Next Door by Imperial

Next Door by Imperial

Zlatnickà 3, 110 00, Prague 1, Czech Republic +420 295 563 440   www.next-door.cz The Bill A la Carte (£1 = 28Kc, rounded to the nearest £0.50) Starters: £4.00 – £12.50 | Mains: £9.00 – £17.50 | Desserts: £2.00 – £6.00 The Score Cooking 5/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 3.5/5 | Value 4.5/5 TOTAL 17/25…

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Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

The story behind this now ubiquitous dish is an excellent one. Unlike many tales of the origins of famous plates, it is almost certainly true. During the Prohibition era in the USA, an enterprising San Diego restaurateur, one Cesare Cardini, opened a restaurant in Tijuana, just across the border in Mexico. It was very popular…

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Crab Ravioli with Prawn Bisque

Crab Ravioli

In the cookery course which I teach, this week’s class featured bread and pasta, the theme being dough and what to do with it. I don’t make a lot of fresh pasta, so I dug out the machine and had a wee practice. Truth be told, for staples such as spaghetti dishes I prefer the…

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Urban Bar and Brasserie

Urban

23 – 25 St Vincent Place, Glasgow G1 2DT 0131 248 5696   www.urbanbrasserie.co.uk The Bill A la Carte Starters: £5.00 – £13.00 | Mains: £13.00 – £32.00 | Desserts: £4.00 – £6.00 The Score Cooking 5/10 | Service 3/5 | Flavour 3/5 | Value 3/5 TOTAL 14/25   It must be a good fifteen years…

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Breakfast Treats

English Breakfast

To eat well in England, you should have breakfast three times a day. Thus spake W Somerset Maugham, at the time a resident of France. In 1914 he may have had a point. This is a Scottish column. Why, I hear you ask, such a quotation from south of the border? Well, it’s better than…

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Cabbage Stuffed with Spicy Mince and Tomato Sauce

Stuffed Cabbage

I have two apologies for this dish. Firstly, while it may be a staple in many households, it’s something I had never made before. Secondly, it’s laughably simple. Lest you had forgotten how basic my culinary skills are, read on. This was a Ready Steady Cook thing which I made at the weekend. Our shopping…

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bia bistrot

bia bistrot

19 Colinton Road, Edinburgh EH10 5DP 0131 4528453   www.biabistrot.co.uk   The Bill Set Lunch 2 courses; £10.00 | 3 courses £12.00 A la Carte Bites: £32.50 – £3.00 |Starters: £6.00 – £7.50 | Mains: £13.95 – £23.50 |  Sweets: £5.00 – £5.50 The Score Cooking 7/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 4.5/5 | Value 5/5…

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Sue Lawrence’s Rhubarb Crumble with Ginger Mascarpone

Sue Lawrence

Last week we had rhubarb in a savoury dish. This weekend we’re back to its more normal use as a dessert ingredient. I invited the very lovely and very talented Sue Lawrence to contribute a recipe. What sort of recipe, she asked? Anything, I replied, but seasonal would be nice. Easy, she said, has to…

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Mackerel and Rhubarb – Yes, Really

Mackerel

Has the man finally lost it? I hear you ask. When I was young mackerel were viewed with much suspicion. Scavengers of the sea, my parents’ generation would describe them. Following that logic you could say exactly the same about crabs, lobsters and many other delicious marine life. The same generation would also consider coley…

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The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage

Lookout by Gardener's Cottage

Calton Hill, Edinburgh EH7 5AA 0131 322 1246  www.thelookoutedinburgh.co (the email address is not a typo – there is no .uk) The Bill Set Lunch 4 courses: £33.00 A la Carte Snacks: £4.00 – £12.00 | Starters: £9.00 – £13.00 Mains: £18.00 – £29.00 | Desserts: £9.00 – £11.00 The Score Cooking 9.5/10 | Service…

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Partick Duck Club

Partick Duck Club

27 Hyndland Street, Mansfield Park Partick, Glasgow G11 5QF 0141 334 9909  www.partickduckclub.co.uk The Bill A la Carte Nibbles: £3.95 – £5.95 | Starters: £4.95 – £8.50 | Duck Club Buns:  £9.75 – £9.85 Mains: £12.95 – £15.95 | Desserts: £5.95 – £6.95 The Score Cooking 6/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value…

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Beth Stone’s Stone Bass Ceviche with Blood Orange

