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6th October 2017

Gaucho | White Horse Oyster Bar | east PIZZAS| Clark and Lake cheese and wine night

Gaucho is supposed to be opening in St Andrew Square in November. This Argentinian steak restaurant will be adding yet another choice to the Square’s foodie offerings.

In other opening news, the White Horse Oyster Bar is also due to open in November. Situated on the Royal Mile, this place has been a long time coming.

eastPIZZAs comes from the delightful peeps who run Toasted Radish. they are opening in Leith on 7th October. The pizza dough will be made in-house daily and the menu will change to reflect the seasons. Who doesn’t like a bit of pizza goodness?!

Clark and Lake are also holding a cheese and wine night on 11th October. They have teamed up with Edinburgh Cheese and Alliance Wines but places are limited so get booking now!

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1st September 2017

Cuckoo’s Bakery | Black Ivy | Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight | The Ivy on the Square bookings

August went by in a blur. What with the festival and a busy day job, I have not been able to do as much on this site as I’d like. I missed being able to promote the festival cakes Cuckoo’s Bakery were offering. So, I’m making up for it by telling you a bit more about the recent changes. The bakery now has new owners; Thomas and Joanna Patridge. They recently launched their first range of seasonal cupcakes that celebrate the iced treats of a British summer, which include a Twister and Ninety-Nine cupcake. They are certainly worth checking out.

Black Ivy is opening in Bruntsfield soon. Their aim is to provide local luxury for all and there is mention of fresh tank beer, bespoke cocktails, seasonal menus and toasting marshmallows. This all sounds like fun.

Also dropping into the ‘Feasts mailbox was a reminder that 2nd September marks the start of Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight. This year, they are encouraging people to engage with Scottish food and drink and change just one thing about how much Scottish produce they eat. How about matching this up with trying a restaurant that champions local Scottish food?

Lastly, way back in June, the Ivy on the Square featured on this News page. Bookings are now open as the restaurant opens its doors later this month. Expect it to be busy as there has been much chatter about this place.

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5th August 2017

BABA | Roam | Brewhemia | 52 Canoes Tiki Den | Vapiano

Well restaurant news is tumbling out at a rate of knots at the moment. Firstly, the most exciting news is those wonderful people at Ox and Finch in Glasgow are finally opening a restaurant in Edinburgh. Opening in October 2017, BABA is an Easten Mediterranean inspired restaurant, with mezze, charcoal grill and a cocktail bar.

The lovely folks at Toasted Radish are opening a pop up wild Scottish venison restaurant in Tollcross during the Festival called Roam. They have teamed up with LarderBox to create a menu around the produce from The Highland Ridge Larder.

Brewhemia has opened this week. They position themselves as a beer palace, kithcen, caffe and procescco bar, they should be able to suit all tastes. I am particularly interested in trying their Sunday roast. With shows on throughout the Festival too, you can find them just by the bottom end of the Scotsman steps.

52 Canoes Tiki Den has also opened a new venue this week on West Port. Their West End branch has been a favourite at Edinburgh Feasts for cocktails and food so it’s nice to see that they have found another good venue.

Finally, spotted underneath the under-construction Ivy Brasserie, Vapiano is coming in the Autumn. Focussing on pizza, pasta and a bar, this should be a handy spot.

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31st July 2017

Dram & Smoke | Tommy Miah’s Indian Street Food Festival | Share | Ting Thai Saboteur Vietnamese

Dram & Smoke are back for another festival pop-up. Again set in the Biscuit Factory, this year they have a campfire theme, with both a dining experience labelled ‘The Campfire Feasts’ and a cocktail event called ‘The Campfire Cocktail Experience with Talisker’. Both events draw on the nostalgia and flavours associated with the campfire. You can read about our experience at last year’s Dram & Smoke event here on our blog.

We visited the Raj Restaurant out at Blackhall last year (read more on our blog here). Last year they ran a street food festival during the Fringe and due to its success are running it again this year. Not only do you get to try some excellent food, you are also able to enjoy some dancing from a professional and traditionally trained dancer from Bollywood Magic. Tickets can be found on the Edinburgh Fringe website here.

It looks like the vacant restaurant at The Scotsman on North Bridge is going to have a Fringe pop up restaurant called ‘Share,’ from those behind the bespoke team at Angels with Bagpipes. Hopefully more details will appear on their website soon but if their Instagram feed is anything to go by, this is going to be worth a visit. You can read our blog post on Angels with Bagpipes here.

 

Ting Thai Saboteur

Ting Thai Saboteur

Last, but by no means least, it was exciting to finally see what was going into the former Tapame site on Teviot Place. Ting Thai Caravan are opening a Vietnamese place called Saboteur just a few doors down from their incredibly popular Thai restaurant. No opening date as yet but hopefully it will not be too long away. You can read our blog post on Ting Thai Caravan here.

