chemically,” and “too sweet,” I

confess I think they’re rather nice myself.

I welcome the coming of the donut era but

this North American invasion casts me back a

few years. For a brief period at the end of the

noughties, the Canadian donut chain Tim

Hortons (a national institution, founded by an

ice hockey player – no joke) attempted to

crack the UK market. Famous for their coffee

and “Timbits” (small, ball-shaped “donut

holes”), in Canada “Timmies” shops are

ubiquitous and wonderful. Selling in Scotland

through concessions in local Spars, sadly the

donuts weren't a patch on the Canadian

versions. They really did have a chemically

taste, but I ate them loyally anyway: I may

have been the only one. The Tim Horton's

experiment didn't last long: within a year they

disappeared, leaving a donut-shaped hole


Krispy Kreme seems assured of a better fate.

And I live in hope that this is the beginning of

the real donut era, and that soon we'll be

seeing artisan donuts in bakeries and cafés all

over the city. In the meantime, I've been

baking them myself. It’s far easier than you

might think, once the deep fryer is mastered.

Or turn to google and search for the

healthier “baked donut” recipes. But however

and wherever you get it, a fresh donut, tossed

in cinnamon and sugar, eaten warm is

definitely the best donut around. (R. Edwards)

Healthy Eating With: Real Foods

We can tell you the farmer’s name and where their field is


f you have any nagging doubts about

the origins of your food, Real Foods has

been keeping short and traceable

supply chains from around the time when

horses were still widely used for farming.

For 50 years Real Foods has been selling

organic fruit, vegetables, grains and many

other products. We are passionate about

knowing who and where our foods are

coming from. By investing in Soil

Association certification we have full

traceability on our organic produce.

When we say our products are organic you

can be certain that they have been

produced to some of the highest organic

standards out there, we can even tell you

where your food was grown and who by.

• Better – Organic farming is better for

the environment, better for animals and

healthier for you.

• Trust – The Soil Association symbol

marks organic products you can trust.

Only 80% of the UK’s organic

goods are certified by the Soil

Association, but all of ours are.

• Natural – Organic certification means

complete traceability and ensures you

can be certain your food is without

chemicals, nasty additives or GM.

We have been providing affordable organic

goods you can trust for 50 years, so you

could say this is our field of expertise.

Ploughing the old fashioned way where horses are used to

farm your food, not as a food source.

Photograph reproduced with kind permission from Trevor Dennis ©

Real Foods

– 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3JU

– 8 Brougham Street, Edinburgh EH3 9JH

– Shop online at



What’s In Season:

Feeling Crabby


f you thought the rejection of unrequited love was not

receiving a Valentine’s card, think how the men of

Guìzhou (a southwestern province in China) feel when

they receive a sticky rice parcel with a chilli in it!

Somewhere in the middle of April, The Sisters’ Meal festival

see suitors rush like Don Juans, serenading the ladies,

handing presents of dyed rice to those who have floated

their boat. The girls hand back packets of the sticky grain,

hidden inside are unspoken messages – two chopsticks

means yes; a single chopstick – no. And the chilli On yer

bike! Well at least they get a snack out of it.

Another oddity this month is the Trelawny Yam Festival in

Jamaica. If you fancy participating in yam-balancing races or

dressing up a goat and donkey, this is the place for you. You

never know, you may get crowned Yam King or Queen.

Closer to home and a little more historic, the Scottish

Crannog Centre will be holding their Celtic Food and Drink

Festival on 28th April. See what our ancestors cooked and

ate; you’ll be surprised at the diversity of their diet!

This month’s recipe combines another versatile ingredient,

chicken, as well as seasonal crab and spring onions. An odd

combination I know, but they work beautifully together. Get

a dressed crab from the fishmongers if you can’t be arsed

piddling about with a whole one. I got mine from Ridley's at

Stockbridge Market. Don’t, under any circumstances, use

the tinned stuff, it’s foul, and you won’t have the rich brown

meat where the crabbiness is most potent. Shop local!

