Sat at 11pm; food served all day. Opened at the end oflast year. Maison Hector is the most striking addition to the area‘s eating and drinking possibilities. Self-consciously stylish. this restaurant and tea bar is full ofweird and wonderful fittings geometric chairs in purple plush. a mirrored wall ofwater in the gents. Not surprisingly. the bar area fills up with very young trendies in the evenings. but during the day it appeals to a more varied group. and the management make a point of preserving the separateness of the dining area at all times. The seriousness with which food is taken here was recently recognised by a ‘Restaurant ofthe Year‘ award. Expect an imaginative. eclectic menu offering snacks and the full works.

I Malaysian Kris 110Raeburn Place. 315 2220. Closed Mon; Wed—Fri noon—2pm; Tue—Sat 6—1().3()pm last orders; Sun noon—9.30pm. Very friendly Malaysian restaurant serving the mouth-watering specialities of that country: satay skewers. coconut curries etc in a Civilised atmosphere. On Sundays you can try a little of everything with the special curry tijfin lunch. a banquet-style selection costing

£1 1 .5() a head. Book at weekends. I Papagayo 49 St Stephen‘s Street.


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225 2941. A coat of deep rust paint has transformed this basement into a relaxed and attractive place for enchiladas and margaritas. Mexican food is the speciality. but tapas are also served artichoke hearts. shrimps in garlic— and on Sundays there is traditional full breakfast for £3.60 ifyou are not into huevos rancheros or scrambled eggs anti chorizo.

I Ping 0n 26—32 Deanhaugh Street. 332 3621. Mon—Thurs noon—2pm. 5.3(lpm-midnight: Fri and Sat noon—2pm. 5.30pm— 1 am; Sun

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Theatre Workshop Cate 5pm—midnight. ‘The best deep fried spicy chicken wing in town’ so says the management. Deep fried crispy beef and deep fried spicy pork are also specialities. £4.80 for three course set lunch. around £12 for dinner.

I Rendez Vous 24 Deanhaugh Street. 332 4476. Noon—2.30pm. 6.3(1—1t).3()pm (approx); closed Sun and Mon. Lavish. you could call it. tiny. but dressed to the nines. The food is in keeping with the decor. Try chilled melon and peach soup with yoghurt and fresh mint. or. wait for


it. a raw 8oz steak stuffed with haggis

served with Drambuie sauce. A great hit with the tourists. I am told. Bit pricey.

I Rock Cafe 18 Howe Street. 225 7225. Seven days. 11am—1 .3()am. last orders midnight; as yet unlicenced on Sun. ‘The best ofScottish and American cuisine. with some French patisserie and good wines thrown in‘: loads of salmon dishes. a variety of

burgers. steaks and chicken dishes. I

saw a steak Teriyaki and it looked amazing. the huge platter piled with salad and stir fried vegetables. The prospects look good for this new boy.

I Thai Erewan 48 Howe Street. 226 3675. Mon—Sat noon—2.30pm. 6—11pm;elosed Sun lunch. Delicious Thai food: it is hard to imagine more satisfying combinations of flavours and textures. and the presentation is a wonder. Things can be chaotic, for example you may have to wait to be seated even when you have booked. but you won‘t be sorry you did. £15—£2() per head.

I Theatre Workshop Cate/Bar. 34 Hamilton Place. 225 7942. Seven days. ltlam—l 1pm or when the shows finish (food may finish earlier). Healthy home-cooked food. a lot of it vegetarian. available all day in one of the main Fringe venues. The bar is also open all day. and. conveniently, you can get food to take away if you can‘t stop between shows.



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