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TakeMe I’mFreeYour Independent, Local Guide toEating and Drinking in Edinburghwww.bite-magazine.comJuly 2013Restaurant & Bar Reviews,Food, Wine, Beer,Cocktails, ListingsWINTickets to theFoodies Festival P23Writtenbylocals!

Crayfish Party in Joseph Pearce’s19th, 20th and 26th August 7PM. Tickets £25!!This year with Aquavit tasting!! Call 0131 556 4140 to book

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WordsChris BerryPhil CookeMark EarlRachel EdwardsNikki FletcherThe Go-BetweenLea HarrisThe InsiderSharon WilsonJames WrobelFront Cover© pamparamIn this issue09 Review Dakota Bar and Grill10 Review La Garrigue12 Wine Vino Wines13 Review Divine Wine at Le Di-Vin14 Wine Seasonal Pairings15 Review Jake’s Place17 Review Harvey Nichols Forth Floor18 The Insider The Reluctant Chef and The Hunter Gatherers19 Review Ten Hill Place Restaurant20 Beer A Sense of Perspective21 Review Bonsai Bar Bistro22 Out Of Town Review The Verandah Restaurant atThe Atholl Palace Hotel24 Review The Club Room at The Dome25 Cocktails Just Desserts27 Healthy Eating With CNM28 Off The Trolley Edinburgh Bakeries29 What’s in Season Fancy SomeFermented Mares’ Milk?30 Listings5Publisher/EditorSharon Wilson I 01383 616126 I M 07780 I www.bite-magazine.comDesign I Donna Earl I© Bite Magazine 2013 – All items contained withinthis publication are copyright to Bite Publishing andcannot be taken or edited without the permissionfrom the copyright holder.This magazine is printed on sustainable paper.

6Salt ‘n’ SauceA flavour of what’s happening this monthPizza Express has launched BYOWSundays. Partner a sauvignon blanc withtheir goats’ cheese Padana pizza ormaybe a cab sauv with the spicysausage Calabrese. Branches atQueensferry Street, Deanhaugh Street,Northbridge, Leith, Holyrood, George IVBridge, Ocean Terminal and Morningside– Sundays from 6pm ‘til 30th July.Rams Head IPA is now available atJake’s Plac, 9-13 Market St. Ramshead isan aggressively hopped, West Coaststyle IPA from the Delaware-basedbrewery, Fordham. At 7.5% it may bebest enjoyed in the 1/3rd pintmeasures available at Jake’s.Look out this month for The SingingButcher Iain Hunter, performing at theEdinburgh International Jazz Festival. Iain is alsothe owner of award-winning butchers Huntersof Kinross and he is singing at The Tron Kirk,25th July

Galvin Brasserie de Luxe havelaunched a new children's menu, andto celebrate, kids under 10 eat freeat lunchtime on Sundays inJuly. Dishes such as vine tomatosoup and mini Aberdeen Angusburgers will be available. Lunch 12.30- 3pm on Sundays.www.galvinbrasseriedeluxe.com7Food on Forth returns to Harvey Nichols 29thJuly from 7pm. Join Executive Chef Stuart Muirand the team for the ultimate in food and drinktastings. Tickets £18 - 0131 524 8350.La Garrigue continues its‘Tour De Francegastronomique...’ this monthwith a visit to the food andwine region of the Loire Valley24th July. More info's Sri Lankan Curry Spices area unique blend of spices from an authentictraditional recipe, but made in Leith. Usewith coconut milk and follow theinstructions. Available at Tattie Shaws, RelishDeli, Henderson's Deli or through their for just £3 apack.

8Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen OnTour – This month, food lovers inEdinburgh will have the opportunity to tryfresh Peruvian cuisine as the Ceviche team,led by Head Chef Martin Morales,collaborates with Restaurant MarkGreenaway, to serve a one-off Peruviandining experience on Monday 15th July.Guests are invited to attend a masterclasswhere they will learn to prepare Ceviche'shighly acclaimed sea bass dish, ‘DonCeviche’. The masterclass will be followedthat evening by a pop-up restaurant servinga selection of dishes from the book CevichePeruvian Kitchen. www.ceviche.comThe Scotch Whisky Experience iscelebrating 25 years in the capital with acommemorative blend, which has been madeusing 25 year old Single Malt Whiskies fromacross Scotland and is limited to only 252bottles.Appellation Wines have a veryimpressive list of wine and beer tastings thismonth: Monday 15th: Wine v Beer – what isbest match for charcuterie? Tuesday 16th: 6wines to go with smoked salmon, Wed 24th:Wines of Portugal with Tom Cannavan andMonday 19th: Knops Meet The Brewer arejust some of the events held at either 43Dalry Rd or 63 Comely Bank Rd. Go thewebsite for the full events Squareis running aFlat Iron Feastpromotionthis July,including aflat iron steak(220g) servedwith OneSquare butter,a side dishand halfbottle ofwine, all for£19.50 perperson.To book – 0131 221

10Review: La Garrigue Petit Languedoce needed a little TLC, anddefinitely chose the right place.WService here was so friendly &caring it made our visit an occasion. Despite ahuge French party descending on an alreadybusy Monday lunchtime, the cheerful flow ofservice didn’t falter.The owner Jean-Michel pointed out straightaway that his is countryside cuisine,representing exclusively the Languedoccooking of the south. For a UK Frenchrestaurant, it's a bold decision to serve onlyLanguedoc-Roussillon wines (as would happenlocally in France, showing the natural harmonyof regional food & wine). The rustic tablewarereflects the type of fare offered, but dishesare neatly presented. The whole is deliveredagainst a clean & sophisticated deep lavender& cream backdrop, complemented by acolourful gallery of rural scenes, with a killerview of Edinburgh to boot.My companion’s twice-baked Roquefortsoufflé starter (La Garrigue also specialises infresh daily sweet soufflés), was accompaniedby a juicy pear and walnut salad thatbalanced the dish well. My own blackpudding and apple tian was purist Languedocin that, rather than the crispy-shelled coalblackhot fried Stornoway disc we’re used tohere, it arrived creamy-textured at roomtemperature.I loved my choice of stuffed rabbit with petitpois – the rabbit was tender & flavoursome.My other half indulged in the magret decanard, for the spurious reason that it camewith a croquette, and no croquette escapesunscoffed with him around. Thankfully he alsoliked the tender pink duck on its bed of sweetsalami-flavoured peppers. On the generousplateful, one perfect croquette sufficed.I too have my culinary Achilles heel – floating

