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Nord

Nord

Nord, a small Scandinavian inspired kitchen operating out of For Fika Sake, offers delicious small plates perfect for a light, picky lunch shared with friends. With a mix of vegetarian dishes, smoky flavours, fresh fish and the best potato salad I’ve ever eaten, Nord’s menu caters to a wide range of tastes and dietary requirements.

Dine Edinburgh

Dine Edinburgh

‘Dine with Stuart Muir’ glows out from a wall of giant moss on the approach and we have North Atlantic cod, cauliflower puree, caramelised florets, coconib pesto, candied hazelnut, Jerusalem artichokehigh expectations for the menu. Warm salad of Borders oxtail is delicious with the flavours of very tender oxtail combined with sharp pickled onion and pea puree, flat parsley and the unusual addition of a deep fried crispy Loch Fyne oyster.

Afternoon Tea at The Printing Press

Afternoon Tea at The Printing Press

The newly introduced Afternoon Tea menu at Edinburgh’s The Printing Press has taken the traditional ritual and brought it right up to date. The plush decor, with glamorous chandeliers and jewel-toned velvet touches, makes it a beautiful environment for a special event or simply to enjoy an afternoon of luxury in, especially when enjoyed with a glass of champagne. Their Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea is a great way to spoil mum, with it’s inclusion of a glass of Champagne Lanson Rosé and a little box of handmade chocolates for her – the stress-free way to gift!

The Printing Press

The Printing Press

A bedazzling sight to behold on George Street, The Printing Press decorations are only a sample of the festive environment within. Located in Edinburgh’s old printing press, thisnew restaurant had a mix of elegant and vintage décor touches; I felt swooped back to a toned down Gatsby-esque era—warm, but classy.

Siam Restaurant and Bar

Siam Restaurant and Bar

Director Chris Rees receives us as we descend to the recently relaunched Siam Restaurant and Bar at the bottom of Howe Street. The cosy spot is warm and welcoming, ideal for an intimate dinner or a catch up with friends. Chris is the perfect host; he leads us to our table and recommends the squid and the scallops, freshly caught and brought in from the shore that morning. Thai crackers with a delicious chilli sauce are brought out almost instantly and are gone just as quick –they are highly addictive!

Chop House

Chop House

Meat takes pride of place at Leith’s new Chop House
‘Bar & Butchery’, which prides itself on serving only the best. On the menu is award-winning Highland Wagyu from Burnside of Balhaldie, and Aberdeen Angus from Haridesmill Farm and Shaws Fine Meats, who source from several small Scottish farms. Part of The Compass Group, which already has Sygn, Monteiths and the West Room, the
executive chef Brian McConnachie butchers the meat himself in-house. Whole sides of beef are dry-aged for up to 90 days with Himalayan salt in the Chop House’s own fridges. The beef is cooked over an open flame charcoal grill which has been custom designed and locally crafted.

Field Grill

Field Grill

Stockbridge diners have been putting up the bunting for the arrival of Field Grill, the sister restaurant to Field Southside which has earned a well- deserved reputation for great food. Farrow & Ball interiors offer relaxing surroundings, where our scallops were cooked to perfection with homemade picallili and mustard sauce – rich pork belly and crunchy cauliflower made for a great combo.

The Beer Kitchen

The Beer Kitchen

Beer lovers in town are in for a treat at local brewery Innis & Gunn’s latest venture, The Beer Kitchen. In addition to the vastly colourful selection of ales on offer, the beer hub also puts out delicious food that hits the spot and goes down more than easily with a pint or two.

Wild Cabaret

Wild Cabaret

A night of extravagant dining, drinking and entertainment. The restaurant features lavish velvet curtains and private booths and the Big Show Menu boasts an exciting variety of mouth-watering dishes.

Wedgwood The Restaurant

Wedgwood The Restaurant

Princes Street is best known for its gardens and bustling shops, yet Twenty Princes Street is sure to put it back on Edinburgh’s vibrant food map. The recently relaunched restaurant, located in the first floor of the Royal British Hotel, combines Victorian grandeur with touches of elegant modernity to create a remarkable dining space. The striking views overlooking Edinburgh Castle only contribute to the eatery’s luxurious appeal and are the perfect backdrop to indulge in a delicious meal.

Twenty Princes Street

Twenty Princes Street

Princes Street is best known for its gardens and bustling shops, yet Twenty Princes Street is sure to put it back on Edinburgh’s vibrant food map. The recently relaunched restaurant, located in the first floor of the Royal British Hotel, combines Victorian grandeur with touches of elegant modernity to create a remarkable dining space. The striking views overlooking Edinburgh Castle only contribute to the eatery’s luxurious appeal and are the perfect backdrop to indulge in a delicious meal.

The Boozy Cow

The Boozy Cow

Nestled in a cosy basement on Frederick Street is The Boozy Cow. Their Edinburgh venture is sure to follow their Aberdeen restaurant’s success as the menu, which is appropriately summed up as ‘Cows, Chicks and Dogs’, combined with the cocktail list, which features the Don Draper inspired Bacon Maple Old Fashion, and the grunge-meets-American- diner décor are a winning trio.

Chop Chop

Chop Chop

The critically acclaimed Edinburgh based Chinese restaurant, Chop Chop has extended itself Westwards. Hidden in plain sight; Chop Chop is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of town.

VDeep

VDeep

The comic and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli has opened a restaurant in Leith in the former Vintage premises. Although not there in person on the night we visited, bold Indian street art, including a big painting of Hardeep on the main restaurant wall, means he is never far away. This is a fun place to spend an evening: communal tables, a great craft beer menu and 70’s rock anthem music encourages diners to “air guitar.”

