Recommended eating in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The prices in brackets are the aproximate cost of dinner for tWO
I Amber Chinese Restaurant 130 Byres Road 339 6121. Mon—Fri noon-2pm. 5—1 1.30pm (Thurs/Fri till midnight); Sat noon—midnight; Sun 5—1 1.30pm. Long-established in the West End and specialising in Cantonese and seafood dishes. Try the set ‘banquets' for varying numbers of people: good value and a bit ofan
RESTAURANT Tue—Sat (evenings only) Table d’Héte and a la Carte menus BRASSERIE Seven days: lunchtimes and evenings. Wide range of meals available.
7 OLD FISHMARKET CLOSE EDINBURGH031 225 5428
I [lack Alley 8 Ruthven Lane. 3347165. Mon—Thurs noon-2.30pm. 5pm—midnight (Fri till lam): Sat noon—1am; Sun 5pm—midnight. Burgers and other Americana including Hollywood paraphernalia and chirpy staff. Just the place fora Friday night beanfeast. The business lunch is also good value.
I The Buttery 652 Argyll Street 221 8188. Mon—Sat. noon—2.30pm. 7pm—9.30pm or by arrangement. Bar open 6—9.30pm. Much-loved restaurant serving a varied and constantly changing menu concentrating on fresh Scottish produce and fine cooking. (£30)
I The Belfry Wine Bar 652 Argyll Street. 221 8188. The more informal little sister ofthe Buttery. sharing similar food in more relaxed surroundings. (£15)
I Cate Gondolti 64 Albion Street. 552 6813. Mon—Sat 9.30am—l 1.30pm. Cool spot with arty furniture and a F ranco-Scottish menu. using the best of ingredients in imaginative and appetising ways. (£14) I Change at Jamaica
11— I 7 Clyde Place 429 4422. Mon—Wed.
noon-2am; Sat/Sun. noon—5am. Classy decor and well-selected menu for serious late night eaters. (£17)
I Ciao by Equi 441 Sauchiehall Street. 332 4565. Mon—Thurs 10.30am—l 1pm; Fri/Sat 10.30am-midnight. Equi‘s have branched out from their original cafe to open this ristorante and pizzeria in high Italian style. Good pizzas and pasta in restrained but friendly surroundings.
I Cul-de-Sac 44-46 Ashton Lane 041 338 8899. Mon-Wed
noon-l 1.30pm;Tue—Fri noon—midnight; Sat lOam—midnight; Sun noon-11pm. Creperie with extensive menu for vegetarian and carnivore alike. (£20)
I The Fire Station Ingram Street 552 2929. Mon-Fri . noon—2.30pm. 5pm—1 1pm (till 12.30am Fri); Sat. noon—1am; Sun. noon-11.30pm. Complete with greasy pole. but thankfully without the siren. Large portions. especially of their own pasta dishes. Half price between 5pm and 7pm. Sunday to Thursday. (£20)
I Mines Fast Food Kiosk Food Court. Princes Square 2217005. Mon—Sat 10am—7pm; Sun
11am-5pm. Fast food with a difference: watch the chef as he stir-fries your noodles. or opt for the dish of the day.
I PJ's Pasteria Mayfield House. Ruthven Lane 041 332 0932. Mon—Fri noon-2.30pm. 5—1 1pm (Fri till 12.30am): Sat noon- 1 am; Sun
noon—l 1.30pm. Happy. snappy pasta place with menu to match. (£16)
I the Warehouse Cate Top Floor 61 Glassford Street. 552 4181. Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm. At lunchtimes you‘ll probably have to queue to enjoy the view over the Merchant City and the wide-ranging menu with changing plats du jour. but it‘s ideal for a morning or afternoon coffee.
I Bells Diner 7 St Stephen Street 225 8116. Mon—Sat. noon—1 1pm; Sun.
6—1 1pm. Comfortable cafe with a youthful atmosphere. doing some ofthe best burgers in town.
I Boxers 18 Howe Street 225 7225. Mon—Sat. 10am—10.30pm. This continental cafe. serving good snacks and meals. transforms into a Spanish restaurant after 6pm. serving tapas and other Iberian delicacies.
I Buntorns 9413 Nelson Street. 557 4344. Mon-Sat noon—2pm. 7-1 1pm. Edinburgh‘s only Thai restaurant. in an elegant dining room. Thai food is like a delicate cross between Chinese and Indian and well worth trying.
I Kalpna 2/3 St Patrick's Square 667 9890 Mon—Sat. noon-2pm and 530—1 1pm. The jewel in the crown as far as vegetarian eating goes. Wonderful Indian food in a friendly. attractive restaurant.
I Le Sept 7 Old Fishmarket Close. offthe High Street 225 5428. The ground ﬂoor brasserie is in a class of its own: good food. great atmosphere. No booking; last orders
I Lunetown 38 William Street 220 1688. Mon—Fri noon—2.30pm. 6pm—midnight; Sat 2pm—1am; Sun 4—11.30pm. Civilised and intimate Cantonese/ Pekinese restaurant. Excellent seafood and good Dim Sum at weekends.
I Mamma's American Pizza and Panzerotti
30 Grassmarket. 225 6464. Sun—Thurs 5pm—midnight; Fri/Sat noon-lam. Edinburgh’s best build-your-own pizza
joint. They will also deliver (oh joy) to your door during opening hours. Pizzas from £2.40 + 65p per extra topping. house wine £6.50/Iitre.. Min delivery order £5 + 50p carriage charge.
I Marrakesh 30 London Street 556 7293. Mon—Sat 6.30—10pm. Authentic couscous. tagines. and Moroccan atmosphere in the lower reaches of an unpromising-looking hotel, I Miahs 17 Forrest Road 225 7396. Sun—Thurs. noon—2.30pm. 5.30pm—midnight (Fri/Sat until lam). Bangladeshi and North Indian food in a shiny cafe-bar atmosphere. (£22)
I Shezan Union Street (off Leith Walk) 557 5098. Mon—Sun. noon-2pm and 5pm-midnight. Spacious. pink restaurant serving classic Indian cuisine. Good value and there‘s often no need to book.
I Skippers Bistro la Dock Place. 554 1018. Mon-Sat. 12.30-2pm. 7.30—10pm. The big brother of fish restaurants in Leith. Good food in a friendly atmosphere. (£28)
I Iiileys Bistro 17 Bristo Place 226 2309. Mon—Sat noon—10.30pm. Pretty little bistro serving good and very reasonably priced ‘cosmopolitan‘ food
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