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Your Independent, Local Guide to
Eating and Drinking in Edinburgh
Restaurant & Bar Reviews
Food, Wine, Beer,
Cocktails, Whisky, Listings
Bite goes Mexican
See our feature from p.12 and win some flaming fajitas from The Smokestack p.29.
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Fresh, Simple, Sustainable
Locally sourced Scottish fish and shellfish on The Shore
New Stockbridge location
0131 538 6131, 15 North West Circus Place, Stockbridge
email@example.com • www.cafefish.net
WHISKY SHOP, BAR & BISTRO
Food served all day. Fresh, local, Scottish produce.
Premium wine & spirits list
Scottish craft beers & ciders
Exclusive range of Innis and Gunn beer
Iconic views over The Mound
The Mound 4-7 North Bank Street, Edinburgh.
Bar & Bistro
0131 225 7224
0131 225 1532
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‘The best of Scottish produce prepared
for you in the heart of Edinburgh’
Deli & Licensed Cafe
15 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NB
Delicious all day breakfast
available on Sundays
Tel: 0131 556 6922
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In this issue
07 Review The Salisbury Arms
09 Review La P’tite Folie
11 Review The Grill Room
12 Mexican Feature
20 Recipe By Thomasina Miers
22 The Los Cardos Guide to Salsa
24 The Insider
25 Gourmet Girl
27 Off the Trolley
28 What’s in Season
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Review: The Salisbury Arms
A village pub in town
he Salisbury Arms, on the southside
site facing the Commonwealth pool,
Thas recently opened following a total
revamp. Branded as a local ‘village pub’, it’s a
great spot to head after a Holyrood Park jaunt.
The general vibe is a pleasingly coherent blend
of cosy pub-cum-hunting-lodge, with a bit of
trendy plush thrown in, and a beer garden
crying out for that elusive sunny afternoon!
The menu has plenty of options to please the
casual and formal diner alike, and boasts wellsourced
ingredients. Whilst looking through
choices, we started with some of their house
bread (£2.60), still-warm slices of white bread
cooked with rosemary and red onions.
We were ready to order when a genuine
!STOP PRESS! moment occurred: a late
addition to the menu of scallops with black
pudding and apple (£6). The Silver Fox got his
claim in first, but I did steal a few forkfuls!
Each bite brought together the slightly-seared
caramelised scallops, a touch more sweetness
from the soft apple, and contrasting spice
from the black pudding. My starter (£4.95) was
equally satisfying, featuring three giant grilled
portobello mushrooms, topped with crisp
bacon. The addition of a fair bit of chilli and
garlic to pique the palate made it really fly.
Main courses were also from the day’s
specials. Mine, a Gallic charmer of roast lamb
(£17.95), Dauphinoise potatoes and a
Provençal-style ratatouille. The lamb was
perfectly tender and pink, and there’s no
better accompaniment than a forkful of
creamy potatoes. More garlic for me then!
The tomatoey stew cut through it all, and
featured large olives which still had a firm
bite. Mister went for the veal dish (£13.95).
Not for the faint-hearted, this was a size-able
Parmesan-encrusted escalope of veal, served
atop a huge pile of al-dente lingue, which
was dressed with another tomato-based
To finish we had the pudding sharing platter
(£10.50), which just erred on the wrong side
of epic. Highlights were proper ‘adult’ dark
chocolate brownies with a dense vanilla ice
cream, and rich-baked cheesecake with berry
compôte. Slightly underwhelming were the
lemon tarte and Eton mess, the latter of
which should have had more fruit and
meringue to contrast against the cream.
Minor gripe aside, we were really impressed,
and welcomed this newbie with open arms!
The Salisbury Arms
– 58 Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AD
– 0131 667 4518
Mon-Sat, noon-10pm; Sun 12:30pm-9:30pm
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The best little slice of Poland in Edinburgh just got a lot bigger
DELI POLONIA BAKERY
now offers authentic Polish artisan bread baked
on our premises
P O L I S H
D E L I C AT E S S E N
235-241 Leith Walk, Edinburgh
EH6 8NY • Tel: 0131 555 1281
OPENING HOURS –
Delicatessen: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm;
Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 9am-6pm
Café: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm;
NEW & NOW OPEN
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 | www.locandadegusti.com
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Review: La P’tite Folie Aka 'The Little Madness'
n competitive, recessionary times
restaurants that survive must be doing
Isomething right. Those that are thriving
surely have a recipe for success
There are two city-centre braches of La
P’tite Folie, Frederick St and Randolph Place
and the latter has a wine bar annexed, Le Di
Vin. All are very popular and have a loyal
following. So what is the winning formula
Mr Bite and I went along to Frederick Street
to find out.
The restaurant is furnished à la French bistro
and in true Gallic style a lightly-dressed
salad, bread and water appear promptly on
the table. I am delighted to see the twicebaked
dolcelatte soufflé with walnuts as a
starter (£5.95) and it doesn’t disappoint.
