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40% off at Gusto with their new Dining Card! 

I’ve eaten at Gusto a few times and LOVE their Carbonara (the fizz & cocktails are pretty good too!) and I just found out they have a Dining Club where card holders can get 40% off Monday-Wednesday, and signed myself up pronto!

Here’s the link if you fancy your Italian tasty, decadent and almost half price!

Get your 40% off Dining Club Card here

28/06/2012 Press Release


There’s a brand new bistro on the block in Edinburgh’s West End! The
60-seat Edinburgh Larder Bistro, located on Alva Street is offering an
adventurous menu that blends Scottish produce with Nordic influence along with an impressive drinks menu including wines and fizz from small artisan vineyards from England and Europe, craft beers and botanical drinks produced in Scotland.

Owner Joanne said; “We’re hugely committed to using boldly flavoursome and environmentally sustainable ingredients. The menu features a lot of culturally daring produce and lesser-known cuts of meat and fish, such as veal rump and catfish, and I think people will be really excited to see and taste the dishes that we’ve put together.

This is the second unit from Joanne, who also owns the Edinburgh Larder on Blackfriars Street, just off the Royal Mile and the new bistro boasts a bright, fresh interior, conservatory area and relaxed atmosphere to match.

Some of the dishes include; ‘Brown Crab, Sweet Cicely and Apple with a Tomato and
Shellfish Oil’ (£5.95), ‘Skirt Steak, Bone Marrow, Beer Pickled Onions,
Chips in Dripping and Watercress’ (£13.95) and ‘Rhubarb Pannacotta, Sweet
Cicely Soup And Cardamom Tuille’ (£5.95). Menus are available across
lunchtime and dinner, with a specials menu that rotates daily. A Pre-Theatre
menu is also on offer, served from 5.30pm to 6.45pm.

The Edinburgh Larder Bistro, 1a Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH, 0131 225 4599 .

Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm & 5.30pm – 10pm Monday – Saturday
(pre-theatre menu available 5.30pm – 6.45pm). Closed Sunday.

23/06/2012 Secret Squirrel Dining!

I was recently asked if I would be a ‘mystery shopper’ in an Edinburgh restaurant/bar, of course this was right up my street so yesterday I went to carry out my assignation! What great fun! My brief was to choose a time that would be busy and also to put the staff under a little pressure if possible and then candidly report back to HQ! genius (and probably something a lot more places could think about doing!).

Available for more of these if anyone’s wanting some candid feedback … :o)

21/06/2012 and it’s arrived, a foreword by AA Gill no less, you dark horse Xa, a summer cooking in Scotland with Adrian & Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall?? I really can’t wait to get reading this one

can’t wait to read this!

18/06/2012 SeaSpices

Having just met with Xa Milne, co Founder of Sea Spice Co and hearing her story I really can’t wait to have a go at some new recipes using the samples of their seaweed products that she kindly gave me! First thing I did on returning to the office was to pop on to Amazon and buy a copy of her book Seaweed & Eat It, A Family Foraging and Cooking Adventure, which sounds right up my street as well as a charming tale! (randomly a friend was recently given a copy of it by her parents so we’ll be able to compare notes). Watch this space to see how I get on…..

02/05/12 Dine with Joanna Blythman

Date: 10th May, 2012

Time: 7:30pm

Price: £12 for a two-course meal

Tickets: Available for purchase at Earthy Canonmills, or by phone: 0131 556 9696

Address: 1-6 Canonmills Bridge. Edinburgh, EH3 5LF

Brought to you by Taste Communications

23/01/12 PREVIEW of Kyloe’s Burns Supper Special

Kyloe Chef David Haetzman has created ‘A Plate of Hardiesmill Beef & Haggis’ , his own take on a traditional Burns Supper and I was lucky enough to be invited along to preview it this week. Saturday is my official diet cheat day so we booked in to give it a whirl.