islands. La Garrigue’s were disappointinglynot in the trad quenelle form, being moreramekin than island-shaped. However, theperfume of pastis in its crème anglaise sea,along with a crispy shard of almond tuilefilched from the lavender brûlée across thetable, meant it passed my test.A decent lunchtime deal gives a thoroughlyFrench experience for £15.50, less still if you areunable to commit to a full three courses. Nexttime, I have my eye on their fennel bouillabaissewith squid & pork sausage, available on thelunch menu, & a glass of walnut wine would beperfect with the Roquefort soufflé – it beingquite the done thing to start with a sweeterwine in Languedoc.La carte des vins showcases the region from£16 up. I felt comfortable with the helpfulwine guidance offered, resulting in arecommendation for Le Mas D’Alezon 2007, avelvety Faugères red from the owner’s homevillage of Bedarieux. This managed to meritits £44 price tag with a smart double-act ofrich ripe flavour combined with low alcohol– an ideal lunchtime luxury.(The Go-Between)La Garrigue– 31 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH– 0131 557 3032Opening hours7 days, 12 noon -2.30pm & 6.30pm-9.30pm11CNMCOLLEGE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINETurn your passion for Nutrition into a career!Become a Nutritional Therapistthrough part-time study in Edinburgh with CNM, theUK’s leading training provider in natural healthFind out more at our free-to-attend Open Evenings on 2nd July or6th August, 6.30pm to 8.30pm – Napier University, CraiglockhartCampus, Off Glenlockhart Road, Edinburgh EH14 1DJReserve your place for either event by calling 01342 410 505or email

12Wine: Vino Wines Our story by Andrew Lundyyself and two other directorscreated our vision, Vino Wines fromMthe ashes of Wine Rack which wentinto administration in 2009. The first twostores opened in June 2010 the third inSeptember of that year and the fourth in June2011. At Vino there is categorically NOsnobbery! We understand that our customershave a wide range of tastes and we are here toprovide help with no airs or graces.We make every effort to stock products thatappeal to a broad spectrum of customerswith varying tastes and budgets but having thebest is also something we pride ourselves on.We source wine from all over the UK as wellas importing directly from European vineyardsand beyond. This results in many uniqueproducts such as our best selling Prosecco byVinon Tonon as well as the finest beersavailable in the UK’s burgeoning craft scene.Our shops are located in the heart ofEdinburgh’s retail and residential areas sowhatever the occasion, be it party, quite nightin, loud night in, weddings, BYOB or BBQ wehave got it covered.Broughton St is our smallest store but we fillour chillers with champagne, beer or frozenVodka for optimum convenience.Our most recent store is in Stockbridge and it isby far the best expression of ‘Vino’ as we wereable to design it from scratch. Be it Barolo orChablis you will find it in the wine tastingmachine that takes centre stage in thisshowcase store.Grange Loan is our Causewayside bolt holewith a great team of staff who canrecommend the best craft beer or the finestclaret while catering for events with free glasshire and local delivery.Last but certainly not least is our Morningsidestore where we cater for weddings and ourwholesale business to locally owned bars andrestaurants. We have got a huge library ofbeer here with some very rare ones that onlycome into the country in small

Review: Divine Wine at Le Di-Vin13“Wine bar”. For those of us whogrew up in the 80s this termevokes memories of venuespacked with punters dressed likeextras from Dynasty, gluggingover-oaked chardonnay to abacking track by Sade. Fortunately,the modern incarnation is a lotmore palatable, as a recent to visitto Le Di-Vin joyfully proved.Nestling in a former churchbuilding, Le Di-Vin is the younger sibling tonext-door restaurant La P’tite Folie, bothowned by Virginie and Ghislain Brouard.Entering the bar it is apparent that wine is thestar. A whole double-height wall is dedicatedto decorative pewter bar, backed by shelves ofquality wines, expertly sourced from across theglobe by Ghislain: 164 bottles to choose from.Yet a visit to Le Di-Vin is far from anoverwhelming experience – quite the reverse.The staff are warm, welcoming and have theknowledge to deftly guide patrons.Accompanying the wine is a cleverly matchedmenu of food – more of which later. Toappreciate the breadth and quality of winesavailable, my dining/quaffing partner and Iwere offered a mini-wine tasting.Whites included: a grassy, grapefruit-ladenPicpoul de Pinet; an Australian Riesling withsubtle elderflower and apricot flavours; and astunning Chablis – steely dry, but with briochehints. Reds were equally fine: South-AmericanCarménère that was full of rosehip andrhubarb (amazing, given it isn’t usually myfavourite grape); cherries andraspberries, courtesy of an “easydrinking” Sangiovese; and a greatplummy, spicy Malbec. Do Isound a wee bit ‘Jilly Goolden’?The wine was so well balancedand enjoyable, I don’t care!(Wines sampled ranged from£3.30-5.25 for 125ml glass).The very clever thing Le Di-Vindoes is match well-prepared, tasty – yetstraightforward – dishes to accompany theimpressive range of fine wines.We consumed a very moreish planchette ofmixed charcuterie and French cheese (£15.50for 2) as we sipped and chatted. QuizzingVirginie, she elaborated about the food. “Ifpeople want a three-course dinner, we directthem to our restaurant. If they prefer to relaxwith good wine and food that doesn’t requirea kitchen full of chefs, it has to be Le Di-Vin”.Welcoming, airy, yet intimate. With some ofthe best wine I have tasted in a while, plusinviting, uncomplicated food, I shall certainlyreturn to Le Di-Vin soon.Chris Berry - @scrummyscranLe Di-Vin– 9 Randolph Place, Edinburgh EH3 7TE– 0131 538 1815– hoursOpen Daily: 12 noon till late / Closed Sundays

14Wine: Seasonal PairingsThe London revolution ofTapas and Cava bars à laPolpo and Copita hasn’tquite made its way to Edinburgh,but it’s just a matter of time beforewe see a new wave of Spanisheateries in town. This revival oftapas establishments has broughtSherry into the limelight andthrown off its ‘granny’ stereotype.One of the special things aboutsherry is its versatility – it has aremarkable way of fitting into everyoccasion. So it’s worth having a playaround with it before that sherrybus gets to town. Remember that alittle goes a long way but just likewine, it doesn’t keep.Fino and ManzanillaPerfect for anytime, from a civilised sipwhen the sun’s just over the yard arm tosome serious food matching. Theycombine the freshness of green olives andsliced apple with a salty almondsavouriness. Great with Iberian ham,manchego cheese and olives as well assushi, asparagus and smoked fish. Fino is abit ‘softer’ than Manzanilla which is drier,lighter and slightly more bitter. Look outfor the term ‘en rama’ on the label, alimited edition unfiltered sherry which hasmore intense flavours.Wine Society Fino Sherry £5.75Amontillado or PasadoA halfway house between Fino orManzanilla and Oloroso this has allthe savouriness of the Fino withsome added depth and flavour.Sherry is not know for it’s fruitinessand at this point you begin to losethe ‘fresh’ apple flavour and getmore of the almond and walnutnuttiness. It’s much more fullbodied so although you can drinkthis on its own I’d be heading downthe cured and smoked meat route,or maybe a saffron- infused ricedish. B. Rodriguez ‘Goyesco’Drinkmonger £11.25OlorosoThe king of all sherries, this is richin the mouth and very intenselyflavoured with a mixture of dried fruit,nuts and just a hint of that saltiness youfind in Fino. It can be sweet or dry and inits driest forms it’s a perfect foil to soysauce, mushrooms and game, particularlysmoked venison. Jerezana Dry Oloroso,Waitrose £9.75We’re an Edinburgh based winecompany who run wine and foodevents.Next event– Barbecue Special Thirsty Thursday| 25th July | Bon Vivant’s CompanionSee Conviviumwine.comfor more details