Crabby Chicken

1 dressed crab

2 chicken fillet, flattened out

2 spring onions, chopped finely

Lime zest & juice

Fresh ginger, optional

Salt, pepper, to taste

Soy sauce


Mix crab, onions, lime, ginger, salt

and pepper together.

Place chicken on oiled foil,

splashed with soy sauce. Stuff as

much of the crab as you can into

the flattened fillets and tightly

roll up the chicken in the foil.

Bake for 30 minutes in a

preheated over (190C/Fan


Serve with rice and stir fry


Lea writes and

is @BakersBunny on Twitter

What else is in my basket

Lamb, wild trout, sardines, cockles, forced rhubarb, wild garlic,

purple sprouting broccoli, spring onions.


Bistros and Brasseries

Bijou – A local eatery for breakfast, lunch &

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

ever changing menu, available in 3 different sizes,

bijou, medium and main – you choose. Private

Dining available. Free wifi. 2 Restalrig Road

Edinburgh, EH6 8BN – 0131 538 0664


Bread Street Brasserie – Serving

international cuisine with a Scottish focus, Bread

Street Brasserie is the perfect setting in which to

relax and enjoy your surroundings, a step away

from the bustling City Centre. In crisp, stylish

surroundings, local, seasonal produce is offered,

showcasing Scotland’s finest seafood and beef.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, pre-theatre and

dinner. Bread Street Brasserie, 34 Bread Street,

Edinburgh EH3 9AF – 0131 221 5558

The Edinburgh Larder Bistro – Scottish

menu, produced with locally sourced, free-range,

seasonally fresh ingredients. This bistro states a

commitment to be boldly flavoursome,

environmentally sustainable, and culturally

daring as they work with lesser-known but

sustainable cuts of meat and fish. Sample

Scottish Spirits & Beers, carefully selected wines

from Woodwinters and Edinburgh-based Artisan

Roast coffees and Eteaket teas. Open Daily

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

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

Edinburgh, EH2 4PH – 0131 225 4599,

Elbow – Eat ... the freshest produce from cakes

to steaks. Drink ... grape to grain and everything

in-between. Enjoy ... the little things that count. .

Bar open 11am-1am, 7 days.Lunch, dinner & snacks

daily from 11am –10pm. Burger & a cocktail £10


every Wednesday all day! Monday Movies,

Tuesday Pub Quiz, Friday's Live Music & D.J's.

133-135 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh

– 0131 556 5662 –

Stac Polly Brasserie, Gin & Wine Bar –

Scottish lunch menu with meat, fish, vegetarian

options and sharing platters. Light bites from midafternoon

and throughout the evening. Selection

of premium Scottish and London gins 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



One Square – a vibrant bar and restaurant,

offering a modern, uniquely British take on the

classic grand café, serving an inventive range of

dishes by award-winning Executive Chef,

Malcolm Webster, from breakfast and afternoon

tea to late-night dining, all with views of

Edinburgh Castle. The bar features over 40

different varieties of premium gin. Open daily

from 7am to midnight, food served until 11pm.

1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR – 0131 221

6422 –


Calistoga Central & Sideways Wines –

Current Holders of ‘Speciality Restaurant of the

Year’ at Scottish Restaurant Awards. Edinburgh’s

original and only Californian restaurant. Our

unique fresh food is prepared by our great

kitchen team who are inspired by the flavours of

California. Wine List of over 100 Californian

wines at only £5 above shop prices. Try us or

book one of of unique Wine, Whisky or Beer

Tastings Dinners. Private Dining.

70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX

– 0131 225 1233 –




Fish and Seafood

The Ship on The Shore – Seafood

Restaurant and Bar. Sustainable Scottish seafood

served with simplicity and style complemented

by a carefully chosen and extensive wine and

champagne list. Try the fruits de mer for two or

the oysters, both with champagne. The Ship also

serves lobster, smoked salmon, mussels, crab,

monkfish, bass and much more. Seasonal

specialities include game and meat dishes.