Light, fluffy and strongly cheesy with
walnuts that are well-toasted to reveal extra
crunch and flavour; a superb twist on a
classic combo. Mr Bite is equally pleased
with his home-made rillettes of duck confit
with caramelised apples (£4.95). He likes the
shredded deeply aromatic meat and
comments that the apples add flavour and
Main course for me is roast halibut with
char-grilled artichoke and asparagus
tagliatelle with slow-roasted tomatoes
(£16.50) and Mr Bite has the fillet of
Aberdeen Angus beef with Roquefort and
garlic butter (£23.45). My halibut is cooked
just so; it is a particularly, meaty fish and I
am pleased that it is still moist inside. The
snow white fish sits on soft tagliatelle, zingy
artichokes and fresh firm asparagus. It is all
bound in an unctuous home-made pesto. Mr
Bite loves his steak. It is cooked rare and is
soft and tender. The chef has done his
Desserts are tarte tatin for me and a white
chocolate crème brûlée for Mr B (both
£4.85). The tart is good but the crème brûlée,
c’est superbe! The glassy, toffee-coloured
topping splinters to reveal a luscious,
decadent creaminess enhanced by the white
Mr Bite and I conclude that excellent
produce, a Gallic pride in the execution of
the dishes, comfortable bistro ambience and
competitive pricing are La P’tite Folie’s
secret to success. (S. Wilson)
La P'tite Folie
– 61 Frederick Street, Edinburgh
– 0131 225 7983
–9 Randolph Place, Edinburgh
– 0131 225 8678
Mon-Sun Lunch 12 noon-3pm and for
Virginie Brouard, owner of La P'tite Folie,
sponsors a feeding programme for 800
orphans in Ethiopia. For more info visit La
P'tite Folie's website
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Out of Town:
Seafood Sundays in East
Lothian and Fife
or the last two consecutive Sundays I
have had the opportunity to enjoy the
beautiful coastlines around Edinburgh
and, somewhat shockingly, there has even
been sunshine. All that is needed is good
Scottish seafood and bliss is surely
Firstly, a jaunt out to North Berwick to the
Lobster Shack with Mr Bite and Aussie Girl to
enjoy straight-off-the-boat lobster. Chips,
salad, tea, coffee and … wait for it …
champagne (heavens above) are also available.
We ordered three half lobsters, two with
garlic and herb butter and one with a sweet
chilli dressing (£8.50), hand-cut chips,
coleslaw and potato salad come with the
crustaceans and the crab bisque (£3.50) is a
must. We joined other diners sitting around
the harbour and ‘got stuck in’. Lobster from
Fife and from the East Coast is the best I have
tasted anywhere and this seafood shack
certainly does it justice. The perfect Sunday
lunch was eaten whilst people watching and
enjoying views of the magnificent Bass Rock.
Moreover, being canny, I saved the shells for a
lobster stock made later that evening.
The Lobster Shack
– North Berwick Harbour
– Simply follow your nose or visit
www.lobstershack.co.uk for more details.
Sunday no. 2 and ‘The Dowager’ suggested an
East Neuk trip to investigate the repair of one
of her broken pottery cats. Having a free day
and a definite alternative agenda I agreed.
You see I knew, thanks to Twitter (and a
certain harbour hussy) that the Crail Food
Festival would be in full swing. There were
stalls from Fife Food Diet, Arbroath Smokies
(with the usual festival queue) Pittenweem
Chocolate and other delicious, local
offerings. But Zut Alors! All the lobster was
gone, eaten, and no more! Rescue came in
the form of the Crail Harbour Gallery and
Tearoom and what a find that is. It has a small
patio out back with fabulous views of the Isle
of May, flowers and a mouth-watering
seafood menu. Dressed crab with sea salt
crisps, salad and mayo (£11ish) times two
please with double chocolate and lemon
drizzle cakes to follow (S. Wilson).
– Shoregate, Crail, Fife KY10 3SU
– 01333 451896
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Review: Grill Room At The Dome
dinburghers will know The Dome as
the place with the beautiful Christmas
decorations, and probably not much
more. I've not met many locals who have
made it their local, and from the range of
languages I overheard while visiting, it was
clear that this George Street establishment
has made it into many a foreign guide book.
Not sure whether there would be any
substance to back the hype, I visited to try
the dinner menu at the Grill Room – and was
very pleasantly surprised.
The choice of starters presented me with that
enjoyable hardship of having to choose
between about four equally delicious
sounding options. In these situations I find it
best to defer responsibility, and asked the
waiter to choose for me. He did, and the
tempura king prawns in peanut sauce with
salted cucumber (£10) was perhaps the
highlight of the evening. It tasted – and
looked – absolutely exquisite and a week later
I am still fondly remembering that spicy
peanut sauce and tongue-burning saltiness of
the cucumber. My partner in food chose the
goats cheese with confit of red and yellow
peppers, served on a garlic crostini (£8.50),
and loved it (I didn't get a try).
We moved onto mains: roast lamb with crispy
beetroot and sautéed potatoes (£21), and
breaded pork escalopes with mushroom
cream sauce and crispy sage. The lamb was
pronounced perfect: well cooked, and
delicious. My pork was heavenly, and came
with a side of potatoes and green beans with
fried onion and pancetta (£17). Any vegetable
that comes with bacon is a definite winner in
my books, and the whole dish was faultless.
We finished with crème brûlée served with
raspberries, and a chocolate caramel mousse
with summer berries (both £6.50): lovely ends
to the meal, if perhaps not as exceptional as
the other courses had been. We washed it all
down with a bottle of Côtes du Rhône (£23),
from a good selection of house wines.
The Dome may be on the tourist route, but to
rule it out as merely a tourist attraction is to
do it a great disservice; it's not just for show.
While the 1930s-eqsue interior is impressive,
with its nostalgic glamour and glass ceiling,
the food more than holds its own in an
opulent and decadent setting (R. Edwards).
