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5Further into Leith and establishedSpanish restaurant Tapa now hasoutdoor seating. Anti-wobble tablesand comfortable chairs make it a greatdestination for sunny days and sippingSangria.Clouds and Soil is a new venture from theowners of Bond No 9 in Leith. Based at 4Picardy Place this 5 story townhouse featuresa cocktail and wine bar, a la carte restaurant,event space and 4 rooms -www.cloudsandsoil.comDon’t miss Joseph Pearce’s annual CrayfishParties this month. They also have a series of otherevents at Boda Bar, Sofi’s Bar, Victoria, Hemma andPearce’s under the header Lugg which is Swedish forfestival. www.bodabar.com and for the Bite Crayfishparty www.bite-magazine.comSerrano Manchegoopened with an‘explosión’ last month at297 Leith Walk. Primarilya bar serving las cañas,sherry, wine and cava italso specialises incroquettes and a range ofdelicious pinchos.Enjoy summersunset dining atHarvey Nicholsthis month with athree course mealand a summerywelcome cocktailfor only £20 perperson! Tues– Fri5.30pm-9-45pm.


Come and enjoy yourselves in ourrelaxed wecloming atmosphere.Delicious food, fine wines and freshItalian coffee.A free glass of Prosecco thismonth for all Bite readers whenthey order a main course.Open daily 12 till LateMia Restaurant, 96 Dalry Road, EH11 2AX • T: 0131 629 1750E: info@mia-restaurant.co.uk • www.mia-restaurant.co.ukWE’REOPEN 7DAYS INAUGUSTsee our websitefor more details15 BLACKFRIARS STREET, EDINBURGH, EH1 1NB0131 556 6922 • INFO@EDINBURGHLARDER.CO.UKFacebook.com/Edinburghlarder 1A ALVA ST, EDINBURGH EH2 4PHFollow us @Ed_Larderbistro 0131 225 4599 . • BISTRO@EDINBURGHLARDER.CO.UK


Review: Burger Meats Bun All killer no filler!Burger time! Thehumble patty seemsto be havingsomething of a ‘moment’ oflate. It’s all about using goodmeat, finding the ultimatebun and keeping the diner’sinterest with a range of highendaccoutrements. We want juicy burgers,beef served medium rare and well seasoned. Ifyou can back that up with some gourmetslash-sleazyside dishes and a wicked selectionof small-brewer beers, you’re on to a winner.When Burger Meats Bun opened in Glasgowlast summer, owners James & Ben evidentlycracked this formula, and received a universalvote of ‘yum’ from the get-go.Twelve months later, and us ‘burgers have ourvery own BMB on Forth Street. I’d ‘bigged thisplace up’ since I’d visited West-side, and wasexcited about trying BMBMK2. Accompaniedby my dining companion Claire (aka Chef’sMissus), we hit the menu good-style; endlesskitchen roll on hand in case it got messy.Armed with a couple of brews served up infrosty mugs, we started the feast by sharing anorder of the famous BMB ‘MacNuggets’ tostart. Deep fried chunks of macaroni cheesewith a golden crunch of panko crumbs andserved with a smoky-sweet chipotle überketchup.What’s not to love?As for the main event, despite a special withpork belly on offer – tempting – we kept tothe classics. For me, ‘The Big Cheese’ (£7.50).ajuicy specimen sitting in its pillowy briochebun with Barwhey’s strongcheddar-style cheese, leaves oflittle gem and home-madepickles. Chef’s Missus (with equalparts elegance and gusto)chomped her way through the‘Smokin’ Bacon’ (£8), featuringBMB’s house-cured & smokedrashers. A side of Thai chilli cheese friestopped with scallions and red chillies was offthe scale both calorie and spicy flavour-wise.The only negative from me was the slightlytoo heavy on the onions house slaw. No biggie.The dessert menu is conveniently short,featuring two items. which we valiantlydecided to order for the purpose of athorough review. ‘Burger & Shake’ is a dinkylittle macaron with chocolate ganache dressedup like a toy burger and served with a ministrawberry milkshake. The sugar rolleddoughnuts with dark dipping sauce wereequally good, like an American diner version ofchurros.Like the bop-along soundtrack on the stereothe night we visited, Burger Meats Bun is allkiller, no filler!Leila Kean writes www.leilappetiit.comBurger Meats Bun– 1 Forth Street, Edinburgh EH1 3JX– 0131 556 7023– www. burger-meats-bun.co.ukOpening timesOpen 7 days 12pm-9.30pm7


Review: Paradise PalmsThe New World comes to Auld Reekiearadise Palms haslanded with a bang.PImagine all the glitter,colour and cabaret of PriscillaQueen of the Desert collidingwith fresh flavoursomeMexican street food and akiller cocktail list.Owner/Partner Trystan hasreturned from Sydney bringing the quality andflavours characteristic of that city’s cuisine toan informal Edinburgh bar setting along with ahealthy dollop of Oz irreverence.The result is a quirky venue featuring cabaret,a polished food and drink offering andexcellent service.The first thing I noted was the cocktail listand Trystan explained there will be a differentflavoured frozen margarita each day withseasonal flavours like blackberry and nettleplanned for the Autumn. He had me nailedright there but the launch night affordedfurther opportunities to taste superblybalanced negronis. Served in a very busysetting (these guys know how to throw aparty) they were sipped and appreciated byme and fellow Bite contributor The GoBetween.We also sampled the menu in canapé formand everything was tasty and exciting. Tacosare freshly made on the premises and servedin pairs with various fillings such as shreddedchicken, chorizo, Thai crab cake,sweet chilli, halloumi, stickysesame beef, green seed salad,toasted peanuts (£6 a pair, £10containing two side dishes).There are specials and bar anddiner classics too, demonstratingthat the menu is not afraid todeviate from the Mexican streetfood theme; so club sandwiches and smokychipotle mac ‘n’ cheese give a nod to the USAand Scotland respectively. The Go-Betweenvisited for lunch and reported that the Cajunfish fry was “particularly good”. Desserts offried peanut butter and banana sandwichesand gooey brownies are sure to delight.The food and drinks menus at Paradise Palmsreflects the ethos of this Dive Bar which ismore ‘tude than script. Let the good timesroll. (S. Wilson)Paradise Palms– 41 Lothian St, EH1 5HB Edinburgh,– 0131 225 4186– party@theparadisepalms.com– www.theparadisepalms.co.ukOpening hoursBreakfast from 9am; Lunch daily from 12noon-3pm; dinner from 5pm-10.pm. DJs andentertainment from 9pm, free cabaret duringthe festival.9


Belgian "beer infused" BrasserieSmall sharing plates • Lava steak stonesMussels & frites • Gourmet Neapolitan pizzasBelgian & Scottish craft beers • Barn Cocktail MixologyBreakfast at The Crafters BarnFrom the 1st of June we will be starting our gourmetCrafters breakfast menu. We have taken our time tosource the freshest local ingredients ensuring you ahealthy, wholesome breakfast.Breakfast will be served from 7.30am till 12pm dailyAlso look out for our new summer menu ofsmall plates coming soon.9 North Bank St, Edinburgh, EH3 1DF – 0131 226 1178 – Mon-Wed 11:30am to 12am;Thurs-Sat 11:30am to 1am; Sun 11:30am to 11pm; www.crafters-barn.co.ukBistro ProvenceLunch – 2 Courses £12.50, 3 Courses £16.00, Course & Coffee £9.50Dinner / A la Carte – 2 Courses £21.00, 3 Courses £26.00Also Menu Degustation • Awarded One RosetteOpening HoursTuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 22:00.Closed on Monday88 Commercial St, Leith, EH6 6LX0131 344 4295reservations@bistroprovence.co.uk


12Out of Town Review: Cromlix“The quietness and the proud look of it;nothing very bad could happen to you there.”Holly Golightly on Tiffany’s, Breakfast atTiffany’s, Truman Capote.Nothing very bad can happen to you at Cromlixeither I muse, recalling Holly Golightly’sutterance whilst Andy Murray’s five star luxuryhotel recedes in the rear view window.Everyday stresses had begun to dissolveearlier that day on the rolling country lanethat led us to Cromlix’s doors. Verdant lawnsand mature woodland are the setting whichthe landscapers have wisely left well alone.No need to gild the lily; you can’t improve onthe perfection of the Perthshire countryside.Inside, good taste prevails. The dining roomhas glass walls and a skylight where theclouds race above you. There is an openkitchen but no shouting of yes chef, no chefto disturb your peace, just a quiet getting onwith the business of serving classic Frenchfood made with the best Scottish ingredients.Albert Roux’s twice-baked soufflés for meand The Dowager please (£9.50), rich withdouble cream and gruyère, all puffed up in asoupy sauce. Louise has sweetcorn soup.Whilst The Dowager and me are going à lacarte Louise has happily chosen from thedaily lunch menu (3 courses, £26.50) which, ittranspires is good value. Ditto Afternoon Tea(£28.50 with champagne, £18.50 without) andbar meals (the fish and chips lookedexcellent).Main courses are Orkney trout (£17) for TheDowager (a favourite) and Scottish seafoodmarmite (£19) for me. Her tiniest criticism isthat the boulangère-style potato with blackpudding is a ‘slightly rustic’ accompanimentbut she concedes this may be due to her‘very delicate palate’. The nutty, earthy barleyin my fish stew somehow complementsperfectly the cider and leek infused cream.Chablis is drunk, we don’t ask for details aswe know it will be the good stuff. Louise hasfared very well across the table with anenormous piece of Clash Farm pork, tenderand caramelised in all the right places.Me and the Dowager are in a groove and orderexquisite cherry soufflés (£8) for pudding.


