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THE MONTHLY MINI GUIDE TO EDINBURGHwww.bitepublishing.co.ukMAY 2010RESTAURANT & BAR REVIEWSFOOD, WINE, BEER, COCKTAILSLISTINGS & COMPETITIONSI’MFREE


THE DOME14 GEORGE STREET, EDINBURGH EH2 2PFTEL 0131 624 8624 • FAX 0131 624 8649EMAIL sales@thedomeedinburgh.com • www.thedomeedinburgh.comIncorporating: The Grill Room, The Club Room,Conference and Private Dining Facilities, The Garden CaféThe Grill Room – Open from 12 noon until Late, every day– A la Carte Lunch and Dinner Menus.The Club Room - Open for Coffees and Food from10 am until 5 pm - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday,10 am until Late – Thursday, Friday and Saturday. CLOSED ON SUNDAY.Outdoor Dining - THE GARDEN CAFÉ IS NOW OPEN.A wonderful selection of Hot and Cold Food,Coffees and Teas are served in The Garden Café.The Garden Café is located at the rear of the Dome buildingwith access from Rose Street.


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FRONT COVERThanks toSimone HillardWORDSMark EarlKelly SmithSharon WilsonThe InsiderRachel EdwardsJames WrobelDave AlburyVikki JonesSandy RamsayCONTENTSMAY 201007 REVIEW Stac Polly09 REVIEW The Glasshouse Off The Mile11 REVIEW Seadogs13 OUT OF TOWN Knock Castle Hotel And Spa15 WINE Appellation Wines16 WINE Chateau Palmer 199017 COCKTAILS Boda Bar18 COCKTAILS Tequila OCHO20 BEER Ginger Nuts21 BAR REVIEW The Jekyll & Hyde22 BAR REVIEW Ghillie Dhu23 THE INSIDER Short Cut Charlie’s Cookbook24 SUPERFOODS At Real Foods25 OFF THE TROLLEY Ice Cream Dreams26 ETHICAL EATING Going Green In The City27 WHAT’S IN SEASON Elderflowers29 LISTINGS39 COMPETITIONS5PUBLISHER/EDITORS Wilson – 01383 616126 – M 07780 763613– contact@bitepublishing.co.ukASSISTANT EDITOR Kelly Smith – krsmith@gmail.comDESIGN Donna Earl – bite.design@mac.comCOPYRIGHT– All items contained within this publication are copyright to Bite Publishing and cannot be taken or edited without thepermission from the copyright holder.


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THE TRIO OF STAC POLLYRESTAURANTS, OFFER LOCALS ANDTOURISTS’ ALIKE, A TASTE OFQUINTESSENTIAL SCOTTISH CUISINE.THE NAME ‘STAC POLLY’ REFERS TO AHIGHLAND MUNRO AND THE MENUCELEBRATES THE PRODUCE OF OURESTIMABLE ‘SCOTTISH LARDER’. MRBITE AND I POPPED ALONG ONEEVENING TO THE GRINDLAY STBRANCH WHICH CONVENIENTLY LIESWITHIN A STONE’S THROW OF THESHERATON, CASTLE, USHER HALLAND LYCEUM THEATRE.I started with the chilled white crab andsmoked salmon salad, sun- bursttomatoes, micro-herbs and saffrondressing (£8.95) and Mr Bite plumped forthe freshly prepared smoked haddockchowder with saffron oil (£6.95). Thefresh smell of both dishes greeted ournostrils and we dived in. The salmon wasfinest quality, flavoursome, rich andsumptuous and stood up to the verydifferent but equally fine, clean, freshflavour of the crab. The cress, watercressand coriander sparkled on the palate. MrBite was pleased with this chowder too,which he declared “a fine, stout, plate ofScottish soup”. It was milky inconsistency with lots of flaky yellow fish,chunks of tattie and chopped syboes.Like the starters, the main courses werepretty, colourful and beautifullypresented. I had the pan-fried supremeof salmon on a pea and mascarponecake with a wild mushroom creamREVIEWSTAC POLLYThe Scottish restaurants(£17.95) and Mr Bite had the dry-searedduck breast, pickled red cabbage, crispypancetta and a star anise and port jus(£18.95). These two dishes resembledsummer and autumn. My salmon was alarge, majestic slab of fish aloft fragrantsummer peas, seared asparagus andgrassy, green beans. A cream sauce,earthy mushrooms, and sweet, saffronoil completed a plate full of texture,interest and flavour. The duck was pinkand plentiful and the jus waswonderfully intense. Like the cabbage ithad just the right balance of sweet,fruity and sharp.Dessert was strawberry shortbread,raspberry sauce and mascarpone (howdo you hide a horse? quipped Mr Bite)cream (£6.95) for me and mango andcoconut cheesecake with a passion fruitsorbet (£6.65) for him. Mine was acrimson explosion of summer fruits,cooling cream and scrumptious biscuit.We weren’t particularly impressed bythe cheesecake but the sorbet wassuperb and really lifted the dish.Stac Polly offers a la carte Scottish fayreat its finest.STAC POLLY– 8-10 Grindlay St – 0131 229 5405Also at Dublin St and St Mary’s StSee www.stacpolly.comOPENING HOURS7 Days Mon-Fri 12 noon- 2.30pm andMon-Sun 6pm-11pm.7


: The Italian DinerLet the team at Zanzero : TheItalian Diner in Stockbridge lookafter you every Sunday. Enjoy ourspecial Sunday Brunch, full cookedbreakfast and marvellous bloodymarys. Served all day, every Sunday!14/16 North West Circus Place Edinburgh EH3 6SXTel: 0131 220 0333 www.zanzero.com info@zanzero.comScottish Bistro1 AA Rosette8-10 Grindlay St0131 229 54051 AA Rosette28-33 Dublin St0131 556 2231FISH MEAT GAME POULTRY38 St Mary’s St0131 557 5754Affordable ScottishFood at OurSt Mary’s Street Bistro


REVIEWTHE GLASSHOUSE OFF THE MILEFine food in a fine locationTHIS RESTAURANT MOVED FROMITS FORMER HOME AT ESKMILLS AFEW MONTHS AGO ALONG WITHCHEF, STEVEN ADAIR. IT NOW SITSIN THE SHADOW OF THE COURTBUILDINGS AND CATHEDRAL IN THEGRADE B LISTED FRASER SUITES.THE STYLE OF THE RESTAURANT, ASTHE PRESS RELEASE STATES, BLENDS“ELEGANT VICTORIAN OPULENCEWITH STYLISH CONTEMPORARYCOOL”. THE AMBIENCE IS TASTEFULAND A FINE SETTING FOR SOMEFINE FOOD.To start my partner had smooth liverparfait, home-made chutney andtoasted wholemeal bread (£5.25). Theparfait had that special contrast ofsmooth, silky texture with dark, intenseflavour; the chutney was spicy and rich.I had Arbroath smokie cracked blackpepper mousse and pickled lemonserved with thyme and garlic crostinis(£5.95). This was a sophisticated,creamy fish mousse; the pickled lemonwas an intense, sweet joy and thecrostinis, moreishly thin and crispy.Main course for me was rump ofPerthshire lamb rolled in cumin saltserved with a confit of potatoes,buttered spinach, pink grapefruit andcoriander jus (£16.95) and my friendchose seared calves liver, crispysmoked streaky bacon & buttered mashwith rich red wine jus (£15.50). My lambwas beautifully tender, cooked pinkand well-seasoned. The potatoes andspinach were soft and delicious andthe jus intense and fragrant. A perfectlyput together plate of food. My partnerliked her liver but thought it couldhave been sliced slightly thinner. Themash was yellow with richness anddelicious with the jus but, slightlyunder-seasoned. Also, less mash andsome spinach or other veg would makethe dish more unisex. Overall though,we thoroughly enjoyed our mains.For dessert I had the banoffee bruléewith coconut shortbread (£4.50) andmy friend had the trio of desserts,banoffee ice cream, cranachan andblood orange pannacotta. The bruleedidn’t really work. The topping wasglassy and good, the cream luscious,but fibrous, tasteless chunks ofanaemic banana spoilt it. Mydemanding dining partner declared hertrio of desserts a triumph andcommented that each individualcomponent complimented the othersperfectly.Overall, despite a few pernicketycriticisms, we gave this restaurant thethumbs up and would both return andrecommend it.THE GLASSHOUSE OFF THE MILE– 12 St. Giles Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TU– 0131 225 4564– www.theglasshouseoffthemile.com– info@theglasshouseoffthemile.comOPENING HOURSMonday to Sunday 7am-10.30pm9