What is the dish exactly? A trio of haggis based creations all on one plate, my idea of heaven! Braised Ox Cheek with Haggis, a Haggis Pithivier (like a pasty) and Fillet steak with a Haggis & Smoked Cheddar crust.

A Plate of Hardiesmill Beef & Haggis – Kyloe’s take on the classic Burns Supper

It wasn’t what I expected but when it arrived it made perfect sense! The braised ox cheek with turnips was rich and ‘melty’, the smoked cheese & haggis crusted fillet steak was sumptuous and the pithivier was a pie-lovers dream! I could actually go one again right now, it’s Sunday morning!! (If Gregg’s could create something like this it’d seriously help ease any morning-after-the-night-before effects). This dish was right up my street!

At £25 per head it’s perhaps not the most wallet-friendly dish but Kyloe do have their January sale on at the moment (50% off main courses) which then makes it an absolute steal, so if you aren’t already signed up to their mailing list, I’d do so and get yourself booked AND tucked in!


My quest to still eat exciting food out & conquer my #FOODBLOGGERBELLY

2012 has arrived and like most people come January, I got on the scales and got a Mahoosive shock! Since starting the Eating Edinburgh blog I have managed to put on almost 2 stone. (I kid you not!)

Now I’m pretty clued up on food, nutritional content, effects on the body etc but I’m greedy and I love eating out, nice decor, perusing a menu, people watching, taste combinations, matching wine, just the whole experience. I was a little worried about how I could continue the blog over the next 2-3 months while I get myself back in shape on a low carb and low fat diet.

Thanks to the ‘twitterati’ and my Facebook friends it seems that a lot of other people are also interested in this. These days, with more additives in food there seems to be an ever growing list of food-related disorders and intolerances and yet we never really hear of restaurants catering really well to these individual dietary requirements, although I’m sure most would if asked to.

I don’t want to eat out and have plain grilled lean meat or fish and salad or steamed veg, I want to see if it’s possible to still eat out well on exciting and creative dishes that still fit in with my self-imposed diet over the coming months, as well as how restaurants can and will cater for other dietary requirements (calorie based/points diets, coeliac etc)

So, the challenge is on – I’m looking to interview Edinburgh based Chefs/restaurants and eateries who feel they can offer really exciting alternatives to people with special dietary requirements and of course see if it is possible to get that same dining out experience without feeling fobbed off with the easy (boring) option.

I’m really excited about my 1st one next week so watch this space to see how I get on in my quest. It certainly promises to be interesting and a bit of an eye-opener too!

Please do get in touch if you’re a restaurant up for the challenge or if you have a special dietary requirement that you would like me to ask about in particular. As always all comments and feedback are very welcome.

Chicken & Tofu Miso Soup



Enjoy half price main courses at Kyloe Restaurant & Grill – Edinburgh’s first gourmet steak restaurant – throughout January.

The Kyloe January Sale offer runs from Tuesday 3rd January – Tuesday 31st January and includes a 50% discount on all main courses for up to four people (certain dishes are not included in the offer).

Diners will be able to choose from main courses including the Kyloe Steak Board which features a selection of unusual cuts (January Sale price £9.48) and the Burger Slider including three types of burger – venison & redcurrant, wild boar & apple and Aberdeen Angus fillet (January Sale price £6.75).

Susi Conchar, Head of Sales, Marketing & PR for Signature Pub Group, says: “January is a time when everyone’s tightening their belts so we wanted to provide a great value offer which enables our customers to carry on socialising and dining out, but for less.”

Sign up online to receive your January Sale voucher, book your table quoting ‘January Sale’, and bring your voucher with you when you dine.

Keep up to date with news and offers by ‘liking’ Kyloe Restaurant & Grill on Facebook (search for ‘Kyloe Restaurant’), and following on Twitter (search ‘Kyloe_Edin’). To follow David Haetzman on Twitter search ‘davidhaetzman’.

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24/11/11 NEWS RELEASE:


Struggling to choose a wine in social situations?