The Riparian Rooms

The Riparian Rooms

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week and with a basement bar, you are always made welcome. The new owners have invested in luxurious, comfortable interiors – blue velvet and leather banquette seating set the tone for a relaxed meal. The star of the night were definitely the entrees. My oxtail fell off the bone and the glorious rich flavour contrasted well with wilted greens. J’s aged rib of beef burger with crunchy coleslaw was delicious.

Treacle

Treacle

With its fun cocktail menu, its trendy décor and Asian inspired menu, it’s no wonder Treacle has become such a popular hangout for Edinburgh hipsters.

The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed has just relaunched with a whole new concept and a brand new menu focusing on tapas sized portions.Soorderingtwoor three plates and sharing was the ideal way to eat.

The Basement

The Basement

When we were invited to try trendy eatery The Basement’s brunch menu, we were very Chilli Mxochaexcited. With a seasonal cocktail menu as vibrant as the décor and a great selection of tequilas, it has become a popular hotspot in the uber-trendy Broughton Street area.

The Magnum

The Magnum

Tucked away in the corner of Albany Street in Edinburgh’s New Town, The Magnum is a hidden gem ideal for both a fine dining experience in the charming restaurant or a couple of glasses of wine at the cosy bar. The rustic yet elegant décor is the perfect backdrop for the warm and relaxed atmosphere, with lighting provided by curtain fairy lights and twinkling candles adding a soft touch to the restaurant’s unique character.

BURGER.

BURGER.

Opening a second restaurant in Shandwick Place just months after their first was established in Fountainbridge, trendy eatery BURGER. has big plans for the future. And, considering the quality of their succulent, perfect-size-for-your-hands burgers, it’s no wonder.

Bistro Moderne by Mark Greenaway

Bistro Moderne by Mark Greenaway

Recently opened in an old bank building in Stockbridge, we were invited to the launch and then for dinner. Art Deco in style, the building retains its original marble floor and rosewood-panelled walls. The interiors have been warmed up with cosy leather chairs and stylish red and plaid bar stools. Diner are tempted by the option to eat at high tables or at the fabulous granite dessert bar which has great views of the kitchen adn all teh activity within.

The Vintage

I fully expected floral wallpaper and Cath Kidston styling, with a strong possibility of gin cocktails served in teacups, as I approached The Vintage. This newly opened gastropub fills the corner site in Leith’s Henderson Street, formerly occupied by Cafe Fish before their move to Stockbridge. There is not a tasseled standard lamp in sight, but rather an airy bar area with exposed brickwork, old wooden church pews and a raised ding room looking directly into the kitchen and serving area.

Medispa Harvey Nichols

Medispa Harvey Nichols

A Beverley Hills treatment with devotees including Kim Kardashian and Simon Cowell has arrived at Harvey Nichols. The placenta facial uses stem cells ethically harvested from a sheep’s placenta post-birth, with absolutely no harm to the animals.

Scran and scallie

Scran and scallie

The offering on the window said “Public House with dining” so we dropped in on the offchance midweek. The bar has a very Scandinavian feel with whitewished pine clad walls, stripped wooden tables and candles in silverbirch logs. We arrived at quarter to eight and were assured of a table in the dining area in ten to twenty minutes.

La P’tite folie Frederick st

La P’tite folie Frederick st

Every so often, particularly when the weather is dreich and you can’t face another night of January’s diet fare in front of the latest disaster on EastEnders, it’s wonderful to escape to the comfort food of France, wrapping yourself up in a delicious blanket of crêpe Suzette with a pillow of brioche. So it was with delight that I shook off the freezing sleet and stepped into the delightfully cosy, Gallic atmosphere of La P’tite Folie’s Frederick Street branch in Edinburgh.

Yashin

Yashin

If you plan on talking to your dining companion about anything more than food, choose somewhere other than Yashin for your meal.

Cucina at the Hotel Missoni

Cucina at the Hotel Missoni

One could sense the excitement and sense of anticipation in the air as we savoured prosecco and canapés in the stylish Missoni bar. There was a palpable feeling of eagerness amidst the crowd as we waited to move upstairs to the restaurant, Cucina, to join legendary Michelin star Giorgio Locatelli for a five-course gala dinner to celebrate the launch of a new wine range from Santa Margarita. The banquet had been designed by head chef. Mattia Camorani who had been given the challenge of matching the menu to suit the wine choices.

SmithS: Restaurant of the Year

SmithS: Restaurant of the Year

SmithS is a gem of a restaurant, so good that it won not only Urban Restaurant of the Year but also the overall title of Restaurant of the Year 2011. Well supported by local people and attracting diners from Glasgow and beyond, its sophisticated and interesting menu, including a good range of seasonal and locally-sourced food, its excellent service, great ambiance and staff pride make it difficult to beat.

Chop Chop Leith

Chop Chop Leith

Ever since their appearance on The F Word, when Gordon Ramsay swore in delight over their dumplings, it seems that the team at Chop Chop can do no wrong. It’s been a busy six months since the show aired, but almost every night since the Morrison Street restaurant has been packed to the gills with appreciative foodies.

Rhubarb, Prestonfield House

Rhubarb, Prestonfield House

So, what do you do when the editor says those dreaded words: “It’s St Valentine’s Day, make sure you pick somewhere that’s suitably romantic”. You say, “er, right you are Sue”, and desperately try to imagine where you’d book if you were still in the early days of courtship rather than a wrinkly old married sort.

Crinan Hotel

Crinan Hotel

No views in Scotland can take your breath away like those from the Crinan Hotel. Looking out over the glassy seas to the islands of Jura, Islay and Scarba, you’re in a place of unparalleled natural beauty. The cosy serenity of the place, and the sheer majesty of the surroundings, is simply staggering.