JAMIE OLIVER – I ALWAYS WANTTO HATE HIM BUT END UP LOVINGHIM AND I MENTION THIS BECAUSEI FEEL INEXPLICABLY THE SAMEABOUT THE TRIO OF ‘DOG’S’RESTAURANTS. I WANT THEM TOSLIP UP BUT HAVE VISITED THEDOGS. AMORE DOGS AND NOWSEADOGS WITHIN THE LAST YEARAND RATE THEM ALL.For those of you not familiar withthese restaurants, they are all ownedby David Ramsden who is commonlyrecognised as a ‘bit of a character’ anda ‘very good chef’. The concept of his‘dogs restaurants’ is to offer affordableplates of food that are typicallyBritish, Italian or fishy at the threerestaurants respectively,Pushed for time I could only get alongfor lunch recently but left hankeringfor more. I suspect Seadogs willbecome a regular lunch-time hauntfor me and I very much look forwardto sampling the dinner menu.I wanted a selection of dishes but thetwo I chose were so delicious and sofilling that these were all I couldmanage. First up, a seasonal trout patéwith toast (£4.65); an unapologeticplate of delicious brown slop. Noponcy garnish for colour just a bigdollop of ultra smooth pate, rusticcrunchy brown toast and a pool ofrhubarb and black pepper jam. Myonly criticism – three slices of toastREVIEWSEADOGSAhoy me heartiesrather than two please. It was agenerous dish and an extra slice wouldbe sensible.Next a plate of Cullen Skink (£4.50); Ithink you can judge a cook orrestaurant on their Cullen Skink andthis one was just as it should be;hearty, comforting and unpretentiouswith nice flakes of yellow haddock,chunks of potato and slithers ofcolourful vegetables. Simple but good.Dessert didn’t really appeal; deepfried chocolate cake and apreponderance of ice cream failed toexcite me. Lots of other lunch-timeofferings did appeal though, such asfish and chips in beer batter oroatmeal, mushy peas and tartaresauce (£4.50-£6.50 depending on thetype of fish), chickpea, apple andfennel salad (£3.50) and troutsandwich with spiced veg crisps(£4.50). The dinner menu looked evenbetter; consider whole baked blackbream, creamed mussel and leek bap(£18.50 for two).I look forward to hours sampling morefishy delights.SEADOGS– 43 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2NH– 0131 225 8028– info@seadogsonline.co.uk– www.seadogsonline.co.ukOPENING HOURSOpen seven days a week11


Try a Taste ofPolandWe welcome all foodies!Especially if you are looking for an authentic,fresh, wide range of the finest Polish specialities– meats, cheeses, cakes, confectionary, notforgetting about beers and vodkas and muchmore that you won’t find anywhere else.Deli Polonia offers you friendlyservice in a cool and bright environmentP OL I SHD E L I C A TE SSE N235-237 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8NYTel: 0131 555 1281OPENING HOURSMon to Fri 9-8Sat 9-6 • Sun 10-6boombarbersNow Recruitingfor our busy barbers in Stockbridge,Broughton Street and West EndIf you would like a career inhairdressing and would like to joinour young, friendly and talented teamcall us now and ask for Scott.34 Broughton St t: 557 636313 Melville Place t: 220 101334 Deanhaugh St t: 315 3313


OUT OF TOWNKNOCK CASTLE HOTEL AND SPAA Perthshire retreatEVER SINCE BRIDGET JONESENTHUSED ABOUT THE‘MINI-BREAK’, I HAVE BEEN ACONVERT. BEAUTIFULCOUNTRYSIDE, ROARINGFIRES, TASTY FOOD, AND ACOMFY BED MAKE REGULARWEEKENDS AWAY A VERYAPPEALING PROSPECT.FACTOR IN LIMITED STRESSOVER DELAYS DUE TOSTRIKES OR VOLCANIC ASHAND A COUNTRY SOJOURNCAN BE AS INVIGORATINGAS A DIP IN THE OCEAN. SOIF YOU TOO, LIKE TO ESCAPETHE CITY, YOU CAN NOWADD KNOCK CASTLE TOYOUR MENU OF DESIRABLEDESTINATIONS.Less than one hour from Edinburgh,‘Knock’ is situated in stunning grounds;beautiful gardens and rolling Perthshirecountryside. The hotel was acquired byThe Henderson Group in 2007 and a 1.5million pound refurbishment hasensured that all rooms and facilities arebang up to date. There is even ahelicopter landing pad for jet setterswho want to arrive in style.We parked the car and were shown tothe Lady MacBrayne suite; KnockCastle was once home to the shippingmagnate and although the rooms havebeen modernised the suites still retainold world Scottish charm andsophistication.After a nice cup of tea and someshortbread we headed straight for therooftop Stag’s View restaurant. Theskies were blue with no sign ofominous ash and it was warm enoughto sip a glass of wine on the outdoorterrace whilst drinking in the beautifuland ever changing panoramic views. Aswim and a sauna was next on the ‘todo’ list and we indulged ourselves. Afull range of beauty treatments areavailable and complimentary robesmean you can relax entirely for theduration if that is your wish. Note thatno under 18’s are allowed at Knock.There are two restaurants, the Oakwhich exudes grandeur and the afore-13


OUT OF TOWNKNOCK CASTLE HOTEL AND SPAA Perthshire retreat14mentioned Stag’s View. TheOak serves a la carte andhas an alcove for two whichis very popular for marriageproposals. We ate in therooftop restaurant andenjoyed the fixed pricedinner menu for £30.I started with beefCarpaccio with blue cheesecream and my partner hadthe prawns and smokedsalmon salad. The salmonwas good quality and mybeef was very good. Theblue cream cheese howeverwas as uninspired as was theprawn salad.Main courses lifted the barconsiderably. My partner loved heroven-roasted breast of corn-fedchicken with thyme mash, creamedSavoy cabbage and parsnips. I had toagree; the chicken was succulent anddelicious, the mash a revelation andthe cabbage cooked perfectly to alovely bright, al dente, green. Sheinformed me that the parsnips werethe best she had ever tasted but Ididn’t get a look in there. I had pansearedfillet of sea bass with butterednew potatoes, sautéed spinach andchar-gilled asparagus spears. The twoseasonal veg were cooked toperfection (they are good withvegetables here) and the fish wasequally tasty and moreish.Desserts had a lot to live upto and didn’t make thegrade. I had a banana crèmebrulee with shortbread. Thelatter was chunky, homemadeand very good butthe brulee didn’t have therequired glassy topping. Myfriend had saffron poachedpineapple and mangosorbet which was a slightlydisappointing ‘ok’. Thebottle of Rioja from Riscalwe drank with our meal wasa joy (£33). I would have alsoliked some low-key, jazzymusic in the restaurant.Having said all that it is worthreiterating that the views are priceless.A good night’s sleep in a four-posterand a hearty Scottish breakfast set usup nicely and we were on our way.The last word however, goes to thestaff, all whom, were extremelyfriendly and welcoming and to thechef, general manager, owner andpassionate Jason Henderson who hasbig plans for this delightful highlandretreat.KNOCK CASTLE HOTEL AND SPA– Drummond Terrace, CrieffPerthshire PH7 4AN– 01764 650088– 01764 655659– info@knockcastle.com– www.knockcastle.com


IT IS SPRINGTIME AND FOR METHAT MEANS THE USUAL SPRINGCLEANING TO CLEAR THE MAGICOF THOSE HARDWORKINGSPIDERS, AND CAR BOOT SALES TOSELL MY JUNK THAT I HAVEMANAGED TO ACCUMULATE OVERTHE COURSE OF THE PREVIOUSYEAR.In addition to the usuals, I havedecided to find some new andunusual places to buy some rare andunique wines. My quest was answeredwhen I walked into AppellationWines on Dalry Road in Edinburgh.This little wine store was opened inNovember 2009. Ashton McCobbowns the store and does 100% of thebuying. He has sourced fabulous winefrom all over the world and has anamazing selection of wines fromAlsace.After pursuing the shelves I decidedon two reds. A Los Condes fromSpain and a Merlot from SonomaCounty, California.The Los Condes wine took me backto the early days of my career in thewine business. You could get it backthen for about £2.50 per bottle. Iused to buy cases of the stuff. At£6.80 per bottle I thought I wouldgive it a try for old time’s sake.Wonderfully surprised, it didn’t letme down; it was bold, fruity withsolid structure and light tannins. WellWINEAPPELLATION WINESworth the money.The second wine that made it to mybag was a wonderful Sonoma CountyMerlot from De Lyeth. I loveCalifornian wines, maybe becausemost of my wine knowledge camefrom spending time in the Napa andSonoma regions. It has been astruggle to find great Californianwines in Scotland. I think availabilityis light on this one, but at £10 it isgreat. Deep fruit, layers of oak, andneat, tight tannins that tie it alltogether. Yum!So if you are tired of the supermarketand majestic journey, take a trip overto 43 Dalry Road. Ashton and Ericawill be happy to put some springback into your wines!W’est Solutions is a wine tastingand wine training companyworking with corporate businesses,restaurants, hoteliers and privateindividuals.If you would like to learn moreabout W’est Solutions or wouldlike to provide comments orsubjects for upcoming articles,log ontowww.westwinetasting.com, callSandy at 07871 793 801 or email atinfo@westwinetasting.com.15


16WINECHATEAUPALMER 1990SO WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOUTASTED A CHATEAU PALMER 1990?Well I did last week and it wasstunning! Here I was minding my ownbusiness when this gentleman cameinto the store, where I happened to be,with a bottle under his arm andgenerously offered to share thebottom half of the bottle with thestaff of the said store.I have to say that I was a littlegobsmacked. For starters, I would havecomfortably consumed the bottle notthinking of anyone in the world, letalone who I might share the bottomhalf with. And secondly, who wouldtake the time to age such a fine vintageand then not share it with his or hersnearest and dearest?We tasted this fine specimen of a winewith that dazzling black label andunmistakable gold emblem and writing.I have to say it stood up to my finestideals. It was beautiful, elegant, earthy,lightly tannic, the fruit was fading butstill showed that it once was bountiful.The wine still showed structure andpure elegance. Here I was, quietly inthe corner, tasting a piece of winehistory. I was thrilled and overjoyed.The kind man left and we thanked himprofusely for his generosity. I am notsure if he realised what this meant. Tome it was a single stroke of purekindness. No, he did not save anyone’slife, he did not cure cancer, but whathe did; He shared a 1990 ChateauPalmer. Thank you and bless you. It issomething even I don’t think I coulddo.Chateau Palmer 1990 3rd GrowthBordeauxConsidered to be one of the finestvintages in the history of Bordeaux. Iwould love to tell you more about thehistory and its evolution but it wouldtake pages and pages. Instead, GoogleChateau Palmer 1990 history and thiswill lead you to some very interestingmaterial.W’est Solutions is a wine tasting andwine training company working withcorporate businesses, restaurants,hoteliers and private individuals.If you would like to learn moreabout W’est Solutions or would liketo provide comments or subjects forupcoming articles,log ontowww.westwinetasting.com, callSandy at 07871 793 801 or email atinfo@westwinetasting.com.