Review: Jake’s Place It’s smokin’!Ibet anyone who hasseen the ‘KFC scene’ inWilliam Friedkin’sTexan-noir Killer Joe willnever look at deep-friedpoultry in the same wayagain. This is what I amthinking as I stare chickenwings and hog hindhammers in Jake’s.I don’t mean to bederogatory though, far from it. On the day meand Mr Bite visit we are both particularlyravenous and this new bar with itsAmerican/Scottish street food and craft beersreally hits the spot.The décor is rustic Americana and, true tocharacter, Creedence Clearwater Revival arealso on the soundtrack as we settle in.The beers are the key here. All are presentlyexclusive in Scotland to Jake’s and from theFordham Brewery in Delaware (near Baltimoreand Philadephia). They are sold, de rigueur forcraft beer, in 1/3rds, 2/3rds, bottles and flights;perfect for tasting.We order four tapas-style dishes for whichbeer matches are suggested.Salted cod croquettes with tartar sauce (£6)are first down the hatch with a CopperheadAle. The beer is smooth and malty whilst thecroquettes are mini-zeppelins full of fishyflavour and nicely crisped. The barman saysthey are his ‘go to’ and I think they are one ofthe best examples I have tasted.I have a penchant for stout atthe moment so really enjoyDominion Oak Barrel withsweet potato fries and abuttermilk ranch dip (£4 / £2).There is coffee, chocolate andespresso in the stout but it isthe underlying milk gum flavourthat really complements thefries and dip.The next two dishes recall that ‘KFC moment’.BBQ hog hind hammers (£6.50) and 10 chickenwings in sticky bourbon BBQ with blue cheeseand celery (£5). The latter are chewy andmoreish, the dip has a good, robust flavour andboth are washed down nicely with an ultrahoppyRams Head IPA. Hind hammers are rich,tender and meaty and the BBQ sauce piquantand smoky.Jake’s is a great little place. It does what it sayson the tin, a fusion of American and Scottishstreet food with 34 American whiskies to boot.Just don’t mention the turkey drumstick.(S. Wilson)Jake’s Place– 9-13 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE– 0131 226 1446– hoursMon-Sat 12 noon-1am; Sun 12.30pm-1am15

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Review: Harvey Nichols Forth FloorTaking advantage of goodweather is an essential partof living in Scotland andthe Forth Floor Brasserie is an idealplace to do this. Floor to ceilingwindows, unrivalled views and arestaurant length balcony combinewith a 3 course menu plus cocktail(£20) that runs throughout July and August.It’s a menu that proudly focuses on localproduce, no more so than with my smokedmackerel, pickled carrot, apple and chickpeasalad starter. Fresh and light, the carrot andapple added texture, while the smoky fish wasn’toverpowering. The chickpeas brought apleasantly warm, nuttiness to the plate.Sarah began with haggis bon bon, curried parsnippurée and a potato nest. The bon bon was crispyon the outside and sadly, rather stodgy insidebut the potato basket tasted great and gave amodern twist to a Scottish classic. The puréewas smooth and silky with a hint of spice thatcomplemented the dish.Mains saw me order braised Ayrshire pork belly,mashed potato, apple butter and chicory. Themeat was good quality and braised to perfection,but why not crisp up the skin and give me thecrackling I oh so crave? The bite from thechicory was welcome and brought a bitter noteto counteract the sweetness of the apple andpork. The sauce was heavenly. Roast Loch Duartsalmon, sautéed Jersey Royals, asparagus, blackand gold rapeseed oil was Sarah’s main andshowcased seasonal Scottish produce. Neatlypresented, the salmon was moist with crispyskin, the potatoes and asparaguswere expertly cooked but a twist ofseasoning would have enhanced anotherwise excellent dish.As we drew the last sip of ourrefreshing Absolut Summer cocktail, Iended with lemon posset, mapleblueberries and shortbread while the ladyordered strawberry and elderflower pavlova. Theposset was a middle of the road dessert andlacked real lemon flavour. The blueberries gave ita bit of taste but the shortbread wasundercooked..The pavlova was a lovely dish which featured atop notch meringue; crispy on the outside with agooey centre. The strawberries were fresh andwell balanced with the cream and sweetmeringue. However, there was no real flavour ofelderflower.A good value dinner for £20, just let down by acouple of small elements but nothing a fewmore of those punchy cocktails wouldn’t sortout! (P. Cook)Summer Dining Offer is available Tuesday toFridays throughout July and AugustPlease book via website or www.bookatable.comForth Floor BrasserieHarvey Nichols, 30-34 St Andrew Square,Edinburgh EH2 2AD – 0131 524 838– hoursLunch - Mon-Fri: 12 noon-3pm; Sat-Sun: 12 noon-3:30pm; Dinner - Tue-Sat: 6pm-10pm17

18insider: The Reluctant Chef andThe Hunter Gathererst a barbecue lately I had cause toponder the vexed question ofAwhether I prefer to be called a chefor a cook. I know what you’re thinking – ‘onbalance, I think you should be called a w **** r’– and I can’t think of a convincing argumentagainst that sentiment. As it happens, if I haveto be called anything, I’ve always preferredcook. Besides, the definition of a chef is‘director of a kitchen’, and I’ve tended to flysolo, cooking out of converted toilets, excleaningcupboards and the odd high-falutin’gaff that actually had a six ring stove.Getting back to the barbie, the moment thehostess introduced me as a chef and the crywent up “guess who’ll be on the grill?” I knewI was in trouble. Sure enough about 10minutes in, the alpha males started hovering.Then came the sage advice and ‘helpful tips’.“You’ll want to let the coals settle down abit.” “I presume you’ll be putting the chickenon first? Or by the time it’s ready the burgerswill be burned.” “No, no, no, that’s the hotspot, this corner here is where you want torest cooked stuff.” “Did you wet the kebabsticks?” And “Don’t you use a herb and garlicbasting oil?”After about two hours or so of thisInquisition by BBQ, I needed the loo, despitethe fact that I hadn’t been passed a beersince my first Bud (at least not one that hadmade it through the scrum of sweaty,opinionated Masters of the Universe behindme). When I returned, my erstwhile tutorsand aspiring hunter gatherers were perchedround the fire squabbling over the tongs, likea bunch of nesting Hooded Vulturesprotecting their eggs. Which was absolutelydandy by me.I thinned off to join the ladies and the boozein the kitchen where – if the hostess hadintroduced me as a cook (“he probably worksin a canteen”) rather than a chef – I assureyou I would have been all along.Before writing this, I cooked dinner: Confitsea trout on morcilla de Burgos, puy lentiland drowned tomato ragout with glazedsalsify root. “How was it?” I asked the SilentAssassin. She looked pained…“It was good,but how on earth am I meant to record whatI’ve just eaten on my Fitness Pal app caloriecounter?” (Sigh!)the moment the hostess introduced me as a chef and the crywent up “guess who’ll be on the grill?” I knew I was in trouble

