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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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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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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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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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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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