Tag Archives: Lunch

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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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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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 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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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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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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Lunch at The Circle Cafe, Cannonmills

The space is fairly narrow and deep and the restaurant ends with a flourish with a superb window seat. Modern, metallic tables combined with wooden, old school wooden seats and benches continue this ‘modern art gallery meets wine cellar’ fusion.

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CHEF’s LAND & SEA SURPRISE – Tasting Menu @ The Kitchin

We were expecting something near perfection and it’s fair to say we got it! Outstanding!

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Eating Edinburgh – where HAVE I been? (a wee update)

Hello all and a very big Happy New Year to you all! As you may have noticed Eating Edinburgh has been rather quiet over the past few weeks, nothing sinister just a rather hectic pre festive dining schedule and a rather good holiday overseas but I’m back now and normal service should resume shortly. I […]

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