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Archive for November, 2007

Daniels Bistro, Leith

Daniels is a super French bistro in Leith. We had a Sunday lunch here – French onion soup followed by Potee Alsacienne – Potatoes, bacon and lots of Munster cheese. Excellent food and ambience. Highly recommended.

Now closed – a great loss.

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Cafe Grand, Bruntsfield

Our nearest local restaurant. The food is usually always good – I have only had one bad meal here. The tables are small but service is friendly and the place has a good atmosphere. Saturday evening meal where I started with scallops and black pudding (more BP than scallops), followed by very nicely cooked venison steak with sweet potato. there were 4 of use, everyone enjoyed their meal. The house wine is (relatively) cheap, reliable (George Duboeuf) and quite drinkable. About £25/each.

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Wednesday evening dinner in the Seafood Restaurant in St Andrews. Excellent food and wine. Starter of smoked haddock soup with cheese dumplings, followed by roast monkfish, cabbage and bacon and plum upside-down cake. Very unusual wine – a Spanish sauvignon blanc and a superb dessert valpolicella. Expensive but very good.

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The Cowdray Arms is country pub in Aberdeenshire where the food was good but the atmosphere sadly lacking. I had Cullen Skink followed by slow-cooked belly pork, which was very tasty. However, the room was overlit with harsh overhead lighting.  We arrived at 8 on a Saturday evening and by 8.30 the place was almost empty. Maybe OK for lunch but we won’t rush back in the evening.

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Cafe 52, Aberdeen

We went to Cafe 52  in Aberdeen at the last minute after Scotland’s sad defeat by Italy. Good ambiance and service and excellent food. My starter was a kipper fishcake with garlic mayonnaise followed by duck confit with beef and black pudding sausage in a barley broth. Anne had smoked salmon to start followed by what looked like very nice cabbage stuffed with cous-cous in a beetroot sauce. We will be back. About £30 a head, including everything.

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An informal restaurant near Arthur’s Seat. Fixed price £22 dinner which was excellent – goats cheese and onion tart, properly cooked liver (i.e. pink and tender) and walnut and treacle tart. Ended up about £30 a head with pre-dinner drinks and a nice bottle of sauvignon blanc.

Now closed

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Le Mouton Noir

A new French restaurant, recently opened in Bruntsfield on the site of the unlamented Parrots.  It was disappointing. My starter of rabbit saddle wrapped in ham with raspberry vinaigrette was dreadful – the rabbit overcooked and the raspberries just strange. My main course – choucroute de la mer – was unusual but OK. The dessert was almond and fig tart and was nothing great. The waiter had to ask us how to make kir (in a French restaurant!) and the wine was mediocre. About £30 each. Hopefully, it will improve in time.

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