BODA BAR IS ONE OF A QUARTETOF QUIRKY BARS THAT BEAR THEDISTINCTLY SCANDANAVIANHALLMARK OF ANNA AND MIKECHRISTOPHERSON. ALTHOUGHMUCH SMALLER IN SIZE THAN ITSMORE WELL KNOWN ‘SISTER’JOSEPH PEARCE’S, IT TOO IS ABOHEMIAN HAVEN IN THE HEARTOF LEITH.Anyone could be forgiven for thinkingthat with its entrance right on thecorner of Leith Walk and Lorne Street,this is a standard Leith boozer.Thankfully they’d be wrong. Sportingdécor that could best be described asshabby chic (the deer’s head wearing aStar Wars storm trooper mask certainlycatches the eye), Boda oozes charmand is one of those bars it is impossiblenot to feel comfortable in. And themusic, well any bar that plays bothLeonard Cohen and Bic Runga is wellworth a visit. And since they use thenearly limitless music database Spotify,they love to take musical requestsfrom clientèle.The selection of drinks also mirrors thenorthern European feel of the place.Here you can get Idun’s Swedish cider(try the fantastically refreshingelderflower), O P Anderson Akvavit (agreat digestif), and two of my favouriteflavoured vodkas – Aivy and Cariel.Aivy is a wonderful blend of pear,strawberry and mint and Cariel is oneof the best vanilla vodkas on theCOCKTAILSBODA BARThe Swedish setmarket. They also stock an interestingrange of rums and a decent (and wellpriced) selection of wines.For those who like their cocktails, goalong on a Thursday when you’ll findit’s, strangely enough, CocktailThursday. During the evening some oftheir cocktails are on offer at £3.50each. Although limited in choice, theseare exceptionally good value and thereis always something tempting on themenu.On our visit we tried the Koko Loco,the Apple in 1’s Eye and theCosmopolitan. The cocktails, althoughnot up to the standard of the bestcocktail bars, are still reasonably wellmade and as I said before, great value.Throw in some of their own bar snacks(I particularly like the wasabi peas) andyou have the start of a good night out.Boda Bar, like its sisters Sofi’s, Victoriaand Joseph Pearce’s, is a place wellworth seeking out and if you’re luckyenough to live nearby I can’t think of abetter bar to hang out in.BODA BAR– 229 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8NY– www.bodabar.com– 0131 553 5900OPENING HOURSMon-Fri 2pm-1am,Sat noon-1am,Sun 1pm-midnight17


18COCKTAILSTEQUILA OCHOMaldita tequilas finos!TEQUILA OCHO IS THERESULT OFCOLLABORATION BETWEENA THIRD GENERATIONTEQUILERO FAMILY, THECAMERENAS, AND TOMASESTES, THE ‘AMBASSADOROF TEQUILA TO THEEUROPEAN UNION;. THERESULT IS SOMETHING NEWAND EXCITING: FANTASTICSINGLE ESTATE TEQUILASSHOWING TERROIR ANDVINTAGE. BOTH WORK FORAGAVE.Each year the agave for the tequilascomes from different estates or“ranchos” in Ariandas, Jalisco. As theseranchos are at different altitudes withdifferent soils, different micro climatesand the agaves are harvested at slightlydifferent ages, the results are subtlydifferent tequilas, many of which willundoubtedly be collectable in thefuture. Just now, however, they aregreat tequilas, either for drinking ontheir own or for making cocktails.Each bottle is labelled with the year itwas produced and the exact field theagave was sourced from. To reallyappreciate the character of each, trytasting them in a small wine goblet or asherry glass and forget the salt and thelime.Take the latest blanco for instance.'Cerrito de San Augustin' 2009 comesfrom a hilly landscape with a deep rediron oxide soil. This is aclassic blanco, peppery withstrong agave flavour givingway to smooth creamy fruit.It makes wonderfulmargaritas, such as thefollowing two, and will bewell worth keeping. TheCamerenas have said theywill not be leasing the landthe agave was grown inagain so it really is a one off.Ocho Margarita – A subtle variationof the classic that highlights thewonderful agave flavour of OchoBlanco 'Cerrito de San Augustin' 2009.Shake 50mls of the Ocho, 12.5mls oftriple sec, 12.5mls of Kings GingerLiqueur and 20mls of fresh lime juiceover ice. Strain into a salted margaritaglass and enjoy.A Peach of a Margarita – Thismargarita shows the versatility ofOcho, working well with the flavoursof ginger, peach and just a hint ofcitrus. Shake 37.5mls of Ocho Blanco'Cerrito de San Augustin 2009, 10mls ofKing’s Ginger Liqueur and 25mls of RinQuin Quin de la Peche (a peachvermouth from France) with a fewdrops of grapefruit bitters. Strain into amargarita glass and garnish with alemon twist.If you like your tequilas slightly aged,then try the El Carrizal' 2008. This is a


tequila with strong agave flavours,tempered with floral notes, a slightsweetness and hints of oak as a resultof the aging. A good sipping tequila, italso makes fantastic cocktails such asthe King’s Blazer.The King’s Blazer – This works sowell as a warming winter’s drink that Ialmost wished I had a bad cold when Itried it. A word of caution: if making athome just mix and flame in onetankard and then douse and serve;don’t try and pass from one tankard tothe other when still alight. In onemetal tankard, pour 37.5mls of OchoReposado 'El Carrizal' 2008 and 25mlsof King’s Ginger Liqueur. In anothermetal tankard, pour 50mls of boilingwater and a few drops of lemonbitters. Light the Ocho mixture andpour into the other tankard (whilst stillalight). Pour back into the emptytankard and repeat. When the flamehas been extinguished, pour into an oldfashioned glass and serve with agrapefruit twist.As ever the best hasbeen left to last: theOcho Anejo 'El Vergel'2007. To reallyappreciate this tequilatry it on its own in asherry glass. Again theagave is distinctivewithout beingoverpowering, but whattruly makes this a greattequila is the richsweetness, the darkchocolate, the vanillaand the well-balancedoakiness. This is as good as a premiumbourbon or a great single malt.You can buy Ocho in Harvey Nicholsfrom £21.50 or try online at sites likethedrinkshop.com orspecialitydrinks.com. So stock upwhile you can.Finally, thanks to Stuart at Tonic forthe Ocho recipes.The agave.19


20BEERGINGER NUTSTOWARDS THE END OF LASTSUMMER, THE COMMITTEE THATREGULATES TRENDS IN PUBLIC TASTEHELD A MEETING TO DECIDE THEFLAVOURS THAT WOULD DOMINATETHE NEW DECADE. THEY CAME TOTHE CONCLUSION THAT THE NEWINGREDIENT DU JOUR WOULD BEGINGER. BY CHRISTMAS, A NEWPRODUCT ARRIVED ON THE SHELVES,PITCHED PRETTY MUCH DIRECTLY ATTHE SECTOR OF THE MARKET WHICHHAD PREVIOUSLY ABANDONED THEBREEZER, IN FAVOUR OF PEAR CIDER:Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer has beena bit of an instant hit. Backed by cannymarketing and aggressively pushed inthe on-trade, it is now the sugary boozeof choice for progressively more people.Unfortunately, it no longer has anythingto do with old Crabbies and bondedwarehouses in Leith; it now exists purelyas a brand owned by HalewoodInternational, a company whichspecialises in alcopops whose biggestproducts are WKD & Lambrini. It is thisfact, rather than any fault in the drinkitself, that has lead many in the trade todismiss it as just another novelty hooch.It is an attractive golden straw colour,with a surprisingly assertive nose ofyeast, herbs and cardamom pod. Thepalate is initially as sweet as a cola, richwith flavours of raisin & molasses, butdies quickly while leaving a sticky,honeyed sensation in the mouth.I would hesitate to call it a beer since itis not brewed from malted barley, but ifwe have to classify it as an alcopop it iscertainly one of the more digestible.As an alternative, I urge you to give theWilliam’s Brother’s Ginger a go. This is aproper beer from a proper Scottishbrewery.It is paler in colour than the Crabbies,but throws a decent head with nicecreamy foam. The nose has sweetaromas of fudge & digestive biscuit. Thepalate is much drier, more grown upwith a very zesty bite of tart lemon. Theginger dominates the finish with apeppery burn akin to that found in aJamaican ginger beer.Both are impressive as mixers, especiallywith rum. They are both of around 4%a.b.v. and are reasonably priced. Crabbieswill be available everywhere beforelong, and William’s Ginger is provingpopular among all Scottishindependents.James Wrobel is the proprietor ofCornelius Beer and Wine, 18-20 EasterRoad and can be contacted on0131 652 2405. www.corneliusbeers.com


