Water? Water Fuss!

How long would you like the extended warranty to be for? Like all attempted con tricks, this one was delivered with flair, with a smile and, of course, with absolute confidence (hence the name). If, on the first of June this year, you part with some of your hard earned for a five year warranty…

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One, Two, Salsa!

No! Not that sort of salsa! If you think I’m going to be a dance master in April, you little know your man. Even before the titanium hip I discovered that I had been born lacking a sense of rhythm. The delights of dancing the salsa (which, as you know, is a Cuban fusion of…

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Daika Kanm, Edinburgh

  Daika Kanm 3 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW 0131 225 1329  www.daika.co.uk The Bill  A la carte Starters  £8.60 – £10.50 | Mains £17.95 – £22.85 Desserts £6.50 – £8.95 The Score Cooking  4/10 | Service 3/5 Flavour  3/5 | Value 3/5 TOTAL 13/25 A confession. The Johnston family owes an apology or two to…

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A Decade of Tom’s Food!

March 31 was the tenth anniversary of my retiring from the practice of law. One door closes, a hundred restaurant doors open. It wasn’t quite the plan. People have asked why the Tom’s Food! domain name is www.ormidalels.com. Simple, really. It’s short for Ormidale Licensing Services. Glasgow’s coat of arms features a bird that never…

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Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Home Made Mint Sauce

Well, sod seasonality! I said firmly to the laptop. No, I’m not referring to what we should cook or eat, but to the issues it raises for us scribblers. You might think that Easter would be a gift, with all its food traditions. Yes, but this is the ninth year of Tom Cooks! Fortunately, many of…

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pizzologist, Edinburgh – Guest Reviewer Miranda Heggie

  pizzologist 70 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5LQ 0131 603 0173    www.pizzologist.co.uk   The Bill  A la carte Starters  £4.00 – £12.00 | Mains £7.50 – £12.50 Desserts £2.00 – £8.00 The Score Cooking  7/10 | Service 4/5  Flavour  5/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 21/25 The winner of the Tom Eats! Be A Restaurant…

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National Food Days

When news is slow, journalists (and, I confess, food bloggers) can struggle to find material. On the food front, a constant source of entertainment is to look up the mutitudinous foodstuffs which have been allocated a specific day or week. There are of course a few which have long standing significance. Perhaps the best known…

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Goulash, Of Course

I’m shocked, let me tell you. Totally shocked. No, I’m not being Louis Renault, Casablanca’s police chief, on discovering that gambling is carried on at Ricks Cafe (just before receiving his winnings). Rather it’s the lack of goulash recipes out there. My go to encylopaedia is Prue Leith’s Cookery Bible. There you can find out how…

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Think Austro-Hungary: Think Goulash

Come On, You Reds! Today’s column is inspired by a recent visit to Vienna, to visit the grandson (and his parents, of course). The boy’s education is coming along nicely. If you say to him, come on, he will, without bidding, add, you Reds. I’m fairly certain his choice of weekend attire was responsible for Man…

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Educated Flea, Edinburgh

  Educated Flea 32B Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SB 0131 556 8092 www.educatedflea.co.uk The Bill  Lunch  2 courses £20.00 A la carte Starters  £6.00 | Mains £15.00   Sharing Plates (for 2) £30.00 – £60.00 | Desserts £6.00 Dinner  Starters  £6.00 – £10.00 | Mains £18.00 £26.00  Sharing Plates (for 2) £36.00 – £60.00 | Desserts…

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The Ubiquitous Chip, Glasgow

  The Ubiquitous Chip 12 Ashton Lane, Glasgow G12 8SJ 0141 334 5007 www.ubiquitouschip.co.uk   The Bill  A la carte Starters  £9.00 – £16.00 | Mains £19.00 – £35.00 The Score Cooking  8/10 | Service 4/5 Flavour  5/5 | Value 4.5/5 TOTAL 21.5/25 Nooo! I said to myself. It’s happened. Worst fears realised. When you…

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Some Rhubarb Thoughts

Those of you of a certain age may be having a nostalgic chuckle at this point. Rhubarb  is radio jargon for unintelligible background speech. Extras would mutter the word over and over to provided atmosphere for, say, a party scene. The Goons, ultimate radio anarchists, had a sketch where it was repeated, clearly and audibly,…