Outside seating. Food served Mon-Sun noon-

10pm. 24-26 The Shore – 0131 555 0409.


La Garrigue – Regional French Cuisine and

Terroir Wines from the Languedoc/Roussillon. A

restaurant where ‘Chef Jean Michel Gauffre brings

warm Languedoc to your plate’ (Peter Irvine,

Scotland The Best). Simple and stylish with the

relaxed ambience of a French bistro and a firm

favourite with locals and tourists alike. Winner of

the Good food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the

Year 2010. Also Gordon Ramsay’s Best French

Restaurant 2010. Open 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner.

31 Jeffrey Street – 0131 557 3032


La P’tite Folie – Informal, bustling bistro with

mixed clientèle. Favourites include moules frites,

steak frites, beef bourguignon, duck, etc. Extensive

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

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

catered for, set dinner available.

9 Randolph Place – 0131 225 8678

61 Frederick Street – 0131 225 7983

L'Escargot Blanc – First floor West End

restaurant. Sit beside a window and reminisce of

the bohemian Latin Quarter or Marais district of

Paris. Traditional French and classic dishes such as

garlicky Snails, Rabbit in Dijon mustard, Shetland

lamb Navarin or Cassoulet, iles 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. Friday and Sat 12 noon-3pm

and 5.30pm-10.30pm. Closed Sunday.

17 Queensferry St – 0131 226 1890 to make a

reservation –

L'Escargot Bleu – “French twist using the

best of Scotland” The Auld Alliance is alive and

well! Chef Patron Fred Berkmiller seeks out

others that share his passion for excellence.

Producers of Scotland for 1st class quality meat,

fresh water fish, handpicked fruits and vegetables

whilst his partner Betty will proudly serves 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. Frid & Sat 12 noon-3pm

and 5.30pm-10.30pm. Closed Sunday, (open 7 days

during August) 56 Broughton Street

– 0131 557 1600 to make a reservation



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 –

Kurdish / Middle Eastern

Hanams –Authentic cuisine in the heart of

Edinburgh and 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 extensice Dry

Bar and shish balcony(blankets provided!). Open 7

Days. 3 Johnston Terrace, EH1 2PW - 0131 225 1329

Pomegranate – Middle Eastern Street Food

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

wide selection of vegetarian dishes, main courses

and mouthwatering desserts. BYOB with no

corkage charge. Non-alcohol bar available plus

Shisha pipes. 1 Antigua Street, Edinburgh,

EH1 3NH – 0131 556 8337




The Dome – Located in the city centre, The

Dome is situated on the site of the Old Physician’s

Hall designed and built in 1775 by James Craig, the

celebrated planner of Edinburgh’s New Town. After

major refurbishment, this listed building became

The Dome which opened in 1996. The Dome

houses 2 restaurants, namely The Grill Room &

The Club Room. A La Carte Lunch & Dinner Menus

are offered in both restaurants. The Dome

favourites include The Dome Club Sandwich and

The Dome Burger. Local Scottish produce is used

wherever possible. The menus are created to

include a flavour of Scotland and Europe. The Grill

Room is open seven days from 12 noon until Late.

The Club Room is open Monday, Tuesday and

Wednesday from 10 am until 5 pm: Thursday,

Friday and Saturday from 10 am until Late. The

Club Room is closed on Sundays.

14 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF.

Reservations – 0131 624 8624.

The Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar &

Brasserie – The best in contemporary eating

and drinking & un-paralleled views from the

Castle to the Firth of Forth. Executive Chef Stuart

Muir uses fresh seasonal Scottish produce to

create food of the finest quality by matching

modern flavours with classical techniques. Fresh,

sustainable seafood available from the Seafood

Bar whilst the Brasserie offers round the clock


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

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

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

Book on line at

– 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh,

EH2 2AD – 0131 524 8350

A room in the town, a room in

the west end, a room in Leith

– A trio of well-loved Scottish bistros. The

emphasis is on quality, fresh, affordable Scottish

produce served in a relaxed and friendly

atmosphere. All are fully licensed with BYOW

option also. Leith has a stunning waterside setting

and incorporates the bar 'Teuchters'. The West

End branch also has a Teuchters and like The

Town is within easy walking distance of Princes St.