20Beer: A Sense of PerspectiveI'm penning this, whilst bumming around inmy office, beer in hand, studiouslyavoiding any real work. I'm probably a bitslacker than usual as I am recovering from afamily holiday in Dumfries & Galloway.A change of scene means you return to yourhome with a fresh perspective and appreciatethings you might have taken for granted.This column has often talked about theembarrassment of riches available to theEdinburgh drinker, but it took a holiday visitto a rural pub for me to really appreciate this.The pub in question was in many ways utterlyperfect; cosy, picturesque, child friendly andat the end of an energetic woodland ramble.I’m sure you know the type; low beamedceiling, sticky carpet, portable TV behind thebar showing a golf tournament. It had alingering bouquet of KP nuts and flyers forlocal mini cab firms. Frankly, it was my kind ofplace.Once the family were ensconced it fell to meto get the drinks in and that’s where it allwent horribly wrong.Dismissing the two interchangeable cheap,mass-market lagers on offer, my options werelimited to Guinness (extra cold) and BelhavenBest, except that the Best was off. So this pubwas bereft of Scottish beer.The wine list ran to both “house red” &“house white”, it did have a halfway decentselection of malts, but that didn’t seem quiteright given that it was lunchtime on the firstgenuinely warm day of the year. Panicking, Iopted for a couple of Gin & Tonics.It seems that every other programme onRadio 4 is a documentary bemoaning thedecline of the country pub, but the finger ofblame is rarely pointed at the landlords. Atied house is restricted in what it can offer,but there are many decent landlords outthere that manage to strike the right balancebetween pushing their paymaster’s beer,whilst offering a good range of alternatives.The cataclysmic state of the economy isoften blamed for the death of the ruralboozer, but this pub was located in a small,affluent village, complete with yacht cluband a constant stream of tourists.Sadly though, the bar failed to live up to eventhe lowest expectations, perhaps due itscomplacent reliance on a captive market andI am sure the vast majority of vistors wouldindeed pop in for a pint.But I doubt that many would stay for another.(J. Wrobel)This column has often talked about the embarrassment of richesavailable to the Edinburgh drinker, but it took a holiday visit to a ruralpub for me to really appreciate this.

Review: Bonsai Bar Bistro Bento box bitesIt is the tenth birthday of Bite this yearand inevitably your editor catchesherself looking back to the restaurantscene of 2003 and considering the good, thebad and the ugly.For example, it is bad that there are still sofew decent wine bars in Edinburgh; perhapsthey never recovered from the ‘yuppieyears’. It is ugly that so many of therestaurants appearing in the first issue of Biteno longer exist. However, it is good that a fewdo and that sushi restaurants in particularhave proliferated. In 2003 the WestRichmond street branch of Bonsai had justopened.Fast forward and I am visiting the new branchat the top of Broughton Street. It is adeceptively simple place. The menu listssoups, salads, sashimi, sushi, teppanyaki et alin a very clear and concise fashion but thereare some really tempting and interestingdishes on offer.We try salmon sashimi with radish noodles(£4.50), tuna Maki (£4.25), tako salad –marinated octopus & tomato salad with yuzudressing £3.95) and sunomono salad – lightlypickled cucumber & wakame salad (£3.50).The sashimi was delicious, the seaweedwrapped round the tuna maki had a greattexture and flavour but it was the salads thattruly impressed. The octopus was particularlygood; the tentacles tenderized and infusedwith citrusy yuzu. Tomatoes added moreacidity and everything was chopped small ineasy to eat bites.We had black sesame seed and honeycheesecakes in shot glasses for pudding (£1.95.The seeds had been roasted crunchy and thehoney had a lovely floral aroma and flavour.Lacquered bento boxes full of Japanesegoodies looked great at the next table (£9.90)alongside bowls of steaming miso (2.50) but ifyou want a really good deal there is a lunchoffer for £4.90, details are on posters whilstdaily specials are chalked on a board.Given the location, the price and the factthat I love sushi, this wee bento box of arestaurant will definitely be a regular pit stopfor me. I have already eyed up the menu forfuture visits and seared scallops with gingerand orange and octopus dumplings figurehighly. (S. Wilson)Bonsai Bar Bistro– 14 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3RH– 0131 668 3847–

22Out Of Town Review:The Verandah Restaurant atThe Atholl Palace HotelMr Bite exploded “half an hour for a steak?”We were mid-main course at The VerandahRestaurant in The Atholll Palace Hotel anddespite the stunning surroundings thingsweren’t going well.I had sent back my first main course choice.East coast hake, prawn and spinach strudel infilo with a tomato and oregano sauce andbaby roast potatoes. What I thought would bea light summery dish turned out to be a greasyfilo casing with stodgy dry innards the textureof backstreet bhajis. I did see pieces of hakebut the strong smell put me off digging themout. On the side, tinned chopped tomatoeswith a bit of onion added. This wasn’t what Iexpected I said politely to the waiter.Back to starters which had been cock a leekiesoup for Mr Bite and hot smoked Aberdeensalmon for me with capers and prawns in adill sauce. The dish was too salty and a pieceof bread had been buttered and plonked onthe side with no finesse as had an undressedsalad but the dish was edible. The soup waswatery and mundane which made Mr Bitecome over all patriotic. There was aconvention of Dutch Aston Martin owners atthe hotel you see and he blurted out “whatwill they think of our Scottish cuisine?”Back to the mains, if we must, for thememory of that strudel still makes meshudder. My survival instincts kicked in and Iordered steak. When it arrived (within 5 or sominutes) it was rare and delicious as were themushrooms on the side. Chips weren’thomemade and the tomato was a hard ball ofred mush but there was some nice freshwatercress to compensate and the onionrings were good. Both dishes contained half aserrated lemon with a tomato cherry on top.The whole experience was taking me back tomy student sliver service days in the eighties.Mr Bite liked his main course of west coastscampi tails with a creamy mash on the side. Itasted the prawns and the sauce and theywere good. He was perplexed but Iconcluded it was plain old luck. Oldfashioned turned ironic retro. He wasn’t surewhat to do with the lemon.And so to the Russian roulette normallyknown as pudding. Mr Bite insisted I choosesomething so I went for orange ‘milliefeuille’;I’d never had a ‘milllie-feuillle’ before.A large dod of cream between two pieces ofpastry and an orange slice on the side. Mr Bhad the coconut and caramel tart withbutterscotch sauce. This retro gateau fromthe lost world of the sweet trolley was lightand creamy and we both really liked it.And now to the good bits.The Atholl Palace is a beautiful building instunning grounds; sylvan gardens with riversand waterfalls all nestled in the beautiful