Ceviche

Many thanks to the very lovely Beth Stone, our guest cook, for this very quick ceviche recipe. As you will see from the photo, the finished dish is as elegant as the author herself. Many of you will know that ceviche is a technique for “cooking” fish by marinading in citrus juice. Needless to say,…

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Christopher Trotter’s Steak and Kidney Pudding

Steak and Kidney Pudding

It’s Wednesday morning, and I’m both starving and bereft of inspiration. Later we’re collecting an old, in every sense of the word, friend, to take her out for lunch. I made some soda bread, which both exacerbates the hunger and makes me realise that neither of this week’s blogs even has a subject, never mind…

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Road Hole Restaurant, Old Course Hotel

Road Hole Restauarant

Old Course Hotel Old Station Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SP 01334 474371  www.oldcoursehotel.co.uk The Bill A la Carte Starters: £7.50 – £17.00 | Mains: £15.50 – £55.00 | Desserts: £8.50 – £9.50 The Score Cooking 6.5/10 | Service 3/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 3.5/5 TOTAL 17/25   Centuries ago, St Andrews was a…

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National Pizza Day

Pizza 2

Saturday 9 February 2019 is National Pizza Day. Yes, it’s official. Who thinks these things up? I have no idea, but I have a sneaky hunch that the British Society of Pizza Restaurateurs may have some involvement. It’s fun to make your own, though the BSPR won’t thank me for sharing this recipe. When you’ve…

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Amaretto

Amaretto Torte

It’s amazing how one thing can lead to another. And even more amazing (and wonderful) to discover a kindred spirit who shares my love of completely useless pieces of information, and the sharing thereof. Some of you may know that my culinary repertoire has extended to the field of teaching. The Retired Big Financial Whizz…

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Southside Scran

Southside Scran

14 – 17 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4 HN 0131 342 3333     www.southsidescran.com The Bill Set Lunch 3 courses: £21.50 A la Carte Starters: £9.50 – £18.00 | Mains: £10.50 – £32.00 | Desserts: £7.50 – £8.50 The Score Cooking 8/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 4.5/5 | Value 4.5/5 TOTAL 22/25     Only…

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Forage & Chatter

Forage & Chatter

1A Alva Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PH 0131 225 4599     www.forageandchatter.com The Bill Set Lunch 2 courses: £14.95 | 3 courses: £17.95 A la Carte Starters: £8.00 – £11.00 | Mains: £16.00 – £23.00 | Desserts: £7.00 The Score Cooking 8.5/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 4.5/5 | Value 4.5/5 TOTAL 22/25   I’m not sure…

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Forth Floor Restaurant, Harvey Nichols

Forth Floor Harvey Nichols

30 – 34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AD 01310 524 8350  www.harveynichols.com The Bill A la Carte Starters: £7.00 – £13.00 | Mains: £15.00 – £35.00 | Desserts: £7.00 – £9.00 The Score Cooking 6/10 | Service 3.5/5 | Flavour 3.5/5 | Value 3/5 TOTAL 16/25   Edinburgh dwellers just don’t realise how lucky…

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60 Hope Street Liverpool

60 Hope Street Liverpool

60 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9PZ 0151 707 6060        www.60hopestreet.com The Bill Lunch Starters: £5.95 – £14.50 | Mains: £11.95 – £35.00 | Desserts: £7.50 – £9.50 Dinner Early Bird: 3 courses £25.00 | House Menu: 3 courses £29.95 A la Carte Starters: £7.95 – £14.50 | Mains: £19.95 – £35.00 |…

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Lobster Risotto

Lobster Risotto

Happy New Year, dear reader. I did tell you that Tom Cooks! would resume later in the month. A couple of reasons for the change. Firstly, we are still within the 12 days of Christmas, so festivities are still allowed. Secondly, I cooked a particularly fine routine masterpiece for the current Mrs J on Hogmanay,…

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Sarah Mellersh’s Paris Brest

For the last Tom Cooks! of the year, let’s end up with a sumptuous show stopper of a dish, one which will grace the table of a festive, or indeed any other, party. This features choux pastry, almonds and a rich filling of praline cream. This recipe is from the uber talented Sarah Mellersh of…

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Tartiflette

Tartiflette

Where did Christmas markets start? Do I like them? And are they all the same? You’ll probably be relieved to know that I have no idea of the answer to the first question. We see them in paintings from centuries gone by, or from depictions of Merrie England (or Holland, Germany or whatever). I’m beginning…

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