18 Howe St – 0131 225 8204,

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

Leith, 1c Dock Place – 0131 554 7427


No11 Hotel & Brasserie – Open from

10.00pm-22.00pm seven days a week, serving

light lunches, luxury afternoon teas and fine

dining dinners. Our food has an emphasis on

quality ingredients from artisan suppliers. We are

just five minutes from Edinburgh Playhouse

Theatre. 11 Brunswick St, Edinburgh EH7 5JB

– 01315576910 –

Stac Polly – Stac Polly is one of Edinburgh's

original restaurants for authentic Scottish food

and atmosphere; now in its 23rd year. Stone walls

combine with flickering candles, crisp linen and

twinkling glasses to give a truly Scottish

experience. Expect a menu of exciting

interpretations of modern and traditional cuisine

using locally sourced produce. We have a fantastic

selection of Scottish beers and a fine array of

single malt whiskies at both Dublin Street and St

Marys Street Bistro. Private dining rooms at Dublin





Street and St Mary's Street Bistro. Open 7 days.

New menus online –

29-33 Dublin St – 0131 556 2231

38 St Mary’s St – 0131 557 5754

The Whiski Rooms – Glamorous new sister

venue to the award winning WHISKI on the Royal

Mile. With iconic views over the Mound to

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

serving fresh Scottish food and cakes. Stocking an

impressive range of premium spirits, wines and

Scottish beers, ciders and over 300 whiskies.

Beside the bar is a specialist whisky shop where

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

whisky tastings.

– Whiski Bar & Restaurant, 119 High Street,

Edinburgh, EH1 1SG, 0131 556 3095.

Whiski Rooms Bar & Bistro, 4-7 North Bank

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

Whiski Rooms Shop, 0131 225 1532,


Iggs and Barioja – Est. 1989 and recently

featured in Channel 5’s Restaurant Inspector.

Modern Spanish Cusine and Tapas using the finest

ingredients imported directly from Spain

alongside the best of local, seasonal Scottish

produce. 2 AA Rosettes. An excellent wine list

which has won many accolades including the ‘AA

Most Notable Wine list Award’.

Iggs, 15 Jeffrey Steet – 0131 557 8184 and

Barioja, 19 Jeffrey St – 0131 557 3622

La Mula Obstinada – 2 Course Lunches £6.25,

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

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

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

0131 555 3103, 46 Queen Charlotte Street, Leith,


– 0131 555 3103. Watch this space

– more details coming soon.

Tapa – With its white-washed, high-vaulted

walls adorned with a stunning floor to ceiling

antique bull fighting poster and live Flamenco

guitarist on Friday & Saturday evenings, Tapa in

Leith evokes memories of lazy summer holidays

spent with family and friends. Sunday afternoons

are a must as their Andalusian Head Chef prepares

Paella in the restaurant while you eat! The perfect

tonic if you have over indulged the previous

evening! 19 Shore Place, Edinburgh EH6 6SW –

0131 476 6776 –

Tex Mex

Tex Mex – Donald Mavor, head chef and

proprietor brings the heart of Mexico to your

table, emphasising traditional Mexican food with

an authentic menu. Try the flaming fajitas and the

potent Margaritas ‘the best in town’. Good fun,

tasty food and very affordable.

64 Thistle Street – 0131 260 9699


Bars and Bar Food

52 Canoes Tiki Den – Cheeky Tiki Cocktails,

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

Bands, Live Cheeky Tiki Burlesque Shows, Pooch

Friendly, Children Welcome, Fresh, Ground

Coffee. Sit In or Takeaway Menu. Breakfast Served

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

Sat & Sun open 9am-1am.

13-14 Melville Place, Edinburgh EH3 7PR

– 0131 2264732

The Abbotsford – Guest ales served at a fine

‘island bar’. Est. 1902 specialising in beers from

Scottish independent breweries. Lunch & dinner

served in the bar or in the restaurant ‘Above’.

3-5 Rose Street – 0131 225 5276 –

Boda Bar – A cosy, friendly bar with a subtle

Swedish twist. Regulars, Leithers, Students and

Tourists mix together are all welcome. When you

book the backroom for more than 15 people you

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

lovely Idun’s Elderflower cider, Aquavit and many

odd shots. Every Monday is live music and on

regular basis there are Bar Boot Sales. Check web

page for all events: Open Mon-

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

229 Leith Walk 0131 553 5900

The Canons’ Gait – A Real Ale/Gastro pub in

Edinburgh’s Old Town offering a selection of Ales

from Scottish micro breweries. This bar has gained

a reputation for it’s impressive bar food. The menu

includes traditional dishes such as Crombies

sausage and mash, fish ‘n’ chips, haggis etc, more

ambitious daily specials and outstanding desserts.

All offer superb value for money and always with

the emphasis on home made and seasonal

produce. There is also a large Cellar Bar available

for free hire, book early to avoid disappointment!

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

High Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8DQ – 0131 556 4481



The Compass Bar – Warm welcomes, a cosy

environment and excellent service makes

Compass the well established bar and restaurant it

is. Serving great food, all locally sourced and fresh,

daily – changing menus. All day breakfast menu on

Saturday & Sunday. Wide selection of beers, real

ales and quality wines available. Food served

10am-10pm daily. 44 Queen Charlotte Street

Edinburgh, EH6 7EX – 0131 554 1979.

The Cumberland Bar – 1-3 Cumberland

Street - Spacious bar with lots of rooms and beer

garden. Eight real ales on tap. Plus good wine list.

Mixed clientele, pet-friendly. Good bar food

available for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

– 0131 558 3134 –

Joseph Pearce – Joseph Pearce's popularity is

testament to the warm and genuine welcome it


extends to a diverse clientele. During the day a

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

stocked with all the toys, highchairs and feeding

paraphernalia that junior patrons and their

beleaguered parents could require. From 5pm a

more grown-up but equally laid-back atmosphere

pervades, making Pearce's a favourite haunt of a

cool crowd seeking simple relaxation or perhaps

taking part in one of the regular jogging. Many will

be there to enjoy the Scandinavian-tinged menu

of gravadlax, pork meatballs with root vegetable

mash in a plum sauce or smoked haddock with

crisply roasted hasselback potatoes and poached

egg, all washed down with a great draught and

bottled drinks selection Open Sun-Thurs 11ammidnight,

Fri-Sat 11am -1am.

23 Elm Row 0131 556 4140.

The Guildford Arms – Edinburgh's finest Real

Ale Bar - perfect to enjoy food, cask ales, malt

whisky and imported beers.- Ten taps of (mostly

Scottish) cask ales from Scottish micro-breweries.

Regular beer festivals. food served all day.