Perthshire hills. There aretennis courts, pools and aspa. I swam, used the steamrooms and saunas and had alovely lava shell massage.In terms of relaxation,sports and exploring thecountryside it is a trulyexcellent spot but the decorin parts would kindly be described as fadedgrandeur. It is in need of an update. Forexample, The Verandah restaurant has a glassfrontage and the view is breath-taking but acouple at a nearby table had to movebecause a hole in the roof dripped rain.Having said that, the reception areas are verysumptuous indeed.The Atholl Palace has a fourstar rating, with a bit of afacelift and a serious look atthe restaurant it couldattain five stars and be abeacon of what Scotlandhas to offer in terms orhospitality, countryside andthe Scottish larder. (S. Wilson)The Atholl Palace Hotel– Perth Rd, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5LX– 01796 472400– www.athollpalace.com23WIN TICKETS TO FOODIES FESTIVALThe UK's largest celebration of food and drink returns to Edinburgh’s Inverleith Park on 9, 10 and 11August. Watch top chefs cooking live, sample over 100 speciality food and drink producers and pickup exclusive ingredients to take home. Try masterclasses and tasting sessions including food andwine matching and cocktail mixing. This year's new features include a cake and bake theatre, achocolate theatre, a BBQ arena, wine village and homeware village. There’s also a children's cookerytheatre, city beach, Street Food Avenue, restaurant tents, bars and a live entertainment stage to ensurea great day out for all!We have a pair of VIP tickets (worth £38 each) to give away,as well as 10 pairs of day tickets.To be in with a chance to win, just answer the following question.Where is Foodies being held this year?Please send your answer with your contact details to contact@bite-magazineby the closing date of 21st July

24Review: The Club Room at The DomeThe Club Room wasoriginally a 1930sstylecocktail barbut following a majorrefurbishment it re-openedas a restaurant in July 2007.Super-suave, it has mirroredand black American Walnutwalls, crystal chandeliersand candle-lit tables. This all creates a glitzybut casual ambience.I decided to escape the hubbub of work anddeadlines recently to have a leisurely lunchwith a friend.I fancied something new and summery soskipped my ‘go to’ Caesar salad this time aroundand ordered grilled flat mushrooms filled withbaked leeks in a creamy mustard sauce toppedwith a walnut crust and served with a rocketsalad (£13.50). What a joyful dish and one of thevery best vegetarian dishes I have ever had. Themushrooms were large, meaty and intense. Thecrust, a mix of crushed nuts and finebreadcrumbs, was toasted golden. Mix this witha creamy sauce and every mouthful wasdelicious. My plate was scraped clean. The sidesalad is well worthy of a mention too. Red andyellow peppers, green rocket and red cherrytomatoes combined to make Rastafariancolouredsalad that was pleasing to the eye andclean and fresh on the palate.My friend chose breaded pork escalopesserved with sautéed potatoes, pancetta, sageand a creamy mushroom sauce (£17.00) and shelet me pinch a bite. The pork wasjuicy and as with the mushroomswhat impressed was the lightnessof the breaded coating. Not ahint of heaviness. Theaccompaniment was a winningcombination of flavours too.I had been really tempted by astarter of warm almond-coated goats’ cheeseserved with watercress and almond pesto(£8.00). It sounded like a scrummy starter but Iknow my limits. Two courses were sufficient forlunch and when that is the case pudding alwayswins the day!Chocolate truffle torte served with raspberrycoulis (£6.50) for me and pineapple andcoconut crème brûlée served with a spicedpineapple compôte (£7.00) for my friend. Mytorte was served on an indigo glass plate andwas a lovely chocolaty finale to my meal. Astolen mouthful of crème brûlée revealed arich, heady tropical flavour.Well thought out summer dishes, perfectlyexecuted and presented in the luxurious‘clubby’ atmosphere. (S. Wilson)The Club Room at The Dome– 14 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF– 0131 624 8624– www.thedomeedinburgh.comOpening hoursThe Club Room is open Mon-Wed from10am-5pm and Thu-Sat from 10am until late.

Cocktails: Just Desserts A liquid ending.Ihave a terrible habit of taking the easyway out and opting for a cheeseboardwhen I'm cooking at home. I convincemyself it allows me to fully concentrate onthe main course, throwing in a bit ofattention for the starter and the canapés togo with the martinis. In reality, as D will attestto, it’s because I'm a lazy git who can't bebothered faffing around trying to create asweet sensation that actually looks edible.You spend hours – you measure precisely,you beat maniacally, you whisk fervently, youfold delicately, you bake cautiously, yousweat profusely and for what? A “chocolatesoufflé” that could be used to repair potholes, served with some schizophrenic“coconut ice cream” that can’t even pass itselfoff as a poor quality sorbet and some weird“chocolate shapes” that wouldn’t look out ofplace on the set of Doctor Who!So, for all us failed pastry chefs, here aresome easy cocktails that work great as adessert. And the best part is that even if therest of the meal doesn’t quite work out, atleast you can drown your sorrows.Death by Chocolate: Blend 1 measure ofvodka, 1 1/2 measures of Baileys, 1 measure ofcrème de cacao (dark) with 3 scoops of luxurychocolate ice cream and 2 scoops of crushedice. Pour into a hurricane glass, garnish withFlake and serve with a straw.Key Lime Pie: Shake 2 measures of vanillavodka, 1 1/2 measures of freshly pressedpineapple juice, 1/2 measure of freshlysqueezed lime juice and a dash of Roses limecordial over ice. Strain into a martini glassthat has rimmed with crushed digestivebiscuit (wipe the rim with the drink and dipinto the digestive biscuit).Banoffee Martini: Muddle 1/4 banana inthe bottom of the shaker. Add 1 1/2 measuresof vanilla vodka, 3/4 measure of butterscotchschnapps, 3/4 measure of crème de bananes,1 bar spoon of maple syrup and 1 measure ofcream. Shake over ice and double strain into amartini glass.Lemon Meringue Martini: Shake 2measures of vodka, 1 measure of Baileys, 1measure of freshly squeezed lemon juice and1/4 measure of gomme over ice. Strain into amartini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.Here’s to the perfect ending of a great dinner!(M. Earl)© Jaymee Sire25