Louise describes her vanilla panacotta with berries as‘lush’.I haven’t mentioned all the little extras, ‘hot from theoven’ bread, canapés, amuse- bouches, the coconutsorbet palate cleanser and, to top it all, coffee andpetit fours in the garden. Consider it done and youget the picture. Louise mentions the ‘M’ word, it can’tbe long.Nothing very bad can happen to you cocooned in theluxury of Cromlix.Cromlix Hotel– Kinbuck, Near Dunblane,Perthshire, FK15 9JT– 01786 822 125– www.cromlix.comOpening hoursLunch served from 12 noon to 2pm.Dinner served from 7pm to 9.30pm.Lounge menu is also available every day from 12noon until 10pm.Scottish SeasonalCheese of the Month:JezebelGoats Briemade in Tain, by HighlandFine Cheese.For the first time in Scotlandthere is a goats milk Brie beingmade from a very new recipe. It’sa complete contrast to cows’milk brie or Camembert; verylight on taste with a young freshflavour. Jezebel ripens quickly butrather than going gooey it getsvery milky and runny.It is ideally best enjoyed again inthe peak of summer from Aprilto September when there isabundance of milk and goats aregrazing out in the open.ORDER ALL YOUR CHEESE BYMONDAY MORNING 11.00 am FORDELIVERY WEDNESDAY ONWARDSSAME WEEK FROM www.tannygill.com13


Scottish Restaurant, Brasserie, Wine& Gin Bar in Edinburgh's New Town– Scottish gins, fine wines & Orkney Island beers– Light snacks and meals available for lunch– New à la carte menu with seasonal Scottish produce– Aberdeen Angus beef, Shetland salmon, Spring lamb, WestCoast cod, rabbit & mussels– Outdoor eating and drinking areas are the ideal place toenjoy a cool gin on warmer days29-33 dublin street, edinburgh eh3 6nltel: 0131 556 2231new website – www.stacpolly.comTake a festival breakThe best selection of local,seasonal, vegetarian, organic,Fairtrade & free-from foodsin EdinburghFREE delivery for all online orders over £24*www.realfoods.co.uk37 Broughton Street, EH1 3JU8 Brougham Street, EH3 9JHFresh local seasonal value*Free delivery applies to UK mainland only and excludes wholesale bulk itemsPlease follow us


Review: Hanging BatTouching base at the Hanging Bathe Hanging Bat opened November2012 and, like Red Squirrel, Panda &TSons, Flying Dog and Lioness of Leithadded to the ever-increasing number of barsin Edinburgh with animals in the name.It combines funky, wooden interiors andAmerican-style ‘street food’ with a dazzlingarray of craft beers, in both bottled andconstantly-changing draught options.Perhaps slightly too dazzling – the seeminglyendless list of bottled beers (120 to be exact)offers no ‘tasting notes’ of any kind, andalthough I’m sure the bar staff would behappy to advise, some guidance on the menuitself would certainly help the dazed andconfused amongst us. The draught optionsare listed on the blackboard over the bar,though if you would like a full pint, it wouldbe best to try elsewhere; they are true totheir policy that ‘happiness is measured inschooners’.The menu is pretty straightforward, mainlymade up of hot dogs and burgers, plus a fewother options, but offers something a littledifferent to other bars in the city. The‘Greyfriar’s Bobby’ hot dog with haggis andfried onions is no doubt popular, and thesides on offer are refreshingly different –such as beer mac ‘n’ cheese and potato salad.The benches downstairs are slightly narrowand closely packed so probably not advisedfor those who are adverse to the idea of‘touching base’ with the person behind. Ifthat is an unpleasant thought, there areplenty of other seating options that don’trequire physical contact with other patrons.The latest news from the owners of TheHanging Bat is that they have bought TheNew Town Bar on Dublin Street and arehoping to open a slightly different type ofestablishment to their Lothian Road offering.It is expected to open before Christmas andcould prove a very welcome addition to thearea – watch this space. (D. Spencer)Hanging Bat– 133 Lothian Rd, EH3 9AB– 0131 229 0759– www.thehangingbat.comOpening hoursSun-Thu 12 noon-midnight;Fri-Sat: 12 noon-1am, Sun 12 noon-midnight15


16Seasonal Wine Of The Month: Lambrusco’ve tasted a lot ofexciting and differentIwines in the last sixweeks. Some very posh topend stuff whilst othersperfect every day wineshelf staples; deliciousRiesling on draft, the tastingmenu drinks pairings atTimberyard, including acouple of very ‘natural’wines and a stonking WhiteRioja. More of those for thecoming months because thebig trend of the momentseems to be Lambrusco,which is, in my opinion, theperfect wine for the festivalmonth in Edinburgh.Before you write me off asa nutter, I’m not talking the£2.50 sweet stuff on thesupermarket shelves which was drunk whilstdancing round handbags in the 80’s, but thereal deal from Emilia Romagna in NorthernItaly. The new wave of Lambrusco rangingfrom deep ruby red to pale pink, sparklingwines (with corks that go pop and notscrewcaps like the other stuff), more dry thansweet, with a telltale berry flavour, crispfinish and a hint of savoury herbs and spices.It’s back on the radar because it’s bubbly, easyto drink, softer and lighter than champagneor cava, a bit different and a whole lot of fun.Plus, it’s really good withpicky food; salami, Parmaham (a local pairing), olives,cheeses and the assortmentof bread products that gowith them. Because it’s not afancy wine you can easilyserve it in a tumbler or if youwant to be really authenticthen drink it from a ceramicbowl, a trend which hasmade its way over toLondon, recently spotted atthe Fitzrovia restaurant,Parma.The real Lambrusco is slowlymaking its way onto ourshelves, but isn’t (yet) widelyavailable. My current picksare the Lambrusco Concerto2013 DOC Medici fromValvona and Crolla (£14.95),Cantina Cleto Chiarli, Vecchia ModenaLambrusco di Sorbara from Great WesternWines (on offer at £11.16) and the sublime andslightly pricier Lambrusci di Sorbara, Radicefrom Ottolenghi.co.uk (19.95).Be warned, red fizz just isn’t to everybody’staste, which is why it’s worth looking up oneof the rosé versions too. I’m pretty sure we’llsee more Lambrusco on our shelves in thecoming months and it’s possible prices willcome down; at the moment it’s a nichemarket.


The Insider: The One Hundred andSeventeen Page MealService in Strasbourg is slower than thespeed of slurry. La Coccinelle has a SlowFood Movement sticker in its window.Set up to promote centuries-old traditions ofgastronomy and food production, themovement’s logo is a snail. The chef seems tobe taking the snail literally. I order two coldstarters: foie gras crème brûlée and aremoulade and sausage salad. I settle to mybook and 50 odd pages later, I am still reading.After an hour my food arrives as do a hoardof young couples – I feel like the only singleanimal on the ark. All around me hands arelinked, romantic notions whispered and everyinch of exposed flesh kissed (kneesexcepted). But eventually the slow servicedampens even their ardour and they slouch insullen silence, swiping their mobile phonesand smoking furiously.Foolishly I order cheese, things are speeding up,this takes a scant 55 minutes to make anappearance. By the time I manage to pay mybill – don’t ask – I’ve been here nearly threehours (or in literary terms, I’ve read half mybook). I reiterate; I did not eat anything cooked.Round the corner nestles the eccentricL’Ancienne Chapelle, which seems to existsolely to feed me once a year. The routine isalways the same; the grande dame who runsthe place dozes in the early evening sun, Ienquire about a table and she wakes with astart before getting up in stages. She fusseslaboriously, but lovingly, around me settingup the table. She then spends the next houror so meticulously setting up every table onthe terrace, as if my, admittedly handsome,lordly presence will attract admiring hordes.But no one ever comes. I could weep for her,she is lovely and so is her food.The former no go area behind King’s CrossStation is blossoming beautifully, an avenueof food trucks, three good, effortlessly cool,restaurants: Bruno Loubet’s veg centricGrainstore, newcomer Caravan Roastery andthe sublime as well as ridiculousShrimpy’s@TheFillingStation – housed in anold petrol station. Unfortunately I’m eatingon the Edinburgh train.Strike that. Fortunately I’m eating on theEdinburgh train. A perfectly judged piece ofsea trout (about £4 to buy), crisp freshly maderemoulade and wonderfully oozy fondantpotatoes followed by two perfectly keptartisan cheeses. And for once they didn’tperform a disappearing act with the drinkstrolley. East Coast Rail, this singular once, Isalute you!17Slouching in sullen silence, swiping their mobile phones andsmoking furiously


