I Cale St Nonore 34 Thistle Street Lane. 226 221 l. Mon—Sun 9.30am. Convincing Gallic cafe atmosphere. wonderful pastries (which you can take away too). and decent coffee. Papers available. £1 .40 for coffee and an almond tart.
I Le Cafe Noir Waverley Market. 556 1374. Mon—Sat 9am; Sun 1 lam. Comfortable sofas. morning papers and croissants. but the music can be a bit obtrusive. £2.20 for eoffee. croissant and orange juice.
I Bianco's 13 Hope Street. 226 2047. Mon-Sat 9am. Papers. copious cafetiere coffee and croissants. in the West End. Coffee and croissant £1.40.
I Henderson's Salad Table 94 Hanover Street. 225 2131 . Mon—Sat 8am; Sun 9am. Fruit salad and yoghurt. muesli. or just a croissant with your coffee. Papers. £1 .90 for fruit salad and yoghurt plus coffee.
I Vittoria l 13 Brunswick Street. 556 6171. Mon—Sat 10am: Sun noon. ltalian-run cafe. serving the usual permutations of bacon. eggs. black
pudding. sausages. tomatoes. mushrooms and proper ltalian coffee. £2.50 for bacon. eggs. tomatoes and a cup of coffee.
I Nastiuks 155 Bruntsfield Place. 229 7054. Mon—Sat 8am: Sun 10am. Cosmopolitan cafe in the middle of a delicatessen. Muesli. croissants. coffee and freshly-squeezed
. orange juice to consume . whilst catching uponthc
news in French. Italian.
German. Russian etc. Coffee and croissant £1.05.
I Fruitmarket Gallery Cafe 29 Market Street. 225 2383. Mon—Sat 10am; Sun 1.30pm. Now in the same imaginative hands as Negociants (see below), this cafe-in-a-gallery offers filter. cafetiere or espresso coffee. croissants. pain au chocolat and a variety of home baking for breakfast. They also do a range of tapas all day every day. which would make an interesting brunch (with a cold beer. perhaps?) Coffee and croissant £1 . 10. tapas about 95p per portion.
I City Art Centre Market Street. 225 2424. Mon—Sat 9.15am. Cappucino coffee and croissants. hot scones and other home baking. served by agreeable
Where to eat and drink close to favourite Festival and Fringe venues.
Americans. Theatrical murals to look at in the absence of papers. Coffee and croissant 75p.
I Cafe Royal Oyster Bar 17a West Register Street. 5564124. 12.30—2pm. Set brunch ofbuck‘s fizz. blueberry muffins. croissants. choice of main courses— including such things as steak. eggs benedict and ‘omelette Key Largo' — dessert and unlimited coffee. all for £10. Another buck‘s fizz will dispel any guilt.
I City Cafe 19 Blair Street. 2200125. Noon—3pm. Set. brunch of fruit juice. toast'
3 and marmalade. tea or coffee and a choice of
main courses — for example. chicken waldorf
3 salad. bacon and eggs - for
; surroundings and Sunday ; papers.
'; INegociants 45/47
‘ Lothian Street.22563l3.
11am—3pm. Full Scottish breakfast of bacon. sausage. eggs. black pudding etc. for £2.75 (not including coffee. 75p). Alternatively try one of their ‘Breakfasts from three continents‘ - a choice of fifteen or so things you never thought ofeating in the morning.
eg Mexican potatoes.
kabli channa masala.
prawn poori — at about £2.30—£2.80. They also have croissants every morning (55p) from 10am.
I Cale St Honors 34 Thistle Street Lane. 226 2211. Mon—Sun 9.30am—11pm approximately; dinner from 6pm. Cool. bustling French cafe serving excellent buttery patisserie and proper coffee all day. and very reasonably priced bistro-style food at mealtimes. Lunchtime can get busy.
I Henderson: 94 Hanover Street. 225 2131. Mon—Sat. 8am-10.30pm, licensed till midnight. Old Edinburgh faithful serving large portions of wholesome vegetarian food in a large. faintly hippy/artisan basement.
Not as cheap as it used to be. but still pretty good value. Wine or draught beer to wash it all down. I Marlins 70 Rose Street North Lane. 225 3106. Tue—Fri noon—2pm; Tue—Sat 6.30—10pm. Civilised. intimate. and in a discreet backstreet — just the place for lunch before an afternoon show. Notably good cheeseboard and winelist. booking advisable. Set price lunch at (d 6.95 is a bargain.
I Patio 87 Hanover Street. 226 3653. Mon—Sat 1 1.30am—2pm.
5-] 1.30pm; Sun 5—11pm. Unremarkable-looking family-run ltalian but worth exploring (it's
bigger than it seems). particularly for the daily-changing fish and seafood specials. Large 1 portions and reasonable prices.
I Samboo Garden 57a Frederick Street. 225 2382. Mon—Sun noon—midnight. Consistently good city centre Chinese serving Cantonese. Pekinese. and some Szechuan food. and , excellent dim sum until 5 6pm.