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12th July 2017

Clark and Lake | Pizza Posto

 

Clark and Lake

Clark and Lake

Clark and Lake, a charcuterie and bar, has recently opened up in Tollcross. Their menu includes a choice of sharing platters with produce from Spain, France, Italy and the UK, and a choice of small plates which change on a monthly basis. Edinburgh Feasts are reliably informed that Clark and Lake also have an extensive wine list as well as a selection of bottled beers.

Talking about the opening, owner Andrew Thompson said:
“Clark & Lake has been a labour of love over the last few years, planning everything from the decor to the wine list so it’s great to see it finally open. We’ve had a fantastic opening week with customers really enjoying picking their own sharing platters of meats and cheeses, sampling our small plates and of course, the wines and beers. Our local business neighbours have also been extremely supportive and we look forward to welcome them and others that pop in for a drink or snack or something more substantial.”

 

Pizza Posto

Pizza Posto

It was sad to see the demise of Tutto Matto, which we at Edinburgh Feasts had enjoyed eating at very much. It seems that a similar venture is opening up in its place in Nicolson Street. Spotted last week, Pizza Posto has window screening up, indicating it’s coming soon. According to their Facebook page, they will be serving traditional Neapolitan pizza. We look forward to giving this place a try when it opens.

 

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29th June 2017

Maison Bleue launches Street Chic Food Menu | Toasted Radish Supper Club Festival Event | Rabble

Edinburgh Feasts has been away for a short while on holiday so now we are catching up with the news.

 

Maison Bleue

Maison Bleue

Maison Bleue have reinvented their French tapas-style dining. Their new menu is available at their flagship Victoria Street restaurant and Maison Bleue at Home on Queensferry Street from 12pm – 10pm every day, and customers are encouraged to share the dishes as the flavours all compliment each other. The new street food menu will feature ‘street-chic style’ North African, Creole and Asian dishes including, meatball tagine, king prawn and crab Vietnamese nems, and south eastern Asian Cullen skink. There will be a lunch or early dinner option where guests can enjoy three dishes for £14.50 or three dishes and a cocktail for £20. In addition, a new cocktail menu has been launched with the Street Chic Menu.

Toasted Radish Supper Club is popping up for one night only during the Edinburgh Festival at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre in honour of his greatest fictional crime sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. Toasted Radish was founded by Roly Simpson in November 2016. It is an Edinburgh based catering and supper club business that has simple,
creative and thoughtful food at its heart. Having had a busy year with private catering events and supper clubs throughout Edinburgh: “We are very excited about the pop-up dinner at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre. Set in this historic building and overlooking St Mary’s Cathedral it promises to be an atmospheric dinner celebrating the best summer
produce Scotland has to offer”. Toasted Radish’s focus is on thoughtfully sourced food. This means a focus on food that is seasonal and sustainable. Wherever possible sourced
within thirty miles of the location, the meat and vegetables are organic and the fish is selected with sustainability in mind.

Rick’s on Frederick Street has had a makeover and is now Rabble Taphouse and Grill. Rabble opened on 23rd June as Edinburgh’s first low and slow taphouse where locally sourced, quality produce is given pride of place. Meat and fish is slow cooked over white oak charcoal on our open fire pit and unpasterurised Staropramen is poured from their copper tanks, direct from Prague the way the brewer intended.

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15th June 2017

Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend

Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend

Edinburgh is hosting it’s first cocktail weekend in October.

Over 40 of the capital’s top cocktail bars – including Harvey Nichols, Tigerlily, The
Printing Press, Copper Blossom, Epicurean, Le Monde, Badger & Co and The Refinery
– will showcase their mixology skills and design signature cocktails, available
exclusively to Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend wristband holders for just £4.

Organiser of the event Gary Anderson commented… ‘After six months of tastetesting
we are thrilled to finally reveal the bars that we have chosen to take part in
the first Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend. Our vision is to bring the city to life with
cocktails and create unique experiences through exciting brand collaborations and
pop-up spaces. It’s all about tasting your way around the city, discovering new bars &
flavours, and feeling like you’re part of something exciting. For me, cocktails
epitomise catching-up with friends, either after work on a Friday night or getting
dressed-up at the weekend and hitting the town, and that’s what we are hoping to
see during the weekend. We’re working with the best brands and bars so all ECW
cocktails are made using premium spirits and are shaken, stirred and strained to
perfection.’

Those who get their hands on wristbands can also register for free masterclasses and tasting. Earlybird wristbands are on sale now for just £5 or two for £9.50 until 30th June at www.edinburghcocktailweekend.com . We’ve just bought ours, so hopefully see some of you then.

Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend takes place between 6th and 8th October 2017.

