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Revisited the Cafe Grande for dinner with friends. Starter was scallops with leeks and chorizo – scallops were lovely but chorizo was a bit overcooked and too hard. Main course was duck – very rare – with kale and potatoes. Cafe Grande is reliable – good but not outstanding. The puddings were reported to be very good but I’ve been eating too much recently so gave them a miss. About £27 each with 2 bottles of house wine between 4.

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Saturday lunch in the Cafe Rouge. A chain but I think they are OK. Goats cheese salad – cheese was excellent,, salad a bit limp. I think the tarte au jambon is better.

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Visited in a big group – a project meeting in Edinburgh – where we had the £24 fixed price menu. Starter was mushroom risotto with black pudding and (overcooked) parma ham. Main was sea bass, scallop and langoustine. Mango panacotta and poached fruit for dessert. Competent, modern Scottish cooking. Not outstanding but enjoyable and not overpriced.

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My birthday so we tried this restaurant which I’d looked at several times. It was busy on a Saturday night with an older clientele (so I wasn’t out of place!). Short menu, with local ingreedients which is always a good sign.  Starter was Parmesan Tart with Spinach which was excellent, followed by Grampian Lamb with roasted root vegetables. My lamb had a strange flavour which may simply have been specific to that lamb. I wasn’t taken with it but it was certainly nicely cooked. Dessert was a selection including lemon possett and whisky creme brulee. Very good. About £35/head which isn’t outrageous for the general quality of the food. We’ll definitely go again but will probably stick to fish.

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