BAR REVIEWTHE JEKYLL & HYDEThese bargain deals no longer a mystery!A RATHER QUIRKY PUB IN THEHEART OF THE NEW TOWN, THEJECKYLL & HYDE WAS NAMED, OFCOURSE, AFTER THE CLASSIC NOVELBY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON,WHO ONCE LIVED CLOSE BY AT NO17 HERIOT ROW, AND THE DÉCOR ISSUITABLY GOTHIC HORROR.VENTURE THROUGH TO THE REARBAR AND LOOK AROUND AT THEAPOTHECARIES’ EQUIPMENT,SKULLS AND DOCUMENTSTASTEFULLY ARRAYEDAROUND THE WALLS INGLASS CABINETS.The bar itself is quite small,but well-equipped. It isperhaps fair to say that oneof the main attractions isthe range of special offerson drink and food. Forexample, all day, every dayfrom Sunday to Thursday,Fosters and John Smiths arejust £1.50 a pint, Kronenburgand Strongbow £1.65, Heineken £1.80,Sailor Jerry & Coke £1.50, selectedbottles such as Becks and VK £1.25 andmany spirits just £1.25 per nip. Or tryone of Seven Deadly Sins cocktails,£4.00 each or £5.95 for two.There is an extensive choice of foodoptions such as curry plus a drink for£4.95; side dishes (garlic bread, mashedpotato, chips, side salad) for £1;starters, such as lemon pepper breadedmushrooms or cheesy garlic bread for£2; snacks, sandwiches and jacketpotatoes with a variety of fillings allfor £3 – or really splash out on chicken,cottage pie, pasta carbonara, burgers...for the princely sum of £4. There areseveral traditional ‘meals in baskets’,including sole goujons and chips,jumbo sausage and chips...and soupand a sandwich (not quite sure howthat one works in a basket!) for £3, andvarious pies with chips and peas onplates for £3.50. On Sundays, howabout the MonsterHangover Cure – egg,sausage, tomato, bacon,toast and butter for £2.50?Every Monday thedownstairs Crypt Bar showsclassic B films, mostlyhorror and sci-fi, such as theBoris Karloff Bride ofFrankenstein, usually pairedwith a more modern film ofthe same genre.Finally, a little challenge for you: canyou find the toilets? Hint: rememberthe pub name is based on a book...THE JEKYLL & HYDE– 112 Hanover Street , Edinburgh,EH2 1DR– 0131 225 2022OPENING HOURSMon-Wed 12pm-12amThurs-Sat 12pm-1amSun 10am-10pm21


22BAR REVIEWGHILLIE DHUDhu try it!GHILLIE DHU IS SNUGGLED ROUNDTHE CORNER OF RUTLAND PLACE INTHE SPOT ONCE HOUSING THESTANLEY BERKELEY CASINO. INSCOTTISH FOLKLORE THE NAMEMEANS A FAERIE, A GUARDIAN SPIRITOF TREES. THE STYLE IS TRADITIONALSCOTTISH PUB WITH A MODERNTWIST, SERVING GOOD, HONESTSCOTTISH FAYRE.Inside the lower public bar the theme issimple, verging on minimalistic – original,unadorned stone walls, plain woodentables, room dividers and ceiling beams.There is a well-stocked bar, includingtwo Ghillie Dhu whiskies distilled byInverarity, one blended and the other a10-year-old Speyside malt, plus anInveralmond Ghillie Dhu Ale (4.2% abv,£2.85). This has a strong nose and a fullfrothy head, and a full hoppy flavour.The menu features good Scottish food,such as Scotch broth, chicken stuffedwith haggis and Arran cheese. Mycompanion and I tried a couple ofstarters - potted shrimps and haggis andmashed potato, both reasonably pricedat £4.35 and £5.25, served by cheerful,kilted staff. There is live music everynight, mostly traditional folk music withaudience participation welcomed. OnSaturdays there are Ghillie Gigs, withmusic from top Scottish bands featuringtraditional favourites, upbeat classics & abit of rock'n'roll from 8.30pm to 3 am.But there is more: upstairs is theAuditorium, a more luxurious bar, with amagnificent vaulted ceiling. This featurehad been covered up in a previousincarnation, but has now been uncoveredand displayed in all its glory. Theatmosphere here tends towards theslightly more formal, and there is aceilidh (The Burly Ceilidh Club) held hereevery Friday from 8.30pm until 3am.Both musical events offer a three-coursemeal for £25 beforehand, with free entryuntil midnight when there is a £5 charge.I think the message here is 'get in early'!Despite having opened only towards theend of March, the Ghillie Dhu is alreadyproving to be a popular venue in theWest End.To finish, a little bilingual piece ofdoggerel: I sent my love a billet-douxInviting her to the Ghillie DhuGHILLIE DHU– 2 Rutland Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD– www.ghillie-dhu.co.uk– 0131 229 9930OPENING HOURSMon-Fri 8-3amSat, Sun 10-3am


DYLAN MORAN WAS AT HISMADCAP BEST, BEMOANINGADVANCING YEARS AND FAMILIES,“YOU KNOW YOU ARE A FAMILYMAN WHEN YOU START SURFINGTHE NET FOR BREADCRUMBRECIPES.” HIS SHTICK IS NOT SOMUCH ‘FUNNY BECAUSE IT’S REAL’AS FUNNY BECAUSE IT’S UNREAL.THE MORE I THOUGHT ABOUT ITTHOUGH, THE MORE I REALISED HEHAD A POINT...HOW DO YOU MAKEBREADCRUMBS?Take four slices of bread and leave inthe oven at its lowest for 45mins, letthem cool, put in a big bowl, coverwith a tea towel and batter with arolling pin till crumbed. Voila.Welcome to Short-Cut Charlie’sCookbook.Easy Welsh rarebit…grateenough fluorescentorange cheddar – nativeonly to Scotland – fortwo people, add an eggyolk, celery salt,Worcester sauce, ½ tspnEnglish mustard and mix.Spread on half toastedbread and grill. Top withfinely sliced red onionand chomp.Easy Hollandaise sauce…1egg yolk and 1whole egg in liquidiser, add pinchpaprika, ½ tspn English mustard,pepper and whizz whilst drizzling in aTHE INSIDERSHORT CUT CHARLIE’SCOOKBOOK¼lb of melted butter and juice from ½lemon. Done. Eggs Florentine then?Melt a knob of butter in a frying panwith pinches of pepper and nutmeg,when foaming throw in 2 handfuls ofspinach leaves and remove from heat,stir spinach till wilted. Perfect poachedeggs? Water (with few drops of vinegar)at a rolling boil, crack in eggs andimmediately turn off heat. Cover andleave for 3 mins. Grab yourself a muffinand layer ‘em up. Sauce at last.Boston baked beans…fry a diced onionand packet of bacon lardons in a pan,add 2 tblsps malt vinegar and 1 tblspbrown sugar with a tspn Worcestersauce, dash of Tabasco and pinch ofcinnamon, and bring to boil. Add ½ atin of beans, mix together, and heatthrough. Whap on toasted sourdoughbread.Can’t be arsed with longwindedcrème bruleerecipes? How about burntcream? Sprinkle some slicedstrawberries with sugar andput in shallow individualdishes, mix ½ mascarponeand ½ crème fraiche with acouple of drops of vanillaextract and spread on topof strawberries, top with a thin layer ofcaster sugar and ‘burn’ with ablowtorch. For added vim, beforeadding caster sugar, put it in a coffeegrinder with a few flakes of dried chillifirst and then zap with blowtorch.23


24SUPERFOODSAT REAL FOODSSMOOTHIES ARE PERHAPS ONE OFTHE MOST DELICIOUS, QUICK ANDWHOLESOME WAKE-UP CALLS YOUCAN GIVE YOUR BODY AND ADDINGSUPERFOODS PROVIDES EXTRANUTRITIONAL KICK. CONSIDER THEFOLLOWING QUICK SELECTION FOREXAMPLE:Bee PollenContains all the essential amino acids,18 vitamins, 59 trace elements, 25minerals, 11 enzymes and a rich sourceof essential fatty acids. Claimed to bean excellent treatment for the relief ofallergies.Cacao Nibs4000% higher in antioxidants thanblueberries. 300 identifiable chemicalcompounds inc. anandamide (the blisschemical), dopamine (aneurotransmitter) histamine, magnesium,seratonin (anti-stress neuro transmitter),and tryptophan (an anti-depressantamino acid).High in magnesium which is know todecrease blood coagulation and lowerblood pressure.Goji BerriesAlso known as wolf berries; high inantioxidants, carotenoids and vitamin C.Rich in vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E, aminoacids and trace minerals.HempOne of the most concentrated,complete and balanced sources ofEssential Amino Acids and EssentialFatty Acids available. These omega 3and omega 6 oils are known to improvememory and strengthen brain cells.KelpAn algae and good source of potassium,magnesium, calcium, iron and iodine.Iodine is good for a healthy thyroidwhich in turn governs healthy hair, nails,skin and teeth. Good for a sluggishmetabolism.SpirulinaA single celled blue green algae that isorganically cultivated on an island inthe South China Sea.64% protein content and one of thehighest forms of digestible proteinavailable. A rich source of vitamin B12, Cand E and high amounts of absorbableiron and magnesium. Also high inphytonutirients such as beta carotenechlorophyll, phycocyanin whichprotects the bod from free radicals andencourage cell growth. High in thoseEFAs. Good for the immune system.The staff at Real Foods are particularlyknowledgeable and helpful regardingany health problems you may have. Ifyou want to find out about Superfoodsask them or pick up a leaflet in-store.REAL FOODS SHOPS– 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU– 0131 557 19118 Brougham Street, Tollcross, EH3 9JH– 0131 228 1201natural healthy ethical shopping


