Where I’ve been pigging out recently (part 2)

And so to conclude my recent dining experiences, here is the second instalment in this brief pictorial summary.

It’s obscene I know!


After a very late/early night at the casino to help celebrate MissHoneypenny’s birthday  Bond-style nothing but lard would do for brunch. The Waiting Room is a Morningside sports style pub, the actual old waiting room, the walls boast plenty of train memorabilia including some amusing signage. The menu is pretty standard pub grub and certainly did the job required. A chicken caesar salad and fries for me, and nachos and breakfasts for the others.

A chicken Caesar salad and fries

Lunch with an old colleague presented the opportunity to try OISHII on Rose Street, a Japanese sushi restaurant I’ve long been wanting to try. I could quite happily have had pretty much anything on the menu but took recommendation on the Tempura Prawn Roll as well as a chicken miso. Great little place and the Chef is an absolute character!

A chicken Miso soup with Tofu

Tempura prawn roll - tempura prawn, avocado, mayo with tobiko

This one was quite exciting, the regular Weekend restaurant reviewer for the Edinburgh Evening News was unable to do one edition and they asked yours truly! I most happily obliged, and had long been meaning to try BYO Mithas, sister restaurant to Kushis and billed as Gourmet Indian cooking. A little different to my normal review as they knew I was there on behalf of the paper, however it did mean we also got a tour of the kitchen!

Chicken Salad - lettuce wrapped shredded chicken with apple

Fish kebab

Lahori chicken Karahi with Pilau rice, Tarka Dal and bread

A wee trip down to London for a Web Analytics conference also saw me sneaking off to have lunch with a client at The Whisky Society’s Farringdon venue. After a hard night’s networking I was a little disappointed both in the lack of a good bloody mary (of which I was in need) as well as the pretty dry lamb burger that I was served. Like the Queen Street establishment I found it devoid of any personality, guess it must all be in the whisky!

Lamb burger

Another catch up with AVM saw a return to Pho Vietnam, an amazing find almost on my doorstep and will continue to be a favourite. I had fishy fried spring rolls followed by caramelised pork, hmmmmmm! AVM had the same starter and the Beef main I had last time.

Caramelised pork

The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust, a charitable venture helping young entrepreneurs set themselves up successfully in business had some visitors over from Saudi who were wanting to learn more about how volunteering works in the UK. As a PSYBT volunteer myself I was invited along to dinner at e:s:i, (englishman, scotsman & an irishman) a PSYBT funded business in Leith. Being a bit of a humbug I was glad not to see a traditional Xmas menu and had a mushroom compote followed by pork belly. Both dishes were delicious, the restaurant itself is lovely inside and I would not be sorry to make a return visit.

Mushroom compote

Pork Belly

And so that concludes Part 2 of my recent and incredibly gluttonous adventures! Normal business to resume in the near future. (well apart from our Xmas party in Chop-Chop and a return visit to The Mulroy for lunch today that is!

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