Roots – warm and veggie on William Street

Avocado bagel: tasty as anything but dear at £10.

We were looking for somewhere to eat lunch on a chilly January Monday and found ourselves walking aimlessly around the West End. I spotted the sign for Roots and got excited: I had heard of this place, we should try it. In we went. Last updated by Caroline von Schmalensee…

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L’escargot blanc – Scottish Larder

Tasting the Scottish Larder - Hogget caillette

You know when you’re invited to an event at l’escargot blanc in Edinburgh’s West End that it’s going to be a good night.  With its friendly downstairs bar, Bar A Vin and its lofty upstairs restaurant with its lively French atmosphere, it always provides a down-to-earth welcome with hearty food…

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Merienda – elegant (and delicious!) small plates in Stockbridge

Ballotine of veal, lemon scented spinach and ricotta

Merienda is a cosy small-plate restaurant in Stockbridge. If you haven’t been yet, go. This is relaxed, delicious and well-thought out eating where you can build your own tasting menu. Spoiler alert: this post will be a love letter to small plates in general and those at Merienda in particular.…

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Fiocchi di Neve – a warm welcome in Dalry

Cake. It's not all about the cake but this stuff is fabulous.

I’m a fan of chef Rosario Sartore, owner of Locanda de Gusti and Pizza 1926 in Dalry. Both restaurants are excellent in their own way. I’m celebrating my anniversary at Locanda this year and Pizza 1926 has some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. Rosario’s extending his reach in…

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Bistro du vin: French classics with a twist – the prix fixe menu

Tender pigs cheeks with caramelised shallots and a mountain of silky mash.

It is too easy to think of Hotel du vin as only for tourists; a hotel with a bar and restaurant attached. Having stayed with them in a number of other cities, I think they are a great place for a weekend break. In Edinburgh, it’s a rare festival that Caroline…

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The West Room – a taste of Venice in Edinburgh’s West End

Crunchy grissini, crocquettas, fried courgette flowers.

It has been a few months since The West Room launched in Edinburgh’s West End and we it was time to return and try out their delicacies on a normal evening. We went on a quiet Tuesday night in January. Compared to other venues in the area, The West Room…

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Yamato: “Yes Please” Japanese

Edinburgh Foody at Yamoto

From the first page of the menu I felt a wave of delight. There was chawanmushi, and there was dobinmushi; two of my favourite dishes, so rarely found in the UK. Their presence immediately signalled a flair of authenticity.  Last updated by AmyB at January 23, 2019.

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Bagri, Sofia: a Taste of Bulgaria

Colourful potato salad

With no particular reason to visit Bulgaria, Dad and I found snowy Sofia made for a charming weekend break. Even right in the city centre, it’s rich in history. Dotted amongst the post-Soviet apartment blocks, you’ll find Roman ruins in your local subway station, or a tiny medieval church below…

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Looking for coffee and a good cake

The view from Don't tell mama. (It's OK, you can tell anyone you like. Really.)

As Caroline prepares for a quick return trip to Stockholm, I am thinking of the missed opportunities for ‘fika’ while I remain in Edinburgh. It has been a while since Edinburgh Foody strolled the streets to taste the local coffees and this week offers a chance to resolve that. This…

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Predictions for 2019

Happy new year!

Some years we try to predict what we’ll do in the months to come. This year, we’re sticking our necks out and looking at what might happen in the world of food in 2019. Think we got it right? Let us know. Last updated by Caroline von Schmalensee at December…

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