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28Off The Trolley: Edinburgh BakeriesEach morning I walk agauntlet that wouldchallenge the mostdisciplined of ascetics,passing four bakeries withina few hundred metres. Thesepurveyors of everythinggood, while in name allbakers, are as different fromeach other as pasties are topanettone. But whether abakery in the artisan-breadand-patisseriesense, or theScotch-pie-and-vanilla-slicesense, I love them all.My daily temptation begins on Albert Street,gazing at the biscuits and cannoli in thewindows of the Sicilian Pastry Shop. Unableto resist the stately tower of substantialdonuts, I pop inside. Everyone speaks Italian,including the very Scottish man behind thecounter! I want to stay all morning, downingespresso and licking sugar from my fingers,but grease-stained bag in hand, I continuetowards Easter Road.I have a real soft spot (located just around mywaist-line) for your standard Scottish bakery:the kind that stock pies and pasties alongsidedonuts, iced buns, and if you're lucky, a squirtof synthetic cream. Mason's in Newhaven isperhaps my favourite, but I'm not fussy. I lovethese bakers, and my next stop comes closestto one of them.Bravely located alongsideGregg's, Bayne's boastswindows of French fancies,pastel coloured icings, andfrosted donuts. Perhapsslightly cheaper than theirneighbours (we're talkingabout 2p, but still), they fillmuch the same niche:sausage rolls and yum yums,cupcakes and a few shelvesof morning rolls. Fudgedonuts get top marks here,as do iced coconut buns.There's more of the samenext door, although here it's the savouriesthat tempt. A steak bake, or a bacon, egg andsausage roll? And a tray of iced biscuits aswell? Why not.It's not far from Gregg's to the Manna House.This haven of pastries, elegant cakes, delicatemousses and exquisite breads is only 50metres (and yet a world) away. Inside, I admirethe offerings, inhale the elegance, and leavewith a load of artisan bread tucked under myarm.There's an impressive range of bakerytraditions in Edinburgh, with a time and placefor each of them. And the beauty is thatwithin a few streets in Leith, or indeed mostEdinburgh neighbourhoods, you can samplethem all. Just make sure you leave enoughroom. (R Edwards)

What’s in Season:Fancy Some FermentedMares’ Milk?It’s that time of year where the kids have taken a breakfrom the education system and we all try to escapefrom either the Scottish summer (midges and rain) orthe school holidays. There are plenty of festivals across theglobe that may tickle your fancy and are mostly childfree.You could do no worse than head to Mongolia for themanly sports fest of Naadam. After quaffing a refreshingbowl of airag, a bitter drink made from fermented mares’milk, have a quick game of Shagai, a local version of skittlesplayed with sheep bones.Our next stop could only have been thought up by ourantipodean cousins – The Beer Can Regatta held in Darwin,reputedly the beer-drinking capital of the world. Arelatively new festival that started in the mid 70s whenconstruction workers sought employment after CycloneTracey. The amount of tinnys they drank produced a litterproblem that was solved by a local who suggested theybuild boats out of the tins and hold a regatta.One of my favourite places, Key West, holds its’Hemingway Look-Alike Contest this month. So if you’ve gota beard, barrel chest and a booming voice, join otherhopefuls, at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, where ‘Papa’ spent most of the1930s knocking back daiquiris. I speak from experience;these are some of the best rum-based cocktails you willfind. So if the weather is being hospitable, fire up thebarbie, dig out a copy of A Moveable Feast and chill with adaiquiri or two – perfect with this month’s recipe! (L.Harris)Lea writes andis @BakersBunny on TwitterSalad of WarmSummer VegetablesA mix of green vegetables –courgettes, broad beans, peas,mangetout, runner beans (you getmy drift)Large bunch mintSpring onionsFeta cheeseJuice of a lemonSeveral glugs of oilSalt and pepperMethod• Par boil veg except courgettes,they need to be sliced thinly andchar-grilled.• Chop cooked veggies while stillwarm and place in a pretty bowl.• Chop the onions and rip the mint,throw in the bowl.• Pour lemon juice and oil overeverything.• Season, toss then crumble thefeta on top.Excellent with BBQ meats andshoved into flatbreads.29What else is in my basket?Lamb, wild trout, clams, pike, garlic, aubergine, cherries, peaches,and blackcurrants.

Listings30RestaurantsBistros and BrasseriesBijou – 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– Edinburgh Larder Bistro – at the westend corner of Prince’s Street, with its lightinterior and conservatory, is the ideal place toenjoy seasonal Scottish food. The EdinburghLarder team works closely with local farmers,fishmongers, fruit and vegetable suppliers tobring you the best of local Scottish produce.Sample Scottish Spirits & Beers, carefullyselected wines from Woodwinters andEdinburgh-based Artisan Roast coffees andEteaket teas. Open 12noon-2.30pm & 5.30pm-10pm Mon-Sat (pre-theatre menu available5.30pm-6.45pm). Sundays 12.30pm-3.00pm.Excellent value weekday dining from £8.95.1a Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH – 0131 2254599, – Eat ... the freshest produce from cakesto steaks. Drink ... grape to grain and everythingin-between. Enjoy ... the little things that count. .Bar open 11am-1am, 7 days.Lunch, dinner & snacksdaily from 11am –10pm. Burger & a cocktail £10every Wednesday all day! Monday Movies,Tuesday Pub Quiz, Friday's Live Music & D.J's.133-135 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh– 0131 556 5662 – 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 dishes witha modern European twist. 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– 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 asclassic comfort food. Open Mon to Fri 11.45 to10pm, Sat and Sun 10am to 10pm. 91 BroughtonStreet, EH1 3RX – 0131 557 8589 – 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.comBritishOne Square – a vibrant bar and restaurant,offering a modern, uniquely British take on theclassic grand café, serving an inventive range ofdishes by award-winning Executive Chef,Malcolm Webster, from breakfast and afternoontea to late-night dining, all with views ofEdinburgh Castle. The bar features over 40different varieties of premium gin. Open daily

from 7am to midnight, food served until 11pm.1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR – 0131 2216422 – Central & Sideways Wines –Current Holders of ‘Speciality Restaurant of theYear’ at Scottish Restaurant Awards. Edinburgh’soriginal and only Californian restaurant. Ourunique fresh food is prepared by our greatkitchen team who are inspired by the flavours ofCalifornia. Wine List of over 100 Californianwines at only £5 above shop prices. Try us orbook one of of unique Wine, Whisky or BeerTastings Dinners. Private Dining.70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh EH2 3DX– 0131 225 1233 – 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 surroundingsoffer 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 – 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 coursesListings£13, 3 courses £16. Open everyday from 12 noon -late. 1 Shore, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6QW – 0131 5545666 – Ship on The Shore – SeafoodRestaurant and Bar. Sustainable Scottish seafoodserved with simplicity and style complementedby a carefully chosen and extensive wine andchampagne list. Try the fruits de mer for two orthe oysters, both with champagne. The Ship alsoserves lobster, smoked salmon, mussels, crab,monkfish, bass and much more. Seasonalspecialities include game and meat dishes.Outside seating. Food served Mon-Sun noon-10pm. 24-26 The Shore – 0131 555 0409.FrenchLa 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– 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 of31

