Side orders Sir John Stirling Maxwell

When the JD Wetherspoon chain opened The COunting House on George Square in Glasgow, city centre drinkers seemed to take to the Wetherspoon's formula like bankers to red braces. Wetherspoon's success is NOW spilling over into the south side of Glasgow With the opening of the Sir John Stirling Maxwell in Shawlands Arcade on Kilmarnock Road. Like all Wetherspoon pubs, the Maxwell runs 0n the founding tenets of cheap beer (£1.35 for a pint of McEwan Export, Deuchars IPA at £1.75), a non- smoking area set aside, no music and cheap, reasonable grub.

TV Dinners

Ever sat and vociferoust whinged your way thrOugh a meal in a restaurant and thought 'I c0uld do better than that'. Well, now's your chance to put yOur Ideas where somebody else's mouth is. Ricochet Films wants to make a programme about people who dream of running their own restaurant. If controlling the cellars, ovens or the menus of a restaurant whets your appetite, then this is yOur chance to become the big cheese in the kitchen. Aspiring but non-professional cooks, or Just good ol' fashioned lovers of food and Wine who W0uld like the chance to try out their own ideas in a restaurant should write to Ricochet Films, the makers of TVDi‘nners. The address is: Ricochet Films, 138-140 Old Street, London ECIV 918 or tel. 0171 251 6966.


Edinburgh: 90 Haymarket Terrace,

474 3456. The rapidly expanding Apex hotel

group recently opened its third premises in Edinburgh on Haymarket Terrace, in the city's west end. Tabu, their Haymarket Hotel restaurant, is already proving popular With the surrounding office workers and is picking up more and more passing trade as well as business from surrounding reSidents.

'I want to prowde meals which you won't find anywhere else in Edinburgh, as well as more traditional meals,’ explains Robert Brown, the head chef. To this end, Tabu is serving up dinner dishes such as an array of homemade raViolis With carrot, walnut, goats' cheese and ricotta bOund With pakchoi and thyme cream. Alternatively, you could opt for the charred turbot With pink grapefrUit and asparagus crown or the pan seared pork loin steak carved over hongrOise With a timbale of rosemary scented rice. A three course a la carte evening meal will cost around £20.

The lunch menu offers two courses for £7.90 and three for £9.90 and features dishes like a galantine of chicken With Madagascar peppercorns and blackened cherVil onions. Tabu also runs an all day menu of sandwiches and selected hot dishes. Looking several months into the future, Tabu has a large terrace which should come into its own when Summer rolls around. (Jonathan Trew)

& drinking



Bann's 5 Hunter Square 226 1112

Voted best cheap and cheerful meal in Edinburgh by List readers Egon Ronay recommended. 10am-11pm every day


The Basement 10a-12a BroughtOn Street. 557 0097.

Restaurant quality food at pub-grub prices, served 'til 10pm in lively, colourful surroundings.

The Bookstop Cafe 4 Teviot Place. 225 5298

New bookshop/cafe. Promises book-browsing, plus, extensive coffee menu, smoothies and deli snacks

Cellar No 1 1a Chambers Street 220 4298.

For superb atmOSphere, Wines and food, late nights and live music, the Cellar is No 11

Common Grounds 2/3 North Bank Street. 226 1416.

American-style coffee house on The Mound. '-,\~“Z" Food served all day. Live mu5ic most evenings.

Cyberia Internet Cafe, 88 Hanover Street. 220 4403

’One of the best cafes in Edinburgh .' Scotsman. with the fastest internet access in town

Dial restaurant/cafe 44/46 George IV Bridge. 225 7179.

’Wears its style With a capital With food to match.’ - Conrad WiIsOn, Modern Scottish CUisine


Filmhouse 88 Lothian Road. 229 5932.

Relaxed, atmospheric cafe bar, sewing great value it

snacks, salads, specials and brilliant cappuccinos 108m till late.

Helios Fountain 7 Grassmarket (With shop) 229 7884 iég Mon-Sat 10am-6pm,

Sun 10am-4pm gums .w Excellent vegetarian coffee house sewing really tasty food.

Isabels Café 83 Clerk Street (below Nature's Gate), 662 4014.

Stone walled, smoke-free basement oasis serving homemade veggie/vegan food fresh, delICIOUS and cheap!

Kaffe Politik 146/148 Marchmont Road. 446 9873.Espresso bar. Juice bar. Food specials all day. ’Worth

the trip.’ 10am— 10pm, 7 days“

Khublai Khans Mongolian BBQ 43 Assembly Street.

555 0005.

Lunch (Fri & Sun) £5.95, dinner (seven days) £13.95. All you can eat DIY BBQ. Unique and fun.

Ndebele 57 Home Street. 221 1141. A cafe and sandWich deli With an impresswe range of Culinary delights from Southern Africa.

