Hamiltons, Edinburgh

  Hamiltons 16 – 18 Hamilton Place, Edinburgh EH3 5AU 0131 226 4199 www.hamiltonsedinburgh.co.uk     The Bill Lunch (Mon – Fri) Sandwiches £11.00 – £13.00 | Mains £14.00 – £22.00 Desserts £8.00  Dinner Starters £5.00 – £8.00 | Sharing Plates £10.00 – £15.00 Mains £14.00 – £22.00 | Desserts £8.00 The Score Cooking  4.5/10 | Service…

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Spiced Apple Cake

Well, if Wednesday’s On The Side column got you in the mood for coffee, I thought you might like a slice of cake to go with it. With apples coming into season, why not try this terrific recipe from the celebrated Sarah Mellersh of the late lamented Let’s Cook Scotland? Thanks as ever to Sarah…

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Coffee Overtakes Tea in the UK

 According to a report in The Times  this week, coffee has overtaken tea as Britain’s favourite drink. I wasn’t entirely blown away by the statistical evidence which was quoted. To say, as the article does, that shoppers bought more than 533 million packs of coffee compared to 287 million packs of tea, is meaningless. From a…

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Zizzi, Edinburgh

  Zizzi 42 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh EH2 4RA 0131 225 6937 www.zizzi.co.uk/italian/restaurants/edinburgh-queensferry-street     The Bill Starters £4.65 – £9.00 | Pasta £14.95 – £17.45  Pizza £14.00 – £17.45 |  Mains £14.45 – £17.45  Desserts £6.75 – £8.00   The Score Cooking  6.5/10 | Service 4.5/5 Flavour  4/5 | Value 2/5 TOTAL 17/25  Breathtaking. Jawdroppingly awesome.…

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Andrew McCall’s Apple Chutney

Yes, I know we had a chutney recipe a week or two ago; however, this is the first batch we’ve made here this season. Since word got around that we make the stuff, kind souls have taken to donating apples. Two large bags in the space of a few days. Not only did nephew Andrew…

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Can’t Cook? Can’t Even Boil An Egg

Can’t even boil an egg. The ultimate culinary put down. But why, one wonders? Can’t even make toast, or can’t even open a tin might surely be more damning. The topic came up the other day in The Knowledge, a daily newsletter which has interesting features on politics, society, arts and miscellaneous trivia. Twenty years…

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Lesley Johnston’s Chicken Liver Pâté

In today’s review of Tipo (don’t miss it, the restaurant, that is, not the review – oh come to think of it, sample both) I expressed surprise that a top chef would be featuring pâté. My, how food snobbery seeps into our bone marrow. Once, of course, it featured on every menu, hence the backlash.…

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Tipo, Edinburgh

  Tipo 110 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR 0131 226 4545 www.tipoedinburgh.co.uk/     The Bill snacks and breads £6.00 – £8.00  small plates £12.00 – £14.00  pasta £13.00 – £15.00 |  main dishes £22.00 – £35.00  dessert £6.00 – £7.00   The Score Cooking  8/10 | Service 4.5/5 Flavour  5/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 22.5/25  Restaurant…

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The Pepperpot Diaries; Rice Table; Upgrade

Confused by the title? Well, come and have a look at my (overflowing) book shelves. For a good number of years I tried to operate a one in, one out policy when it came to cookery books. Now, however, I can’t think of a single one in my collection I could bear to part with.…

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Sarah Mellersh’s Crème Fraîche Ice Cream

Even by their standards, Scottish raspberries have been superb this year. If you are pondering the relevance of this thought in an ice cream recipe, allow me to enlighten you. I often serve this with rasps and coulis and balsamic, and truly wonderful it is too. I wrote about that combo three years ago. You…

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Dakota Grill, Dakota Hotel, Glasgow

  Dakota Grill Dakota Hotel Glasgow 179 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 4DP 0141 404 3680  www.dakotahotels.co.uk The Bill Set Lunch  2 courses £30.00 | 3 courses £35.00 A la carte Starters £10.00 – £16.00  |  Mains £20.00 – £37.50  Desserts £9.00 – £10.00   The Score Cooking  6.5/10 | Service 4/5 Flavour  4.5/5 |…

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How Well Do You Treat Your Suppliers? A Fine Tale for August

Tina and Ross Coventry While I’m thinking about the food and drink industry in particular, it’s quite a wide ranging question to anyone who is in business. The butchers, bakers and wholesale merchants who supply the food that you cook or sell on; the fishermen and farmers who labour, often in arduous and dangerous conditions,…