WineDemon can offer you a helping hand…

WineDemon, a revolutionary new iPhone app, has been launched to save users from socially embarrassing wine situations by providing tried and tested wine recommendations from other consumers. Having launched this month, the app has already attracted over 3,000 users who have uploaded nearly 30,000 wine ratings and it is set to be the hottest virtual wine guide on the market.

Olly Smith, wine expert and TV presenter, comments: “Wine brings people together and WineDemon is a magnificent idea – a new place to link, encouraging us to share tips on wine and explore the world of wine together.”

The popularity of the app comes as no surprise as more than 50% of consumers trust wine recommendations from friends and family, 80% of consumers admit they only tend to buy wine they have tried before and nearly three quarters confess to simply grabbing what’s on offer.*

Many of us have experienced that sinking feeling when handed the wine list on a date or at a meeting with business colleagues. Choosing a vintage, a region or even a colour from a seemingly inexhaustible list is a challenge most of us would rather avoid, especially when in the presence of wine buffs.

Backed by Naked Wines** founder Rowan Gormley, the free WineDemon app can provide a lifeline to those struggling by providing suggestions from friends and family as well as a wider, trusted wine community. By using location based technology, the app detects where the user is dining, and is also able to deliver reviews of the wine list for that particular restaurant. What’s more, WineDemon ensures consumers don’t forget all those wines they enjoyed most by enabling them to store their favourites for easy recall in the future.

WineDemon also acts as a social networking environment for wine lovers. As well as encouraging users to connect with friends across Facebook, Twitter and Gmail, the app enables users to follow the wine recommendations and reviews from others using the app.

By encouraging users to upload their own wine recommendations and experiences, WineDemon has the potential to become the largest and most trusted virtual wine app available for wine lovers while also finding a way to add even greater social value to the wine drinking experience.

To find out more visit or download the app for free from the App Store at


Billy Boyter

Billy Boyter joins the number one team at The Balmoral

November 14, 2011, Jeff Bland, Executive Chef at Rocco Forte’s The Balmoral, is pleased to announce the appointment of Billy Boyter as Head Chef at number one, with immediate effect.

Scottish born Billy joins Jeff Bland’s team at the Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant from Wilde Thyme Event Catering.

Billy knows number one well having spent four years perfecting his skills as a Sous Chef at the restaurant under the tutorage of Executive Chef Jeff Bland between 2006 and 2010.

Billy’s dedication to achieving excellence is reflected in his numerous accolades including most recently a Jacquart Rising Star Trophy in 2010 and as the winner of two Young Chef Young Waiter Awards in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

Billy began his career in Pitlochry, Perthshire, as Commis Chef at Scotland’s Hotel following a SVQ in Hospitality at Glenrothes College. He quickly worked through the ranks to Chef de Partie and Senior Chef de Partie at various restaurants including Ballathie House Hotel in Perthshire and Restaurant Martin Wishart in Edinburgh before joining The Balmoral as Sous Chef in 2006.

Billy will work closely with Executive Chef, Jeff Bland, who oversees The Balmoral’s team of 36 chefs, spread over four restaurants and bars outlets. Commenting on the appointment, Executive Chef Jeff Bland, said:

“I am extremely pleased that Billy has joined the team at The Balmoral and look forward to continuing to develop creative and innovative dishes at number one together. Billy and I have worked closely together in the past and he shares thenumber one passion for promoting the best of Scotland by using only the finest and freshest Scottish ingredients.”

Commenting on his appointment, Billy Boyter, added:

“I am delighted to be back in the heart of Edinburgh’s only Michelin-starred hotel restaurant. Number one has an excellent reputation which I’m honoured to be a part of and I look forward to working with Executive Chef, Jeff Bland, and Restaurant Manager, Gary Quinn, in continuing to provide an outstanding culinary experience at number one.”




The Restaurant at the Rutland is about to undergo an exciting transformation into the Kyloe Restaurant & Grill, Edinburgh’s first gourmet steak restaurant.