SCOTS ARE MAD ABOUT THEIR ICECREAM, AND NOT JUST MAD IN AFANATIC WAY. THEY ARE MADENOUGH TO FLAVOUR IT LIKE IRNBRU (AS SEEN IN JANETTA’S IN STANDREWS). THEY ARE MADENOUGH TO EAT IT IN JANUARY,TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE FACTTHAT THE AIR TEMPERATURE ISCOLD ENOUGH TO ENSURE ITNEVER MELTS. THEY AREN’T MADENOUGH TO HAVE INVENTED THEDEEP-FRYING OF IT (THE MEXICANSAND CHINESE DID THAT), BUT YOUWOULDN’T PUT IT PAST THEM.However, come May at least thecalendar says it’s an acceptable start tothe ice cream season. The weather mayor may not be vaguely warm but atleast the presence of ice cream vans isunderstandable (unlike the one parkedat Inverleith Park all winter, managing abrisk trade despite the Balticconditions). And so, I present my list ofthe best places round and about townto eat an ice cream. I don’t guaranteethe weather but I will vouch for theatmosphere.First on the list, head to SouthQueensferry. A stroll along the windyseafront, ice cream in hand, bridges insight, and you’ll feel like you’revacationing hundreds of miles away. Ifthat doesn’t work, turn around and tryNorth Berwick. Join the throngs on asunny day, queue up at one of the icecream stands, gaze on the Bass Rock,OFF THE TROLLEYICE CREAMDREAMSand dribble to your heart’s content.In town, there is no better place to beon a rare sunny day than Princes StGardens among the crowds of shirtless,slowly pinking ice cream eaters whoadorn the grass. Call off work, grab acone, and join the happy people.It’s always good to have a rainy dayoption, and in this case it’s the theatre.There’s a certain something about afast melting cup of vanilla ice creamand the flavour of a wooden spoonthat makes an afternoon at the theatrea bit magic.Finally, Portobello. Nothing says Britishsummer like a stroll along the promprom-promwith an ice cream in hand -except maybe a rained out picnic.And take heart: if the weather’s rotten,at least those cones are going to take awhile to melt.25


26ETHICAL EATINGGOING GREEN INTHE CITYTAKE A STROLL ALONG THE ROYALMILE AND YOU’D BE FORGIVEN FORTHINKING EDINBURGH’S OLDTOWN IS SIMPLY A COLLECTION OFCAFES, PUBS AND SOUVENIR SHOPS.BUT LOOK FURTHER AND YOU’LLSEE THAT BEHIND EDINBURGH’SICONIC THOROUGHFARE, THERE ISA THRIVING COMMUNITYWORKING HARD TO IMPROVE ITSETHICAL CREDENTIALS.The Old Town Development Trust wasset up in 2009 to support and leadprojects designed to improve servicesfor residents. Once upon a time theOld Town played host to WaverleyMarket, where locals could do theirweekly shop, but the rise and rise ofthe supermarket at the end of thetwentieth century soon put paid tothat.The Development Trust hopes that atsome point a city centre market mightreturn. In the meantime, however, plansare afoot for a food co-op scheme,weekly visits from meat, fish andcheese vans, and a milk round. All thiswould enable the Old Town’s residentsto purchase their food fresher andcheaper than before, and from localsuppliers.Local businesses are also beingencouraged to get involved. I metEleanor Cunningham, owner of TheEdinburgh Larder Cafe and Deli onBlackfriar’s Street. Passionate aboutfood, Eleanor makes everything fromscratch – even the chutney is made byher mum – and champions localproducers. No surprises then that she’sinvolved with the Old TownDevelopment Trust’s gardening project.The Geddes Gardening Club takes itsname from the innovative Scottishgardener, biologist and town planner,Patrick Geddes. By transforming unusedcourtyards and gardens, however small,the club hopes to create welcomingcommunity spaces and incorporateopportunities to grow their own freshfood.Eleanor took me to an unexpectedlypeaceful newly landscaped courtyardgarden just behind the cafe, where theclub has given her a space for an herbgarden. Her local and ethicalcredentials are impressive already, butit doesn’t get much fresher than that. Itmay be only a few metres square butby starting something small andmanageable, Eleanor believes OldTown residents could be persuaded tomake their eating and shopping habitsmore sustainable and tastier too!Look out for future Bite Club eventsat The Edinburgh Larderwww.edinburghlarder.co.uk.For more information about The OldTown Development Trust and theGeddes Gardening Club, visitwww.eotdt.org.


WHAT’S IN SEASONELDERFLOWERSA COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, MYHUSBAND MADE ELDERFLOWERWINE. IT TASTED LIKE FLORALWHITE SPIRIT AND,UNFORTUNATELY, PRODUCED ATOXIC HANGOVER. SO, IT IS WITHTREPIDATION THAT I APPROACHTHIS MONTH’S SEASONALOFFERING.But there’s something about the uniqueblossomy, sweet yet tangy taste ofelderflowers that signifies the start ofBritish summer time, so I’ve resolved togive this humble plant another chanceto impress. There must be somethinggood about it – it’s been revered for itshealing properties and ability to wardoff evil spirits for centuries. It’s alsorumoured to relieve the symptoms ofboth asthma and flu.Freshly picked flower heads from yourgarden, the local park, or even by theroadside can be deep fried in batterand served with ice cream or added toa glaze for a succulent joint of roastlamb. For the more adventurous, tryelderflowers stewed with gooseberriesand white wine as a sauce for mackerelor herring.Left to ferment naturally, elderflowerscan be turned into a very Britishversion of Champagne; however, aftersampling one homemade wineoffering, I’m not going to recommendyou try it! This non-alcoholic cordial isprobably a safer bet, but I might just betempted to add it to a martini if themood takes me.27Elderflower Cordial(Makes around 2.5 litres)2.5 kg white sugar35 elderflower heads2 litres water3 lemons100g citric acid (available fromchemists and brewing shops)Slowly bring the sugar and water to theboil in a large pan.Meanwhile, check the elderflowerheads for any bugs or bits and piecesand remove them (there’s no need towash them). Place them in a large bowl.Zest the lemons and sprinkle this overthe flowers, then quarter the lemonsand add them to the bowl.When the sugar syrup is boiling, stir it tomake sure all the sugar is dissolved anduse a ladle to pour it over the flowers.Stir in the citric acid and cover with aplate or tea towel. Leave the mixtureovernight.The next day, strain the cordial throughsome muslin or a very fine sieve andpour into glass bottles.And there you have it, a taste ofsummer that will last all year.


Passionate AboutFood?Clubis the Gourmet Food & Wine Club with monthly bespoke eventsMembership Benefits. Free bottle of fizz. Membership card which will entitle you to discounts at selected places all year.Check website www.bitepublishing.co.uk for details. Bite Magazine each month. No need to hunt for it in your favourite bar!. Exclusive invitations to monthly food and/or wine events. You will meet like-minded individuals in an informal and fun environment.. You will learn more about food and wine.. Free tickets to food and wine events throughout the yearPlease email us atcontact@bitepublishing.co.ukfor more information


BITE LISTINGSEATING AND DRINKINGRESTAURANTSAMERICANHardrock Cafe – Feast your eyes on ourfantastic menu, freshly prepared on thepremises and enjoy the atmosphere in thecompany of some of the greatest names inrock. 20 George Street, EH2 2PF – 0131 2603000 www.hardrock.com/edinburghIllegal Jack’s South West Grill –Acontemporary tex-mex hangout. All foodfreshly prepared daily, to sit it or take out.Served in a fast, convenient style, we offerthe best fajitas and burritos in town.113-117 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9AN.www.illegaljacks.co.ukBENGALI AND INDIAN DININGIgnite – Cuisine based on traditionalrecipes from Bangladesh and Northern Indiain a sumptuous setting. Dining at Ignite is anexperience capable of rekindling yourpassion for Indian food. Open 7 days forlunch and dinner. 272 Morrison Street,Haymarket – 0131 228 5666www.igniterestaurant.comBISTROS AND BRASSERIESThe Basement Bar & Restaurant– Daily changing menu packed full ofinspiring freshly cooked dishes sittingalongside comforting staples means thatthere is something for all in this localinstitution. Priced to tempt you and us awayfrom cooking at home. If you have not foundthis place yet you are truly missing out.10a-12a Broughton Street – 0131 557 0097www.thebasement.org.ukBisque – Casual gourmet dining usinglocally sourced food, served in a relaxedand contemporary setting. The bright, airybrasserie and sunny garden terrace areperfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch anddinner, not to mention a glass of winefrom the well thought out list. Open allday, every day. 69 Bruntsfield Place –Bookings: 0131 622 8163 orreserve@bisque.co.uk www.bisquebar.co.ukBrowns – Spacious brasserie-stylerestaurant with trademark quality serviceand bustling atmosphere. Choosethroughout the day from a freshlyprepared menu or enjoy a snack or predinnercocktail in the bar. Bar open daily9am-10.30pm Sun, until midnight Mon-Thurs, 1am Fri and Sat; restaurant noon to11pm daily (10.30pm Sun).131-133 George St – 0131 225 4442.Café Grande – Neighbourhood café withbustling but laid-back style. European/Scottish breakfasts, homemade meals,tempting cakes and snacks and a range ofteas, coffees and alcoholic beverages. Jazzon a Sunday. Friendly service. Open earlylateeveryday. 184 Bruntsfield Place– 0131 228 1188.Elbow – Eat... the freshest produce fromcakes to steaks. drink...grape to grain &everything in between. Enjoy...the littlethings that count. Open for breakfast lunchand dinner 9am-1am daily. Live music 1stSunday of every month.133-135 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh,– 0131 556 5662.e.s.i. – Englishman, Scotsman and anIrishman! Watch the chefs in the open29