La Piazza 97-99 ShandWick Place—

Negociants cafe, bar, restaurant 45-47 Lothia.e Street 225 6313 Eclectic Mediterranean menu, superb range of drinks, coffees, cocktails, Wines and beers Open 9-3am

Pancho Villas 240 Canongate

557 4416

MeXican-born owner fv‘iayra Nunez says 'If you're going to eat MeXican, then don't be bland ' Lunch until 5pm, dinner until 11pm

Passepartout 24 Deanhaugh Street, Stockbridge 332 447C " ' Licensed bistro and 4.. - coffee house New, exciting, eclectic' Cosmopolitan cUisine With daily set price lunch/dinner menus from £5 50/£12 50 (booking advrsablel


Stylish Italian restaurant Without designer prices Open 7 days Ham-midnight

Pyramids 16 Haymarket Terrace 337 9979

i For a completely different taste this

Christmas Egyptian and Sudanese

(Uisine Bring your own Wine.

i The Sanctuary 38 Blair Street. 225 6885.

New bar/cafe excellent food in unusual surroundings With cool s0unds 6pm- late Tue—Sat

Smoke Stack 53-55 Broughton Street 556 6032 Much more than burgers and steaks at

3 this stylish but friendly new chargrill


Tabula Rasa 90 Haymarket Terrace 474 3446.

It's Latin rhyming slang for a clean plate. Yours Will be! Try it'

Back Alley Restaurant 8 Ruthven Lane. 334 7165.

World Wide cuisine, weekend breakfasts, Happy Hour, lunch menu, evening specials and Glasgow's best burgers'

Balbir's 51 West Regent Street

331 1980.

Not big, not deSIgner, not sexy, lUSl brilliant. High quality Indian cUisine at affordable prices.

Brel bar: restaurant 39 Ashton Lane 342 4966.

Belgian beers (draft Leffe and Hoegaarden), fine Wines, rustic food, cool

music, relaxed atmosphere


Café Del Mar 94 Queen Margaret

Drive 400 5560

A relaxed and friendly atmosphere New Mediterranean bistro and coffee house in the West End. Students always welcome BYOB. Take-away available all day

Grassroots 20 Woodlands Road. 353 3278

Scare-free food, organic groceries, excellent bread, fine cheeses, herbs and

Spices, wholesome foods yum, yum.

Kama Sutra 331 Sauchiehall Street

Buffet On down for a

332 0055. OM“ qUickie at lunchtime, ii... £5 95 Monday evening buffet £9 95 (until 10 30pm)

of modern brasserie


Mama Miska 1321 Argyle Street

334 0594 Mama

Lashings of paprika, 0 pasta and pizza 'An v o 1 uslta

Alpine grotto of delight, highly recommended ' ~ The List

Miro's 36 Kelwngrove Street

353 0475

The new look Miro offers a fresh View to European dishes Open from noon till late, 7 days a week

lVlojo 158a Bath Street 331 2257.

Much acclaimed stylish bar i

a unique blend


cooking in an intimate setting

Mungo Jerri's, American Sandwich

Café 25 Parnie Street 552 7999 (phone/fax)

Choice of 33 varieties of American food in American style With Jazz and R88

Murphy's Pakora Bar 1287_Argch3__

3-7pm only £3 95.

Street 334 1550 Over 30 ways to get stuffed at the great Murphy's buffet. Daily

H! H 1" ‘\


Ocho 150 West Campbell Street.

meals, noon-7pm,

332 1032. A Vibrant new bar, prowding relaxed

funky music, great

Vibes and daily drinks promotions.

l Rab Ha’s Restaurant 83 Hutcheson ; Street 5531545.

Traditional Scottish CUISInC offered in intimate surrOundings, With a chOice of pre-theatre and a la carte menus from 5.30pm, 7 days a week.

Ristorante La Fiorentina 2 Paisley Road West 420 1585. Savour the flavour of Tuscan cooking

; With our extensive menu -- including

many vegetarian dishes.

: Restaurant Splash. at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall

Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY

Tel 332 3163

Stravaigin 28 Gibson Street.

334 2665 l Fresh Scottish ingredients, authentic

and original recipes, award-Winning

, cooking, lively and informal atmosphere.

, Bar/cafe/venue With a totally ' vegan menu of wholesome

The 13th Note 80 Glassford Street. 553 1638

food Within a relaxed atmosphere.

Tron Theatre 63 Tiongate. 552 8587 'A Whole lot more than great theatre'. Voted Glasgow's best bar The List Readers Poll.

The Ubiquitous Chip 12 Ashton

Lane. , . . 334 5007 Ubiqvilotlf (Lip One of

Glasgow's finest restaurants serving modern Scottish fayre.

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5 Dec—18 Dec 1997 THE U8T119