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Field is a relatively new Edinburgh restaurant in West Nicholson St which opened earlier this year. Its focus is on simply food and high quality ingredients and we booked a meal there with my daughter on a Friday evening. 

The evening started well – my daughter Jane had tweeted about her meal and the people in the restaurant had picked this up, recognised her and welcomed her personally – a nice touch. There was also no nonsense about selling expensive mineral water.

We were three on what was really a table for two but we had been warned to expect this and it really wasn’t too bad. The restaurant wasn’t busy when we arrived at 8 but by 8.30 was full and buzzing, with a great atmosphere.

The menu is short – 4 starters, 4 mains and 4 puds. Jane and I had fricassee of wild mushrooms with a fried quails egg and my wife had beetroot cured salmon as a starter. The mushrooms were really nice although I don’t think the egg really added much – but I am generally of the view that mushrooms on toast need no additions. The salmon was also very good – quite a subtle cure.

Fricassee of wild mushrooms with a quail's egg

Fricassee of wild mushrooms with a quail’s egg

My main course was fish and chips – the fish was hake, one of my favourites and the chips were chunky and plentiful. These were accompanied by french-style peans – peas with bacon and lettuce. I’d heard of but never tried these before – they were delicious so I’ll definitely make them at home.

Fish is easy to get wrong but this was cooked perfectly – flaky and moist. Others had the steak and the chicken. I tried both of them and they were equally good.

Hake with chunky chips and French peas

Hake with chunky chips and French peas

Too full for puds so we simply had a cafetiere of very good coffee.  The wine list looked interesting although I didn’t think there were too many bargains. We had a Picpoul de Pinet, a white wine that I particularly like.

Overall, it worked out about £35 each including wine and coffee. The service from Rachel, one of the owners, was friendly and we had a chat about the restaurant and how they were doing. Highly recommended – we will definitely be back.

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FYUL (Food You Utterly Love) is a recently opened cafe on Bread St in Tollcross in Edinburgh. It has what might be called ‘bric a brac’ decor – bits and pieces of vintage stuff, unmatching wallpaper and furniture, and so on. It works well though it is a wee bit contrived.

One thing that really annoys me is restaurants is when they try to sell you drinks as soon as you sit down but nothing like that here – we were offered a carafe of tap water. This came flavoured with pieces of cucumber which gave it a very subtle flavour. Definitely something to try at home.

Cucumber water in FYUL cafe

Cucumber water in FYUL cafe

We didn’t want much to eat – I had felafel with hummus and salad and others had a wrap with a selection of fillings – cheese, onion and tuna. The felafel and hummus were excellent but a wee bit of dressing on the salad would have been a good idea. My taste of the wrap convinced me that I’d try that the next time.

Felafel with hummus

Felafel with hummus

Excellent and friendly service – a good addition to the Edinburgh cafe scene. We will be back.

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