BITE LISTINGSEATING AND DRINKING30kitchen create your meal with fresh,homemade produce. Diverse beer listranging from Timothy Taylors Landlord ofYorkshire, to James Boags of Tasmania,whilst the bottle of wine on your tablecould be award winning. Expect value formoney, a comfortable environment and anenjoyable experience.46 Queen Charlotte Street, Leith– 0131 555 3103 info@esibrasserie.comwww. esibrasserie.comHotel du Vin & Malmaison, Edinburgh –Sample great-tasting cuisine, prepared withincredible local ingredients, served up witha genuine excitement. Whether it’s businesslunches, quick light healthy bites or aromantic dinner for two, you simply have tosample Scotland ’s finest. Private DiningAvailable. Hotel Du Vin,11 Bristo Place Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ– 0131 247 4900.Malmaison, 1 Tower Place, Leith– 0131 468 5000.BRITISH RETROMonster Mash – A traditional retro BritishCafe, 'not so much Jimmy Choo shoes asjumpers for goal posts'. All your favouritehome-cooked meals from yesteryear madefreshly on-site.... just like ‘maw’ used to! Inaddition to a range of British favourites, agood rota of daily specials and vegetarianoptions of sausages guarantee a regularclientele. Fully licensed, traditional beers &wines complement the menu. Open forbreakfast, lunch & dinner Mon-Fri from 8amand Sat & Sun from 9am. 4a Forrest Rd– 0131 225 7069www.monstermashcafe.co.ukCALIFORNIANCalistoga Central & Sideways Wines –Great food, great wine, wine sales, winetastings, whisky tastings all available atEdinburgh's Original CalifornianRestaurant now based exclusively at70 Rose St. Lane North, Edinburgh EH23DX. Tel 0131 225 1233. Website -www.Calistoga.co.uk – SpecialtyRestaurant of the Year Finalists for thisyear's Scottish Restaurant AwardsETHICAL EATINGIglu Bar & Bistro – Relaxed & unfussy. Thisnew town hideaway is a favourite withlocals & visitors. We specialise in local, wild& organic produce sourced seasonally withcare & attention. The intimate restaurantsits above the comfortable ground floor bar& the bistro menu is served on both floors.Private dinning for groups of up to 30.www.theiglu.com. Open Tuesday to Sunday– 12pm to 1am. Serving food from 12pm to3pm & 6pm to 10pm. 2b Jamaica Street,Edinburgh – 0131 476 5333mail@theiglu.compickledgreen – Eco-efficient café andrestaurant on Edinburgh’s Rose Street.Simple, seasonal cooking served up in afresh and unfussy environment.158-162 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH23JD– 0131 220 0477 www.pickledgreen.co.ukor hello@pickledgreen.co.ukThe Lot – A laid-back, spacious bistro,arts & music venue with recently acquiredcharity status. Works to support localmusicians & artists and operates as anethical business that serves the localcommunity. The bistro menu is full ofdelicious, fresh dishes made with locally


BITE LISTINGSEATING AND DRINKINGsourced ingredients which are excellentquality and value for money. All tea andcoffee is fairly-traded, in keeping with theethical aims of the charity. Highlightsinclude an exciting exhibition programmeof new artists, a child-friendlyatmosphere, very helpful staff and aunique and relaxed environment. OpenMon-Sat 11am-late, Sun noon-6pm.4 Grassmarket – 0131 225 9924www.the-lot.co.ukUrban Angel – Open daily for brunch,lunch and dinner Urban Angel source thevery best organic, fair trade, local and freerange produce from across Scotland. Acreative menu with a host of dailyspecials. Home-made breads, cakes anddesserts and a reputation for the bestcroissant and cakes in town. Numerouslocal and national awards, ‘best breakfastin Scotland’ The Observer Food MonthlyAwards and ‘best budget dining inEdinburgh’ The List Food & Drink Guide.Enjoy with a clear conscience in stylishand environmentally aware surroundings.Private dining. Open – 121 Hanover St,Mon-Sat 10am-10pm & Sun 10am-5pm– 0131 225 6215; 1 Forth St,Mon-Sat 9am-10pm & Sun 9am-5pm– 0131 556 6323FINE DININGThe Plumed Horse – Award-winningcuisine form Michelin-starred chef, TonyBorthwick. Set price dinner menu £43, midweeksupper menu Tues-Thurs £30, lunch£23. Also gourmet evenings. Private diningavailable. 50-54 Henderson St, Leith –0131 554 5556. Open for lunch and dinnerTues-Sat. www.plumedhorse@aol.comFISH & SEAFOODThe Ship on The Shore – SeafoodRestaurant and Bar. Sustainable Scottishseafood served with simplicity and stylecomplemented by a carefully chosen andextensive wine and champagne list. Try thefruits de mer for two or the oysters, bothwith champagne. The Ship also serveslobster, smoked salmon, mussels, crab,monkfish, bass and much more. Seasonalspecialities include game and meat dishes.Outside seating. Food served Mon-Sunnoon-10pm, 24-26 The Shore– 0131 555 0409.Skippers – Leith’s original seafood bistroserving fresh, quality produce for over 25years. The menu is complemented by asuperb wine list and a fine selection ofScottish bottled ales. Open 7 days, lunchfrom 12pm, dinner from 6.30pm.1a Dock Place, Edinburgh – 0131 554 1018.FRENCHCafé Marlayne – An absolute winner!Both branches of this Edinburgh favouritehave a well deserved reputation forserving consistently first rate cuisine thatis fresh, seasonal and skilfully cooked. Thehomemade desserts are ‘to die for’. Openfor lunch and dinner. 7 Old FishmarketClose – 0131 225 3838 and76 Thistle Street – 0131 226 2230.La Garrigue – Regional French cuisinefrom the Languedoc/Roussillon preparedby food-loving chef Jean Michel Gauffre.Open 6 days for lunch & dinner; closed Sun.31 Jeffrey St – 0131 557 3032.La P’tite Folie – Informal, bustling bistrowith mixed clientèle. Favourites include31


BITE LISTINGSEATING AND DRINKING32moules frites, steak frites, beef bourguignon,duck, etc. Extensive wine list. 2 course lunch£8.95, noon-3pm. Dinner a la carte 6-11pm.Large groups catered for, set dinneravailable. Open 7 days (Suns eve only).9 Randolph Place – 0131 225 867861 Frederick Street – 0131 225 7983INDIANBritannia Spice – This award-winning gemof the Edinburgh dining scene is oftenreferred to as the best Indian restaurant inthe Capital. In fact it won the ‘Best inBritain’ Award three years running! Themenu is vast – Indian, Bangladeshi, Nepali,Thai dishes are served and the prices arereasonable. Conveniently located in Leithnear the Royal Yacht Britannia, OceanTerminal shopping centre and the ScottishExecutive, Britannia Spice is served byfrequent buses from the City centre.150 Commercial Street, Ocean Drive,Leith, EH6 6LB. 0131 555 2255.Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-2pm;5pm-11.45pm, Sun 5pm-11.45pmwww.britanniaspice.co.ukSuruchi/Suruchi Too – Innovative cuisinefrom the major culinary regions of India.Skilfully prepared by master chefs.14a Nicolson St – 0131 556 6583121 Constitution St – 0131 554 3268.ITALIANAl Dente – Literally ‘on the tooth’ which istypical of freshly cooked pasta and typicalof this authentic restaurant which serves‘pure’ Italian food. The changing menuincludes dishes from Puglia to Tuscany andis complemented by regionally themednights once a month. Food cooked withpassion using only the freshest, seasonalingredients. Ideal venues for corporateevents private parties or business lunches.Nominated for the Ethical Good FoodAwards 2009.– 139 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QA– 0131 652 1932 mob 07530516822Bella M’Briana – Italian Restaurant of theyear 2009. Specialise in the rustic, regionalcooking of southern Italy. Ideally suited forlunch- time business and evening diners.Menus change constantly with only thefinest seasonal ingredients. A true Italianexperience. 7-11 East London Street,Edinburgh EH7 4BN – 0131 558 9581Centotre – Centotre is an Italian restaurantwith a difference. In this beautiful buildingVictor and Carina Contini have created ahappy and buzzy place to be where thefood is described as a labor of love, usingonly the freshest and most authenticingredients available. Simple • Fresh •Italian – at its best.103 George street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES.– 0131 225 1550 www.centotre.comSanto’s Bistro – At Santo’s bistro we couldbore you by saying we do paninis, wraps,hot filled rolls etc, etc... But, now open, atthe heart of office-land, we are proud toserve real homemade food that changesdaily and is all artisan-made. By the waydon’t be afraid of the comfortable andexpensive good look... you can choose agood bite to eat from 2.50 upwards. Fresh,simple, good, ‘no fuss’ food made daily –guaranteed! All you have to do is come inand see for yourself. Open 8am-5pm, 23Canning Street, Edinburgh – 0131 228 6298.Zanzero – Zanzero adds the zing to Italianfood, using only the best ingredients to


BITE LISTINGSEATING AND DRINKINGcreate delicious pastas and organic gourmetpizzas this Italian Diner also offers aselection of burgers and salads for themore laid back Italian food lover. Ouryoung, fun, Italian cafe bar in Stockbridge isalive with flavor and atmosphere. See youthere! 14-16 North West Circus Place,Edinburgh, EH3 6SX.– 0131 220 0333, www.zanzero.comKURDISH & MIDDLE EASTERNHanam’s – Edinburgh’s only Kurdish &Middle East restaurant proudly offers awide variety of authentic dishes servedwith complimentary naan bread. Traditionalcostumes, music, decor and specialityevents throughout the year, ensure theHanam’s experience is really something toshout about. Also Shisha Pipe Balcony.Open 7 days from Midday-Late.3 Johnston Terrace (nr the castle)– 0131 225 1329 and online booking atwww.hanams.comMONGOLIANKhublai Khan – The party venue, informal,relaxed and great fun. Edinburgh – 3 coursePre-theatre £12.95, Eat-all-you-like BBQ Buffet– £20.95 – 0131 555 0005.Also in Glasgow – 0141 552 5646.www.khublaikhan.co.uk for deals and promos.POLISHPani Solinska – Fully licensedrestaurant/bistro serving the besttraditional and modern cuisine includingclassic dishes such as Bigos and Perogi. Alsoserving light meals, soup, sandwiches, tea,coffee and cakes. Vodkas, beers and wines.Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.73 Broughton St – 0131 557 6900.SCOTTISHForth Floor – “Stunning setting,unpretentious food for people who love toeat,” – Bite. Open Tues-Sat for dinner, Tuesdinner – wine @ wine shop prices!Harvey Nichols, St Andrew Square– 0131 524 8350.The New Bell – Scottish seasonal cookingat its best in informal relaxed restaurant.Voted best neighbourhood restaurant inEdinburgh 2006/7 (The List). Open 7 days.233 Causewayside – 0131 668 2868 .A Room In The Town, A Room InThe West End, A Room In Leith– Scottish bistro, BYOW optional.Open for lunch and dinner.In Town, 18 Howe Street – 0131 225 8204,The West End, 26 William Street– 0131 226 1036,In Leith 1c Dock Place – 0131 554 7427.The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant– We are delighted to welcome you to TheScottish Cafe & Restaurant at The NationalGallery of Scotland. A celebration ofScotland's wonderful produce and bestproducers. Whether you are looking for acoffee and home made cup cake, a quicklight lunch, bowl of soup and sandwich or amore formal dining experience whilstoverlooking the delightful Princes StreetGardens and Edinburgh skyline.National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound,Edinburgh, EH2 2EL.– 0131 226 6524 www.thescottishcafe.comStac Polly – One of Edinburgh’s originalrestaurants for authentic Scottish food andatmosphere; now in its 21st year. Tasteful,traditional décor such as stonewalls, Antafurnishings and thistles combine with33


BITE LISTINGSEATING AND DRINKING34flickering candles, crisp linen and twinklingglasses to give a truly Scottish experience.Expect a menu of exciting interpretationsof modern and traditional cuisine. Privaterooms available and outdoor facilities inDublin St. Open 7 days.29-33 Dublin St – 0131 556 22318-10 Grindlay St – 0131 229 540538 St Mary’s St – 0131 557 5754SPANISHIggs and Barioja – Est. 1989, Iggs nowspecialises in seafood. Lunch 2 courses£12.50, pre-theatre available and dinner à lacarte. Barioja is a multiple award-winningrestaurant serving paella and tapas. Greatfor parties. All overseen by the evercharismatic Iggy.15/19 Jeffrey St – 0131 557 8184(restaurant) 0131 557 3622 (bar).Tapa Bar and Restaurant – “Fantastic meal,service excellent and choice of tapas”,“Excellent food and good value - andchildren friendly!”, “Good food, fantasticservice, great value” (customer quotes forpopular tapas bar in Leith). Try the Chef'sdaily selection of Tapas served on a sharingplate suitable for 2 persons (served 12.00-5.00pm / excl. drinks) only £10.00.19 Shore Place, Edinburgh EH6 6SW– 0131 476 6776. Open all day 7 days.tapa@tapaedinburgh.co.ukwww.tapaedinburgh.co.ukTEX MEXTex Mex – Donald Mavor, head chef andproprietor brings the heart of Mexico toyour table, emphasising traditional Mexicanfood with an authentic menu. Try theflaming fajitas and the potent Margaritas‘the best in town’. Good fun, tasty food andvery affordable.64 Thistle Street – 0131 260 9699www.texmex2.comTHAISpicebox Authentic Thai Cuisine –Utilising the extensive expertise of a teamof world-class Thai chefs, Spicebox, agourmet takeaway, is the latest and mostexciting news for Thai food lovers inEdinburgh. Each dish is hand made to orderusing the freshest, top quality ingredientswith no MSG. Fruit carving, catering andchef hire also available.– 0131 662 4411 www.spicebox201.co.ukThai Orchid – Award-winning authenticThai cuisine using the best locally sourcedproduce and imported Thai spices.3 course business lunch £7.95. 5a JohnstonTerrace (top of the Royal mile)– 0131 225 6633 www.thaiorchid.uk.comVEGETARIANHenderson’s Restaurant and Bistro –Delicious, wholesome food, using the bestand freshest of ingredients, all at reasonableprices from Scotland’s legendary vegetarianrestaurant, family run since 1962. Specialdiets and food intolerances catered for.Mon-Wed 8am-10pm; Thurs-Sat 8am-11pm;Sun Bistro open 12-8.30. 94 Hanover Street,Edinburgh EH2 1DR – 0131 225 2131www.hendersonsofedinburgh.co.ukL’Artichaut – Fully accredited by theVegetarian Society just three months afteropening, L’Artichaut, the latest vegetarianrestaurant in town is a marriage betweentwo incompatible cuisines; a French-Vegetarian restaurant, treading the fine linebetween indulgence and healthy living.


BITE LISTINGSEATING AND DRINKINGSuperbly presented, yet very satisfyingdishes, supported by a totally organic andvegetarian wine list makes L'Artichaut anideal venue for any food and wine lover.Vegans are also well-catered for with alarge selection on offer. Open Tuesdays toSundays 12 noon - 9.30pm. 14 Eyre Place– 0131 558 1608 www.lartichaut.co.ukCUPCAKESRainbow Cupcakes – Bespoke cupcakesfor all occasions, four ranges to pick fromor why not create your own for birthdays,weddings, christenings, congratulations etc.Anything is possible! 5% of profits go tocancer related charities.Contact Katie on 07886600530 orwww.rainbowcupcakes.co.ukPARTY VENUESLa Cantina Mexicano – Go loco in Leithwith our Latino holiday atmosphere.Spacious venue suitable for any celebration.We can host parties for 10-60 people.Varied menus available from £12.50 perhead; sizzling, fajitas, Italian, tapas,succulent steaks and more. We specialise invegetarian and gluten-free options.Entertainment can include themed nightssuch as salsa, African or motown; youchoose, we provide. Contact our partyplanner on 0131 538 0022, emailinfo@lacantina.org.uk or come in and seeus at 72 Commercial Quay, Leith.BARS AND BAR FOODAmicus Apple – Hardly a secretdestination, Kevin Spacey, the cast ofGossip Girl and top premiershipfootballers have been clocked enjoyingan award-winning cocktail in recentmonths. However, the food is the realfind! Whatever you fancy, leisurelylunches, languid evenings or late nights,you are guaranteed a great time -17 Frederick Street, Edinburgh– 0131 226 6055 info@amicusapple.comBoda Bar – A bohemian, cheeky, weeboozer with a subtle Swedish twist. It is acosy bar with a strike of craziness. If you areunlucky you can get to hear Abba morethan once per night. But since we loveSpotify - you can always ask if you have anyspecial requests. Since the owners lovetheir wine, they have decided to have nicewines at a good price so - try out the winelist. You can also try Idun's a newElderflower Cider or maybe an OPAndersson Aquavit (only you have to singbefore you drink it). Or what about ourCraft Guerilla nights -every last Wednesdayof the month. Check web for full eventdetails. Open Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon-1am, Sun 1pm-midnight. 229 Leith Walk –0131 553 5900 www.bodabar.com Free Wifi.The Basement Bar & Restaurant – Realgem, with staff who have an interest inproviding unusual, quality drinks. A greathomegrown cocktail list, hand picked winesfrom local suppliers, beers that you won’tfind in any high street bar and a dizzyingrange of tequilas. perfect atmosphere torelax and lose a few hours.10a-12a Broughton Street – 0131 557 0097www.thebasement.org.ukForth Floor Bar – For the finest bespokecocktails, wines and draught beers head tothis swanky cocktail bar with curvybanquettes, chilled music and stunningviews. Open from noon every day, Tues-Sat35


BITE LISTINGSEATING AND DRINKING36til midnight. Food served noon-7pm.Harvey Nichols, St Andrews Square– 0131 524 8350.Hector’s – This funky,shabby chic bar has aconstant buzz as locals of all ages mix withvisitors from further afield. Try anunbeatable eggs benedict with a bloodymary at the weekend or indulge in ahomemade burger from the main menu thatruns for the rest of the week (voted one ofEdinburgh's top five). Hectors also boastsone of the best drinks ranges in town, fromreal and Belgian ales on draught to anextensive wine list....something foreveryone in a relaxed and friendlyatmosphere.47-49 Deanhaugh St – 0131 343 1735.Joseph Pearce – A large airy bar at thetop of Leith Walk. You can eat from 11am-9pm daily. The menu changes seasonally,but always include meatballs! Daytime weare more like a cafe with a popularkidscorner for all ‘latte mothers’. FreeWiFi. Night-time busy bar with a relaxed,cool, friendly crowd. Check out web forall our crazy events www.bodabar.comOpen Sun-Thurs 11am-12pm and Fri-Sat11am-1am. 23 Elm Row – 0131 556 4140.Roseleaf Bar Café – A cosy wee bar cafein the heart ‘o’ Leith serving fresh juices,real ales, homemade ginger beer, crackingcoffee, loose leaf teas & “Pot-Tails!”...cocktails in teapots! All served up inGrannies finest bone china. Wholesomebrunchies, lunchies, din-dins & munchiesserved from 10 till 10 everyday with dailychanging specials including Sunday roasts &home baked cakes all made with luv! Alllocally sourced, free range & organic wherepossible cause it tastes really, really good!Free WIFI, wheelchair & child friendly. Openfrom 10am-1am everyday. For bookings call0131 476 5268 or email info@roseleaf.co.uk23-24 Sandport Place, Leithwww.roseleaf.co.ukSofi’s – is a chic, hip, upbeat and popularlittle bar with many events, e.g ChampagneSundays where champagne is offered atgreat prices, film nights every Monday,Knitting on Tuesdays and lots more. Ourlighter snacks are perfect with one of ourmany wines and we also have a great newcocktail menu both virgin and alcoholic.Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Sat noon-1am and Sun1pm-midnight. 65 Henderson Street– 0131 555 7019 www.bodabar.com. Free WiFi.The Earl of Marchmont – recentlyre-opened by Peter and Billy Ross of RenrocCafé. The Earl a bustling, community-basedhub has a contemporary interior withgenerous outside seating and beautifullighting. On offer is an extensive all daymenu served by a welcoming service fromall the staff. Enjoy chilled Sundayafternoons or a night out with friends andfamily. Visit www.renroc.co.uk and followlink for the Earl. 22 Marchmont Crescent,Edinburgh – 0131 662 1877.The Standard Sports Bar & Grill –Good food with express lunch menu Mon-Fri noon till 4pm, Sunday roasts, childrenwelcome, noon till 6pm. Premium drinksand cocktails. Sunday night quiz and thebasement bar is dedicated to sport (alsofree to hire). All this makes The Standard amust for foodies, locals, sports fans andstudents. Sun-Thurs 11am - midnight Fri Sat11am- 1am. Food served noon till 9pm.24 Howe Street, Edinburgh EH3 6TG –0131 225 6490 www.thestandardbar.co.uk