I Cafe Royal Oyster Bar 17a West Register Street. 556-4124. Mon—Sat noon—2pm; Mon—Sun 7—10. 15pm. Small expensive seafood restaurant (next to the cavernous tiled Cafe Royal bar). Best value is
Sunday Brunch; three courses with coffee and buck‘s fizz for @710. (Sun only 12.30—2pm).
I Milne: 3511anover Street. 225 6738. Mon-Thurs 11am—11pm‘. Fri Ham—midnight; Sat
1 lam-1 1.30pm; Sun 12.30—2.30pm. 6.30—11pm. ‘The Poets Bar' is a traditional serious-drinking pub with
bare boards and pictures of poets on the walls.
I Fingers Piano Barela Frederick Street. 225 3026. Mon—Sat 7pm—2am; Sun 7—1 1pm. Comfortable. atmospheric dive with squashy sofas round the edge and live music most nights.
I Edinburgh Wine Bar 1 10 Hanover Street. 220 1208. Mon—Sat 11am—2am; Sun 6.30—11pm. Food (salads. soups. pates. hot dishes) Mon—Wed noon-6.30pm;
through till 3 September.
Superlatives fly thick and fast in connection with the Club Sandino. which after three years of nation-wide success again descends on Madisons- Venue 59-spanning the Festival
A constant of the Sandino which enamours it to many clubbers is the way it delivers a cool body-swerve from the gaudy traits of ‘vlnyl tribalism' and ‘lashion fascism‘ employed by many nightlife darlings. The rewards are obvious. giving both floors of the Sandino large and fiercely motivated
Downstairs, the electrified atmosphere of Latin, Jazz, Hip Hop and African sounds keep hundreds busy on the dance floor. As well as the house DJ team of Brother Nikolai and Dr Martin, guest DJs lend their own preferences. Dave Hucker ol the Tango at Lo.idon’s famous Ronnie Scott’s venue will delight clubbers from 15—19 Aug with his ‘Encyclopaedlc Knowledge of World Nlusic’; 22—24 Aug, Sandino‘s old friend Gilles Peterson, backbone of the Acid Jazz label, lays down the evening;'s soundtrack. Look out for an eleven-piece samba percussion band ‘Listen 4 the Noise’ on 23 Aug and Rob
I Club Sandino at
Madisons, Greenside Place, 557 3807. From 12 Aug—2 Sept. 11pm—4am. £3.75 (£3).
Galllano, purveyor of radical
Jazz-poetry exemplified by the seminal Last Poets and L.l(.J. on 24 Aug.
1 The Coldcut Crew provide four-deck ‘ live scratching and mixing in their first appearance in Scotland on 25 and 26 Aug. To round off the biggest party in town my personal highlight would be Paul Bradshaw, editor of ‘world ian vae' magazine ‘Straight No Chasers' - superb 8&8. Latin, African. Jan Fusion, 29 Aug—3 Sept.
Upstairs, the Cafe Sandino provides a perfect respite during the heady days and nights of the Festival with cool Jazz, reserved lighting. snacks, salads and an exotic non-alcoholic juice bar.
' The cafe is an ideal place to catch up on
Festival goings-on and to see many of the Festival/Fringe personalities unwind in the mellow atmosphere.
Profits raised from the Sandino this year will be ploughed into re-alorestation projects in areas of Nicaragua devastated by the recent hurricane, as well as the usual Nicaraguan Solidarity Campaign and Scottish Medical Aid to Nicaragua.
With more reasons than you can shake a stick at to go along, the Sandino should be at the top of everybody’s Festival Events list. (Stuart Raiker)
l l l
' for the Festival the
I Mainly Motown at the Mission. Victoria Street, 225 6569. Every Tuesday of the Festival, 11pm—3am. £2. Specially
club returns to pay homage to the famous Detroit record label.
I This Way Up at the Pelican. 209 Cowgatc, 225 5413. Every Thursday. 10pm—3am. £2.50. Unusual venue with contemporary dance music.
I Apollo l The Venue.
19 Aug only: All-nighter. 10pm—7am. DJ Yogi. Craig Smith and Glasgow Guests provide another sweltering success.
turning the Venue into a
powerhouse of contemporary hard dance music. The nights are immensely popular and an ‘ ideal chance for visitors to ; Edinburgh to see the electric reaction to a no-nonsense dance policy. I Gary Clark's On-U Sound System The Venue. 25 &
26 Aug only: The ultimate sound system returns to Edinburgh with a preview ofGary‘s new album End of the Century Parry. pushing the crowds to the limit with totally compulsive dance music. hard and now live mixing— completcly unique. A
’ must for Tackheads
everywhere. At Glasgow Rooftops. 24 Aug.
I Tic Toe Club at Marco's Leisure Centre. 51 Grove Street. 229 7898. 12 Aug-2 Sept (not 20Aug). llpm—lam. Well known cabaret acts appear alongside less well known comics and singers. see daily diary for details.
I Women Only Disco at Top Os. Grindlay Street. 229 6697. 19 Aug. 9pm—2am. £2.50 (£1 .50). Dancing without the leering. well without any male leering anyway.
I Thunderball at the Lyceum Studios. Grindlay Street. 229 9697. Every night (not Sun). midnight—3.30am. £3 (£2.50). Possibly the world‘s most creative club,
“The List 18— 24 August 1989