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1st June 2017

The Ivy on the Square

Well it’s official, The Ivy is definitely coming to Edinburgh. Expected to open early autumn this year, The Ivy On The Square will be situated at 6 St Andrew Square and have a 130 seat restaurant space alongside a bar and a mezzanine terrace. The brasserie will be offering all day dining and an extensive cocktail list. They will also hold some tables back from bookings so walk-ins will be possible. St Andrew Square is certainly making itself a dining hotspot for the city.
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25th May 2017

Spotted on Leith Walk yesterday and opening today, Sprinkles is a new ice cream parlour that also offers other desserts. The sign indicated that ice cream and milkshakes were half price on their opening day, so make the most of the sunny weather and visit!

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8th May 2017

Mary King’s Coffee House Recognised with VisitScotland ‘Taste Our Best’ Award

The Real Mary King’s Close is a popular visitor attraction in Edinburgh, situated on the Royal Mile. However, did you know they had a coffee house and better still, it has won a VisitScotland award? In recognition of the quality Scottish food and drink served in the new menu, Mary King’s Coffee House has been awarded a Taste Our Best award for 2017/2018. The menu includes soups and sandwiches made daily on site and the cakes, pastries and traybakes are provided by Saltire Patisserie, also based in Edinburgh. Even the tea and coffee is local – Brodies Fairtrade Tea and Coffee, which is roasted in Musselburgh, just seven miles from the site.

Craig Miller, General Manager of The Real Mary King’s Close comments:

“In this year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we are absolutely delighted to receive a ‘Taste Our Best’ Award 2017/18 from VisitScotland to add to our five star visitor attraction rating. At The Real Mary King’s Close are committed to offering our guests an authentic, quality experience, and this award is a recognition of our dedication to serving quality Scottish produce in Mary King’s Coffee House.”

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7th May 2017

Civerinos Slice | Ishka

Wonderful news for lovers of Civerinos Pizza. They have finally opened their new venue Civerinos Slice on Forrest Road. As I was passing the venue on Friday lunchtime, it was already doing an incredibly busy trade. You can have a read of Edinburgh Feasts’ review of their Hunter Square branch here.

Also spotted on social media, Ishka is a new restaurant and bar opening this month on Morrison Street. Their launch night looks to be on 12th May. Their instagram feed has some incredible shots on it and if you scroll down through some of the photos you can also see a menu – drool!

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30th April 2017

Maki & Ramen | Hendersons

Maki & Ramen have recently opened Maki & Ramen Omakase in Fountainbridge, after the success of their two establishments in Southside. Omakase is where you allow the chef to choose your meal. However, for those of you that might find the lack of control over your choice a little daunting, there is still a normal menu for you to choose from. There is sushi and ramen galore to discover and enjoy, so I am looking forward to getting a visit in.

Hendersons have also been hinting on their Instagram feed that they are in the process of opening up a new branch in Old Town. Judging from the photos it looks as if it’s just off the Royal Mile. This will be great news for vegetarians and vegans on the south side of Princes Street.

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28th April 2017

Honeycomb & Co – New Opening

A new addition to Bruntsfield lands on 1st May. Honeycomb & Co is intending to offer food inspired by flavours from around the world, using the best seasonal produce. I’ve had a quick squizz at both the breakfast and lunch menus and they offer some luscious sounding dishes.

Honeycomb & Co’s ‘Queen Bee’, Susan Booth said “The whole team is so excited to be opening in such a vibrant neighbourhood. With all our food made from scratch in our kitchens we can’t wait to open the doors to our buzzy and relaxed new home, we look forward to welcoming locals and visitorsalike for many years to come.”

The kitchen will be led by Julie Friel, who has already established a following with her event and private catering firm Patti & Jules. I have often found myself salivating over her Instagram feed, so having an opportunity to finally eat some of her food excites me greatly. I have promptly added this to my ‘must visit’ list and hope to go soon.

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27th April 2017

Otro | Miller & Carter| Wagamamas | Five Guys | Atelier

So, there have been recent new openings in the city centre of Otro (Coates Crescent, West End), Miller & Carter (Frederick Street) and Wagamama (St Andrew Square). All of these have sister restaurants elsewhere in the city but will hopefully mean easier availability of tables. We will be visiting Miller & Carter in the not too distant future, so keep your eyes peeled for a review.

Also, spotted yesterday, Five Guys is opening a branch in the centre, again on Frederick Street.

Five Guys

Five Guys

In less happy news, Atelier will be closing its doors this weekend for the last time. According to their Facebook page, they are “moving on to something entirely new and different”. Whilst I look forward to what comes next, I am saddened that a firm favourite will no longer be an option.

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27th April 2017

News

I’ve decided to create a News page on the blog in order to capture some of the new openings, rumours, and press releases I get sent. Whilst I do not anticipate this will be all encompassing (places open and shut in Edinburgh quicker than I can eat a pitted olive!), I do hope this will be informative and useful. Some of the ‘spotted’ images may appear on my Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram feeds before the blog, so keep your eyes peeled.

If you are a restaurant in Edinburgh, have news, and want to feature, please get in touch. Details can be found on the About page.