Grill Room at the The Dome
– 14 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PF
– 0131 624 8624
Open 7 days, dinner 5pm-late.
a week later I am still fondly remembering that spicy peanut
sauce and tongue-burning saltiness of the cucumber
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Mexican food combines hot, spicy flavours with a rainbow of fresh, tasty
ingredients; avocados, limes, fish, chillies, cheese, squashes, peppers and
chocolate meld together in this colourful cuisine. Many of these
ingredients are the ultimate ‘feel-good’ foods whether for their health benefits or
for their endorphin-releasing properties. And don’t forget the drinks; in margaritas
and pisco sours citrus, salt and alcohol combine to make refreshing, kick- ass,
cocktails. So don a poncho, pull down your sombrero and satisfy your craving
with our guide to Mexican food.
Some Culinary Info …
Agave Syrup – is a natural sweetener
produced in Mexico from the Blue Agave
the same plant that produces tequila.
Agave syrup has a much lower GI content
than sugar and is also sweeter so you can
Ceviche – raw fish marinated or ‘cooked’
Chimchanga – a deep-fried burrito
popular in Tex-Mex cuisine.
Chipotle Chilli – a smoky dried
jalapeño that adds heat and a distinctive
earthy flavour to slow cooked dishes. See
Churros – Long-ridged fried doughnuts
sprinkled with sugar and dunked in real hot
chocolate – yum!
Cocoa – has god-like status and is used in
both sweet and savoury dishes – you must
use at least 70% cocoa solids though.
Gordita – means ‘little fat one’ in Spanish.
It is a small round pasty made with
cornmeal and stuffed with cheese or meat.
Fajitas – Tex Mex and Mexican term
referring to grilled meat served on a tortilla
with all the trimmings.
Habaneros Chillies – Have a fruity,
citrus flavour. Means the ‘one from Havana’
and is considered the hottest chilli. Also
called Scotch Bonnets.
Herbs – think coriander, thyme, oregano,
mint and parsely.
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Image courtesy of Kim Miller, Los Cardos
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Image courtesy of Kim Miller, Los Cardos
Hoja Santa – sometimes called a
Mexican pepper it is used to season and
flavour dishes. The very large leaves are
sometimes used to encase tamales for
Jalapeño Chilli – named after the city
Xalapa of Mexico. Cylindrical, oval shape
thick and green but turn red when ripe.
See chipotle above.
Masa – Spanish for dough. Refers to a
maize or cornmeal dough.
Mole – a sauce. According to Rick Bayless,
the ingredients of mole can be grouped
into five distinct classes: Chillis, sour
(tomatillos), sweet (dried fruits and sugar),
spices, and thickeners (nuts and tortillas).
The ingredients are all roasted and ground
into a fine powder or paste, mixed with
liquid and simmered until thick and
pungent. Mole Poblano contains about
Pasilla Chilli – Long and thin and green
turning to dark brown when mature. They
have a raisin-like texture when dried. Mild
to medium and good with seafood.
Poblano Chilli – Means “pepper from
Pueblo”. Heart-shaped and green turning
red/brown when ripe. Mild to medium.
Tex-Mex – Simply American food
influenced by Mexican cusines.
Tamales – steamed masa filled with pork
or chicken, with salsa
and mole. There are also
sweet tamales (tamal de
Tomatillos – small spherical green fruits
often referred to as the green tomato.
They have a tart citrusy flavour and are
used in salsas. Available from Lupe Pintos.
Tortilla – a flatbread made from wheat
flour; when filled with rice, beans or meat
it is referred to as a burrito when covered
with chilli sauce it is an enchilada. A
quesadilla is a tortilla filled with cheese
along with other ingredients (queso is
Spanish for cheese) whilst a taco can be
filled with anything.
Salsa – spicy relish or dip made with
fresh raw ingredients, chillis and vinegar or
Serrano Chilli – The word ‘serrano;
indicates ‘mountain’. These
chillies are small and
round in shape and
slightly pointed at
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the end. They originate from the
foothills of Puebla in Mexico. They are
smooth dark green when unripe and
turns scarlet red, brown, orange, and
then yellow as they ripen with high
Spices – allspice, cinnamon sticks,
anise, cloves are all used in soups,
stocks, marinades and moles.
Vanilla – Pods are indigineous to the
forests of Veracruz in Mexico.
Lupe Pinto’s Deli – 24 Leven Street,
Edinburgh, EH3 9LJ – 0131 228 6241 – and
online at www.lupepintos.com
Real Foods – 37 Broughton Street,
Edinburgh, EH1 3JU 0131 557 1911 and 8
Brougham Street, Tollcross, EH3 9JH 0131
228 1201. Free online delivery
Must Have Recipe
Mexican food Made
– Thomasina Miers. A must
for all lovers of authentic
Mexican food who want to
make their own food at
The Blue Parrot Cantina
– 49 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge
– 0131 225 2941.
Home-cooked Mexican food.
El Barrio – 47 Hanover Street
– 0131 220 6818. Mexican and Latin
American menu www.elbarrio.co.uk
Illegal Jacks – 113-117 Lothian Road
– 0131 622 7499. Mexican Food Made
Los Cardos – 281 Leith Walk
– 0131 555 6619 Fresh takeaway Mexican
food and home of the haggis burrito.
Mariachi – 7 Victoria Street
– 0131 623 0077
Miro’s Cantina Mexicana
– 184 Rose Street – 0131 225 4376.
Pancho Villas – 240 Canongate
– 0131 557 4416. www.panchovillas.co.uk
Tex Mex II – 64 Thistle Street
– 0131 260 9699. www.texmex2.com
Viva Mexico – 41 Cockburn Street
– 0131 226 5145. www.viva-mexico.co.uk
Half Canned Cooks – by Doug Bell
and Rhoda Robertson, owners of Lupe
Pintos. A fab recipe book that shows you
how to utilise many of the ingredients
they stock in their shop.