18Foodie Q and AWho are you and what do youdo?My name is Glenn Cosby and I am anEnglish Teacher turned foodpresenter, writer and entertainer.What would you cook for aromantic dinner a deux?I would cook a chateaubriand steak,rare, with béarnaise sauce and rocketsalad to share followed by achocolate mousse.Who would be your ideal dateand why?My ideal date would be a sunset walkwith my husband and dog followedby a meal somewhere relaxed wherewe could watch the sun set over thewater.What would you drink?I would drink cider if we are home, inthe West Country, heavy if I’m inScotland or wine if we wereanywhere else.What is the most romanticmeal you have ever eaten?Where was it and why was itso romantic?Spaghetti carbonara in the PiazzaFarnese in Rome –it was romanticbecause it was the first night of ourhoneymoon.What is your idea of anaphrodisiac food?Shellfish – although my husbandhates it.What would be your ideal soundtrack fora romantic meal?The sound of waves crashing against the shore.What is your favourite Food/Drinkrelated song/piece of music and why?If I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cakeby Eileen Barton because we are playing it beforemy entrance on the tour – I associate it with themixture of coursing adrenalin and nausea.What is your favourite restaurant inEdinburgh and why!It’s been twenty years since I lived in Edinburghso I don’t know the scene well anymore – I loved


the Witchery back in the 90s and I knowthat’s still going. If I say ‘Kitchin’ do you thinkI’ll jump the queue?And elsewhere?The Exe Café which is on a pontoon in themiddle of the Exe estuary just a few milesfrom where I live serving wonderful fresh andlocal fish and seafood.What is your fave bar and why?Sorry to dodge the question but it would bea pub, the Double Locks, again near where Ilive which is on the route of the mostwonderful dog walk and serves localDevonshire cider.Who would you most like to go outdrinking with and why?Who? My husband. Why? Because rohypnolisn’t legal.Any embarrassing food faux pas?Eating my own body weight of cake at afriend’s wedding probably wasn’t my coolestmove.What would you pack for a picnic?Everything! Champagne, homemade bread,sausage rolls, scotch eggs, pork pies, smokedsalmon.What would order for your last meal?A 20 course taster menu – to try and delaythe inevitable. Or macaroni cheese withcrispy bacon.Glenn Cosby makes his Edinburgh Festivaldebut at the Assembly Roxy Central from30th July – 25th August for tickets go towww.edfringe.com19FoodiesFestivalwith top chefsEdinburghInverleith Park8, 9, 10 AugustMASTERCHEFADAMHANDLINGCOOKI N GLIVE2 TICKETSFROM £10QUOTE BITE2410844 995 1111www.foodiesfestival.com


20Beer: Up & Atom Dark Alchemy Portereing a learned,well-read bunchBwho have morethan a passing interest infood & drink, I assumeyou have a pretty goodidea of the importance ofhops in the brewingprocess. The more beeryamongst you canprobably reel off thenames of a few varietiesand their origins/characteristics.The cultivation of thoseuseful little flowers hasbeen the cornerstone ofWestern drinking culturefor millennia.But brewing isn’t entirely dependent on hops:a gruit is a beer that has been bittered with acombination of herbs and spices. With a fewnotable exceptions (William's Brothers Fraochfor starters) they really aren't worth botheringwith. Even when they have a pleasant enougharoma and flavour, they usually lack thestructure and balance of a traditional beer. It'sa brave brewer who tackles a gruit, especiallyas an initial release from a new brewery.One such brewer is Allan Rice, head honchoof Hull's new Atom brewery. Allan honed hiscraft in Kelso's beloved Tempest brewerybefore moving down South to start his ownoperation. His inaugural beers are anunremarkable (yetexcellent) Pale Ale andDark Alchemy, a porterwhich (for reasons I can'tquite fathom) he hasbrewed sans hops.It has the typical flatcola appearance of astandard porter, amoderate head andresidual, pricklyeffervescence. Coming inat 4.9% abv it has plentyof character despite itsmoderate strength. Thenose has a fair whack ofinstant coffee, bitterchocolate and anunderlying, savourymeatiness. The palate isfairly sweet with notes of spiced bread,sweet malt and liquorice. It is mediumweight, but has good length and firmbitterness on the finish. There is no way Iwould have guessed that this beer containedno hops. Allan has replaced the hops with amixture cardamom and coriander which hasimparted a spicy character to the palate,bitterness to the finish and oiliness to themouthfeel. It is recommended as a partner tospicier food, but I can't comment on that,only having tried it unaccompanied.It's fairly widely available and should go foraround £2.30 for 33cls (J. Wrobel)


Cocktails: Heads & TalesFlip a coin. Heads you win, tales you win!here is something curiously ‘Edinburgh’about Heads & Tales. A self-effacing,Tapparently modest place; no grand signshere, just a little brass plaque stating it’s theHome of Edinburgh Gin. A nondescript stairwayheading into a basement which, like a lot of thehidden places in Edinburgh, absolutely delights.And a split personality that by day becomes amodern scientific producer of Edinburgh Gin andby night an old-fashioned purveyor of said ginand almost any other gin you care to mention.Like most of the best basement bars the decor isa bit eclectic. Behind three massive panes ofglass are the two working stills of Edinburgh Gin.Keeping up the distillery theme, there is a lot ofbrick and copper, and yet the whole place iseffortlessly comfortable when it comes time tohave that first martini. Leather armchairs andsome Victorian / Edwardian furnishings give theimpression of a gentleman’s club gone slightlyawry. And for those seeking some privacy hideyourself away in one of the compact little cellarbooths.And what about the drinks? Well the menu isdominated by gin cocktails, so no surprise there. Ilike the approach of listing the flavours, ratherthan the ingredients, even if that does lead to a“I’m not sure that will work” moment. And theback bar is a gin lover’s idea of paradise.First up for D was the Otto Titsling’s Muse (£7.00)combining Edinburgh Gin, vanilla, citrus &bramble. This is a tart, strong lip smacker, a reallywonderfully refreshing summer drink, even if thevanilla was as fleeting as anEnglishman at the World CupFinals.I had to try a Thyme 4 A Bru(£8.00) with Botanist Gin,orange, raisin & Irn Bru. This was that “I’m notsure that will work” moment. But blow me down,Scotland's other National Drink and that mostEnglish of spirits (albeit one distilled on thewhisky paradise of Islay) are a match made inheaven.These were followed by a Bathtub Gin (£7.50).Made with Hendricks Gin, violets andelderflower. A violet scented sherbet foamtopped lovely little tippler. Good job I wastyping and not dictating!Finally D had a Dukes Martini (£7.00), whichalthough not on the menu, they were happy tomake once we informed them how to do so.Ever since live music stopped in L'Attache I'vetended to avoid the West End (it's an age thing).Now, finally, I have a great reason to go back!(M. Earl)Heads & Tales BarFeaturing the Edinburgh Gin Distillery– 1a Rutland Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD– 0131 656 2811– www.headsandtalesbar.comOpening hours– Tue-Sun 5pm-late21


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Recipe: Zuppa Di Pesce (Seafood And Shellfish Broth)from Mia Restaurant23Ingredients (Serves 2):White wine (50ml)Garlic (1 clove)Extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)Freshly chopped parsley (25g)Fish stock (100ml)King prawns (2pcs)Scallops (2pcs)Mussels (6-10pcs)Clams (6-10pcs)Sea-bass (1 fillet, sliced)Langoustine (2pcs)Squid (100g, sliced)Surf clams (4pcs).Fish stock100/200g of fish bones and skinCarrot, roughly choppedOnion, roughly choppedCelery, roughly choppedWater, salt, pepper.MethodPut all the ingredients into a large pan andcover with water. Bring to the boil and skim offany scum that has formed. Cover and simmervery gently for 20-30 minutes. Strain into alarge bowl and allow to cool.Buon appetito!Method1. Prepare the fish, wash it and dry it well.2. Start heating the frying pan, adding oliveoil and the garlic. Remove the garlic justbefore it starts getting brown.3. Add the king prawns, surf clams, sliced seabassand gently fry it for a couple ofminutes, keeping the lid on. Add the restof the fish and stir it well.4. Cook it for another couple of minutesuntil the mussels and the clams are open,then add the white wine, reduce, and addfish stock. Cook everything for another 2minutes.5. Serve the broth with toasted bread,sprinkle with chopped parsley when youserve.Mia Restaurant– 96 Dalry Road, EH11 2AX – 0131 629 1750– Open daily from 10am-Late– info@mia-restaurant.co.uk– www.mia-restaurant.co.uk


24Languedoc Notebook: Trips to the South ofFranceIam really beginning to enjoy trips to thesouth of France and think I am getting theright balance between wine tasting,vineyard visits, gastronomy and tourism.Of course it also helps to cement some reallygood relationships with clients, whoinevitably become friends after a few bottlesof wine and travelling in a mini bus.The last trip in June was one of the best. Wemet some fascinating people, who sharedtheir world of wine-making and passion forthe ‘terroir’. From Christian at La Grange dePhillips, high on the hills behind Bedarieuxwith a production of 6,000 bottles to Eric atChateau Chenais in Faugères with aproduction 60,000 and more. There is alsoVincent a Mas Caldemoura who, on a veryhot morning, took the time to take our littlegroup to his vineyard by the Pic St Loupbefore inviting us to have lunch at theDomaine where we tasted some amazingVintage Cambriolles and Etincelle.One of my new found friends asked me whatthe highlight of the trip was and it had to bethe day spent at Meze near L’etang de Thau.We were invited by Roland at the Mas StLaurent to sample his products and visit theDomaine before going to dine on oysters atMas Gourmand, a pop up restaurant in thehills, with great views over Sete, the Etang,and the Med.Around 5pm Roland decided to give us a“Brasucade” as an aperitif. This is a specialityof the area when friends decide on animpromptu get together. It comprises a fewkilos of mussels cooked on a red hot cast irontray, underneath which an ardent fire of driedold vine is lit. The mussels are seasoned witha sauce made of olive oil, fennel, thyme,coriander, various herbs, white wine andpastis and are cooked on this rustic griddlethen eaten with your fingers. Some countrybread and chilled Picpoul are a must. It is oneof the most convivial barbecues I everexperienced and after an afternoon spentwalking in the vineyards a very pleasant wayto recharge the batteries before dinner.I hope you will be able to join me sometime;our next trip is planned for September just intime for Les Vendanges.“À bientôt”Jean-Michel Gauffreruns La Garrigue at3 Jeffrey Street


Off the Trolley: Hidden Gemsne of the joys of travelling is findingyour own hidden gems: that amazingObakery, the fantastic café, or the pubwhich feels like a local after only a pint. InAugust, when Edinburgh has her makeup onand the town is teeming, it can be hard tofind anything that feels hidden and secret.And it can be almost impossible to sortthrough the arrays of eateries and find theones worth finding. So to get you started onthe right track, here is my (not at allcomprehensive) guide to where to eat cakewhile Festivalling.Starting in the heart of it all: the Royal Mile.Cakeries abound here, and prices can be skyhigh. For an affordable and definitely uniqueexperience, head to the bottom of the HighStreet. Just before you reach the Parliament,on your left is Clarinda’s Tea Room (69Canongate). With a focus on traditionalScottish baking, expect traybakes, scones andbiscuits to make your heart sing. Just makesure to bring cash: no cards accepted.In Bruntsfield and Marchmont, the place tosatiate a sweet tooth is Coco (174 BruntsfieldPlace). Serving incredible chocolates,brownies, sweets and the best hot chocolatearound, if I were to set up camp on a coffeebarstool anywhere, it would be here. There'salso a branch on Broughton St, if you're NewTown based.If you’re hiding out in Leith, La Cerise (199-201Great Junction St) is your cake-y haven.Amazing pastries, tarts, mousses and gateauxare on offer as well as an excellent range ofsavouries, if you can be bothered to lookbeyond the sweets. The homemade ice creamalone makes it well worth a visit, whether thesun shines or not!Back in the city centre I have to give a nod tothe Princes St café in Jenner’s. If you manageto find your way through the Hogwarts-esquelabyrinth of staircases and lifts, you’rerewarded with the people-watching view toend all views: and a cake or scone on theside. Loiter until a window seat becomes freeand soak up the atmosphere from a distance.There are hidden gems a-plenty to find in thefestival, and more neighbourhood treasuresthan can fit on this page. I leave you to it:happy exploring! (R. Edwards)25If you manage to find your way through the Hogwarts-esquelabyrinth of staircases and lifts, you’re rewarded with thepeople-watching view to end all views


26Healthy Eating With CNM: FibreWhy you need it:Fibre helps control cholesterol, which mayreduce cardiovascular risk. It can helpprocess food, which may prevent variousbowel problems such as constipation, andhelps us absorb nutrients. By contributing toappetite control through balancing bloodsugar levels, fibre also assists us to maintain ahealthy weight.A typical Western diet does not containenough fibre – we should be aiming foraround 18g per day.What do you find it in?Fibre is a carbohydrate that is not brokendown easily by the digestive system and isfound in plant-based foods. There are twotypes of fibre – soluble, and insoluble.Insoluble fibre helps make stools bulky andsoft and so easier to pass. It also helpsmaintain a healthy population of goodbacteria in the gut, needed to break downand absorb nutrients from the food we eat.Typical sources of insoluble fibre includebeans, celery, figs, brown rice, oats.Soluble fibre helps control cholesterol byinterfering with the absorption of bile, whichcauses the liver to produce more bile. Sincethe body uses cholesterol to make bile salts,it therefore lowers LDL which is the so-called‘harmful’ cholesterol. Soluble fibre can befound in such goodies as apples, oats, pears,strawberries and citrus fruits.A 90g bowl of wholewheat pasta couldprovide 9g of fibre, whilst 50g of figs willprovide 4g of fibre.Seasonal tip:Fennel was reveredby the ancientGreeks for itsmedicinalqualities. It has acrunchy texturelike celery but tastes a little like anise. Allparts of the fennel plant can be eaten, so itcan be added raw to salads, braised tocomplement fish, added to juices, or theseeds and fronds can be used to make teawhich can help relieve flatulence!By Nutritional Therapist Roisin Cooke,graduate of CNM (College of NaturopathicMedicine) in EdinburghYou can find out more about training with CNM for a career in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy,by attending one of CNM’s free-to-attend Open Evenings in Edinburgh. Next dates: Tuesday 5thAugust and Tuesday 2nd September, 6.30pm-8.30pm. For more details or to reserve your place call01342 410 505, email info@naturopathy-uk.com or visit www.naturopathy-uk.com


What’s in Season:Hidden gems that evensome of the locals don’tknow about!Well we’re back to the crazy season thatis the Edinburgh Festival. The city isheaving, fit to bust her gusset and I’mwondering what I can offer you as a means ofescape of jugglers, street performers and flytippers (that’s what I call the young lads ‘n’ lasseswho thrust scraps of paper into our sweaty mittsas we trundle down the Mile). Locals and visitorsalike, we all need an oasis of calm amid themanic madness, so may I suggest you stroll downthe wynds and closes that lead off the Mile.Grab some food for a picnic; one of my favouriteplaces is Edinburgh Larder, 15, Blackfriars St., theyhave a lip-licking T/A menu. Meandering towardsHolyrood Palace you will come to CannongateKirk nearing the bottom of the Royal Mile andjust beyond that is the small yet perfectlyformed Dunbar’s Close Gardens. Now if you havea car or good walking legs, trundle to the otherside of Arthur’s Seat, you’ll end up inDuddingston, and Dr Neil’s Garden. Both,hopefully, will offer you a haven of serenity, butshhhh … don’t tell everyone!www.edinburgh.gov.uk/directory_record/164072/dunbars_close_gardenwww.drneilsgarden.co.uk/Lea writes http://OfftheEatenTrack.wordpress.com and is @BakersBunny on TwitterScallops with Chorizoand FennelIngredients3 scallops per person preferably in theshell and cleaned (get fishmonger to dothat for you or watch a YouTube vid)Fresh chorizo mild or spicy, your choiceSpring onions, choppedSplash of sherryFennel fronds (bronze if you can find it)Method• Heat a frying or sauté pan. Throw in chorizoand smoosh up with a wooden spoon intopieces the size of a 5p. Cook until slightlybronzed (about 5 mins).• Chuck in the spring onions and cook untilsoft. Remove meat and onions from thepan with a Holy Joe (a slotted spoon, and Ihave no idea where that expression camefrom but that’s what we call it in ourabode!). Keep warm.• Remove coral from scallops if you want;pop into the chorizo juices, quickly sautéthe wee beasties no more than a minuteeach side.• Slide the cooked stuff back in pan, wait forit all to sizzle and splash in some sherry.• Once hissing and spitting subsides, putscallops onto shells and dress with thechorizo, garnishing with snipped fennel.Serve with artisan bread.27What else is in my basket?French beans, kohlrabi, sweetcorn, damsons, greengages, loganberries,rabbit, wood pigeon, hare, grey mullet, langoustine, wild sea bass.


Listings28RestaurantsBistros and BrasseriesApiary – New addition to the growingNewington dining scene, Apiary is the biggerversion of Three Birds already creating a buzzabout town. In an old bank building, the space islarge and airy with seating for up to 60 inintimate booths or bigger groups. Lunch, dinner,pre-theatre, weekend brunch and even Tunnocks& coffee are the bill of fare, served byknowledgeable, smiley staff...open Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm/5.30pm-10pm, sat+sun11am-4pm/5pm-10pm. 33 Newington Road,Edinburgh EH9 1QR – 0131 668 4999– www.apiaryrestaurant.co.ukBijou – A local eatery for breakfast, lunch &dinner, or maybe just a cheeky glass of wine. Anever changing menu, available in 3 different sizes,bijou, medium and main – you choose. PrivateDining available. Free wifi. 2 Restalrig RoadEdinburgh, EH6 8BN – 0131 538 0664– www.bijoubistro.co.ukBread Street Brasserie – A classic Brasserieoffering a seasonal Scottish menu cooked withflair and imagination. Everything is cooked on thepremises and the menu includes classic disheswhich utilise the best of Scottish seafood andbeef alongside vegetarian and vegan options. Allis served in a buzzy, professional, friendly setting.Lunch: 12pm-2pm, 7 days (Sunday 12.30pm-2.30pm) , pre-theatre from 5pm-7pm (£12.95 for 3courses), dinner: 5pm-10pm. 34 Bread Street,Edinburgh EH3 9AF – 0131 221 5558– www.pointhoteledinburgh.co.ukThe Edinburgh Larder Bistro – Inspired bylocal ingredients, The Edinburgh Larder Bistroserves the best of Scotland’s landscape on a plate.Tucked away downstairs on the corner of Alvaand Queensferry Street the Bistro is a hidden gemwith cosy dining rooms that blend beautiful oldand modern décor. Proud to work closely withsuppliers who treat Scotland’s wild, naturalresources with honour they offer a uniquelyScottish experience that doesn’t stop at the food.The menu also offers a range of Scottish gin, maltwhiskies, local beers and artisan roasted coffees.Their bakery launched in December 2013 and isopen from 11am-5pm Tue-Sat serving a beautifulrange of cakes and artisan breads. The bistro isopen Tuesday-Saturday (closed Sunday & Monday)with lunch served between 12pm-2.30 and dinnerfrom 5.30-10pm.1a Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH– 0131 225 4599 – www.edinburghlarder.co.ukThe Shore – Next to the famous Fishersrestaurant on The Shore sits this classic bistrofrom the same owners with wood panelling, hugemirrors, open fires and hearty satisfying food. Thefood is a creative mix of classic British disheswith a modern European twist. Set lunch Mon-Fri,2 courses £13, 3 courses £16. Bar snack menu alsoavailable all day. Live folk and jazz musiciansentertain customers in the bar on Tuesdays andSundays. Open everyday from noon-late. 3 Shore,Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6QW – 0131 553 5080– www.fishersrestaurantgroup.co.ukThe Olive Branch – With its large windowsand relaxed atmosphere is the perfect place toenjoy a relaxing brunch, lunch or dinner in thecompany of friends or family, with children under14 welcome until 8pm. Using the best localproduce, we aim to provide inventive seasonaldishes with a Mediterranean feel, as well as


classic comfort food. Open Mon to Fri 11.45 to10pm, Sat and Sun 10am to 10pm. 91 BroughtonStreet, EH1 3RX – 0131 557 8589– www.theolivebranchscotland.co.ukStac Polly Brasserie, Gin & Wine Bar –Scottish lunch menu with meat, fish, vegetarianoptions and sharing platters. Light bites from midafternoonand throughout the evening. Selectionof premium Scottish and London gins andbeautiful, modern Scottish décor. Open 7 days aweek from 12 noon until midnight. Mon-Sat12noon-2pm. Brunch 12.30-3pm on Sundays. 29-33Dublin Street Edinburgh EH3 6NL– 0131 5562231 – www.stacpolly.comThree Birds Restaurant – A firmneighbourhood favourite in Bruntsfield, 3Birds is apocket-rocket of a restaurant. Small, cosy andbusy, menus change every 3 months and dailyspecials add more choice. Famous for sharingplatters and great wine pricing, a warm welcomealways awaits...open Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm/6-10pm, sat-sun 12pm-4pm/5pm-10pm.3-5 Viewforth, Edinburgh EH10 4JD– 0131 229 3252– www.threebirds.co.ukBurgersBurger Meats Bun – If you want a burgerthat’ll blow your box you’re in the right place. AtBurger Meats Bun we are dedicated to producingthe tastiest burgers, using only the best qualityingredients, served to you with a huge smile (andon a brioche bun) from our Edinburgh kitchen.1 Forth Street, EH1 3JX Edinburgh – 0131 556 7023British (Modern)One Square – A vibrant restaurant and bar,serving an inventive range of dishes by ExecutiveListingsChef, Craig Hart. As well as the extensive à la cartemenu, highlights include views of EdinburghCastle, Dining at the Pass in the heart of thekitchen, and interactive gin tastings in homage tothe fifty plus varieties of premium gin.1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR– 0131 221 6422 – www.OneSquareEdinburgh.co.ukPurslane – It's all about the produce at thisbijou restaurant in Edinburgh’s bohoneighbourhood of Stockbridge. Fresh localseasonal ingredients are the foundation uponwich Chef Paul Gunning creates stunning dishes.He uses a mix of old and new techniques with anod to worldwide influences and the result is topnotch dining but in a casual unbuttoned ambience.33a St. Stephen Street Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH35AH – 0131 226 3500 –www.purslanerestaurnt.co.uk – Open for lunch &dinner Tues-Sat 12 noon-2pm and 6.30pm-11.30pm.CalifornianCalistoga – Current Holders of ‘SpecialityRestaurant of the Year’ at Scottish RestaurantAwards. Edinburgh’s original and only Californianrestaurant. Our unique fresh food is prepared byour great kitchen team who are inspired by theflavours of California. Wine List of over 100Californian wines at only £5 above shop prices. Tryus or book one of of unique Wine, Whisky or BeerTastings Dinners. Private Dining.70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX– 0131 225 1233 – www.calistoga.co.ukFish and SeafoodFishers in the City – A spacious and stylishspace – the epitome of a classic city centreeatery. Set in a converted warehouse on cobbledThistle Street the comtemporary surroundings29


Listings30offer the perfect venue for a casual lunch orinitmate night out. A firm favourite with localsand visitors for fabulous Scottish seafood. Setlunch & pre-theatre menu, 2 courses £13, 3courses £16, everyday 12 noon-6pm. Openeveryday from 12 noon - late. 58 Thistle Street,Edinburgh EH2 1EN – 0131 225 5109– www.fishersrestaurantgroup.co.ukFishers in Leith – has been the last word inEdinburgh's finest casual dining for 21 years. Theoriginal Fishers is nestled on the historic shore ofLeith. Set in a 17th century watchtower it has twobeautiful dining areas, the round room and bar andthe restaurant as well as outside dining. All offergreat atmsophere and, of course, fabulous Scottishseafood – Set lunch & pre-theatre menu, 2 courses£13, 3 courses £16. Open everyday from 12 noon -late. 1 Shore, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6QW– 0131 554 5666 –www.fishersrestaurantgroup.co.ukFrenchBistro Provence – Patron Michael Fons andthe team bring the taste of Le Midi to Edinburgh.Taste typical Provencal dishes and wines in thisfriendly relaxed bistro. The menu changesseasonally and there is a degustation menueverySaturday night. Open Tues-Sun 12 noon-10pm. 88 Commerical Street, Leith – 0131 3444295 – www.bistroprovence.co.ukLa Garrigue – Regional French Cuisine andTerroir Wines from the Languedoc/Roussillon. Arestaurant where ‘Chef Jean Michel Gauffre bringswarm Languedoc to your plate’ (Peter Irvine,Scotland The Best). Simple and stylish with therelaxed ambience of a French bistro and a firmfavourite with locals and tourists alike. Winner ofthe Good food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of theYear 2010. Also Gordon Ramsay’s Best FrenchRestaurant 2010. Open 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner.31 Jeffrey Street – 0131 557 3032– www.lagarrigue.co.ukLa P’tite Folie – Informal, bustling bistro withmixed clientèle. Favourites include moules frites,steak frites, beef bourguignon, duck, etc. Extensivewine list. 2 course lunch £10.50, noon-3pm. Dinnera la carte 6-11pm. Closed Sundays. Large groupscatered for, set dinner available.9 Randolph Place – 0131 225 867861 Frederick Street – 0131 225 7983L'Escargot Blanc – first floor West Endrestaurant. Sit beside a window and reminisce ofthe bohemian Latin Quarter or Marais district ofParis. Traditional French and classic dishes such asgarlicky Snails, Rabbit in Dijon mustard, Sheltlandlamb Navarin or Cassoulet, Îles Flottantes andTarte Tatin. Provenance is paramount here andexpect to find imported goods from well reputedproducers only. Open Mon-Thurs 12 noon-2.30pmand 5.30pm-10pm. Fri & Sat 12 noon-3pm and5.30pm-10pm. Closed Sunday. 17 Queensferry St– 0131 226 1890 to make a reservation– www.lescargotbleu.co.ukL'Escargot Bleu – “French twist using the bestof Scotland”. The Auld Alliance is alive and well!Chef Patron Fred Berkmiller seeks out others thatshare this passion for excellence. Producers ofScotland for 1st class quality meat, fresh waterfish, handpicked fruits and vegetables whilst hispartner Betty will proudly serve you Hervé Monsexclusive selection of French cheese.Recommended by the Michelin Guide and listedin the best 5 restaurants by Peter Irvine/Scotland


the Best. Open Mon-Thurs 12 noon-2.30pm and5.30pm-10pm. Fi & Sat 12 noon-3pm and 5.30pm-10.30pm. Closed Sunday (open 7 days duringAugust). 56 Broughton Street – 0131 557 1600 tomake a reservation – www.lescargotbleu.co.ukItalianMia – simple, cosy and welcoming. Servingdelicious food, fine wines and fresh Italiancoffee. 2 course lunch £7.50 with a dessert andglass of wine £9.50 (Mon-Fri), £8.50 & £10.50 (Sat),2 course dinner £14.95 & £16.95 (Sat). A La Carteavailable daily from 10am-late.– 96 Dalry Rd, EH11 2AX – 0131 629 1750– www.mia-restaurant.co.ukKurdish / Middle EasternHanams –Authentic cuisine in the heart ofEdinburgh and and voted one of Britain’s Top 5Middle Eastern Restaurants by the Telegraph. Themenu features falafel and baba ghanoush,charcoal cooked shish kebabs andmouthwatering exotic ices and desserts. There isan extensice Dry Bar and shish balcony(blanketsprovided!). Open 7 Days. 3 Johnston Terrace, EH12PW – 0131 225 1329 – www.hanams.comPomegranate – Middle Eastern Street Foodand Shisha Bar. Cold and hot mezes, kebabs, awide selection of vegetarian dishes, main coursesand mouthwatering desserts. BYOB with nocorkage charge. Non-alcohol bar available plusShisha pipes. 1 Antigua Street, Edinburgh,EH1 3NH – 0131 556 8337– pomegranate-edinburgh@hotmail.com– www.pomegranatesrestaurant.comMediterraneanListingsLaila's Mediterranean Bistro andTakeaway – Middle Eastern and Mediterraneanfavourites – fresh salads, paninis, wraps, and mezzestyle light meals. Breakfast from 8am daily,specialty coffees and teas and Mediterranean andMiddle Eastern cakes and pastries throughout theday. Laila’s tranforms into a warm and cosy bistro inthe evening with olive tree inspired decor, hanginglanterns, comfy seating, delicious dinner menu,BYOB and free corkage. 63 Cockburn Street, EH11BS – 0131 237 2448 – www.lailas-bistro.co.uk– lailas-bistro@hotmail.comMexicanLos Cardos – Fresh Mex Burritos, Quesadillas andTacos made-to-order with choice of grilledmarinated chicken, steak, haggis, and slow-cookedpork. Vegetarian and vegan options also available.Fresh made guacamole and choice of five salsasranging from Mild to Extra-Hot. Delivery to EH3,EH5, EH6, EH7 and EH8 postcodes. 281 Leith Walk– 0131 555 6619 – www.loscardos.co.ukModern EuropeanCredo – Relaxed, casual dining at a veryreasonable price. Start with the MAT (mezze,antipasti, tapas) for sharing, followed by a choice ofmain courses and an assiette of desserts orcheesebaord to follow. £15 for 3 courses/£11.50 for2! Also informal lunch, brunch at weekends.Mezzanine area for parties – 46 Queen CharlotteStreet, Leith, EH6 7EX – 0131 629 1411 –credorestaurant@outlook.com– www.credorestaurant.co.ukScottishField – This restaurant as its name suggestsloves ‘field-fresh food’ and is proud to showcaseScotland’s larder in a menu of tasty, innovative,31


Listings32seasonal dishes. The wine-list is carefully chosenand tempting. A cosy, unpretentious,neighbourhood restaurant in the University /Old Town area which also happens to be superbvalue for money 2 courses, £11.95 and 3 courses,£14.95 until 18:45pm, à la carte all day. 41 WestNicolson Street, EH8 9DB – 0131 667 7010– www.fieldrestaurant.co.uk – Sittings: Tue-Sun12 noon-2pm and 5.30pm-9pm.The Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar &Brasserie – The best in contemporary eatingand drinking & un-paralleled views from theCastle to the Firth of Forth. Executive Chef StuartMuir uses fresh seasonal Scottish produce tocreate food of the finest quality by matchingmodern flavours with classical techniques. Fresh,sustainable seafood available from the SeafoodBar whilst the Brasserie offers round the clockeating. 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.forthfloor.reservations@harveyhichols.comBook on line at www.harveynichols.com– 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh,EH2 2AD – 0131 524 8350a room in leith and teuchters landing, aroom in the west end and teuchters bar– Two well-loved Scottish bistros attached totwo well loved bars. The emphasis is on quality,fresh, locally sourced Scottish food and drink .Spend the day with us meandering between barand restaurant! The west end, 26 William Street,EH3 7NH – 0131 226 1036. Leith, 1a Dock Place,EH6 6LU – 0131 554 7427 – www.aroomin.co.ukStac Polly – Stac Polly is one of Edinburgh'soriginal restaurants for authentic Scottish foodand atmosphere; now in its 23rd year. Stone wallscombine with flickering candles, crisp linen andtwinkling glasses to give a truly Scottishexperience. Expect a menu of excitinginterpretations of modern and traditional cuisineusing locally sourced produce. We have a fantasticselection of Scottish beers and a fine array ofsingle malt whiskies at both Dublin Street and StMarys Street Bistro. Private dining rooms at DublinStreet and St Mary's Street Bistro. Open 7 days.New menus online – www.stacpolly.com29-33 Dublin St – 0131 556 223138 St Mary’s St – 0131 557 5754Turquoise Thistle – Fine dining in a relaxedatmosphere. A La Carte Menu from 5pm; pretheatremenu from 5pm-7pm. Bar area servingsignature cocktails and a great selection ofScottish beer and lager in convivial surroundings.At Hotel Indigo, 59 York Pl, EH1 3JD– 0131 556 5577 – www.hotelindigoedinburgh.co.ukThe Whiski Rooms – Glamorous new sistervenue to the award winning WHISKI on the RoyalMile. With iconic views over the mound toEdinburgh, it's an all day dining bar &bistro/restaurant serving fresh Scottish food.Stocking an impressive range of premium spirits,wines and Scottish beers,ciders and over 300whiskies. Beside the bar is a specialist whisky shopwhere you can buy the bar's range and more. Dailywhisky tastings.– Whiski Bar & Restaurant, 119 High Street,Edinburgh, EH1 1SG, 0131 556 3095.Whiski Rooms Bar & Bistro, 4-7 North BankStreet, Edinburgh, EH1 2LP – 0131 225 7224– bar@whiskirooms.co.ukWhiski Rooms Shop – 0131 225 1532– shop@whiskirooms.com– www.whiskishop.com


SpanishTapa – With its white-washed, high vaulted walls,one adorned with a stunning floor to ceilingantique bull fighting poster and the others withvintage Spanish movie posters, a visit to Tapa isinstantly evocative of the Iberian Peninsula.Working with Artisanal Spanish produce, HeadChef Paco Martin Romano has not only created amenu of inventive, distinctive tapas dishes but hasalso given serious consideration to those withspecific dietary requirements – e.g nearly a thirdof the menu is dedicated to vegetarians! New: LaTerraza de Tapa, Tapa has just opened and is alarge, al fresco dining space that is a brilliant suntrap from 2pm- 8pm!19 Shore Place, Edinburgh EH6 6SW– 0131 476 6776 – tapa@tapaedinburgh.co.uk– www.tapaedinburgh.co.ukTex MexTex Mex – Donald Mavor, head chef andproprietor brings the heart of Mexico to yourtable, emphasising traditional Mexican food withan authentic menu. Try the flaming fajitas and thepotent Margaritas ‘the best in town’. Good fun,tasty food and very affordable.64 Thistle Street – 0131 260 9699– www.texmex2.comBars and Bar FoodAmicus Apple – stylish bar in the city centrewith great food and drink selection. The formerincludes smaller sharing plates, sandwiches,burgers, classic pub standards, and moresubstantial Scottish meals. Excellent cocktail,wine, draught beer, cider and outside seating.Reservations@amicusapple.com– 17 Frederick Street – 0131 226 6055– www.amicusapple.comListingsThe Abbotsford – City’s finest ‘island bar’. Est.1902 specialising in Scottish real ales (6) and maltwhiskies. Food served all day in the bar. Lunch &dinner in the Restaurant ‘Above’.3-5 Rose Street, EH2 2PR – 0131 225 5276– www.theabbotsford.com– theabbotsford@dmstewart.comBoda Bar – A cosy, friendly bar with a subtleSwedish twist. Regulars, Leithers, Students andTourists mix together are all welcome. When youbook the backroom for more than 15 people youget a small, free buffet. Here you can try thelovely Idun’s Elderflower cider, Aquavit and manyodd shots. Every Monday is live music and onregular basis there are Bar Boot Sales. Check webpage for all events: www.bodabar.com Open Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon -1am and Sun 1pmmidnight.229 Leith Walk – 0131 553 5900The Canons’ Gait – Royal Mile Bar & Bistrospecialising in Ales from Scottish micro breweries.Reputation for impressive bar food. Live Music.Cellar Bar free hire. Food served: Mon-Sat noon-8pm. 232 Canongate, High Street, EH8 8DQ– 0131 556 4481 – www.canonsgait.com– canonsgait@dmstewart.comThe Cumberland Bar – Spacious New Townlocal, lots of rooms and beer garden. Eight realales on tap. Plus good wine list. Food all day.Sunday Roasts (till 6.00pm).1 Cumberland Street EH3 6RT – 0131 558 3134– www.cumberlandbar.co.uk– cumberland@dmstewart.comElement –Tucked away amongst the boutiquesof Rose Street, Element has long established itselfas the perfect place to eat & drink right in theheart of the city. You always receive a genuinelyfriendly welcome in the busy bar and you willfind a calm & cosy restaurant serving a tempting33


34ListingsListingsmix of dishes prepared using the finest Scottishingredients. There’s a well-chosen wine list tocomplement the menu and the cocktails are amust too! 110-114 Rose St EH2 3JF – 0131 225 3297– www.elementedinburgh.co.ukJake’s Place – A rustic bar and kitchen servingthe best in American and Scottish craft beer, maltwhisky, bourbon and rye. A succulent fusion ofAmerican and Scottish street food. Openinghours: Mon-sat 12 noon-1am; Sun 12.30pm-1am– 9-13 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE– 0131 226 1446 – www.jakes-place.co.ukJoseph Pearce – Joseph Pearce's popularity istestament to the warm and genuine welcome itextends to a diverse clientele. During the day araised area to the back is a family-friendly haven,stocked with all the toys, highchairs and feedingparaphernalia that junior patrons and theirbeleaguered parents could require. From 5pm amore grown-up but equally laid-back atmospherepervades, making Pearce's a favourite haunt of acool crowd seeking simple relaxation or perhapstaking part in one of the regular jogging. Many willbe there to enjoy the Scandinavian-tinged menuof gravadlax, pork meatballs with root vegetablemash in a plum sauce or smoked haddock withcrisply roasted hasselback potatoes and poachedegg, all washed down with a great draught andbottled drinks selection Open Sun-Thurs 11ammidnight,Fri-Sat 11am -1am.23 Elm Row – 0131 556 4140.The Guildford Arms – Edinburgh’s finest RealAle Bar Est. 1898 (10) ale taps mainly Scottish, (13)keg beers/ciders, good wine and whisky lists. Foodserved all day in classic Victorian bar or boutique‘Gallery’ restaurant above.1-5 West Register Street – 0131 556 4312– www.guildfordarms.com–guildfordarms@dmstewart.comThe Huxley – Your home from home inEdinburgh’s West End. The Huxley is the perfectplace to relax, refuel, gather with friends andenjoy our extensive cocktail list. An informal vibewhere the focus is on terrific food – burgers anddogs, beautifully created cocktails, wide selectionof beers and wines served with exceptionalcustomer service. The burgers are listed as someof the best in town whilst the ‘dogs’ include,‘naked’ and ‘chilli-cheese’ versions which regularlychange and evolve. Small plates and boards oftempting tapas also feature. Coffee and homebakedpastries to sit in or to go make this a veryflexible venue. 1 Rutland Street, EH1 2AE– 0131 229 3402 – www.thehuxley.co.ukThe Lioness of Leith – Bar/brasserie situatedin the heart of Edinburgh’s vibrant andfashionable Leith area specialising in fine Britishand European food and drink. Since opening inDecember 2013 The Lioness has rejuvenated DukeStreet to make this end of town a goto areasynonymous with good times. Live DJs, eclecticand quirky decor, in a relaxed atmosphere,combined with a fantastic selection of local andinternational premium beverages and an excitingand innovative choice of cocktails, mean there’s anew destination for Edinburgh’s foodies and styleset alike. The Lioness of Leith is on Facebook andis at 21-25 Duke Street – 0131 629 0580.Nobles – With this café bar and venue, thePhoenix has risen from the flames. Since reopeningthis classic Victoriana bar has very quicklyestablished a top reputation as a classy wateringhole, fine eatery and live music hub and continuesto charm critics and customers alike. Nobles has awarm, inviting and contemporary feel whistmaintaining it's traditional, bold wood and stainglass heritage. The menu is locally sourced and


expertly prepared to an exceptionally highstandard. Music also plays a large part in the day today life of Nobles so expect to see top drawer,original live music from Tuesday through to Sundayfollowing food service. Real ales, a fantastic winelist, high speed wi-fi, fresh Fairtrade TM coffee plusvarious organic loose leaf teas complete theexperience. Opening times 12pm-1am Monday toFriday, 10am-1am Saturday and Sunday. Children &Dry well behaved dogs are welcome.44a Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6RS– 0131 629 7215 – www.noblesbarleith.co.uk– www.facebook.com/noblesbarleithThe Old Chain Pier – Under the newmanagement of Billy and Peter Ross, thisNewhaven bar has a glass frontage with viewsover the firth of forth which allow one of thefinest panoramic views in Edinburgh. The wateralmost laps your toes. Real ales, bottled beers,wines and whiskies. Fresh, homemade pub foodmade on the premises daily. Child and dogfriendly, beer garden. 32 Trinity Crescent,Edinburgh, EH5 3ED – 0131 552 4960The Queens Arms –A hidden jewel, below thecobbles of Frederick Street and steeped inScottish history. This New Town pub provides ahome from home for locals and tourists alike.With an amazing selection of real ales, ScottishWhiskies and a twist on some classic cocktailsyou're guaranteed to enjoy this cosy wee pub.49 Frederick Street, EH2 1EP – 0131 225 1045– www.queensarmsedinburgh.comRoseleaf Bar Café – A cosy bar café off theshore in Leith serving fresh juices, real ales, localbottled beers, cracking coffee, loose leaf teas &“Pot-Tails!”... cocktails in teapots! All served up inListingsGrannies finest bone china. Barry brunchs servedfrom 10am till 5pm & din-dins & munchies servedfrom 5pm till 10pm everyday with daily changingspecials including Sunday roasts & home bakedbread & deserts all made with luv! Locallysourced, free range & organic where possiblecause it tastes really, really good! Free WIFI,wheelchair & child friendly. Open from 10am-1ameveryday. For bookings call 0131 476 5268 or emailus at info@roseleaf.co.uk. 23-24 Sandport Place,Leith – www.roseleaf.co.ukThe Salisbury Arms – In the shadow of themajestic Arthur's Seat and opposite theCommonwealth pool. A beautifully refurbishedcountry-style pub in the city, log fires, leathercouches and a stunning restaurant area. Servingquality home cooked food with an interestingwine list and cask ales. 58 Dalkeith Rd, Edinburgh,EH16 5AD – 0131 667 4518– www.thesalisburyarmsedinburgh.co.ukThe Sheep’s Heid – village pub & restaurant inDuddingston and Edinburgh’s oldest survivingwatering hole. Pull up a chair near the roaring fire,dine on Scottish seasonal food or in the warmermonths, kick back in the beer garden. Real ales ontap, wine list and a skittle alley available to hirefor parties. 43-45 The Causeway, Edinburgh, EH153QA – 0131 661797. Open everyday– www.thesheepheidedinburgh.co.ukSofi’s – Sofi’s bar is the port in the storm, it is thelittle squeeze in a hug, it is home from home. Sofeel free to sink in and snuggle up, with a glass ofwine, or a pint of beer. On Friday and Saturdays itis more like a party in the kitchen with manydelightfully tasty cocktail s on offer. Lots ofevents: Sing Songwriters nights, Clothes swaps,35


Listings36Knitting nights, Film nights and variety of coolparties. Check webpage: www.bodabar.comOpen 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 ofthe very funky Broughton Street. By day the glassfront makes it an ideal place to relax inside or outwith a coffee and people watch, whilst at night itattracts a livelier crowd with a buzzingatmosphere. Good pub food such as homemadeburgers & enchiladas until 9pm and snacks such asnachos, homemade chilli & potato wedges untilmidnight Sun-Thurs. Antipasti plates. Premiumselection of beers, wines & spirits and cocktailsand Edinburgh 3 HOP on draft! Open 12pm-1amMon-Thurs and 'til 3am Friday & Saturday in StreetNight-club! 12.30pm-1am Sun.2b Picardy Place EH1 3JT – 0131 556 4272– www.thestreetbaredinburgh.co.ukVictoria – Victoria’s philosophy is that everyonewho is nice is welcome to join the party. Thedrinks range is chosen and proven by staff andregulars, including beers from at least thirty-fivedifferent countries and their own-brand Idunsswedish cider. Events include a language caféevery Monday, live acoustic music every so oftenand irregular speed-dating singles nights. Anysense of gimmickry is nicely underplayed, though.With a child-friendly ethos during the day, a warmand moodily lit atmosphere at night, a wellstockedbar and very friendly service, all you needfor a great local is right here. Check facebook forall events. Open Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon -1amand Sun 1pm- midnight.265 Leith Walk – 0131 555 1638.The White Horse – The bar is an institution onthe Royal Mile where it has been serving thirstylocals and tourists alike in several different guisessince 1742. Come along for a glass of wine, pint,meal or simply a coffee and a slice of cake. Greatbar menu available. The White Horse is also a freefringe venue in the private stable room to the rearof the building throughout the festival. Openingtimes: Mon-Thur 12 noon-11pm, Fri & Sat 12 noon-12 pm, Sun 12 noon-11pm.266 Canongate – 0131 557 3512Cafés/InformalBrass & Copper – Your coffee is provided byUnion Roasted and served by either Astrid or Rob.Every morning they bake their our own cakes andbrownies. Soup is homemade by Astrid (tell us ifyou have any preference and we'll try to make it)and sandwiches are freshly made throughout theday. Long story short: perfect place for coffee,breakfast, lunch, cake and cupcakes! 18 WilliamStreet EH3 7NH - open Mon-Fri 8am-4pm and Sat9am-4pm. www.brassandcoppercoffee.comEdinburgh Larder – A relaxed bright andwelcoming café with a delicious selection oflocal, good quality food using organic/seasonalingredients whenever possible. Great coffee fromArtisan Roast, teas from Eteaket, lovelyhomebaking inc. superb cakes! Fully licensed withtasty local craft beer and cider. Free WiFi,wheelchair and child-friendly. Open from 8am-5pm Mon-Thurs and 9am-5pm Sat-Sun.15 Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NB – 0131 556 6922– www.edinburghlarder.co.ukHemma – A newly opened café/bar with greatbrunch, lunch, buffet, smörgåsbord platters,dinners and last but not least cakes. A familyfriendly haven daytime and a party place at nightwith 12 well chosen draughts on tap and anextensive cocktail list. It is a big place where youcan bring 130 of your friends and have a great


party on the mezzanine level. Every Friday is aafter work DJ starting from 6pm. Other events likenetworking meetings, promotional events, Vintagepop up shops and plenty others are occurring ona frequent basis. Come and have a look! OpenSun-Thurs 11am-midnight Fri-Sat 11am -1am.Tun Building, 75 Holyrood Road – 0131 629 3327.Union of Genius Soup Café – You needsoup and we have soup – officially the best soupin Scotland! Two of our soups are Great TasteGold award-winners. Each day we serve sixdifferent soups, flavour-matched with artisanbreads. We always have veggie and vegan options,and most of our soups are naturally gluten-free.We have Artisan Roast coffee, Eteaket teas and agorgeous range of hot chocolates from theChocolate Tree. Open 10am-4pm Mon-Fri.8 Forrest Road, EH1 2QN, – 0131 226 4436– www.unionofgenius.com and we are nowmobile – see ‘Soup Van’Coffee on the CanalBrunel Coffee – Sunny in the summer and cosyin the winter! What better place to sit on thedock of the bay and watch the world go by? Thiscoffee house/canal boat has outside seating andcute tables inside. Coffee is Union Roasted andcakes are homemade daily. Croissants, pastriesand bread for sandwiches are also served andmade with bread from the excellent Morningsidebakery 'Andante'. Open Mon-Fri 8m-5pm, Sat &Sun 9am-6pm. Union Canal EH3 9NY – Facebookand Twitter.Confectioners / CaféTipsy Mallows – Handmade gourmet mallowscreated using fresh fruit purées, naturalflavourings and more than a dash of favouriteliqueurs and spirits. We also serve coffee, and sellListingsgifts, Iain Burnett chocolates and fudge. Visit usat 230 High Street, EH15 2AU Portobello– www.tipsymallows.co.ukCraft Pattisserie andCaféLa Cerise – is a fresh and innovative patisseriecake and coffee shop that will leave you hookedon Café Culture. Individual cakes, celebrationcakes, pastries, award-winning home-made icecreamand more – all made fresh on thepremises. All products are hand-crafted finefoods made from the best quality ingredients.Many are gluten-free and they use free-rangeeggs. From homemade soups that will transformyour lunchtime into a five-a-day brain-booster, tocakes and desserts that evoke sheer ecstasy, anddelicious savoury items. 199 Great JunctionStreet (corner Bangor Road), Leith, EH6 5LQ –0131 555 6065. LRT buses: 1, 7, 10, 14, 21, 34, 36.Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm – www.lacerise.bizFood EventsEat Walk Edinburgh – A foodie walking tour,presently in the top ten of activities in Edinburghon Tripadvisor with a five star rating. The morningtour takes in the Canongate and visits a numberof shops and bars where you get the chance totalk to the locals and taste some great Scottishproduce. The afternoon tour takes in the Old andNew Towns offering more of a full meal as wemeander between six venues tasting food, winesand whisky as we go. Both tours last three tothree and half hours. Gift vouchers are availablefor the Foodie in your life.Visit our web site for further information atwww.eatwalkedinburgh.co.uk37


38ListingsFoodie Gift ShopCranachan & Crowdie – Purveyors of FineScottish Food, Drink & Gifts, this Royal Mile gem isEdinburgh’s leading speciality food & gift shop,selling only Scottish products. Choose a uniquepresent or create a tantalizing Scottish foodhamper filled with award winning delights. Theirrange includes scrumptious Scottish must-havessuch as smoked venison and salmon, cheese,chutney, shortbread, tablet, chocolate, haggis,black pudding, tea, coffee, beer and spirits.Beyond the array of edibles are quality Scottishgifts including Harris Tweed, earthenware, handblownglass and an exclusive range of ex-whiskybarrel pieces. Open daily 11-6.263 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ– 0131 556 7194– www.CranachanAndCrowdie.comIce CreamLa Cerise – Award winning artisan ice cream. 5Bronze awards at the Royal Highland Show 2012.All ice-creams are gluten-free and are home-madeusing Scottish milk and Scottish cream. No fatsubstitutes or flavourings. All available as cones orin tubs to eat-in or take-away and a huge range offlavours which include the exotic and well asclassic favourites. 199 Great Junction Street(corner Bangor Road), Leith, EH6 5LQ– 0131 555 6065 – www.lacerise.bizLRT buses: 1, 7, 10, 14, 21, 34, 36.Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm.Affogato – gelato e caffé. Specialising inartisanal gelato, made fresh daily on the premises.All crafted using the finest ingredients with noartificial flavourings or colours. Our gelato isvegetarian with plenty of gluten-free and dairyfree (vegan) options. Large seating area. Sit in ortakeaway. Handmade cakes, Illy coffee, Valrhonachocolate and savoury snacks. 36 QueensferryStreet, Edinburgh. EH2 4QS (2 minute walk fromPrinces Street) – www.affogatogelato.co.uk orwww.facebook.com/affogatoedinburghSoup VanUnion of Genius Street – Find Dumbo, ourCitroen H van on the NW corner of GeorgeSquare, next to Middle Meadow Walk. Dumbocarries four different Union of Genius soups eachday, paired with Manna House breads. The SouthSide is now the Soup Side! With our Forrest Roadcafé and Dumbo, you can now find 10 Union ofGenius soups each weekday. Dumbo trades11.30am-2.30pm Monday-Friday– www.unionofgenius.comTakeawaysLos Cardos – Fresh Mex Burritos, Quesadillasand Tacos made-to-order with choice of grilledmarinated chicken, steak, haggis, and slow-cookedpork. Vegetarian and vegan options also available.Fresh made guacamole and choice of five salsasranging from Mild to Extra-Hot. Delivery to EH3,EH5, EH6, EH7 and EH8 postcodes.281 Leith Walk – 0131 555 6619– www.loscardos.co.ukWine BarsLe Di-Vin – is Edinburgh’s most sophisticatedWine Bar beside La P’tite Folie restaurant onRandolph Place. You can enjoy complementingcharcuterie with your favourite wine as most aresold by the glass. Open Mon-Sat 12 noon ‘til late.


Closed Sundays. 9 Randolph Place, EH3 7TE– 0131 538 1815 – www.ledivin.co.ukWine StoresBacco Wine – Independent Italian wine and oilspecialists. Delivering only the best Italy can offer.Free delivery on any 6 bottles case and specialdiscounts in the Edinburgh area. New Shop OpenNow at 136 Dundas Street– www.bacco-wine.co.ukHenderson Wines – Independent winemerchant. Wine ranges from £5 a bottle on offerwines to £100 plus on fine clarets and champagne.A good range of collectable Malt Whiskies up to£300 a bottle. 100+ beers available. CollectableListingsspirits also. Home delivery.109 Comiston Rd – 0131 447 8580 and new shopnow open at 23 Roseburn Terrace – 0131 337 4444.Sideways Wine Store – Californian winespecialist. Over 150 wines and beers available. Freedelivery in Edinburgh area. Buy direct fromwww.Bottleshock.co.uk.70 Rose St. Lane North, EdinburghEH2 3DX – 0131 225 1233 – www.Calistoga.co.ukVino Wines – Local, Indpendent and Different.the best wines of the world, the UK, world craftbeers and specialist artisan spirits. Branches atGrange Loan, Stockbridge, Morningside andBroughton Street – www.vinowines.co.uk@vinoshops – info@vinowines.co.uk39NOW OPEN INBRUNTSFIELDINAA AWARD FOR BESTBARBERS IN SCOTLAND136 Bruntsfield PlaceEH10 4ER0131 229 5566www.boombarbers.co.uk

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