In order to stand out amongst the increasing number of excellent dining venues in the city, and following a period of extensive market research, the new restaurant will specialise in providing a gourmet steak experience alongside its popular a la carte menu.

Susi Conchar, Head of Sales, Marketing & PR for Signature Pub Group, says: “Our aim is to build on the excellent reputation the restaurant has gained over the last three and a half years while specialising in providing diners with a gourmet steak experience as we feel there is a gap in the Edinburgh market for such a restaurant.”

The name Kyloe, an old Scots word for Highland cattle, was chosen for the new restaurant as it represents the strength and versatility of Scottish beef produce.

The impressive new grill menu, designed by The Rutland’s award-winning head chef David Haetzman, showcases at least eight different cuts of pedigree Aberdeen Angus Steak available exclusively in Edinburgh for the first time. Diners will also be able to enjoy ‘The Kyloe Steak Board’ featuring a selection of unusual and interesting cuts, and a ‘Burger Slider’ which includes three variations of burger – venison and redcurrant, wild boar and apple, and Aberdeen Angus fillet.

David Haetzman says: “Everyone loves a good steak so we are determined to give our diners the best steak experience possible. In our endeavours to become Edinburgh’s top steak restaurant we have spent considerable time searching for the best suppliers of beef and decided to use two main suppliers who we believe have fantastic products which will provide a great experience for the customer – Hardiesmill, based in Gordon in the Borders, and Hendersons, a small family-run butcher in Glenrothes. As well as traditional cuts we have chosen some less familiar cuts for their texture and flavour.”

The team has searched for unusual wines provided by several suppliers, including Bibendum, Wine Importers Edinburgh, and Liberty Wines, in order to create a unique and exciting wine list. The wine list includes Kyloe’s signature wine ‘Angus the Bull’, a South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon which is the ideal complement for steak.

Prior to reopening the restaurant will be undergoing significant renovations which will remain sensitive to the existing design. The new design includes comfortable booths and will have a more laid back and relaxed style often associated with steak restaurants.

Artwork by two Scottish artists Caroline Shotton and Georgina McMasters will adorn the walls and be available to buy.

The restaurant will be closed for refurbishment from Sunday 16October until the afternoon of Friday 21October. During this time guests can eat in The Rutland Bar, where the restaurant menu will still be available, however food will not be served on Monday 17October due to kitchen renovations.

Keep up to date with the progress of the restaurant refurbishment by ‘liking’ Kyloe Restaurant & Grill on Facebook (search for ‘Kyloe Restaurant’), and following on Twitter (search ‘Kyloe_Edin’). To follow David Haetzman on Twitter search ‘davidhaetzman’.

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Notes to editors


  • Other steak suppliers for the new restaurant include Simon Howies in Perthshire
  • Top quality chicken will be supplied by St Brides Poultry based in Lanarkshire
  • Wines for the newly created wine list are supplied by: Wine Importers Edinburgh; Bibendum; Liberty Wines; Forth Wines, Corney & Barrow, Waverley TBS, and Wm Mortons
  • Kyloe’s signature wine (available in half bottle, full bottle and magnum sizes) is ‘Angus the Bull’, a South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon


  • Hardiesmill is a family business specialising in rearing pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle, with bloodlines including Thornton and Blelack
  • They currently stock 400 cows and the team knows each of them by name!
  • Their range of steaks is the largest in Britain and they also smoke and cure meats on-farm
  • As well as Kyloe Restaurant & Grilll, Hardiesmill provides steak for The Orient Express and other high-end clients
  • For further information visit:



October 2011: Rocco Forte’s The Balmoral will again glow pink this October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2011.
The hotel’s majestic clock tower, which stands 195ft from the Balmoral’s roof level to the mural crown of St Giles at the top, will act as a visual reminder that everyone can help to do something to make a difference to the 4000 people that are diagnosed with breast cancer in Scotland each year.
The Balmoral will join many iconic buildings around the world which will be lit up pink, including the Empire State Building and Niagra Falls, to help raise awareness and vital funds for Breast Cancer Care.