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Mexican Celebrations and Day
of the Dead
or Mexicans, like many cultures,
festivals mark religious and political
Fevents. Often it is the Diaspora who
celebrate more reverently than the locals.
Think of Burn's Nights, Caledonian
Societies and Tartan Day to get an idea.
Cinco de Mayo (5th of May)
commemorates an initial victory of
Mexican forces over the French in the
Battle of Pueblo on May 5, 1862. The
holiday is big in the whole of America
where the date is observed as a
celebration of Mexican heritage and pride,
just as St Patrick's Day is to the Irish. Think
tequilas, Dos Equis and Corona instead of
Guinness but the result is similar: sore
heids and mucho laughter.
Many believe it has become too
commercial in the States and is used as a
marketing opportunity but in Mexico it is
smaller and untainted.
Much more authentic is Dia de Los
Muertos (Day of the Dead) which happens
on the 1st and 2nd of November.
Confused The Day of the Dead is actually
two days and coincides with our All Souls
Day. Blame it on the Aztecs. Their
traditions were incorporated into the
Christian calendar. They celebrate the loss
of loved ones and take their celebrations
to the graveside with offerings of
favourite foods and drink. In many ways it
is like an annual wake with a strong
Traditionally, sugar skulls and sweet
breads are left/consumed by the
celebrants. People are often confused by
the horror associated with skulls and
skeletons that adorn houses and public
spaces. However, in the West we have
largely lost touch with the life/death
cycle and have a lot to learn from the
relics of pre-history. Birth and death are
merely two faces of the same coin.
Neither to be feared, but both revered.
So on the 1st of November remember to
raise a cup to those you have loved and
lost and hope that you in turn will not be
forgotten. Oh, and also hope that some
things do not lose their spiritual
significance to commerce and/or
American cultural imperialism. (D. Mavor)
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Don’t swear it off forever
exico’s national drink happens to
be one of the things most wrong
with the drinks trade. I speak of
Tequila of course, rather than beer. Its
mysterious hold over the humble weekend
drinker has curiously not been the subject of
closer scrutiny. Like its Scottish kissingcousin,
Buckfast, its consumption appears to
precede outbreaks of daftness,
obnoxiousness and, occasionally, violence. A
brief poll of Edinburghers suggested that
behaviour of a less than sensible nature was
usually the direct outcome of an evening
spent imbibing the liquid. Some of the
respondents went further, claiming that the
drink ‘isn’t the tastiest, but makes for
interesting conversation later in the night’,
some participants simply turned pale at the
mere mention of Tequila. It would appear
that one disastrous encounter means a
lifetime of fear and avoidance of both
straight Tequila and cocktails which contain
it. A million students have proven that there
is nothing particularly pleasant about rivers
of cheap Tequila, but there is plenty of
quality spirit about, and it’s worth knowing
what to look for in order to get over your
fear of the spirit.
Tequila’s production from blue agave dates
back to the 16th Century – so our fate was
sealed some time ago. The area around the
city of Tequila is delineated, and only spirits
from the specific regions are allowed to
carry the name ‘Tequila’. The juice from the
hand-harvested plants is fermented and then
distilled in large pot stills. The resultant
liquid is clear, with the darker types a result
either of the addition of caramel or oak
ageing. Tequila must legally be 51% blue
agave (the rest can be made up with sugar
and water), but quality spirit is made from
100% agave and will usually indicate this on
The spirit is sold as four types –
Silver/White Tequila has no aging and
has been kept in stainless steel for a
maximum of 60 days, if at all. This is the
most basic type, and is used mostly for
mixing. Gold/Joven Tequila is simply
silver tequila sweetened with caramel,
making it ideal for specific cocktails and
shots. Reposado Tequila spends at least 2
months in oak, taking on a rounder texture
and smoother taste; these are popular in
Mexico and are markedly higher in quality
than the Silver and Gold types. Finally there
is Añejo Tequila, which spends at least
one year in oak, giving a more robust and
complex taste and aroma. These are often
described as being akin to high quality rums,
whiskies et al; with the high-end spirit
certainly meriting a serious taste. The
application of these spirits in decent
cocktails is also worth noting, with bar staff
still championing the use of tequila with its
unique flavour profile and texture.
Tequila is a much misunderstood drink which
deserves another look; regardless of what
happened the last time you went near it.
Frances Bentley is the Scottish Sales
Manager for Champagne Duval-Leroy and
can be contacted on 07824 775862.
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Cocktails: Voodoo Rooms
Mix it up Mexicano-style
ddly enough one of the best
places to drink tequila on its
Oown or in a cocktail isn't even
Mexican. The opulent splendour of
the Voodoo Rooms in West Register
St. hides one of the best selection of
tequilas in town. Not only is the range
great, but there are some useful
tasting notes in their drinks menu to
help you decide. If you're stuck, ask
one of the bar staff who will be more
than happy to pass on a
To get us started we tried a couple of
their cocktails, the Primavera Cooler
(£5.95) and the Amigo-Roni (£5.95). The
Cooler was a refreshing blend of mint,
agave, pear and citrus with a lingering,
slightly bitter finish. A fantastic drink
for a hot summer evening (assuming
we ever get one!).
I'll be honest and say I was
disappointed in the Amigo-Roni. This
was a Mexican take on the classic
Negroni with Herradura Blanco Tequila
in place of the gin and Aperol in place
of the Campari. The drink was
completely overwhelmed by the
bitter citrus flavours of the Aperol
which drowned out any agave that
was there. Next time I'll ask for it to
be served with more tequila and less
However my disappointment was
soon tempered when we moved onto
the tequilas. D ordered the El Tesoro
Reposado (£3.95) and I chose the
Arette Sauve Reposado (£4.95). These
were wonderfully contrasting
reposado (rested) tequilas. The El
Tesoro was earthy, rich, darker in
colour with loads of spice and a long
finish –a perfect after-dinner tequila.
The Arette was subtler, drier with a
hint of sweet citrus and a smooth
finish –a wonderful sipping tequila at
I decided to finish on an añejo (aged)
tequila and took our barman's
recommendation – the Jose Cuervo
Reserva De La Familia (£6.00) and D
went with the Patrón XO (£3.00). The
Reserva was a rich, slightly sweet, very
smooth tequila with only a hint of
agave. Ideal for those who are used to
good whisky or rum and are put off by
the flavour of agave. The Patrón XO is
quite simply one of the best coffee
liqueurs you're ever likely to taste. Go
and try it for yourself.
They also do a wonderful selection of
rums. But that's for another time...
The Voodoo Rooms
– 19a West Register Street, EH2 2AA
– 0131 556 7060
Fri-Sun noon-1am; Mon-Thur 4pm-1am
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Chorizo, potato & thyme
quesadillas from Thomasina Miers
uesadillas [kay-sa-dee-yas], stuffed
with melted cheese and anything
else you fancy, are good at any
time of the day, but particularly in front
of a movie or a big match. Hand some
tortillas around and let everyone fill their
Enough for 4 large quesadillas
Cooking time: 20 minutes
½ onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, chopped
200g chorizo cooking sausage, chopped
A small bunch of thyme, chopped
Sea salt and black pepper
4 large flour or corn tortillas
400g cheese, grated
Step 1. Cut the potatoes in equal-size
chunks and fry until tender. Leave them to
cool a little and then cut them into 1cm
dice. Cook the onion until soft, add the
garlic and cook for a further 3 minutes.
Mix in the chorizo and potato, turn up the
heat and fry for another 5 minutes. Mix in
the thyme and season. Assemble all the
rest of the quesadilla ingredients.
Step 2. Spread a quarter of the chorizo
mixture on one half of a tortilla and
sprinkle with a fistful of cheese.
Step 3. Fold the tortilla over so that you
have a half moon. Brush it with a little
olive oil (so the tortilla doesn’t stick to
the pan) and place in a hot, dry frying pan
or griddle and cook until golden and crisp.
Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
Step 4. Cut into wedges and serve with
your favourite table salsa.
NOTE I find that a mix of extra mature English
Cheddar and a little grated mozzarella makes
the perfect cheese mix, with a good flavour and
the right gooiness.
“Thomasina Miers is co-founder of Wahaca and the author of MEXICAN FOOD MADE SIMPLE,
Hodder & Stoughton. Her latest TV series, MEXICAN FOOD MADE SIMPLE will air in July on Channel
5. Check out all the show’s behind the scenes action on www.facebook.com/thomasinamiers”
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Photographer © Tara Fisher
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The Los Cardos Guide to Salsas
from Neil Miller
alsas are a great way of upping the
intake of your five-a-day. They are
Shealthy, fresh and colourful and add
extra depth to dishes as well as being
delicious on their own. At Los Cardos we
have five distinct salsas ranging from mild to
extra hot, but there are literally hundreds of
variations for appetisers and mains as well as
fruit and desert salsas.
In most Mexican cooking, if you have lime,
coriander (or cilantro as it is known in
Mexico) and garlic, you're already off to a
great start. This is no more true than with
Pico De Gallo (pronounced Gah-yo, literally
translates as Rooster's Beak) which is a great
starting point for salsa making.
Incidentally, it is a good idea to give yourself
a little lead time when making salsas; fresh is
great, but a couple hours in the fridge helps
all the flavours blend together.
Basic Pico de Gallo
15 mins to make and serves 2-4
4 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 small fistful of coriander leaves, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely diced
1 lime, juiced
a pinch of salt and pepper
This will last 2-3 days safely in a sealed
container and of course does not merely
have to be served with the Mexican staples.
A Pico bacon and egg sandwich is a
deliciously decadent way to give your
Sunday fry-up a bit more zing and also make
it slightly healthier into the bargain. Add
three spoonfuls of your Pico to a nice ripe
mashed avocado and you have a quick, easy
and delicious Guacamole. Once you have
this basic recipe down, you can then start
fine tuning to your own personal tastes using
Basil, Cumin, Oregano and Parsley, amongst
others. Obviously, when people think of
Mexican food they usually think of spicy
food, and if that is what you crave then it is a
small matter of adding a diced fistful of
jalapeño peppers to this concoction, we also
recommend using diced bell peppers for
added crunch and flavour.
If you do like to play with the hotter end of
the spectrum always remember to
thoroughly wash your hands after chilli
chopping as a bit of chilli pepper juice in the
eye, or any other tender area, is no way to
enjoy your delicious salsa.
A final word of warning, once you start
experimenting you may find it impossible to
Photographer © Kim Miller
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Who drinks this stuff 23
t has been many years since I’ve had a
Mexican beer. If it wasn’t for Bite
magazine, then it is very unlikely that I
would have a glass in my hand now. Like
most people in the drinks industry I am
incredibly snobbish about the stuff. But it
seems that we are in a tiny minority. A
quick poke around the Internet reveals the
quite staggering statistic that Mexico is the
world biggest producer of beer, with the
vast majority being exported to the U.S.
where Corona is the most popular
imported lager. Unbelievably it is also the
best selling import into the U.K.
Somehow it has reached this position
without being heavily discounted or
indulging in saturation marketing (in fact I
can’t bring to mind a single TV advert or
billboard for it).
Like many of you I was introduced to it
through a clear glass bottle bunged with a
wedge of lime. Although, essentially a nifty
marketing gimmick, the lime has two
profound effects on the beer; It manages to
hide the beer’s essential lack of flavour and
makes it rather difficult to get out of the
bottle. I do not have particularly fond
memories of it, but given its popularity
maybe it’s worth re-appraising.
It is a pale yellow beer that pours rather flat
with no head worth mentioning. The nose
manages to be both mild and unappealing
with a whiff of damp cardboard. The palate
does have a slight bitter citrus flavour, but
the finish is washed out, insipid and watery.
There are worse lagers out there, but none
that are touted as a premium import. Its
popularity is certainly a bit of a mystery
when compared with the quality, value and
consistency of Scotland’s own massproduced
It is also next to useless when paired with
the strong flavours of Mexican cuisine. For
this, you need the vibrancy and zest of an
American IPA to balance the fire of chilli, or
the sweetness of a German bock to work
against any cheesiness.
James Wrobel is the proprietor for
Cornelius Beer and Wine on Easter Rd,
Edinburgh, and can be contacted on
0131 652 2405.
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The Insider: Seventh (or seventeenth)
jug of margarita
he edict came down from on high:
“It’s all things Mexican this month,”
which was a challenge…well you
know how I like to, ahem, drift off radar. Of
course, I could have invoked endless
studenty gatherings where, as a nascent
foodie, I would moan about the endless
recycling of ingredients – anyone for more
refried beans – whilst the assembled
company chose to argue about the relative
alcoholic volume of our seventh (or
seventeenth) jug of margarita.
I was thus braced and enervated to note – in
a Jay Rayner review of Fergus Henderson’s
excellent new gaff – that a goodly, (what
would be the collective noun) chiffonade
of chefs from the ‘50 Top Restaurants in the
World’ awards had pitched up in his hotel
off Leicester Square. (Leicester Square
Fergus Hmmm). And some of them (you
beauty!) were Mexican. MEXICAN FINE
DINING. Now, call me irresponsible with a
chemistry set, but how are those elements
going to come together
A little (very little) research, suggests I wasn’t
wide off the mark. Fine dining as a concept
is relatively new to Mexico and confines
itself to the city of that name. On another
count too I was on the money, Mexico’s
highest entry in the world’s top 50, Biko –
up 15 places to No 31 – is actually owned by
chefs from the Basque region of Spain. A
rough translation of the tagline on their
website gives us ‘a continuation of Arzak in
Mexico’. So they are disciples of the great
man himself, Juan Mari Arzak, who once
barrelled to my table, engulfed me in a great
bear hug, and said (through his daughter’s
translation), “Like me you are an anarchist!”
Before returning to his kitchen with no
explanation – it’s just as well she was there, I
thought he said “antichrist.”
The good news is that should you find
yourself holidaying in Mexico, the tasting
menu at Biko is a third of the price of its
European counterparts. And it is ideal for Bite
readers as the website says it is: ‘an achingly
hip place for high rollers’. That’ll be us then.
the tasting menu at Biko is a third of the price of its
Erika del Paso
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Gourmet Girl goes Mexican at: Real Foods
ola Biters! For this
Hissue, I popped in to
Real Foods on Broughton
Street to find some tasty
ingredients to fit the theme.
A common misconception is
that Mexican food is
unhealthy – typically confused with Tex-Mex
dishes made on autopilot with help from a pack
of Old El Predictable, mountains of meat and
With an ancient heritage, Mexico’s cuisine is a
melting pot born of Mayan, Aztec, post-
Colonial and American influence, with rice and
beans for the basis of many dishes. Real Foods,
with their unique larder featuring mostly
organic foods, is a great place to source some
In store you’ll find dried and tinned black-eyed,
pinto and kidney beans. These can make a
substantial stew, slow-cooked with onions, fresh
tomatoes, sweetcorn (try Suma’s organic tinned
corn), and of course chillies! Real Foods have
plenty of fiery contenders, including Chilli
Pepper Pete’s smokey chipotles. You could even
try making your own homemade soft tortillas
with maize meal flour, water and salt.
Surprisingly, considering the climate, soups are
popular in Mexican cuisine, packed with fresh
veggies, beans and squashes, all of which Real
Foods stock according to what’s in season. If
meat is added, it’s usually chicken, and the
flavours are finished off with lime juice.
Mexico’s most popular export has to be
guacamole. Recipes vary, but the most
important ingredient is
freshness. I like it quite piquant,
mixing creamy avocados (Real
Foods have organic Fuerte and
Hass varieties), with chopped
onions, garlic, chilles, a whole
load of coriander and lime juice.
Pico de gallo is a zingy, fresh
salsa with similar ingredients,
but using tomatoes instead of avocados. Try
these dips piled onto RW Garcia blue ground
corn chips – delicioso!
Let’s not forget sweet stuff, as we have Mexico
to thank for chocolate. Traditionally blended as
a spicy drink, it also appears in savoury dishes
and desserts, as does honey. Unfamiliar to many,
the agave plant (think a giant version of aloe
vera) as well as being the basis for tequila, is
also harvested for its nectar. It’s a particularly
good sweetener for drinks, as it dissolves
instantly, and is suitable for vegans. Real Foods
stocks several varieties, including a darker,
For more Mexican cooking ideas, check out
www.mexicanfoodrecipes.org . Hasta luego!
