Merienda 30 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6TP 0131 220 2020   www.eat-merienda.com Campbell Mickel, Owner of Merienda Carol Main For anyone reading this, it’s a fairly safe bet that one of the best things about going on holiday is the food. There is endless joy and pleasure in thinking about regional cuisine as part…

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And before I start counting the ways, please do NOT write in to point out that I ought to have said ye instead of thee. As I may have written before, there’s  room for only one annoying pedant in this blog. As a boss of L’s, a great stalwart of the Labour Party, was wont…

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Don’t let the two week break make you think that activity here at Casa Johnston has slowed. Au contraire. My willing helpers, PAs, research assistants, sous chefs and food stylists, have been beavering away as usual. No furloughing here. Material for future On The Side columns is tucked away in the can: recipes for Tom Cooks! are…

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The Fat Duck High Street, Bray, Berks SL6 2AQ 01628 580333   www.thefatduck.co.uk The Bill 15 courses: £275 + Service (2017 price) The Score Cooking 10/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 5/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 25/25 Obviously there are no restaurants to review at present. Tom Eats! will provide a varied programme which will include…

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  Trotter’s Independent Condiments and now Super Meals – Good Guys Doing Good Things www.trottersindependent.co.uk/super-meals 07712 339 275 I had one more restaurant review in the can. It was half done, as I had intended to revisit, the first lunch having resulted in rather too much duplication. When I invite others out to a Tom…

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Strawberry Barn Interior

Thistly Cross Roundabout Dunbar, East Lothian EH42 1ST 01368 860573  www.belhavenfruitfarm.co.uk The Bill Supper Club  5 courses: £40.00 The Score Cooking 8/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 4/5 TOTAL 20/25   I thought long and hard about continuing to publish reviews, given present circumstances. I have decided to press ahead with what…

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Peat Inn Exterior

Restaurant With Rooms Peat Inn, near St Andrews, Fife KY15 5LH 01334 840206 www.thepeatinn.co.uk The Bill Set Lunch  3 courses: £25.00 Dinner Menu of the Day  3 courses: £58.00 Tasting Menu 6 courses: £78.00 A la Carte First Dishes: £19.00 – £20.00 | Second Dishes: £28.00 – £35.00 To Follow: £11.00 – £12.00 The Score…

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Fabric

  2 Canmore Street, Dunfermline, Fife, KY12 7NT 01383 733430  www.fabricdrinkanddine.co.uk   The Bill Lunch and Dinner 2 courses: £13.95 | 3 courses: £17.25 A la Carte Starters: £5.25 – £6.95 | Mains: £8.95 – £26.95 |  Desserts: £4.95 – £5.25 The Score Cooking 6/10 | Service 4.5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL…

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L'Escargot Bleu Dining Room

  56 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SA 0131 556 1600  www.lescargotbleu.co.uk   The Bill  Set Lunch  2 courses £12.60  Set Dinner (pre 18.45) 2 courses £14.90 A la Carte Starters: £6.00 – £14.00 | Mains: £14.00 – £24.00  Desserts: £6.00 – £7.50 The Score Cooking 7.5/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 4.5/5 | Value 5/5…

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Dean Banks

Kinnettles Hotel, 127 North Street,  St Andrews, Fife KY6 9AG 01334 473387   www.haarrestaurant.com The Bill Dinner Tasting Menu 5 courses: £50 A la Carte Starters: £11.00 – £16.00 | Mains: £20.00 – £35.00  Desserts: £9.50 The Score Cooking 7/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 4/5 TOTAL 20/25   There is something about…

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French Institute

59 – 63 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1RN 0131 225 4021  www.lebistrot.co.uk The Bill Table d’Hote Lunch 2 courses: £13.95 | 3 courses: £16.95 Dinner A la Carte Starters: £5.95 – £9.95 | Mains: £12.95 – £32.95  Desserts: £5.95 – £6.95 The Score Cooking 6/10 | Service 3/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 5/5…

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Cafe Royal Interior

19 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AA 0131 556 1884 www.belhavenpubs.co.uk/pubs/midlothian/cafe-royal-circle-bar The Bill A la Carte Oysters(6): £12.00 – £15.00 | Starters: £6.00 – £12.00  Mains: £13.00 – £35.00* | Desserts: £6.00 – £7.00 * Lobster is market price, probably higher The Score Cooking 2.5/10 | Service 3/5 | Flavour 2/5 | Value 2/5 TOTAL…

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Two Fat Ladies

118A Blythswood Street, Glasgow G2 4EG   0141 847 0088  www.https://twofatladiesrestaurant.com/citycentre The Bill Table D’Hote Lunch 2 courses; £16.00 | 3 courses £19.00 Table D’Hote Dinner 2 courses; £18.00 | 3 courses £21.00 A la Carte Starters: £5.00 – £11.00 | Mains: £16.00 – £22.50 |  Desserts: £6.50 – £8.50 The Score Cooking 7/10 |…

