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Food news fresh or frozen ALTHOUGH EVERY CITY block may not yet have a cappuccino place, Costa Coffee has expanded its franchise with a new outlet at 205 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Costa plans to open two more in Edinburgh, one on Princes Street and one on Lothian Road, in the next six months. Nearly simultaneously, two branches of the family-friendly Caffe Uno have opened in Edinburgh and Glasgow. This casual Italian style chain is owned by City Centre Restaurants, which is responsible for Garfunkels, and Est Est Est, among others. The capital version of Caffe Uno is on the Royal Mile (130 High Street) while Glasgow’s occupies former premises of the Jenny on Royal Exchange Square.

AS FOR LOCAL empire bLiilding, Loop restaurant occupies the ground floor of the new Bewley's Hotel on Bath Street in Glasgow. Co-owner Craig Johnson says it \VIH offer the same value-for-money fare as his Ingram Street operation (which has

yet to celebrate its first birthday). A reVised menu marks the opening of the new Loop. Of course, HOWie’s has a fifth branch on Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Food Plantation’s Chris Young has set his Sights higher With a new restaurant, Ortega’s, on St Mary’s Street, around the corner from his popular cafe/ takeaway on the ROyal Mile.

ALSO NEW TO St Mary's Street is Lemongrass. One suspects that dining might take a back seat to liquid refreshment here judging from promotion of 'kicking ass' drinks specials and a roulette wheel which selects happy hour promos.

GORDON RAMSAY WAS back in the local press again after a Visit to watch the Tyson fight. Known for his own verbal pugilism, the multi-starred London restaurateur (and recently named chef of the year by Caterer magazmei IS SUbJE’CI of steady speCUlation about returning to his hometown Glasgow to open a business. The Sunday Herald’s restaurant reViewer Joanna Bythman recently implied his mere presence here might lift the quality of cooking throughout Scotland.

Cuba Norte

192 Morrison Street.

221 1430

Bienvenidos! Welcome to the authentic premier palador Dance, Wine and dine in Cuba Norte sunshine.

- * Filmhouse 88 Lothian RoadFILMHOUSE 229 5932.

Relaxed, atmospheric cafe bar, servmg great value snacks, salads, specials and brilliant cappuccmos 10am till late.

Isabel's Cafe

83 Clerk Street

662 4014.

Stone walled

smoke-free basement oasis,

Wok Bar 26-30 Potterow 0131 667 8594

Freshly cooked, combining flavours of the Far East, including the tastiest dishes from Thailand, Japan, China and Malaysia and the best range of Asian beers.


10 Mitchell Lane 572 1448 Contemporary food, \Vlde range of vegetarian dishes. Live iazz Sundays afternoons. DJs and drinks promotions.

Mao Cafe Bar 84 BrunsWIck Street CAFE 1* BAR

Merchant City

564 5161.

Simple, quick and healthy Far Eastern cuisine. Eating out made easy.

Maclachlans Brew Bar

57 West Register Street

332 0595.

Quality out of the ordinary With beer brewed on the premises, 100% organic food and live music.

Pancho Villas

26 Bell Street,

Merchant City.

552 7737

MeXican born owner of Pancho Villas Mayra Nunez hopes to bring some of the real Memo to Scotland, Buen provecho.

serVing homemade veggie/vegan food - fresh, deliCious 556 2754 557 5101 D—

and cheap C in 30 different tapas

Tapas Olé 10 of fish, 10 of Veggie,

10 Eyre Place & 4A Forest Road 10 of meat Live leSIC, parties welcome 0 *- J


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Sunday Lunch

On Sunday afternoon our chefs prepare a superb and innovative menu. Relax and enjoy a wonderful four-course

° lunch and a glass of fizz.

Excellent value at £16.60 per person.

A 3 l2 Ashton Lane

Tel 0141-334 5007


open 0700 - 2300 contact 0131 474 3466

metro restaurant 31—35 grassmarket edinburgli eh1 2hs info@rnetrorestaurant.couk


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