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Our latest review of Umi in Edinburgh is over in the Edinburgh & the East section of the website or right here
Our latest review is of the fabulous Yamato in Edinburgh. If you are looking to try something a little different in February, but you’re a little unsure about Japanese food, this handy guide will hopefully persuade you to give it a try…
The kitchen team behind popular West End hangout The Hug and Pint now serving evenings at The Glad Cafe following successful brunch residency
The award-winning kitchen team behind much-loved West End hangout The Hug and Pint is set to take the Southside by storm this week, kicking off a three month residency at The Glad Cafe on Pollokshaws Road, bringing the area its first dedicated vegan kitchen.
Complimenting the team’s existing brunch offering ‘Hen of the Woods’, which whips up vegan and vegetarian delights during the day at the popular hangout, the evening menu - styled on The Hug and Pint’s ever-popular rotating menu of pan-Asian cusine - will bring an added bit of spice into the space.
Always evolving, always changing, and always exciting, this menu strives to give you something deliciously different every time, but with the level of consistency you'd expect from your favourite 'go-to' food spots. Customers can be sure there’ll be something for everyone, with popular Hug and Pint favourites such as 'Sichuan Tofu & Black Bean', 'Jackfruit Curry', 'Smashed Cucumber with Chilli & Peanuts' and 'Sweet Soy & Coconut Tempeh' appearing regularly on the menu, which will change daily.
Both kitchens are led by head chef Jake Martell, whose talent for satisfying diners has helped put The Hug and Pint firmly on the map not just in Glasgow, but internationally.
’The Hug and Pint at The Glad Cafe’ is now serving food 5pm-10pm, 7 days a week.
‘Hen of the Woods’ runs from 9am-4pm weekdays and 10am-4pm weekends, providing delicious homemade soups, hearty sandwiches and of course The Big Vegan Fry-up.
It's almost certainly too late for you guys to pick a venue for a Christmas night out, well at least for this year! But if you are planning a last minute get together and you are down Ayrshire way then Scott's offer a great experience. I know because Barney and I were treated to an amazing festive night out last week.
We were invited to the fab Scott's in Troon which had some cracking views over the harbour and the welcome was as warm as the fire in the fire burning in the hearth. We were introduced to the talented Craig Hogarth, who as Exec Chef for Scott's is responsible for the food not just in Troon, but also at the Scott's in Largs and their latest opening in South Queensferry. (Definitely one for a visit in the new year I reckon!)
Craig talked us through a fantastic seven courses of deliciousness to showcase the quality and variety of the dishes on offer. From seafood such as the beautiful Scallops and the perfect Prawns, through to a double cooked Goat's cheese soufflé.
There was a stupendous butternut squash soup, with a sly hint of spice just at the end of each spoonful. You'd expect turkey at a Christmas dinner and we were not disappointed, wrapped in bacon, and served with all the trimmings this was without doubt the best turkey dinner I've had this year. No dried out meat and boring sprouts to be had here.
If this wasn't enough a slice of steak heaven was then presented. This delicious cut of picanha was beautifully cooked and the world's smallest onions rings were absolutely divine.
This was followed up with a wee taste of dessert, a slither of cheesecake and a slice of sponge pudding which was again absolutely delicious.
Oh, did I mention the Shackleton Whisky. No? How remiss of me, this beautiful blend of over 20 malts, (discovered under ice, served over it!) was a perfect end to the perfect evening. A great wee nightcap recreating the flavour of a century old bottle frozen in time in the Antarctic.
Could I fault Scott's?
The food. No.
The service. Definitely not.
The atmosphere. No chance.
If I can be really picky the only problem with the whole evening is that there aren't really enough days in December to go back and eat there again...
Luckily there's always next year!
Possibly one of Edinburgh’s most anticipated restaurant openings, The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage opened on November 24th. It’s the first ever restaurant on Calton Hill, and one that promises diners breath-taking views across the Firth of Forth and the city skyline.
Built on a cantilever so the restaurant is partially suspended over Calton Hill’s northwest slope, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 5 days a week, offering an approachable, relaxed dining experience.
The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage is the third Edinburgh venture from chef director Dale Mailley who opened The Gardener’s Cottage in 2012 and Leith bakery Quay Commons in 2017.
The lunch and dinner menu is centred on inventive seasonal dishes like cured sea trout with scurvy grass, malted rabbit and hare yakitori, halibut with cauliflower and sea purslane, salt baked turnip and walnuts, and The Snowman - a baked Alaska with barley, fig and ginger.
A buffet-style breakfast featuring pastries and bread from Quay Commons, as well as locally-cured meats, smoked fish, home-made granola and jams, British cheeses, eggs and fruit is served from 10am.
The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage is a partnership with Collective, the organisation that has redeveloped the City Observatory site on Calton Hill into a new home for contemporary art. As well as the purpose-built restaurant, the world-class development incorporates the restored City Observatory and City Dome, along with new purpose-built exhibition space The Hillside.
Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am-9.30pm.
CALL FOR GLASWEGIANS TO DITCH SOGGY SARNIES AND SHOP LOCAL THIS CHRISTMAS
One of Glasgow’s oldest and most loved restaurants is encouraging shoppers to eschew stale Christmas sandwiches from high street chains and instead support local businesses.
From 26 November, The Baby Grand, which has firmly established itself as a city institution in the 34 years since it opened, is gifting Glasgow with a festive feast – a limited edition “Turkducken” sandwich.
Co-owner Gerry McGhee believes Glaswegians “deserve better”.
He said: “I’m at a loss to understand why people work themselves into a tizzy about Christmas sandwiches that arrive ready-made and pre-packaged in a lorry. Most of them are absolute turkey.
“I encourage the people of the city to support local business working with local suppliers to make fresh, tasty and creative food on site.”
After recently investing in a brand-new vertical rotisserie – which is the only one of its kind in Scotland- for the refurbished bar and restaurant, chef Duncan Carrigan is putting it to good use as the sandwich features not one, not two, but three roasted birds: turkey, duck and chicken.
The epic lunchtime treat doesn’t stop there – meat from the bird in a bird in a bird comes as a club sandwich with cranberry sauce and cheese in between thick slices of bread.
Gerry added: “We firmly believe this is the festive sandwich the people of Glasgow deserve. Our team of chefs put a lot of thought into it and it’s delicious. I think our special three bird sandwich, with meat cooked on the rotisserie will take some beating.”
In keeping with the brand-new menu, the sandwich is inspired by all things American and will no doubt be a popular addition to the city centre piano bar’s deli offering.
The limited edition Turkducken sandwich starts from £5.50 and includes sides.
And for those workers struggling to find that perfect Secret Santa gift, The Baby Grand’s got that covered too. For just £10, shoppers can pick up a voucher in the restaurant for a Turkducken sandwich, festive hot chocolate and a brownie. The Baby Grand’s Secret Santa Gift Voucher is available to collect in the restaurant now.
Several awards and ratings for new fine-dining restaurant
The new Restaurant with Rooms at The Lodge on Loch Goil has achieved outstanding grades and awards following its review by the acclaimed AA Guide. Achieving a 5 Star restaurant with rooms award and 2 AA rosettes for culinary excellence in less than a month since opening surpassed all expectations. The addition of an AA Breakfast Award was an unforeseen addition to an overwhelmingly successful review.
Having seen his new venture described by the AA as “the perfect destination dining venue and
idyllic loch side location”, Managing Director of The Lodge on Loch Goil Iain Hopkins was
understandably surprised and delighted, “Our hugely talented kitchen team, including head chef Daniel Holleren, have worked tirelessly over the last few months, so to achieve these results so quickly is a testament to their talent and commitment”. He also added, “we also could not have done this without the support of our suppliers, providers and guests, so I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone for their support and belief which will help us to keep striving to improve in the future.”
Having only opened the Restaurant on the 5th April this year, The Lodge on Loch Goil are
determined to use these awards as a stepping stone to bigger and better things, including:
• Weekend lunches at The Lodge, starting in May.
• Return boat trips from Glasgow to The Lodge for lunch
• Fine Dining Weddings
• Sponsorship of local woodlands popular for wild food foraging
• Masterclasses with Scottish Photographer David Eustace
The Lodge on Loch Goil is a Restaurant with Rooms and 5-Star Exclusive Use Venue located in
Loch Goil, Argyllshire. The Lodge has featured extensively in photoshoots, TV adverts and fashion magazines, due to both it’s unique setting on the shores of Loch Goil and the stunning
architecture of the venue itself. The main lodge building is a hunting lodge built in the Art & Crafts era and features period interiors. The extensive grounds also include a boathouse, a Scandinavian style Summerhouse and an iconic Treehouse.
The Lodge on Loch Goil
Lochgoilhead, Cairndow PA24 8AE
01301 703 193
The Lodge currently holds the following awards: Global Excellence Awards Best Luxury Wedding Venue Scotland 2017, Scottish Style Awards Most Stylish Hotel 2015-17 (current holders)Luxury Travel Guide Best Country House Hotel of the Year 2016, TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Top 25 Hotels for Families 2018
We are delighted to announce that Tron Bar & Kitchen will play host to a two-day celebration of all things vegan. After the success of the Vegan pop-up market event which took place earlier in 2018, Tron Bar & Kitchen will be holding a second Vegan pop-up market event on Thursday 19 April (5pm -8pm), followed by an exclusive Mediterranean Vegan Tasting Menu event on Friday 20 April.
Featuring over 10 of Scotland’s finest vegan food suppliers, the evening pop-up event will be another ideal opportunity for those looking to stock up on high-quality locally sourced vegan produce. Visitors will be able to enjoy live handpan music from samadhi soundscapes while they shop for vegan and ethical snacks and ingredients.