Leila Arfa is the voice behind
– 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU
–8 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9JH
For opening times (they vary at each locale)
and more info, go to www.realfoods.co.uk
10% Early Bird Discount Available to
December 2011. Mon-Fri 8am-10am, Sat
9am-10am, Sat 9am-10am, Sun 10am-11am.
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Donald Mavor of Tex Mex II investigates
hillies have been cultivated in
Central and South America since
C4000 B.C. The Mexicans believe
that chillies have magical powers and
they’re right. They contain large amounts
of vitamin C, are antibacterial, pain killers
and are thought to help weight loss, help
cure ulcers, release serotonin and inhibit
the growth of some viruses.
Seeds were brought back to Europe by
Columbus in 1493 and the Portuguese
introduced them to India. They range in
heat from what the Americans call bell
peppers and we just call peppers to
jalapeños and on to habaneros chillies. All
are varieties of the same plant and can
cross-pollinate; this can lead to some fun
if you are growing peppers and your next
neighbour is growing chillies. They can
end up with sweet chillies and your
peppers can be hot as hell. This is why
Tabasco grow their famous chillies on an
The heat of peppers is measured in
‘scovilles’ (s); a pepper is 0s, New Mexico
green chillies about 1,500s, jalapeños
3,000-6,000s, and habaneros, 300,000s.
The record for the hottest chilli pepper is
naga jolokia, measuring over 1,000,000s,
interestingly registered by the Indian
defence research lab in 2000.
But most of all we love them in our food
in all their shapes and sizes – puréed,
dried, smoked, pickled and salted – they
brighten up our lives.
Dead Simple Recipe for Stuffed
1. Take 6 bullet chillies and make an incision
down their length, then make a half-cut
just below the stem (you should have a T-
shaped cut in your chilli now).
2. Gently open up the cut and with a small
teaspoon remove the seeds.
3. Stuff the void with a cheese, traditionally a
4. Make a simple batter mixing flour and soda
water til it is like very thick cream (don't
worry about lumps, they add crispness).
5. Dip your chillies in the batter and fry ‘til
crisp. Serve with salad and sour cream.
Donald Mavor owns, cooks at and creates his
famous hot sauces at Tex Mex, Edinburgh
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Off the Trolley: Mexican chocolate
For most of us, Mexican
food means fajitas,
cerveza and salsa. But
aside from the standard Tex-
Mex fare, Mexico is the
birthplace of my favourite
Chocolate originated in
South America, at least 3000
years ago. It was brought to
Europe via the Spanish, after
their conquest of the Aztecs.
But this ‘chocolate’ was not in
lovely foil-wrapped bars.
Rather, the Aztecs and
Mayans had mixed cocoa beans with spices
and created a bitter, sometimes fermented
drink. It had ceremonial but also everyday
purposes, which ranged from a stimulant to a
Chocolate was a big hit with the Spanish,
who brought it back to Europe and the
courtiers. It came to these shores in 1657,
when the first chocolate seller opened in
London. It was expensive, but very popular.
Samuel Pepys mentions it in his diary several
times, including his use of it as a cure for his
upset stomach (I use that excuse all the
time!). It remained a drink until 1847 when
Joseph Fry and Son created the first
chocolate ‘bar’, mixing cocoa butter and
sugar into the processed cocoa.
Mexican chocolate is hard to find
in the UK. Even the wonderful
Lupe Pintos in Bruntsfield find it
impossible to stock. It is entirely
different to the European, Swiss
chocolate popular here. It has a
grainier texture, usually flavoured
with cinnamon and spices and
used for hot chocolate or baking.
The main brand is Ibarra, which
you can order online.
If you can't wait to try a taste of
Mexico there are a few
alternatives in town. The
Chocolate Tree in Bruntsfield (123
Bruntsfield Place EH10 4EQ) serves chocolate
and churros: a Spanish dish of thick hot
chocolate with a fresh donut-like dunker on
the side, popular in Mexico (£3). Across the
street at Coco (174 Bruntsfield Place EH10
4ER) try the Aztec hot chocolate: a rich
blend of cocoa flavoured with chilli,
cinnamon and vanilla (£10.20/250g). Harvey
Nichols stocks Willie’s Chocolate and cacao,
some of which is made from South
American cocoa beans: not Mexican, but
Sadly, at the time of writing I couldn't find a
single stockist of authentic Mexican
chocolate in Edinburgh, clearly a sign that it's
time to book that Mexican vacation!
Chocolate originated in South America, at least 3000 years ago
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What’s in Season: Saucy!
ike the rest of the Editorial Biters, I’m
going Mexican! So dig out the
sombreros, fire up the barbecue and
get to mixing las margaritas!
I’m veering off the norm and not giving you
any measurements for ingredients; it’s all
about what you want the recipe to be, to
suit your taste, not mine. First, sort out the
kinda chillies you like; I’m partial to the
sweet, smoky, dried Ancho chillies from
Lupe Pintos, which I soak in warm water as
Dribble some oil in a saucepan and gently
fry onions and garlic until soft. Throw in the
chillies, cumin and cinnamon and cook for a
few seconds. Pop in the tomatoes and
gently simmer the whole lot until a pulp,
adding water if it’s a tad too thick. Add
oregano salt and sugar to taste and adjust
any of the spices to get the flavour you like.
For the sauce, add a couple of squares of
chocolate – it will add subtley to it, giving it
a beautiful glossy sheen with just a hint of
cocoa. This sauce also makes a fab marinade
but omit chocolate and cool completely
before adding meat, prawns or veg, leave for
a couple of hours, then grill over some really
hot coals on the BBQ.