BITE LISTINGSEATING AND DRINKINGThe Street – Lively night time hot spotwith an eclectic back bar, plus light bites &classic pub grub served until 9pm daily,light bites until midnight on weekdays,check out “orange wendy’s” WednesdayPub Quiz & promos from 9pm. Djs everyweekend. Open everyday from midday until1am. 2 Picardy Place, EH1 3JT– 0131 556 4272.Victoria – If Scandinavian style equalsminimalistic Victoria doesn’t fit. It iscolourful, radiant and full of life. The crowdis a cool, friendly and open-minded andthere are a lots of events e.g. singles nights,Eurovision party, Come Dine with Me andwhat ever else that pops up in our sillyminds. We serve a lot of different drinks:Beers from 30 different countries and 12different gins. Open: Mon-Fri 2pm-1am, Satnoon-1am; Sun 1pm-midnight. Now alsochildren licensed from opening til 5pm.265 Leith Walk – 0131 555 1638. Free WiFi.www.bodabar.comCOCKTAIL BARSTonic – Edinburgh’s stylish, vibrant and sexycocktail bar has a new menu showcasing 40fabulous new creations with a twist on theclassics. A brand new selection of premiumspirits, bespoke bitters are also availableincluding up to 10 new products exclusiveto Scotland. Open 12 noon to 1am everyday. 34a North Castle Street, Edinburgh– 0131 225 6431 www.bar-tonic.co.ukCAFÉS/INFORMALAlways Sunday – Enjoy a sunny refreshingexperience in the heart of Edinburgh’s oldtown. Serving fair-trade coffee, pots of tea,fresh fruit smoothies, breakfast, lunch, wineand beer, all day deli dishes and fabuloushome-made cakes! Open Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm, (extended hours inthe summer). 170 High Street, Edinburgh– www.alwayssunday.co.ukEdinburgh Larder – A relaxed, bright andwelcoming environment with a deliciousselection of local, good quality food, usingorganic / seasonal ingredients whereverpossible. Great coffee from Artisan roast,fantastic teas from Eteaket, lovely homebaking and superb cakes. Fully licensed withtasty local beer, wines from Friarwood anda selection of Scottish spirits. Open onFriday / Saturday evenings with extendedopening hours over the summer. Free WIFI,wheelchair & child friendly. Open Mon –Thus 9am-5pm, Fri & Sat 9am-10pm and Sun10am-5pm. 15 Blackfriars Street EH1 1NB– 0131 5566 922 www.edinburghlarder.co.ukEspresso Mondo/E Mondo – By dayEspresso Mondo is so relaxing that it hasbecome a favourite spot for professionalsto visit at lunchtime or after work for acoffee, a bite to eat and a chat. Servingpasta, tapas, wraps and bagels, specialityteas, fair-trade coffee, pastries, cakes andmuffins. Like the food, it is a cut abovestandard cafe fodder. Come evening, thevenue changes its name to E Mondo toemphasise the shift from coffee shop tobrasserie serving a varied menu of finewines, cocktails and beers. 116 LothianRoad, Edinburgh – 0131 228 3990.Renroc – Local produce, fresh juices andIlly coffee. Indoor dining & outdoor heatedseating. A great place to eat, relax andunwind in a chilled atmosphere. FullyLicensed. Open Mon-Tue 8am-6pm, Wed-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat 9.30am-6pm, Sun10.30am-6pm. 91 Montgomery St(200 metres from Leith Walk headingeast) – 0131 556 0432 www.renroc.co.uk37


BITE LISTINGSEATING AND DRINKING38DELICATESSENDeli Polonia – Offering the largest rangeof Polish produce in Edinburgh. We have avariety of fresh breads which are acombination of sweet and sour dough (halfwheat-half rye), the biggest range of freshPolish Sausages and a wide range of Polishbeers and much much more... Allnationalities very welcome. Come in andenjoy a coffee – www.delipolonia.com235-7 Leith Walk, Edinburgh– 0131 555 1281.TEMPTING TAKEAWAYSTHAISpicebox Authentic Thai Cuisine –Utilising the extensive expertise of a teamof world-class Thai chefs, Spicebox, agourmet takeaway, is the latest and mostexciting news for Thai food lovers in Edinburgh.Each dish is hand made to orderusing the freshest, top quality ingredientswith no MSG. Fruit carving, catering andchef hire also available.– 0131 662 4411 www.spicebox201.co.ukWINE STORESAppellation Wines – This trulyindependent wine shop and internetbusiness specialises in importing and sellingwines that you won’t find anywhere else inEdinburgh. 50% of stock is exclusive toAppellation Wines in the UK. Staff areknowledgeable and friendly. The shopstocks some great examples from theclassic wine regions, but also expectsomething a little more leftfield too –definitely one for the wine enthusiast. Alsointernational beers and you can buy acoffee and/or cupcake. 43 Dalry Rd,Edinburgh EH11 2BU – 0131 202 0985www.appellationwines.co.ukHenderson Wines – Independent winemerchant. Extensive range of wines,champagnes, beers & spirits. Wines rangefrom pick ’n’ mix for £10 to bottles of £130.Collectable spirits also. Home delivery.109 Comiston Rd – 0131 447 8580.Sideways Wine Store – Californian winespecialist. Over 150 wines and beersavailable. Free delivery in Edinburgh area.Buy direct from www.Bottleshock.co.uk.91 St. Leonards Street, EH8 9QY– 0131 668 4207.WoodWinters Wines & Whiskies –Drinking wine is about pleasure and shouldbe fun whether you’re buying party winesub £5 or you’re a canny claret collector.Our shop is…small; compact and bijou. Wetreat our customers like wine-loving friends;pointing them in the right direction andgetting to know what they like. And, whenwe know what you like, we can delivermore of it! Regular tastings and a widerange of organic and bio-dynamic winesfrom small vineyards around the world.91 Newington Rd, Edinburgh, EH9 1QW– 0131 667 2760 www.woodwinters.comWINE TASTING CLUBW’est Solutions – An exciting way tolearn about great wines. There is no sellingat our events, they are about having fun andlearning. Four 2hr tastings will include 8wines and food complements. Topics arevaried and wines are unique.For more info – please call Sandy Ramsayon 07871 793801 oremail sramsay01@aol.com


CompetitionsSoulFit Personal Trainingis a premium bespoke personal training service based in Edinburghcreating innovative fitness and nutrition solutions for people looking to getfitter, be healthier and eat better.We specialize in providing 8 week fitness & nutrition programmesdesigned specifically for each client. Simply choose your day 1 – it couldbe 8 weeks before a wedding or a special occasion, or perhaps you justwant to lose some weight or drop a dress size. Then promise tofollow your bespoke plan and in return, SoulFit promises you thatleaner figure you’ve been after all these years. Visit our website formore information www.soulfit.co.uk .This month Bite has a free one-hour session with aSoulFit trainer to give away.Discover the very best ‘destinationgastronomy’ with...Taste Britainwhich this spring guides you through the UK’s food world. It championssmall and local suppliers, regional produce and speciality shops. Thatmeans everything from pick-your-own farms and organic eateries, tospeciality butchers and artisan cheese-makers, right through to vineyardsand microbreweries. The book comes packed with inspirational photography and insightful writing fromthe cream of Britain’s top food writers, and is introduced by cheese-expert and rock ‘n roller Alex James.“Artisan producers pour their heart and soul into their products – just like musiciansdo with their music” – Alex JamesThis month Bite has one copy of Taste Britain to give away.TO ENTERTo enter any or all of the above simply send your name, address,tel number, dob and occupation to contact@bitepublishing.co.uk.Closing Date for Competitions is – May 20thPlease Note: Your data may be passed on and maybe used for further promotions and all competitionentries must come from people aged over 18.Congratulations to last month's winners. Susan Bittker wins some Firefly Drinks andJenny Marples wins some Bellevue Teas


SUMMER COLLECTION 2010ENJOY YOUR SUMMER AT THE FORTH FLOORThe Forth Floor Summer Collection offers the best summer inspired menus tosavour. Enjoy the freshest platters of lobster, langoustines and oysters fromour Scottish seafood bar; indulge in the afternoon sunshine with ourrestaurant summer afternoon tea; savour the new BBQ inspired dishes on theterrace or in the brasserie; and finally cool off with a summer punch for two,selected from the bar teams specially created “Roll with the Punches” menu.For more menu information please contact reception on 0131 524 8350,or visit www.harveynichols.com

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