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Nawroz Kurdish Restaurant in Potterow – Guest Blog by AVM

My thanks to AVM for sharing here recent trip to Kurdish restaurant Nawroz, sounds like another one to add to my already extensive ‘to try’ list! (I’m NEVER going to lose the #foodbloggerbelly am I?!)  I visited Nawroz, a Kurdish and middle eastern restaurant located in Potterow, for the first time the other night

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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!

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Where I’ve been pigging out in recent weeks (Part 1) – yes, really!

I seem to have been eating out so much recently and caught up in the pre-Xmas chaos that I’ve had little time to write things up. So for ease I thought I’d share some pictures of my recent greedy exploits.

I’m ashamed to say that there are actually so many that I’m going to have to split it into 2 posts!

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A Chinese Banquet at Chop Chop in Edinburgh’s West End

To summarise, it was really good, I think the best Chinese food I’ve had in Edinburgh (& I’ve had a lot!) and I can’t wait to go back and try some more, I’ve been reliably informed their express lunchtime menu is pretty good too! The only negatives for me were the plastic plates and dipping bowls (it reminded me of outside dining in local fast food restaurants in Singapore), the tables are also packed in so when it’s busy, which is most of the time (it was full and turning people away on a Tuesday evening out-of-season) then discreet conversation is nigh on impossible and finally, a pet peeve of mine a 10% service charge was added to the bill!

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Fringe Festival food – a summary

As you can imagine we ate (and drank) more than our fair share (it seems that gluttony runs in the family) in a wide variety of places so I thought I’d do a little summary of where I’ve been eating and show you some of the highlights!

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The Plumed Horse Tasting Menu (with wines of course :o)

To summarise, a lovely meal with great company, the surroundings were calming, comfortable and not detracting from the food, the staff were excellent, uber-polished but very open to a bit of banter from the more ‘raucous’ of the group! The food was good – well presented, well cooked and very tasty and apart from the one course that wasn’t to our taste, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. They were also very generous with the wine with each course. At £65 per head & £45pp for the complimenting wines it’s on a par with the other Edinburgh based Michelin starred restaurants. I would definitely go again but would go A la carte and stick with red meats and wine, the carnivore that I am!

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Mark Greenaway at 12 Picardy Place – a pre Theatre cheeky

Strawberry Blonde, AVM and myself were all off to see Vincent & Flavia in their new show, Midnight Tango last week at The Playhouse so decided a return visit to Mark Greenaway was in order, I was last there for the launch party and have heard plenty of good reports since so it was well […]

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Castle Terrace Tasting Menu – the only place, ever, we didn’t leave a tip!

It’ll be no surprise to hear that our verdict on this place isn’t great. Although the A La Carte menu looked delicious it’s highly unlikely any of us would ever go back to try it. From start to finish the service from the waiting staff was bored and disinterested, often not explaining what we were being served, very rushed or just mumbled so we couldn’t understand it. The lack in variety of the wines (where was the champagne or a sparkling at the very least and a nice rose or even a chilled light red?) and the quality of the food did not make this a £100 per head experience.

SO different from the sumptuous and faultless experience we had when we had at Kitchin. It almost felt that this was aimed at tourists and we were simply ‘cash cows’ and it’s the first time we haven’t left a tip! We were all unanimous on that point! We left feeling totally cheated and headed off with much haste to get a nice bottle of red to fortify our somewhat flagging spirits.

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a Royal Wedding & a return to Wedgwood

Verdict, the food was exceptional (again) and it is very good value for money, it’s just such a shame we weren’t made aware on booking that only the lunch menu was available as it did leave us feeling slightly disappointed. Had we known, we would probably have had lunch somewhere else and gone back one evening instead to get what we had really wanted. Now justifying a 3rd trip within such a short space of time is going to be very difficult. despite this disappointment, it’s still keeping it’s slot at no2 in my top restaurants (for the moment) and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the lunch menu to anyone as a great value introduction to the wonders of the Wedgwood kitchen.

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Wine Tasting Dinner at La Garrigue in the New Town

Although the dishes were well presented and had elements that excited and should have worked well, each course left me feeling a little disappointed. There were textures and flavours that seemed to be at odds at times with my unsophisticated pallate, it was almost as though they had been trying too hard and over complicated things. There was never, throughout any of the courses that ‘wow, this is delicious’ moment, my favourite things were the little cheese pastries that we were given at the start before the menu began.

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