To boost donations to the charity, the luxury five star hotel will also be serving a series of pink cocktails in The Balmoral Bar throughout October with £1 from each being donated to Breast Cancer Care. Guests can choose from the Girl About Town – strawberry and rose petal infused vodka, Cointreau, fresh passion fruit and pomegranate juice, shaken and served in a martini glass; The Goddess of Glitz – vanilla vodka and fresh beetroot puree shaken with lemon juice, sugar and egg whites served on ice in a tall glass and finished with soda; and a Pink Martini – vodka mixed with Chambord, a touch of raspberry puree and pineapple juice, shaken and served with a delicate finish of Prosecco.

Visitors to The Balmoral will also be able to pamper themselves and give a little back with a series of treatments at the Balmoral Spa’s new nail bar. Each visitor who books a Jessica manicure or pedicure treatment throughout October will receive a complimentary pink Jessica nail varnish and the knowledge that £1 from every nail treatment will be donated to Breast Cancer Care.
Franck Arnold, General Manager of The Balmoral, said: “We are delighted to once again be supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month by lighting up our clock tower pink and running a series of pink promotions to boost funds for the charity. The Balmoral clock tower can be seen for miles and I hope that it will act as reminder to the people of Edinburgh to give a little this October and support this remarkable charity.”

For further information on The Balmoral or to book a treatment at The Balmoral Spa or a table at The Balmoral Bar, please call 0131 556 2414.


Yelp Eats!

When: Monday, October 17, 2011 9:00 – Sunday, October 23, 2011 23:30


Yelp presents fine dining in Edinburgh for £15!

For one week only, Yelp presents some of Edinburgh’s top restaurants where everyone can enjoy two course prix fixe menus for £15. This gives you the chance to explore the fine dining establishments in Edinburgh you’ve always wanted to try, with the most mouth-watering Yelp Eats menus, for a very affordable £15.

We want to open up the city and all its delicious places to eat to the locals, whilst supporting local restaurants and commending them for what they do best – keeping Edinburghers very well fed!

***Yelp Eats Restaurants***

* Cafe St Honoré:…

* Calistoga:…

* Circle:…

* First Coast:…

* Locanda de Gusti:…

* Mark Greenaway:…

* Stockbridge Restaurant:…

** The Yelp Eats Prix Fixe Menus will be uploaded very soon! **

To take part in the most delicious week in October, all you need to do is book a table at one, or as many as you like, of the participating restaurants stating it is for the Yelp Eats menu, and then enjoy!

1. Call to make reservations, and request the Yelp Eats menu.
2. The prix fixe does not include alcohol or tips.
3. The deal is open to everyone!

Restaurants are likely to be very busy during the week, so we do recommend booking early in advance to avoid missing out on this one-off week.


Time to get voting in The Scottish restaurant Awards…….have your say


Tastecard are offering a free trial (no need to add your bank details) the card can be used to receive 50% off or 2 for 1 across a range of restaurant chains including:

La Tasca, Pizza Express, Zizzi, Cafe Rouge, Prezzo & bella Italia

Free 30 Day Tastecard Trial

Can’t see any catches, so well worth it even if it gets used just once! The only dowside being that it seems to be all chains but hey, some do it well! Bon Appetit


Still 2 weeks left of casting for Edinburgh based contestants for ITV’s Come Dine with Me

Do you love dinner parties?

Are you a great cook?

The hugely successful Channel 4 show Come Dine With Me is returning for a new, day-time series. We’re looking for people over 18 years of age in


with a passion for cooking who want to demonstrate their skills

Over five days, five strangers, from all walks of life, take turns to host the perfect dinner party for each other. At the end of the week the most impressive host wins a £1,000 cash prize.

This is your chance to create the perfect dining experience, and YOU get to enjoy four nights dining out and a chance to win the prize!


If you or anyone you know would like to take part then please call ASAP on-

0871 244 4142

(Calls cost 10p per minute from a BT landline,

mobile and other network rates may be higher)

or email: