One of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had in Edinburgh.
Dining at the newly opened Norn*(in the site of the old Plumed Horse) is incredible and a few hours of your life that you will savour for a very long time.
With great consideration for ingredients, seasonality, and sourcing, and a focus on creativity Norn has a clear edge on other restaurants in town. Forget white tablecloths and hushed voices – the Rolling Stones are playing on the jukebox, the front of house have very cool moss linen aprons and you’ll get a visit from each of the chefs in the kitchen over the course of your meal. It feels young, different and very exciting.
Enjoy the extremely reasonable 3 course lunch for £20 otherwise indulge yourself in the 4 or 7 course tasting menus (with the option of matching wines.
Sherry and tapas, probably two of my favourite things so when an opportunity comes up for a sherry tasting (on world tapas day** of all days!) with Bodegas Urium and some tasty accompanying tapas created by the team at Goya23, Edinburgh, nothing was going to keep me away!
I know a little bit about sherry. I know I like it, quite a lot! I’ve spent some quality time in Andalucia and have visited some bodegas in Jerez. I’ve eaten plenty of tapas in Jerez, Cadiz, Vejer de la Frontera and have always matched them with a sherry. Usually a chilled Fino on a very hot day. I’ve a very good friend who lives in Vejer who is a sherry ambassador (Annie Manson) and she has imparted some in depth knowledge to me on my travels about the wonderful world of sherry.
I love that sherry pairs so brilliantly with food whether it be fish, seafood, charcuterie, cheese, dessert. Continue reading →
Pizza? Thin crispy base? Simple toppings? The best garlic bread? Cool ‘east london’ interiors? Something a little bit different? Great beers?
OK, that’s the headlines and Wildmanwood pizza ticks all of them off and then some. We really really like pizzas but only the really really good ones. As in the kind you get at Pizza East in Shoreditch, or Soderberg and Civerinos in Edinburgh. The base has got to be super thin but well baked so it’s crispy and not soggy. The toppings need to be creative but not complicated. Simplicity and quality of ingredients is key. Move over carb heavy dough, gloopy toppings and soggy bottoms as the kids these days want sourdough bases, a smidge of tomato sauce and the finest cheeses and charcuterie in town. Continue reading →
Japanese anyone? OK then. In Edinburgh? Easy peasy lemon squeezy as Harajuku Kitchen in Bruntsfield ticks all the boxes. We dined there last week and this is what we thought…
In a nutshell
Authentic Japanese cooking and then some. An independently run restaurant nestled in cosy Bruntsfield that’s so popular with locals far and wide that you definitely have to book.
Chef Patron Kaori Simpson was born in Hong Kong and learned to cook in her mother’s restaurants after her great grandfather established one of the most famous fine dining restaurants in Japan. Continue reading →
Now if that doesn’t make your mouth water what does?! Yes, it was all about the beef at our latest adventure for Olive magazine. The Monkfish family were out in force for one of the best lunches this year at Leith Chop House, tasty tasty tasty.
Very on trend with cool lighting, leather banquettes, heated tiled seats (oh yes), their own range of beers and a great wine list. The staff look dapper too with beards and denim and they really know their stuff – ask them anything about the sourcing of the meat and they’ll have the answer…
Next up we enjoyed a little bit of Paris over on Morrison Street in what used to be a tool shop. You would never have known! Les Amis is a dream come true for father and daughter team Peter and Alison McGrail. L’escargot are naturally on offer alongside some very tasty well cooked food. It’s got french brasserie written all over it and it does it very well. Expect set price lunches and dinners which are great value and they’ve even got a ‘deli to go’ if you don’t have time to dine in.