1-5 West Register Street – 0131 556 4312


The Huxley – The new home of social

entertaining in Edinburgh. Located in the city's

West End, The Huxley is the perfect place to

relax, refuel and gather with friends. An informal,

casual space has been created and the menu is

über on-trend with its focus on burgers and hot

dogs. The former are all made with chuck steak

whilst ‘dogs’ include, ‘naked’, ‘chilli-cheese’,

‘kimchi’ and ‘Chicago’ versions. Small plates and

boards of tempting tapas also feature and bottled

and cask beers from around the world shape the

drinks list. 1 Rutland Street, EH1 2AE – 0131 229

3402 –

Nobles – With this café bar and venue, the

Phoenix has risen from the flames. Since reopening

this classic Victoriana bar has very quickly

established a top reputation as a classy watering




hole, fine eatery and live music hub and continues

to charm critics and customers alike. Nobles has a

warm, inviting and contemporary feel whist

maintaining it's traditional, bold wood and stain

glass heritage. The menu is locally sourced and

expertly prepared to an exceptionally high

standard. Music also plays a large part in the day to

day life of Nobles so expect to see top drawer,

original live music from Tuesday through to Sunday

following food service. Real ales, a fantastic wine

list, high speed wi-fi, fresh Fairtrade TM coffee plus

various organic loose leaf teas complete the

experience. Opening times 12pm-1am Monday to

Friday, 11am-1am Saturday & 10am-1am Sunday.

Children & Dry well behaved dogs are welcome.

44a Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6RS

– 0131 629 7215 – –

The Old Chain Pier – Under the new

management of Billy and Peter Ross, this

Newhaven bar has a glass frontage with views

over the firth of forth which allow one of the

finest panoramic views in Edinburgh. The water

almost laps your toes. Real ales, bottled beers,

wines and whiskies. Fresh, homemade pub food

made on the premises daily. Child and dog

friendly, beer garden. 32 Trinity Crescent,

Edinburgh, EH5 3ED – 0131 552 4960

The Parlour – Offers a warm and welcoming

atmosphere, with comfy sofas for people to

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

fine coffee, loose leaf Suki teas and freshly

squeezed juices. We offer great evenings of

entertainment. Every Mon Andy Lang, Fri Night

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

Friendly – 142 Duke Street – 0131 555 3848

Roseleaf Bar Café – A cosy wee bar café in

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

homemade ginger beer, cracking coffee, loose

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

served up in Grannies finest bone china.

Wholesome brunchies, lunchies, din-dins &

munchies served from 10 till 10 everyday with

daily changing specials including Sunday roasts &

home baked bread and cakes all made with luv!

All locally sourced, free range & organic where

possible cause it tastes really, really good! Free

WIFI, wheelchair & child friendly. Open from

10am-1am everyday. For bookings call

0131 476 5268 or email

23-24 Sandport Place, Leith


The Salisbury Arms – In the shadow of the

majestic Arthur's Seat and opposite the

Commonwealth pool. A beautifully refurbished

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

couches and a stunning restaurant area. Serving

quality home cooked food with an interesting

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

EH16 5AD – 0131 667 4518

The Sheep’s Heid – village pub & restaurant

in Duddingston and Edinburgh’s oldest surviving

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

dine on Scottish seasonal food or in the warmer

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

tap, wine list and a skittle alley available to hire

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

3QA – 0131 661797. Open everyday.

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

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

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

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

it is more like a party in the kitchen with many

delightfully tasty cocktail s on offer. Lots of

events: Sing Songwriters nights, Clothes swaps,

Knitting nights, Film nights and variety of cool

parties. Check webpage:

Open Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon-1am Sun 1pm -

1am. 65 Henderson Street 0131 555 7019.

The Street – A popular mixed bar at the top of

the very funky Broughton St. By day the glass

front makes it an ideal place to relax inside or out

with a coffee & people watch, whilst at night it

attracts a livelier crowd with a buzzing

atmosphere. Good pub food such as homemade

burgers & enchiladas until 9pm, and snacks such as

nachos, homemade chilli & potato wedges until

midnight Sun-Thurs. Premium selection of beers,

wines & spirits and cocktails and Rekordelig cider

on draft! Open 12pm-1am Mon-Sat, 12.30pm-1am

Sun. 2 Picardy Place, EH1 3JT – 0131 556 4272


Victoria – Victoria’s philosophy is that everyone

who is nice is welcome to join the party. The

drinks range is chosen and proven by staff and

regulars, including beers from at least thirty-five

different countries and their own-brand Iduns

swedish cider. Events include a language café

every Monday, live acoustic music every so often

and irregular speed-dating singles nights. Any

sense of gimmickry is nicely underplayed, though.

With a child-friendly ethos during the day, a warm

and moodily lit atmosphere at night, a wellstocked

bar and very friendly service, all you need

for a great local is right here. Check facebook for

all events. Open Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon -1am

and Sun 1pm- midnight.

265 Leith Walk 0131 555 1638.

The White Horse – The bar is an institution on

the Royal Mile where it has been serving thirsty

locals and tourists alike in several different guises

since 1742. Come along for a glass of wine, pint,

meal or simply a coffee and a slice of cake. Great

bar menu available. The White Horse is also a free

fringe venue in the private stable room to the rear

of the building throughout the festival. Opening

times: Mon-Thur 12 noon-11pm, Fri & Sat 12 noon-

12 pm, Sun 12 noon-11pm.

266 Canongate – 0131 557 3512



Bakery Andante – Exceptional Artisan bread,

pastries and cakes made at a slower pace! Breads

include seven types of sourdoughs, speciality

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

brownies and much more. All products are made

from scratch (starting from basic ingredients) on

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

352 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4QL

– 0131 447 8473 –

Follow on Facebook: ‘Bakery Andante’


Edinburgh Larder – A relaxed bright and

welcoming café with a delicious selection of

local, good quality food using organic/seasonal

ingredients whenever possible. Great coffee from

Artisan Roast, teas from Eteaket, lovely

homebaking inc. superb cakes! Fully licensed with

tasty local craft beer and a range of great value

wines from Alliance Wines. Free WiFi, wheelchair

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

Thurs and 8am-9pm Fri - Sat.

15 Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NB – 0131 556 6922

Hemma – A newly opened café/bar with great

brunch, lunch, buffet, smörgåsbord platters,

dinners and last but not least cakes. A family

friendly haven daytime and a party place at night

with 12 well chosen draughts on tap and an

extensive cocktail list. It is a big place where you

can bring 130 of your friends and have a great

party on the mezzanine level. Every Friday is a

after work DJ starting from 6pm. Other events like

networking meetings, promotional events, Vintage

pop up shops and plenty others are occurring on

a frequent basis. Come and have a look! Open

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

Building, 75 Holyrood Road.

– 0131 629 3327.




I Heart Café – Licensed café and coffee shop.

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

Leith Walk! Breakfast, all day menu and weekend

brunch. Great coffee & Eteaket teas, pastries,

cakes & sweet treats, sharing platters & deli

nibbles, lovely vino & cool beers. Open 7 days

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

26-27 Haddington Place, EH7 4AF

– 0131 556 1672.

Union of Genius Soup Café – You need

soup – and we have soup; the best soup in

Scotland! Our soups won the Good Soup Guide's

Best Soup in Scotland award 2013. Each day we

serve six different soups, flavour-matched with

four artisan breads. We always have veggie and

vegan options, and most of our soups are

naturally gluten-free. We have Artisan Roast

coffee and a gorgeous range of hot chocolates

from Coco and The Chocolate Tree. Open 9am-

4pm Monday-Friday. 8 Forrest Road, EH1 2QN,

– 0131 226 4436 –

Craft Pattisserie and


La Cerise – is a fresh and innovative patisserie

cake and coffee shop that will leave you hooked

on Café Culture. Individual cakes, celebration

cakes, pastries, award-winning home-made icecream

and more – all made fresh on the

premises. All products are hand-crafted fine

foods made from the best quality ingredients.

Many are gluten-free and they use free-range

eggs. From homemade soups that will transform

your lunchtime into a five-a-day brain-booster, to

cakes and desserts that evoke sheer ecstasy, and

delicious savoury items. 199 Great Junction

Street (corner Bangor Road), Leith, EH6 5LQ –

0131 555 6065. LRT buses: 1, 7, 10, 14, 21, 34, 36.

Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm.


Cranachan & Crowdie – Purveyors of Fine

Scottish Food & Drink is Edinburgh’s newest

delicatessen selling only products produced in

Scotland. All our cheese, smoked fish and venison

are pre-packaged for easy transport home, to

take on a picnic or to ship worldwide.

