supplies its local area under the same conditions.

I Taste of India 2/3 Units, Main Street, Thornliebank, 638 3080. Open every day, 5—11pm. Servicing local areas, including Eastwood, Newton Mearns and Giffnock, Taste of India charge 50p—£1 for deliveries.


I Kohl Noor 14a Nicolson Street, 556 6583. Open every day except Tuesday, 5—1 1pm. Mouth-watering Indian cuisine with a succulent line in tandoori dishes, the Kohi Noor will feed most of Edinburgh (though not at once) for a delivery fee of around £1.

I Kebab Mahal 7 Nicolson Square, 667 5214. Open every day, 6pm—midnight. Yet another variation on zero effort nosh, this establishment deals in Doner and Shish Kebabs as well as Indian curries. Deliveries go out all over the city centre free of charge, providing more than £5 is spent.


I October Restaurant 128 Drymen Road, Bearsden, 942 7272. Open Mon—Sat. Although Octobers don’t make a habit of delivering meals, they will make exceptions to the unwritten rule. A top quality restaurant, you can expect wonderful cuisine with a three-course dinner somewhere in the region of £15—£20, no charge for delivery.


I L’Auberge 56 St Mary‘s Street, 556 5888. Open every day, 12.30—2pm, 6.30—9.30pm. Reputed to be one of Edinburgh’s finest French restaurants serving exquisitely presented, if rather ephemeral, cuisine. A night out at L’Auberge would set you back a bob or two, but being the kind ofestablishment they are, meals on wheels for the well-heeled is part of the service. They will send round a choice from the a la carte, complete with cutlery and crockery, presenting a bill somewhere in the region of £15—£20, rather less than you would spend if you chose to dine at the restaurant. An idea for Mother‘s Day perhaps. I Merchants 17 Merchant Street, 225 4009. Open Mon-Sat noon—2pm, 6.30—10pm. The proprietor of one of Edinburgh’s top French restaurants also runs a catering service. Following an ethos that they will tackle almost any gastronomic request, Merchants supply from jelly and ice cream to Japanese banquets. If you are looking for something on a small scale. they are happy to send out a meal from the a la carte which will arrive with all necessary trimmings and instructions on heating up. They don‘t charge for the service unless delivering outside Edinburgh. A three-course meal should set you back £15—£20, an expensive but exquisite treat.

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I The Alternative Mad Hatters Ball Barbizon Restaurant 40 High Street, 552 0707. Fri 23 Mar. £12.50 per head. Intending to revive the art of social eating, Ian Smith (Art Gangster) and Billy McAneney (restaurateur) present a banquet which includes J ugged Hare or Aubergines Boston, punctuated by performance intercourses. Other entertainers include performance artist Roland Miller and musician Charlie Proppa. Guests are requested to arrive in a hat of their choice, with an open mind, a sense of humour and a change of underwear.

I Uisge Beatha 232-246 Woodlands Road, 332 0473. Open Mon-Sat 11am-1 1 .45pm. Translated as the Water of Life, the Uisge Beatha is new cafe/bar sporting a Scottish menu which includes Stag’s Head Broth, Haggis and Neeps, Salmon Steak and West End Tarte (chortle, chortle), ranging from 95p—£6. An independently-owned establishment, they have introduced a non-alcoholic bar which will quarantine the weak-livered from the stotious, serving fruit juices, tea and coffee.

I Victoria and Albert 159 Buchanan Street, 248 6329. Open Mon—Sat noon—2.30pm, 6.30—10.45pm. Refurbished on a Victorian theme, this new Alloa-sponsored restaurant is serving a European a la carte plus a lunchtime menu. Prices are around £12 a head.


I Vegetarian Cookery Demonstration Learmonth Hotel, phone Andy 346 2876 for further information, advance bookings only. Thurs 19 Apr. 7.30pm. £4. Presented in association with the SE Scotland Vegetarian Society, chef Leon Lewis aims to improve the image of vegetarian cookery by demonstrating Lebanese cuisine including falafels, stuffed vine leaves and baklava. Guests will be able to discuss the issues of vegetarianism, provoked by an earlier talk, over a Lebanese finger buffet, while Lewis peddles his book Vegetarian Dinner Parties.

I Second International Science Festival Box Office 180 High Street, 226 5138. Open 20 Mar—l6 Apr. Mon-Sat 10am—6.30pm. Food is the theme of this year’s festival. From paintings of food to the history of wine, from whisky tasting to discussions on health, diet and ozone friendly policies there are exhibitions, activities and conferences covering a huge range of topics, not least an attempt to break the Largest Pizza world record of lOOft lin. See The List’s guide and the Festival‘s own brochure for details.

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