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Jan Bentley’s Old Doverhouse Chutney

I laugh more than I used to. A thing called retirement was largely instrumental. One thing which does make me chuckle is when someone asks me for my chutney recipe. Since I let it be known that I was in the market for unwanted apples in the season, I usually make at least one batch each…

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The Kirklands Hotel, Kinross

  The Kirklands Hotel 20 High Street, Kinross, KY13 8AN 01577 863313    www.thekirklandshotel.com The Bill A la carte Small Bites £7.00 (3 for £19.00)  Mains £13.95 – £21.95 (Small portions are available for some dishes) Desserts £5.50 – £6.95   The Score Cooking  4.5/10 | Service 3.5/5 Flavour  3.5/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 16.5/25 …

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Restaurants: When Will There Be Good News?

Boarded up restaurant

It seems to be a gloomy day. I’m not just referring to wildfires and strikes and global warming. On one of this column’s favourite subjects, restaurants, the news seems to be worse than usual. Now I’m not shedding any tears over the impending closure of Noma. Rene Redzepi has declared that the model for his…

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Lime Chicken Part 2 (Thai Style)

After last week’s classical Claire Macdonald recipe, I thought you might like a change, This is a Thai style recipe of which I’ve picked up various versions. It seems to have been made famous by the blessed Delia, but at heart it’s a Thai go to. Very simple, but first, a few pointers. Don’t get…

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Wahaca, Edinburgh

  Wahaca  16 South St Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AU 0131 564 3850 www.wahacaco.uk The Bill A la carte Nibbles £5.75 – £7.95 | Street Food £6.95 – £7.50 Bigger Plates £10.75 – £13.50 | Sides £1.95 – £5.75 Desserts £6.50 – £6.75   The Score Cooking  5/10 | Service (Visit 1 – 5/5: Visit…

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The Air Fryer Chronicles Part 1

Air Fryers. Didn’t have one; didn’t have a view for or against, though a few friends are keen devotees. Life changed last week in the shape of a large box as a  birthday present. Indian giving, possibly. Anyway, have beast, will fry. For experiment 1 below, I had no clue what to do and nothing…

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Lime Chicken Part 1

As I wrote on Wednesday, inspiration can come from strange sources: but sometimes it doesn’t come at all. Struggling a little for this week’s Tom Cooks! I remembered a lemon chicken recipe sent to me by my excellent friend, licensing lawyer extraordinaire, JH. Rereading it, I remembered why I had left it to one side. I…

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La Lanterna West End, Glasgow

  La Lanterna West End 447 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 8HH 0141 3340686  www.lalanternawestend.co.uk   The Bill Set Lunch 2 courses £17.95 | 3 courses £22.95 Starters £5.95 – £13.50 | Pasta £15.95 – £18.95  Mains £17.95 – £35.95 | Desserts £6.50 – £6.90 The Score Cooking 5.5/10 | Service 4/5  Flavour  4/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 18.5/25 …

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What’s In A Name? I’ll Drink To That

Dionysus NOT Dionysios Dionysios, I said to myself. Are you sure? Is it not Dionysus? Sad, I suppose, that the idea for a column can materialise when you’re taking your best girl out for a hot date. Early evening at the flickers followed by some leftover chicken stew. Don’t tell me that I can’t show…

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Lobster Bisque from Leftovers

Professionals, look away now. Serious cooks who have created this lovingly from a classic text, do likewise. This is a true mongrel of a recipe, born of improvisation on my part, and vague memories of seeing folk on the telly doing bisque-y type stuff. All I will say in my defence is that the end…

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Langan’s Brasserie, London

  Langan’s Brasserie, Stratton Street, London W1J 8LB 020 7491 8822       www.langansbrasserie.com The Bill A la carte  Starters £13.00 – £935.00  Mains £19.00 – £68.00 | Puddings £11.50 – £16.00 The Score Cooking  6/10 | Service 3.5/5  Flavour  3/5 | Value 2/5 TOTAL 14.5/25  Well, there a few reasons. I say this in…

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Strange Culinary Things At Galungan

A question I’m commonly asked relates to unusual foods which I’ve consumed over the years. People are usually expecting tales from far flung places, involving Johnny Foreigner and his more disgusting habits. Well, it’s not just charity which begins at home. Try, as I have done, describing haggis to a busload of 50 non Scottish…

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