Monkfish Monday FOURTEEN four 14


Crumbs, it’s been a while since we popped up on a Monday and just to confuse matters further it’s actually Wednesday. No matter Monkfish fans, let’s cut to the chase and tell you what’s happening in the world of food and drink and all things on #trend.


New kid on the Edinburgh restaurant block AIZLE opened it’s doors last week and Mrs Monkfish worked her way through the menu on opening night. We’re going to review the restaurant in full next month but in the meantime here’s what you need to know…

Scotland’s first neo-bistro, AIZLE, opens in Edinburgh this April. Co-owned by husband and wife Stuart Ralston and Krystal Goff, the 50-seater eaterie will serve a set-menu dinner and fresh cocktails of that day’s best market offerings, five nights a week. The chef/mixologist couple are bringing their style of French bistronomie to the capital via New York City and Barbados.

Aizle will have no traditional menu – something completely unique to Scotland and to most of the UK. With no menu, Stuart will have the freedom to utilise the best produce from farms and suppliers. The customer benefits by knowing everything on their plate is at the height of its freshness and seasonality. A 4-course tasting menu will cost around £35, and will be available with or without matched drinks.
107-109 St Leonard’s Street
Edinburgh EH8 9QY
Opening times: Wednesday – Sunday for dinner

Time to talk burgers…again… The burger trend continues and much debate goes on about where and who has the best burgers in town. We ate at The Huxley on Sunday (review to follow) and the promise of a mouth watering medium rare pink juicy burger failed to be delivered. The food ‘wasn’t bad’ but it wasn’t great, very disappointing. More on The Huxley on the blog soon.

Meanwhile, over at The Guardian Felicity Cloake’s most recent article is all about the perfect burger. Hop over and have a read, you may be as excited as us to hear that TGI Friday’s are about to drop the soggy lettuce from their burgers… Hashtag bothered?! Article HERE.

1417518_300680916747214_1224116372_oSavour is a new and exciting artisan food event coming to Edinburgh on 15th June at Summerhall. We like Summerhall, it’s got a very cool vibe to it and this event promises a laid back convivial afternoon of tasting and exploring Edinburgh’s finest artisan food and drink producers and mixologists. If it turns out to be as good as it promises to be then this could be THE food event to go to this year. Find them on FACEBOOK and TWITTER. Tickets are currently available through the BITE magazine website, click HERE.


And finally this week, down to the smoke for Chilli Chilli Bang Bang a brand new eating and drinking festival celebrating the heat, fun and flavour of one of the world’s best loved ingredients – the MIGHTY chilli pepper.

Over 09/10 May 2014 DalstonYard will become the Chilli Pepper Capital of the World. We’re teaming up with Wahaca co-founder and chilli nut Thomasina Miers to bring you lively demos from the UK’s most hot-headed chefs, fiery street food from all four corners of the globe, a Spice Market featuring lots of delicious take home goodies, a Hot Sauce Deli, DJs, live entertainment and a barrage of Jose Cuervo chilli tequila cocktails.

There are three #ChilliChilliBangBang sessions:
  • Friday 09 May 6pm till midnight
  • Saturday 10 May noon till 5pm
  • Saturday 10 May 6pm till midnight
 Tickets go are on sale now for £15, which gets you a giant, spicy, festival-sized Jose Cuervo cocktail and an icy-cold Corona beer plus a free Margarita (£6) and hot sauce (£2.50) from Wahaca as well as lots of other goodies, deals and discounts in your Chilli Notes Festival Guide.  BUY TICKETS NOW
Catch you soon Monkfish fans…KEEP ON EATING x



Ever get a real craving for red meat? We never used to be huge red meat eaters at the Towers but since the arrival of Mini Monkfish sometimes a big fat juicy steak bursting with flavour is just what the doctor ordered. That seems to be Mrs M’s excuse anyway.

We’ve been working our way around Edinburgh looking for the ‘finest steak known to humanity’ and mostly this means frequenting the farmer’s market, visiting our favourite producers, selecting our steaks, then cooking them to order at home. Medium rare Mrs M, medium for Mr M. Continue reading


IMG_5262Yesterday afternoon Mrs Monkfish and Paul Copper Mango ran a #tweetwhatyoueat workshop at Mark Greenaway’s restaurant on North Castle Street, Edinburgh. What a great afternoon! It was a very relaxed and informal session, lots of fun was had with lovely food to photograph. Plenty of new friendships were struck and everyone went away happy and with a few top tips up their sleeves to boot. We talked lighting, apps, post production apps, Instagram, composition, overhead shots, it was hashtag FUN!

Here are the pics that Mrs M took during the afternoon…..
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If Edinburgh is ready for us we’re planning on running it again soon!!

Follow mymonkfish on Twitter HERE and on Instagram HERE
Follow Paul Copper Mango on Twitter HERE and on Instagram HERE



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Stacked; overhead with Hipstamatic; overhead with Instagram. Various choices of filters and lenses, I can’t reveal ALL my secrets…these cookies were crying out to be stacked (and chomped).

I (Mrs M) have been baking my favourite cookies this morning…not to eat…oh no…just to take photos and experiment with Hipstamatic, Instagram et al. There’s a growing number of amaaaazing food photographers on Instagram and I’m wanting to be up there as one of them. I’ve got a way to go but I know what I like, I just need to be able to produce what I like..

Tomorrow I’m running a Tweet What You Eat workshop at Restaurant Mark Greenaway alongside Paul Copper Mango Johnston. In the space of two hours we’re going to bombard the participants with clever apps, effects, lighting, filters, tableware, composition. It’s going to be great fun. If anyone uses a flash they’ll be ejected toute de suite ;)

If it all goes rather swimmingly, which I’m sure it will, we’ll be running other workshops later in the year so watch this space. The Monkfish Mango collaboration will be out in force.

A select few Instagram junkies that I love:



ancnocbig3 We’re  delighted to be able to offer two pairs of tickets to an exclusive anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky event on 26th March at The Arches in Glasgow. The lucky winners will receive a first taste of something new and exciting from Scotland’s most enchanting distillery while being immersed in a sensory and flavourful experience, courtesy of the food experimentalists at Jelly and Gin.

To enter click the link below or watch out for our competition tweets on Saturday and Sunday…easy peasy lemon squeezy….

This competition is now closed, thanks to all who entered. For winners see below.

The competition runs from TODAY (Friday 21st March) until Sunday 23rd March, the lucky winners will be announced on Monday 24th at 10am via Twitter, Facebook and this website.


 T’s and C’s…the boring bit….
Enter the competition more than once but only once per day
Two pairs of tickets for two lucky winners chosen at random by Rafflecopter
For further details of the event, timings, location etc see flyer above
Any other questions please use the CONTACT US form
Good luck :)

And the lucky winners are Adele Erwin and John Ge, congrats, email on it’s way to you both.