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Lunch at Pho Vietnam – not sure if I want to tell you all about this find!

We all absolutely loved it and are delighted to have such a find on our doorstep. Outstanding value for money and a real treat for both the senses and the stomach! I’ve already been recommending it to one and all and am lunching there again next week!

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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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The Honours – a new Brasserie from Martin Wishart

The Verdict – when can I go back? I think The Honours is going to set a new standard for Brasserie style dining in Edinburgh, high quality food, exceptional service in a relaxed modern environment. The prices were very reasonable – I’ve often paid more for totally substandard experiences in other places. At no point were we rushed and nothing was too much trouble for the staff with their ready smiles and clear eagerness and pride in this venture! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it and would definitely think about returning for the Prix Fixe or Pre Theatre offerings. With over 1400 bookings until the end of August already in the diary, I’d recommend getting on the blower as soon as you can!

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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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La Garrigue in the Old Town (Guest Blog)

All in all, we thought La Garrigue was superb. A few glitches with friendly service (the coffees and the bill took a long time to arrive at the end) but that didn’t take from our experience. I was pleased to see the Chef/Owner, Jean Michel Gauffre out and about smiling around the restaurant.

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BYOB at Beirut Lebanese Restaurant, South Side, Edinburgh

Due to the timelapse (& perhaps the amount of fizz & wine consumed), I’ll keep it brief but Salt n’Sass, Salidatious, The Pineapple, Strawberry Blonde and I, greedy guts that we are, still all made it up to Marshall Street in the Southside to try Edinburgh’s first Lebanese restaurant.

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Pasta & Primitivo at La Partenope (Cucina Napoletana, Dalry Road)

On to the mains, my Carbonara was excellent, one of the best I’ve had in a VERY long time, whilst SB’s Pasta Fresca was very nice, it was also very subtle and for a main course portion it could have done with a lift both in seasoning and perhaps texture. On asking for some salt the waiter was entertainingly ‘disgusted’ by our request with that Latin insouciance that I know so well, having dated an Italian Chef myself! (Once added, however it lifted the dish enormously regardless of what he thought!)

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Chef’s £10 lunch for 2 at Tapa, Hanover Street

The verdict, exceptional value for money, including soft drinks and coffees the bill was less than £17.00! A welcome addition to the city centre and another great cheap lunch option to compete with The Dogs and 99 Hanover Street’s offerings!

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A disappointing lunch at Elliot’s Bar & Restaurant, Apex Waterloo Place

Now to the lesson in cookery! You’re going to like this! As the payment was going through we were asked if everything had been ok, I started with the usual British polite untruth but indignancy allowed me to find my voice and say “yes, except for the slow service” to which we were treated to the reason for the delay! Apparently it takes a very long time to cook a fish cake to get the centre hot! By this time keeping a straight face was nigh on impossible, but the ridiculousness of it all, had at least broken my annoyance, especially when I realised what an entertaining blog this would be. (In case you were wondering, no tip was left!)

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A Gourmet Lunch at number one at The Balmoral Hotel

A colleague emailed round number one’s Christmas lunch menu and from the minute I read it I knew I was going, and I knew a couple of other ladies who would need little persuading to join me! So AVM, Strawberry Blonde and I decided we’d do things properly and booked the Friday off work so […]

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