l The Brewhouse 18 John Street. 552 3801. Rhythm ‘n‘ booze (sic. grammar is always worth sacriﬁcing for an awful pun) has crash landed on the former site of the John Street Jam bar. The management are doing their bit to support small scale local business by supplying guest real ales from the Glaschu Brewery. First up for your supping pleasure is Best Bracken and plans are afoot to provide the appropriately named Double Whammy which weighs in at a whopping 6 per cent alcohol.
Stoutly defending the food front is a menu that takes in most tastes from pub grub to Cajun and Tex/Mex cuisine. Home made burgers nestle happily among chips and dips. Texan Toast. stuffed dill peppers and blackened cajun chicken.
Live music is set to play a large part in the bar‘s life and upstairs is a collection of Alex Harvey memorabilia from the time when he was voted Scotland's Tommy Steele in 1965 right up to the year of his demise. Elvis eat your heart out.
I The lodge Ia Alva Street. 220 6556. Plugging a gap in the market between pub grub and plush expense account dining in the West End comes this modern bistro serving contemporary bistro food. Opening at the end of September. The Lodge is situated in an intimate basement setting that seems to have been
designed with romantic
. trysts in mind. The
lighting is ditn without
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the restaurant a night-time
' feel even during the day.
Come evening. candles throw into relief an unusual series of wrought metal animal sculptures which adorn the walls. The pieces were designed
: by Colin Duncan on , behalfof Pure Design and a already they are proving
to be a major talking point among the clientele.
The Lodge is open throughout the day llam-l lprn offering an ti la ('(ll'lt’ menu along with two set menus — a three- course ltrnch at £5.95 and
a three-course evening
tub/e (/ 'luilt' at f.‘ I095. The menus change daily and use all fresh food prepared on the premises. The cuisine revolves around updated classic
bistro dishes such as 'l'ay
salmon but with a ginger and leek puree as opposed to a more traditional sauce. A choice of pastas is available with assorted creamy accompaniments while for those who remember the comforting aspects of bangers and mash but would prefer something tnore sophisticated. then Cumberland sausage served on a bed of mashed potan with an onion jus should satisfy their cravings. Lovers of fishy delights are well catered for by dishes like monkfrsh salad. a mixed Mediterranean salad with warm flaked rnonkfish in
a lime vinaigrette.
The wine list concentrates on new wines frotn the New
World and as such
matches the style of the cooking — fruity. fresh and
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ftrll of flavour yet not too heavy.
I Ayutthaya 14h Nicolson Street. 556 9351. One of lidinburgh's handful ofThai restaurants. the Tub Tim Thai. went under recently but lovers of'l'hai food shouldn‘t mourn too grievoust since the owners of the Sukhothai in Brougham Street have taken over the premises and revamped them. If Thai food has yet to grace your palate then now's your chance to sample the delicate intricacies of coconut milk. lime leaves. lemon grass and galanga blended to form a harmonious mix of cr'eaminess and w arm spice with which to liavour food. The chefs specialities are set to include (‘hicken Kayang a whole chicken marinaded in herbs and honey while those who have a penchant for the fruits of the briny should keep their eyes peeled for the Tiger prawns. Starters from the (I lit cul'lt' kick off from about £3 and main courses from just under to Alternatively you could test the dictum about your eyes being bigger than your belly and attempt one of the banquet menus. May the force be with you.
I Tasting and Talk Jenner"s Bookshop. 23 Nov. 2pm. Marie-Pierre Moine will be preparing recipes from her book The Secrets (if-I‘.I'(’II(‘/l Hume Cooking and signing copies of the said tome. Marie-Pierre fell in love with food when her Aunt Nancy introduced her to the delights of Dundee cake and Victoria sponge.
She never looked back. I (Jonathan Trew)
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