I serve the sauce on burgers wrapped in soft
flour tortillas with the normal array of
Mexican suspects: guacamole, sour cream,
fresh tomato salsa (don’t buy it, make it –
chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, chilli
of your choice, squeeze of lime, chopped
coriander, salt and a pinch of sugar), grated
Monterrey Jack cheese. It really is a case of
Slip, Slap, Slop – slip a burger onto a wrap,
slap on some cheese, slop on dollops of
avocado, salsa and cream; fold wrap round
the burger, pour out the Margaritas, and get
ready to get messy, summer is here! (L.
and is @BakersBunny on Twitter
Sauce / Marinade
Dribble of oil
Spring onions, chopped
Cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
Oregano fresh or dried
Fresh tomatoes, chopped, skinned and
Chilli of choice, chopped fine
Pinch of salt and sugar
Dark chocolate (80% cocoa) optional
What else is in my basket
Crab, mackerel, sardines. Fennel, runner beans,
courgettes. Raspberries, peaches, apricots.
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Mexican food for £20 for
Two at The Smokestack
The Smokestack is offering a 40% discount on
nachos to share plus 2 portions of chicken,
steak or vegetable fajitas. The £20 price tag is
a saving of 40% on the normal menu price.
Buy your voucher online at
The Smokestack, 53-55 Broughton Street,
EH1 3RJ – 0131 556 6032
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.
281 Leith Walk
0131 555 6619
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Bengali and Indian Dining
Ignite – Cuisine based on traditional recipes
from Bangladesh and Northern India in a
sumptuous setting. Dining at Ignite is an
experience capable of rekindling your passion
for Indian food. Open 7 days for lunch and
dinner. 272 Morrison Street, Haymarket
– 0131 228 5666 www.igniterestaurant.com
Lancers Brasserie –A sumptuous dining
experience in Stockbridge offering awardwinning
Indian cuisine. Three dining rooms,
Lancers Mess, The Regiment Club & The
Officers Club, can cater for every desired
dining experience from an intimate dinner for
two, through to private dining and up to large
parties. Try the Chef's Selection from the A La
carte menu (£18.95) and the vegetarian and
non-vegetarian Thali (£22.95) and (£17.95)
respectively. Open for lunch and dinner.
5 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh
EH3 5BA. Tel: 0131 332 3444 & 0131 332 9559.
Bistros and Brasseries
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 and
everything in-between. Enjoy ... the little things
that count. Open for breakfast at 11am. Live
music first 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 – www.elbowedinburgh.co.uk
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
email@example.com www. esibrasserie.com
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
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now based exclusively at 70 Rose St. Lane
North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX – 0131 225 1233.
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 – www.rice-terraces.com
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 dinner.
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 www.lagarrigue.co.uk
La P’tite Folie – Informal, bustling bistro
with mixed clientèle. Favourites include
moules frites, steak frites, beef bourguignon,
duck, etc. Extensive wine list. 2 course lunch
£9.50, noon-3pm. Dinner a la carte 6-11pm.
Closed Sundays. Large groups catered for, set
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,
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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
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. 281. Leith Walk – 0131 555 6619
The Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar &
Brasserie – The best in contemporary eating
and drinking & un-paralleled views from the
Castle to the Firth of Forth. Executive Chef
Stuart Muir uses fresh seasonal Scottish
produce to create food of the finest quality by
matching modern flavours with classical
techniques. Fresh, sustainable seafood available
from the Seafood Bar whilst the Brasserie
offers round the clock eating. Brasserie: Mon-
Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-5pm; Restaurant:
lunch – Mon-Fri 12 noon-3pm, Sat & Sun 12
noon-3.30pm, dinner, Tues-Sat 6pm-10pm.
Book on line at www.harveynichols.com
– 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh,
EH2 2AD – 0131 524 8350
Hellers Kitchen – 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
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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. www.aroomin.co.uk
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 – 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 www.thaiorchid.uk.com
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;
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
www.bodabar.com 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
www.brewdog.com, or facebook on BrewDog
Bar Edinburgh. 143-145 Cowgate, Edinburgh,
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 – email@example.com
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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 www.renroc.co.uk 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 www.the-espy.com
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
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 www.bodabar.com
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
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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 –
www.noblesbarleith.co.uk – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
www.bodabar.com. 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 and classic
pub grub served until 9pm daily, until midnight
on weekends. Check out ‘orange Wendy’s
Wednesday Pub Quiz’. DJ’s every Thurs, Fri &
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Sat. Open everyday from midday until 1am.
2 Picardy Place, EH1 3JT
– 0131 556 4272 – www.thestreetbar.co.uk
Victoria – If Scandinavian style equals
minimalistic Victoria doesn’t fit. It is colourful,
radiant and full of life. The crowd is a cool,
friendly and open-minded and there are a lots
of events e.g. singles nights, Eurovision party,
Come Dine with Me and what ever else that
pops up in our silly minds. We serve a lot of
different drinks: Beers from 30 different
countries and 12 different gins. Open: Mon-Fri
2pm-1am, Sat noon-1am; Sun 1pm-midnight. Now
also children licensed from opening til 5pm.
265 Leith Walk – 0131 555 1638. Free WiFi.
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
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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. Opening
hours – Delicatessen: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm;
Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 9am-6pm – Café: Mon-Sat
8am-6pm; Sun 9am-6pm. Come in and enjoy a
coffee – www.delipolonia.com
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!
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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. www.Calistoga.co.uk
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 www.woodwinters.com
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Well-established and well-loved salon with a
team of freindly stylists who are passionate
about hair. Specialists in hair-cutting, colour,
extensions, make-up and wedding hair. Friendly,
37 Leith St Edinburgh EH1 3AT
0131 556 9999
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