Wowing the masses

In the few months since its opening, WOW Restaurant and Brasserie has sparked a return to relaxed dining in Edinburgh's Broughton Street. Words Mark Robertson

'Hrgh quality fOOO shouldn't only be available to those who can afford it,’ declares James Lews body As proprietor of \\'O\\ Restaurant and Brasserie, the 'atest addition to Broughton Street's nou. bulging collection of fine eatzng nouses, he 'or' finally has the opportunity to make this It has not an 0ee" easy crown s YTCQ so \\ O\\. one"ecr 'r‘. t"e n‘ crst o‘ Fest.\.a The acfrn'rab'e principals he applies to ‘ever 0. August, t"e '0 t a .r“?c;x o‘ catering were born out 0" prev ocis trade was ‘rom, as Len". s crescr-oes it, entrepreneuriai struggles As proorreIOr not the K "d o‘ 0eon e you want you"

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Fresh, Simple food is served up on p;ates of colossal dimensions with a 't‘ertttl'cit“. of ceremony to give the

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restaurant a more relaxed ambience ‘No wn te linen,' states Lewis eritp'tatic‘a'ly ‘| low rt. I think it looks ‘ar‘tastrc, out ;t gixes a forrna'ity to the proceedings t"at I didn't want here. I want to be aim to go into a restaurant and '10: ‘ee oxer- or under-dressed These <ll‘iOS of things can make a big difference, and it means we get a much more \ariec: crowd in'

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WOW, 2 Broughton Place, 558 8868, is open Tue—Fri from 12.30—2.30pm, 6-10.30pm; Sat noon—4pm, 6—11pm; Sun noon—4pm.


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Upon arriving at my new destination to serve up J&B and cola, long over ice, I was feeling very thirsty. lt must've been the waterfall which greeted me at the entrance that did it. It really great feature - behind a glass falling through the floors and illuminated from behind.

My shift went into full swing, serving J&B and cola's, and I began chatting to a group of semi-pro footballers. There was a print of a bullfighter on the wall which they were discussing at length and at the end of the conversation, I was in agreement that it was a great Picasso. FootbaFI, art and J&B lovers - my kind of up. three people.

As a final clue, this place is opposite a club with a name of a place unnere you get your car fixed.

If you are not our lucky winner this week, watch out for the next issue where I will be giving away two more tickets. To enter our competition just send in your answer with y0ur name and address on a postcard to The List, Issue 3,

22 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9AD.

The first correct entry drawn after the closing date of 1 December will win an ’Experience Voucher' for two people. There is no cash alternative. Employees of J&B and any related companies are not eligible to enter. Entrants must be over 18.