Complimenting these are chilled foods including

award-winning yoghurt and a superb range of

oatcakes, condiments, tea & coffee, beer and

whisky, jams, biscuits, shortbread, cakes,

chocolate and not forgetting 3 different brands

of tablet. Our freezer contains handmade meals,

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

263 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ

– 0131 556 7194


Farm Shops

Hopetoun Farm Shop – offers some of

Scotland's finest foods including fresh local

produce from the surrounding Hopetoun Estate

plus a wide range of produce from award winning

Scottish suppliers. Open 7 days a week the Farm

Shop butchery provides a range of fresh beef,

lamb, game and poultry whilst the delicatessen

offers a mouth watering selection of Scottish

cheeses, pies, cakes and cold meats. Hopetoun

Farm Shop, Newton, Broxburn. EH52 6QZ

– 01506 830 716 –

Food Events

Eat Walk Edinburgh – As recommended by

the BBC Good Food Magazine, this is a fabulous

way to learn about Edinburgh whilst sampling its

culinary delights at top venues. Tours start in the

Old town at 2pm and finish in the New Town at

5.30pm. Along the way you will visit 6 premises

and enjoy one of their signature dishes plus a

couple of wine tastings and a malt whisky. For

more info and to book, please visit

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 homemade

using Scottish milk and Scottish cream. No

fat substitutes or flavourings. All available as

cones or in tubs to eat-in or take-away and a

huge range of flavours which include the exotic

and well as classic favourites. 199 Great Junction

Street (corner Bangor Road), Leith, EH6 5LQ0131

555 6065- LRT buses: 1, 7, 10, 14,

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

Local Cooking Lessons

Eat-In Edinburgh – Love food and wish you

could cook it Whether it's cooking better for

your family, impressing your friends or gaining

some more confidence in the kitchen Eat-In

Edinburgh provides affordable cooking lessons

for everyone. All you need is a kitchen and we'll

bring the rest. Eat-In Edinburgh also offers kitchen

assistance and home-cooked meals to those who

are unable to cook for themselves. Email – or call 07702

011451 or go to



Fish ‘n’ Chips Pierinos – Local fish and chip

shop and delivery service. Delicious menu ranging

from fabulous Fish & Chips and succulent

Sausages to perfect Pizza and irresistible Pasta.

Call 0131 477 7727 or order online at

11 Bernard Street, Leith, EH6 6PW

Los Cardos – Fresh Mex Burritos, Quesadillas

and Tacos made-to-order with choice of grilled

marinated chicken, steak, haggis, and slowcooked

pork. Vegetarian and vegan options also

available. Fresh made guacamole and choice of

five salsas ranging from Mild to Extra-Hot.

Delivery to EH3, EH5, EH6, EH7 and EH8

postcodes. 281 Leith Walk – 0131 555 6619


Wine Bars

Le Di-Vin – is Edinburgh’s most sophisticated

Wine Bar beside La P’tite Folie restaurant on

Randolph Place. You can enjoy complementing

charcuterie with your favourite wine as most are

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

Closed Sundays. 9 Randolph Place, EH3 7TE

– 0131 538 1815 –

Wines Online

Bacco Wine – Independent Italian wine and oil

specialists. Delivering only the best Italy can

offer. Free delivery on any 6 bottles case and

special discounts in the Edinburgh area.

Wine Stores

Henderson Wines – Independent wine

merchant. Wine ranges from £5 a bottle on offer

wines to £100 plus on fine clarets and

champagne. A good range of collectable Malt

Whiskies up to £300 a bottle. 100+ beers

available. Collectable spirits also. Home delivery.

109 Comiston Rd – 0131 447 8580 and new shop

now open at 23 Roseburn Terrace

– 0131 337 4444.

Sideways Wine Store – Californian wine

specialist. Over 150 wines and beers available.

Free delivery in Edinburgh area. Buy direct from

70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh

EH2 3DX – 0131 225 1233



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