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Gurka was Edinburgh’s first (only?) Nepalese restaurant and we went there for a quick meal before the cinema (it is very close to the Dominion Cinema). We had Nepalese specials – Lamb, Chicken and Vegetables. Names of the dishes were unusual and hard to remember but they were nicely spiced. Basically, it was quite similar to other Indian/BanglaDeshi restaurants – the food was not dramatically different. However, it was perfectly acceptable food, good service and not expensive. About £10 each which included a beer with the meal.

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Specialises in cheese, fruit and vegetables and Italian products. Everything is very high quality – we had asparagus today which was absolutely superb and Italian tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella. Quite expensive but top quality stuff.

Sadly, now closed

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Lupe Pintos-Tollcross

Lupe Pintos is a great deli in Tollcross. It started off as a Mexican deli but has now a variety of American, Mexican, Spanish and other food and drink. Lots of different kinds of chilis.  The chorizos and the guacamole are quite simply the best I’ve ever had in the UK. Well worth a visit for ingredients that are hard to find elsewhere.

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We went to a wedding in Kirby last month and stayed overnight at the Sun Inn. Both dinner and accommodation were excellent. Dinner was duck salad to start, followed by roast monkfish and apricot tart for pudding. A couple of pints of Cumberland Ale and a NZ Sauvignon Blanc with the meal. Highly recommended.

Excellent. £££.

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I recently visited the Peat Inn (near Cupar and St Andrews) which has an excellent reputation for its food. I started with Balladine of Rabbit and Sweetbreads (good), followed by Red Mullet and Asparagus Risotto (disappointing, the fish was dull and the risotto not as flavoursome as it should be) and Rhubarb Jalousie (basically a rhubarb tart, OK). Rather a formal atmosphere. Overall the food was good but not as good as I expected.

Good; ££££.

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Luckily, some top-class traditional butchers still exist in Edinburgh. The closest one to us is in Bruntsfield Place – Wm. Christie – highly recommended. Friendly people and top-class Scottish meat. Their sausages are particularly good. They are not cheap but so much better than supermarket meat.

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