Confirmed suppliers for Thursday’s pop-up market include: Roaming Vegan Bakers, Roots, Fruits and Flowers, Cool Jerk Vegan Pies, Glasgow Distillery, In-Bloom, I-Zen Juices, Fry Coconut Island, Rawsmary, Choc-a-lot by Karuna, Glasgow Kimchi Co., Almighty Foods and Bottle of Ginger.
If you’re not still full, join them on Friday 20 April, when Tron Bar & Kitchen’s Executive Head Chef Mark Mackenzie will be developing an exclusively curated vegan menu. For one night only, enjoy the quintessential flavours of the Mediterranean in specially-developed plant-based dishes. From creamy charred courgette arancini to wild mushroom & Quorn ravioli, the Mediterranean Vegan Tasting Menu is bound to impress both vegans and non-vegans alike. So come on down and join in an unmissable two-day celebration of Scotland’s finest vegan fare.
The full menu available online at: http://www.tronbarandkitchen.co.uk/news-offers and the cost is a very reasonable £20 per head (£22.50 for wine pairings).
Tron Bar & Kitchen, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB
BRAZILIAN RODIZIO BAR & GRILL TO OPEN ON GEORGE STREET ON FRIDAY 23rd FEBRUARY
Independent restaurant operators City District Group, founders of Fazenda Bar & Grill, have announced they will open their Edinburgh doors on Friday 23rd February.
A £2m refurbishment of the 7000 sq ft site on George Street will include 175 covers incorporating a bar of 40 covers, plus a private dining room with seating for 8 guests. The interiors feature banquette seating in tan leather upholstery with Brazilian flourishes reflected in the golden glow of traditional-style chandeliers. Wine is prominently displayed throughout restaurant, with dramatic displays forming a central theme.
The authentic gaúcho dining experience embraces rodizio, a unique Brazilian way of serving a variety of grilled meats carved at the table. For a set price, successions of prime cuts are served including chicken, lamb, pork and beef. A highlight is Fazenda’s signature picanha offering- a juicy, tender and flavourful cut from the cap of the rump, popular in Brazil. Fazenda ensures the experience is easy and enjoyable by allowing diners to eat at their own pace via a start/stop signalling system on every table.
Diners are also invited to visit Fazenda’s outstanding gourmet sides bar offering an extensive selection of salads, sushi, smoked salmon, fresh cut vegetables, cured meats, traditional Brazilian dishes, and more.
Wine is also a key ingredient of the Fazenda experience, with a carefully-curated wine list offering diners a perfect accompaniment to every cut of meat. Fazenda offers a selection of award-wining wines with a focus on South America, but also including some of the great players from the old world, ensuring guests experience a culinary journey they will not forget.
102 George Street
Edinburgh EH2 3DF
At 12 Noon on Saturday 25th November, that's tomorrow if you are reading this today, or it could be today if you're reading this tomorrow, Edinburgh will gain a new dining experience. @pizza.
And the first 100 customers will get FREE pizza of their choice when they arrive on Saturday at 12noon!
With a commitment to doing things differently @pizza is set to revolutionise the way we eat out, how restaurants operate and how to fuel a community. Championing fresh ingredients (many locally sourced), firing them to perfection in just 90 seconds and serving them up in the striking monochrome surrounds of @pizza's restaurant at Charlotte Lane, pizza in Edinburgh never looked or tasted so good.
Counter culture meets counter couture as pizzas can be designed to be as individual as every pizza lover. Choices include dough, sauces, cheese, veggies, proteins and finishes to create unique ‘design your own pizzas’. With over 56,000 pizza combinations the choice is endless yet the price will always remain the same. @pizza’s fixed pricing allows you to get creative without worrying about any nasty surprises in the bill and the 90 second oven time puts pizza back on the lunch menu.
For the indecisive @pizza’s iconic pizza designs include ‘HEARTBREAKER’ - Roquito Pepper, Scottish Mozzarella, Pepperoni, Spicy Italian Sausage, Fresh Jalapeño, Grilled Red Onion, Rosemary & Sriracha Sauce; ‘EAT MEAT REPEAT’ - Classic Tomato, Mozzarella/Cheddar, Pepperoni, Spicy Italian Sausage, Wiltshire Ham, Spicy Beef Meatballs, Gran Moravia Cheese & Oregano, MEAN GREENS - Pesto con Basilico Genovese, Mixed Leaves, Baby Spinach, Rocket, Fresh Basil, Tinkerbell Tomatoes, Grilled Red Onion, Roast Peppers, Mozzarella Pearls & Caesar Drizzle and five more unforgettable combinations.
Served with optional fresh sides and a selection of craft sodas including Ginger, Lime & Mint and Apple & Bramble as well as a choice of local beers and Italian wines @pizza’s menu also includes vegetarian and vegan options.
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4 Charlotte Lane,
Opening Hours: 11-11 Sunday to Thursday and 11-1am Friday and Sat