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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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Spoon Cafe / Bistro – I’d spooner not thanks!

How do I sum this one up? the service – laughable, it really did feel like being in Basil Fawlty’s dining room! The only apology we received for this farce was for the waiter’s sunburn!!! We would most definitely have walked out if it wasn’t pre-paid. The food, below par – the starters were fine but the mains weren’t great. For £10 each it wasn’t a financial disaster but for that price I’d rather go to The Dogs and have something well presented, no nonsense & really tasty! Would we ever go back? definitely not based on this experience! (I have been advised by a friend that their breakfasts are great but the evenings are a bit hit & miss so maybe one to avoid for anything other than coffee / brunch).

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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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NOT eating shellfish at The Mussel Inn!

Verdict: The food was good, the service excellent and a was a great taste of the seaside bang in the city-centre. Would I return? If I could eat shellfish Yes, definitely, however as the menu has limited options for non shellfish diners, I could maybe eke out one more visit.

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Maison Bleue (oh mon dieu!)

To summarise, a lovely quirky interior, a really tasty sounding menu and excellent service but I don’t recommend you go on a Sunday! Such a shame that it turned out to be such an expensive disappointment! I’d love to hear from anyone that’s eaten there when the normal Chef is on though as it’s certainly not something I would risk again on the strength of our experience.

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Wedgwood – Oh SO good!

The decor is elegant and simple with clean lines and some striking focal points. The staff were friendly and informative, the food exquisite, high quality, well presented and with flavours that surprise & delight (pallate cleanser & the fig with the venison in particular), it’s fine dining without the formality that comes with a Michelin star. I’ve found myself a new favourite restaurant and can’t wait to return to sample the new Spring menu which is launching this week.

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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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Supper at The Saint in Stockbridge

After Mr G’s first appearance on Eating Edinburgh back in the Autumn (Mange Tout a L’escargot Bleu) he was keen to catch up and get another ‘slice of fame’. Being late January we were both looking for something cheap & cheerful so decided to check on 5pm.co.uk to see if there were any good deals in the city centre. […]

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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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Lunch at Thistle Street’s Bon Vivant

It’s hard to fault the place, apart from my pork being a little tough, the menu is exciting, fresh and well priced, the staff friendly and the decor is ‘on brand’! The bathrooms are lovely, great touches such as good quality paper towels in an old wine box and nice soap all add to the ambience. I’d definitely like to go back one evening so that I could also indulge from the wine menu. On the whole great place for a business lunch or an evening á deux.

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