Listings32Paris. Traditional French and classic dishes such asgarlicky Snails, Rabbit in Dijon mustard, Shetlandlamb Navarin or Cassoulet, iles flottantes andtarte tatin. Provenance is paramount here andexpect to find imported goods from wellreputed producers only. Open Mon-Thurs 12noon-2.30pm and 5.30pm-10pm. Friday and Sat 12noon-3pm and 5.30pm-10.30pm. Closed Sunday.17 Queensferry St – 0131 226 1890 to make areservation –'Escargot Bleu – “French twist using thebest of Scotland” The Auld Alliance is alive andwell! Chef Patron Fred Berkmiller seeks outothers that share his passion for excellence.Producers of Scotland for 1st class quality meat,fresh water fish, handpicked fruits and vegetableswhilst his partner Betty will proudly serves youHervé Mons exclusive selection of Frenchcheese. Recommended by the Michelin Guideand listed in the best 5 restaurants by PeterIrvine/ Scotland the Best. Open Mon-Thurs 12noon-2.30pm and 5.30pm-10pm. Frid & Sat 12noon-3pm and 5.30pm-10.30pm. Closed Sunday,(open 7 days during August) 56 Broughton Street– 0131 557 1600 to make a reservation– 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 – / 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–– www.pomegranatesrestaurant.comScottishThe Dome – Located in the city centre, TheDome is situated on the site of the Old Physician’sHall designed and built in 1775 by James Craig, thecelebrated planner of Edinburgh’s New Town. Aftermajor refurbishment, this listed building becameThe Dome which opened in 1996. The Domehouses 2 restaurants, namely The Grill Room &The Club Room. A La Carte Lunch & Dinner Menusare offered in both restaurants. The Domefavourites include The Dome Club Sandwich andThe Dome Burger. Local Scottish produce is usedwherever possible. The menus are created toinclude a flavour of Scotland and Europe. The GrillRoom is open seven days from 12 noon until Late.The Club Room is open Monday, Tuesday andWednesday from 10 am until 5 pm: Thursday,Friday and Saturday from 10 am until Late. TheClub Room is closed on Sundays.14 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF.Reservations – 0131 624 8624.www.thedomeedinburgh.comField – This restaurant as its name suggestsloves 'field-fresh food' and is proud to showcase

Scotland's larder in a menu of tasty, innovative,seasonal 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 / 3 Courses£14.50. 41 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DB - 0131667 7010 - - Sittings:Tues-Sat 12 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– 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 – Hotel & Brasserie – Open from10.00pm-22.00pm seven days a week, servinglight lunches, luxury afternoon teas and finedining dinners. Our food has an emphasis onquality ingredients from artisan suppliers. We areListingsjust five minutes from Edinburgh PlayhouseTheatre. 11 Brunswick St, Edinburgh EH7 5JB– 01315576910 – Ten Restaurant – Attached to theRoyal College of Surgeons this restaurant istucked away from the hubbub of the old townbut also close to the Festival Theatre and otherarts venues. There is a carvery from 12 noon-7pmserving marinated roasts, seasonal vegetables,starters and desserts and also a Scottish, seasonalà la carte menu 7pm-10pm – 0131 662 2080 –www.tenhillplace.comStac 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 5565577 - 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,33

34ListingsListingswines 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 Bank Street,Edinburgh, EH1 2LP, 0131 225 7224, Rooms Shop, 0131 225 1532, www.whiskishop.comSpanishIggs and Barioja – Est. 1989 and recentlyfeatured in Channel 5’s Restaurant Inspector.Modern Spanish Cusine and Tapas using the finestingredients imported directly from Spainalongside the best of local, seasonal Scottishproduce. 2 AA Rosettes. An excellent wine listwhich has won many accolades including the ‘AAMost Notable Wine list Award’.Iggs, 15 Jeffrey Steet – 0131 557 8184 andBarioja, 19 Jeffrey St – 0131 557 3622Tapa – With its white-washed, high-vaulted wallsadorned with a stunning floor to ceiling antiquebull fighting poster and live Flamenco guitarist onFriday & Saturday evenings, Tapa in Leith evokesmemories of lazy summer holidays spent withfamily and friends. Sunday afternoons are a mustas their Andalusian Head Chef prepares Paella inthe restaurant while you eat! The perfect tonic ifyou have over indulged the previous evening! 19Shore Place, Edinburgh EH6 6SW – 0131 4766776 – 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 FoodThe Abbotsford – Guest ales served at a fine‘island bar’. Est. 1902 specialising in beers fromScottish independent breweries. Lunch & dinnerserved in the bar or in the restaurant ‘Above’.3-5 Rose Street – 0131 225 5276 –www.theabbotsford.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: Open Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon -1am and Sun 1pmmidnight.229 Leith Walk 0131 553 5900The Canons’ Gait – A Real Ale/Gastro pub inEdinburgh’s Old Town offering a selection of Alesfrom Scottish micro breweries. This bar has gaineda reputation for it’s impressive bar food. The menuincludes traditional dishes such as Crombiessausage and mash, fish ‘n’ chips, haggis etc, moreambitious daily specials and outstanding desserts.All offer superb value for money and always withthe emphasis on home made and seasonalproduce. There is also a large Cellar Bar availablefor free hire, book early to avoid disappointment!Food served: Mon-Sat noon-8pm. 232 Canongate,High Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8DQ – 0131 556 4481–– www.canonsgait.comThe Cumberland Bar – 1-3 CumberlandStreet - Spacious bar with lots of rooms and beergarden. Eight real ales on tap. Plus good wine list.

Mixed clientele, pet-friendly. Good bar foodavailable for breakfast, lunch & dinner.– 0131 558 3134 – –Tucked away just off Princes Streetin amongst the boutiques of Rose Street you willfind Element. The bar has long since establisheditself as the perfect place to eat, drink and relaxright in the heart of the Edinburgh. Whether youfancy a quick drink after work, a bite to eat or along lazy lunch, Element will deliver above andbeyond. 110-114 Rose St EH2 3JF, – 0131 225 3297–’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 – 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 - perfect to enjoy food, cask ales, maltListingswhisky and imported beers.- Ten taps of (mostlyScottish) cask ales from Scottish micro-breweries.Regular beer festivals. food served all day.1-5 West Register Street – 0131 556 4312– www.guildfordarms.comThe Huxley – The new home of socialentertaining in Edinburgh. Located in the city'sWest End, The Huxley is the perfect place torelax, refuel and gather with friends. An informal,casual space has been created and the menu isüber on-trend with its focus on burgers and hotdogs. The former are all made with chuck steakwhilst ‘dogs’ include, ‘naked’, ‘chilli-cheese’,‘kimchi’ and ‘Chicago’ versions. Small plates andboards of tempting tapas also feature andbottled and cask beers from around the worldshape the drinks list. 1 Rutland Street, EH1 2AE –0131 229 3402 – – 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 andexpertly 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, 11am-1am Saturday & 10am-1am Sunday.Children & Dry well behaved dogs are welcome.44a Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6RS– 0131 629 7215 – –

Listings36The 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 wee bar café inthe heart ‘o’ Leith serving fresh juices, real ales,homemade ginger beer, cracking coffee, loose leafteas & “Pot-Tails!”... cocktails in teapots! All servedup in Grannies finest bone china. Wholesomebrunchies, lunchies, din-dins & munchies servedfrom 10 till 10 everyday with daily changingspecials including Sunday roasts & home bakedbread and cakes all made with luv! All locallysourced, free range & organic where possiblecause it tastes really, really good! Free WIFI,wheelchair & child friendly. Open from 10am-1ameveryday. For bookings call0131 476 5268 or email Sandport Place, Leith– 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 Sheep’s Heid – village pub & restaurantin Duddingston 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’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,Knitting 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 St. By day the glassfront makes it an ideal place to relax inside or outwith a coffee & 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. Premium selection of beers,wines & spirits and cocktails and Rekordelig cideron draft! Open 12pm-1am Mon-Sat, 12.30pm-1amSun. 2 Picardy Place, EH1 3JT – 0131 556 4272– – Victoria’s philosophy is that everyonewho is nice is welcome to join the party. Thedrinks range is chosen and proven by staff and

egulars, 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/InformalEdinburgh 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 – A newly opened café/bar with greatbrunch, lunch, buffet, smörgåsbord platters,dinners and last but not least cakes. A familyListingsfriendly 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 greatparty 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. TunBuilding, 75 Holyrood Road.– 0131 629 3327.I Heart Café – Licensed café and coffee shop.Great food, drinks, sofas and tunes at the top ofLeith Walk! Breakfast, all day menu and weekendbrunch. Great coffee & Eteaket teas, pastries,cakes & sweet treats, sharing platters & delinibbles, lovely vino & cool beers. Open 7 daysMon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm.26-27 Haddington Place, EH7 4AF– 0131 556 1672.Union of Genius Soup Café – You needsoup – and we have soup; the best soup inScotland! Our soups won the Good Soup Guide'sBest Soup in Scotland award 2013. Each day weserve six different soups, flavour-matched withfour artisan breads. We always have veggie andvegan options, and most of our soups arenaturally gluten-free. We have Artisan Roastcoffee and a gorgeous range of hot chocolatesfrom Coco and The Chocolate Tree. Open 9am-4pm Monday-Friday. 8 Forrest Road, EH1 2QN,– 0131 226 4436 – www.unionofgenius.comCraft Pattisserie and CaféLa 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 the premises.37

Listings38All products are hand-crafted fine foods madefrom the best quality ingredients. Many aregluten-free and they use free-range eggs. Fromhomemade soups that will transform yourlunchtime 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.bizFarm ShopsHopetoun Farm Shop – offers some ofScotland's finest foods including fresh localproduce from the surrounding Hopetoun Estateplus a wide range of produce from award winningScottish suppliers. Open 7 days a week the FarmShop butchery provides a range of fresh beef,lamb, game and poultry whilst the delicatessenoffers a mouth watering selection of Scottishcheeses, pies, cakes and cold meats. HopetounFarm Shop, Newton, Broxburn. EH52 6QZ– 01506 830 716 – EventsEat Walk Edinburgh – As recommended bythe BBC Good Food Magazine, this is a fabulousway to learn about Edinburgh whilst sampling itsculinary delights at top venues. Tours start in theOld town at 2pm and finish in the New Town at5.30pm. Along the way you will visit 6 premisesand enjoy one of their signature dishes plus acouple of wine tastings and a malt whisky. Formore info and to book, please Gift ShopCranachan & Crowdie – Purveyors of FineScottish Food, Drink & Gifts, this Royal Mile gemis Edinburgh’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 homemadeusing Scottish milk and Scottish cream. Nofat substitutes or flavourings. All available ascones or in tubs to eat-in or take-away and ahuge range of flavours which include the exoticand well as classic favourites. 199 Great JunctionStreet (corner Bangor Road), Leith, EH6 5LQ0131555 6065- LRT buses: 1, 7, 10, 14,21, 34, 36. Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm.Local Cooking LessonsEat-In Edinburgh – Love food and wish youcould cook it? Whether it's cooking better foryour family, impressing your friends or gainingsome more confidence in the kitchen Eat-InEdinburgh provides affordable cooking lessonsfor everyone. All you need is a kitchen and we'llbring the rest. Eat-In Edinburgh also offers kitchenassistance and home-cooked meals to those whoare unable to cook for themselves. – or call 07702

011451 or go to ‘n’ Chips Pierinos – Situated in theheart of the Shore area of Leith, Pierino’s isrenowned for it’s traditional Fish & Chips,Takeaway Favourites and authentic Italian Pizzasand Pasta, which is achieved by paying specialattention to every fine detail and only using thevery finest ingredients. Pierino’s have beenoffering traditional Fish & Chips since 1983. You’llalso find an array of other favourites, such ashomemade Pizzas, Burgers, Kebabs, Pasta andgreat value Meal Deals. If you are looking for thebest Fast Food in Edinburgh, then order online fordelivery or collection with our easy to usewebsite. Call 0131 477 7727 or order online Bernard Street, Leith, EH6 6PWLos Cardos – Fresh Mex Burritos, Quesadillasand Tacos made-to-order with choice of grilledmarinated chicken, steak, haggis, and slowcookedpork. Vegetarian and vegan options alsoavailable. Fresh made guacamole and choice offive salsas ranging from Mild to Extra-Hot.Delivery to EH3, EH5, EH6, EH7 and EH8postcodes. 281 Leith Walk – 0131 555 6619– Bars10 Wine Bar – A vibrant and contemporaryspace, offering an extensive list of wines suppliedby Corney & Barrow, A large selection of beersand spirits are also available along with tapas,light snacks and sharing plates. 10 Hill Place, EH89DS – 0131 662 2080 – www.tenhillplace.comOpen 12 noon-10pm.Le Di-Vin – is Edinburgh’s most sophisticatedWine Bar beside La P’tite Folie restaurant onListingsRandolph 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 – OnlineBacco Wine – Independent Italian wine and oilspecialists. Delivering only the best Italy canoffer. Free delivery on any 6 bottles case andspecial discounts in the Edinburgh StoresHenderson Wines – Independent winemerchant. Wine ranges from £5 a bottle on offerwines to £100 plus on fine clarets andchampagne. A good range of collectable MaltWhiskies up to £300 a bottle. 100+ beersavailable. Collectable spirits 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.Free delivery in Edinburgh area. Buy direct Rose St. Lane North, EdinburghEH2 3DX – 0131 225 1233– Wines – Local, Independent andDifferent. The best wines of the world, the UK,world craft beers and specialist artisan spirits.Branches at Grange Loan, Stockbridge,Morningside and Broughton St – –

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