Ishka – a new food & cocktail destination on Morrison Street

Rice and herb stuffed squid with tomato and chorizo and roast garlic mayonnaise.

‘Every time I walk down Morrison Street, it has changed completely’ a friend said the other day. It is a street of rapid change, especially in the middle. When I heard that a cocktail bar and restaurant was opening opposite EICC, I was intrigued. I was pleased to get an…

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Chaophraya – come graduate in style

The tower of tempura: asparagus tempura was a bit of a relevation.

Chaophraya’s views over the city makes the restaurant a glamorous place for drinks or dinner. Especially now in the light summer nights. This week, I went to try out their graduation dinner and found myself reminiscing about my own university days over a glass of prosecco and a plate of…

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The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street – a sublime dining experience

Rabbit, confit and roasted loin

Readers will know I’m a huge fan of whisky and last year when I attended the relaunch of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society on Queen Street, I dropped subtle hints to my friends and family that I’d love a membership for my forthcoming big birthday. Sadly it never materialised but…

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Family fayre at The Fountain

Mezze Plate

Saturdays are normally quite busy in our house with the typical last minute rush out the door to get to swimming lessons on time. Fortunately, this now finishes at lunchtime and we use this as a reward to go somewhere nice as a treat for lunch. I’ve often driven past…

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Taisteal: fine around-the-world dining in relaxed surroundings

Apple terrine with miso butterscotch and applee and tarragon sorbet. In the background, my dining companion.

Last Tuesday it rained in Edinburgh. I worked from home and spent the day running between my laptop and the kitchen to empty over-flowing drip-bowls. We had what the insurance company calls ‘water ingress’. Not fun. The day’s silver lining was that I didn’t have to cook my own dinner.…

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Vitality and Great British Chefs cook up a treat with Martin Wishart

Martin Wishart in Action.

Vitality provides health and life insurance. Their difference? They help you stay fit by offering incentives for proof of healthy habits. Last Saturday they partnered with Great British Chefs to run an event for a handful of their clients who had won a three-course dinner by Martin Wishart. I was…

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The Queen’s Arms – Wednesday Night Meat Up

Wednesday Meat Up - Cumberland Sausage, Duck Eggs and Chips

It’s amazing that after 17 years of living in Edinburgh I am still finding places that I haven’t tried or visited before. In my continuing quest to find 50 new places to eat/drink each year, I visited The Queen’s Arms on Frederick Street for their ‘Wednesday Night Meat Up’. Last…

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Reekie’s Smokehouse – fabulous Scottish BBQ

Brisket, chips, pickles and slaw. Entirely delicious and what I hanker for this second.

Summer is here! Clouds of smoke rise off portable grills in the Meadows and much beer and cider is being consumed. It’s a wonderful time of year. In Edinburgh, there are a couple of places where you can enjoy the quintessential summer food – BBQ – at any time of…

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