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Duongs Ho Chi Minh City

Duong’s Restaurant Saigon & Cooking Class 27 Dong Du Street, Ben Nghe Ward, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam www.duongrestaurant.com The Bill (£1 = 30,000 Vietnamese Dong) Set Menus: £15.00 – £36.50; A la carte Starters £3.50 – £13.00; Mains £9.00 – £25.00; Desserts £4.00 – £5.00 The Score Food 5/10; Service 2/5; Flavour 4/5; Value…

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The Marshall Trewin House of Fun Somewhere in Norfolk Reservations: Strictly By Invitation Only Guest Reviewer Ross Marshall The Bill Incredibly cheap The Score Cooking 8/10* | Service 2/5** | Flavour 6/5*** | Value 5/5**** TOTAL 21/25 It’s Friday and Tom’s oxtail recipe has just dropped into my phone. Looks interesting – though, clearly, it’s…

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Eusebi Deli

Eusebi Deli 152 Park Road, Glasgow, G2 9HB 0141 648 9999  www.eusebideli.com The Bill Starters: £4.00 – £12.00 | Mains: £12.50 – £24.00 | Desserts: Didn’t get there The Score Cooking 8/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 5/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 23/25 A long, long time ago, in a place very close to here,…

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White Horse Edinburgh

266 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8AA 0131 629 5300 https://www.whitehorseoysterbar.co.uk The Bill Small Plates – 9.00 – £14.00 | Whole Fish (Daily Selection) – £Market Price | Seafood Platters (for two) – £65.00 – £95.00 | Desserts – £4.50 – £7.50 The Score Cooking 6/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 3.5/5 | Value 3.5/5 TOTAL 17/25…

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Vietnam House

3 Grove Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8AF 0131 228 3383   www.vietnamhouserestaurant.co.uk The Bill Starters: £6.25 – £7.95 | Mains: £10.50 – £14.50 | Desserts: £3.99 The Score Cooking 5.5/10 | Service 5/5 | Flavour 4/5 | Value 5/5 TOTAL 19.5/25 Picture yourself, if you will, back in the days of the Edinburgh Enlightenment. Now I am…

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Le Plongeoir, Nice

60 Boulevard Franck Pilatte, 06300 Nice, France +334 93 26 53 02   www.leplongeoir.com The Bill (Euros) Set Lunch (Not weekends or public holidays) 2 courses 25€ | 3 courses 35€ A la carte Starters: 19€   – 26€ | Mains: 31€ – 37€ | Desserts: 12.50€ The Score Cooking 5/10 | Service 2/5 | Flavour 2/5…

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Michael's Grill & Seafood Place

15 – 19 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1 DR 0131 557 2635 www.michaelsteak.co.uk The Bill Lunch menu (Monday to Friday) 3 courses £11.80 A la carte Starters: £6.95 – £13.50 | Mains: £14.95 – £32.00 | Desserts: £4.00 – £8.00 The Score Cooking 4/10 | Service 2/5 | Flavour 2/5 | Value 2.5/5 TOTAL 10.5/25…

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New Chapter

18 Eyre Place, Edinburgh EH3 5EP 0131 556 0006   www.newchapterestaurant.co.uk The Bill Set Lunch 2 courses: £16.95 | 3 courses: £21.95 Set Dinner (Mon – Thu 1730 – 1830) 2 courses: £17.95 | 3 courses: £22.95 A la Carte Starters: £8.50 – £14.00 | Mains: £18.50 – £23.00 | Desserts: £5.50 – £7.95 The Score…

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Ship On The Shore

24 – 26 The Shore, Leith Edinburgh EH6 6QN 0131 555 0409   www.theshipontheshore.co.uk The Bill A la Carte Starters: £7.00 – £12.50 | Oysters: £8.00 – £12.00 | Mains: £12.50 – £24.00 | Desserts: £3.50 – £7.50 Seafood Platters: £20.00 – £130.00   The Score Cooking 6/10 | Service 4/5 | Flavour 3.5/5 | Value…

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La Bruschetta

13 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5DR 0131 467 7464   www.labruschetta.co.uk The Bill Set Lunch (Tue – Sat) 2 courses: £16.95 | 3 courses: £19.95 Set Dinner (Tue – Fri) 3 courses: £23.95 A la Carte Stuzzichini: £4.95 – £6.95 | Antipasti: £5.95 – £10.95 | Primi: £11.95 – £20.95 Secondi: £15.95 – £26.95 | Desserts:…

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