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Rhubarb and Edinburgh

My next vocation will be a hazardous one. It will involve walking through great crowds. There will almost certainly be fire eaters. Chainsaws may be buzzing and the noise will be infernal. That is a modest description of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Festival in August. Eh? Oh, let me explain. I am on…

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The Prahna Indian Grill, Edinburgh

  The Prahna Indian Grill 295A St John’s Road Edinburgh EH12 7XF 0131 334 9998  www.theprahna.co.uk   The Bill  A la carte Starters  £7.50 – £14.00 | Mains £12.00 – £32.00 The Score Cooking  7/10 | Service 4/5 Flavour  4.5/5 | Value 4/5 TOTAL 19.5/25 Prahna: Breath, Considered A Life Giving Force Prahna Is Not…

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Christopher Trotter’s Cheat’s Cassoulet

You may have noticed the low and slow theme recently. As well as oxtail and  beef short ribs, my haul from Balgove Farm included a good chunk of pork belly. That’s currently in the freezer, but with an offspring scheduled to visit soon, the mind is turning over what to do with it. A few…

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Restaurants Are Too Expensive – Eh?

Anything is expensive if you can’t afford it. Of course I get that. And with the horrendous across the board price increases which we have seen recently, many have had to readjust budgets. Luxuries such as eating out are the first to be culled. I get that too; however, I guess you don’t read a…

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The Fat Pheasant Country Pub, Newton, by Edinburgh

  The Fat Pheasant Country Pub 13 -15 Main Street, Newton, EH52 6QE West Lothian 0131 629 8671  www.fatpheasantnewton.co.uk The Bill A la carte Starters  £5.95- £12.95 | Mains £15.95 – £29.95 Desserts £7.50 The Score Team L Cooking  3/10 | Service 4/5 Flavour  2/5 | Value 2/5  TOTAL 11/25 Team T Cooking 8.5/10 |…

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Braised Beef Short Ribs Asian Style

While the nights may be getting longer, the miserable weather which fills them calls for slow cooking. Now with a recipe which is best done over two days, the climate may have improved by day two, but it’s a risk worth taking. While in St Andrews recently I popped into Balgove farm shop. Their prices…

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Sea Bass with Ginger and Spring Onions

I’d rather be a horse than a rat. But deep down I secretly envy my as yet unborn grandchild. If all goes well in April, he or she will be a dragon. Now who wouldn’t want that? As you may know, tomorrow (Saturday) marks the Chinese New Year. I discover I was  born in the…

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Dine Craiglockhart, Edinburgh

  Dine Craiglockhart 101B Colinton Road, Edinburgh EH14 1AL 0131 229 2929   www.craiglockhart.scot   The Bill  Set Menu 2 courses £21.50 | 3 courses £28.50 A la carte Starters  £7.00 – £10.50 | Mains £16.00 – £27.50 Desserts £6.50 – £7.50 The Score Cooking  7.5/10 | Service 4/5 Flavour  5/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 21.5/25…

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Food in Phrase and Fable

After my recent article R is for Rum, my friend Ian I and I exchanged a few emails about phrases in the English language which are food related. My dealings with Ian go back to when he was Clerk to one of Scotland’s major licensing boards. Many of you will know that I was once…

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Chicken, Pheasant & Black Pudding Stew

This has to be the ultimate example of a what do I have in the fridge dish. I had made a sweet and sour chicken a few days earlier and had a batch of chicken thighs. The plan was to make a sort of chicken chasseur, with red wine, beef stock and mushrooms. There were a…

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Celentano’s, Glasgow

  28 – 32 Cathedral Square Glasgow G4 0XA 0131 552 3519 www.celentanosglasgow.com The Bill  A la carte Snacks  £3.00 – £8.00 | Antipasti £11.50 – £12.50 Primi £12.00 – £14.00 |  Secondi £17.50 – £27.00 Desserts £6.00 – £7.00  Feasting Menu £49.00 The Score Cooking  8.5/10 | Service 2/5 Flavour  5/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL…

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