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JAMES SANKEY, FORMER group manager of the Atrium restaurant and blue bar café, says the prospects are 'looking strong at the moment' for Oloroso, a new roof- top bar/ restaurant in George Street, Edinburgh. With partner Tony Singh, ITV Chef of the Year 2000 who ran the kitchen on the Britannia and was sous chef at Martin's Restaurant before that, Sankey views the new venue up and running in the spring.

Backed by a group of investors, the plan is to offer a retreat from the elements (and perhaps the cacophony of George Street) with a bar and restaurant offering fully glazed views of the Forth and the city skyline as well as the added attraction of a terrace. Richard Murphy Architects have drawn a contemporary interior design, stating Frank Lloyd Wright and Carlo Scarpa as influences.

While the bar will offer a range of ‘global street food' such as pasta, pizza and tapas, the restaurant at Oloroso (Spanish for fragrant) will up the ante with locally sourced ingredients prepared with Mediterranean and Eastern influences.

IN GLASGOW’S WEST End, a new bar/ grill called Papagayo should soon fill

A late night extension for Bann UK

the space left by the late, lamented Joe’s Garage at 50—52 Bank Street. With an emphasis on quality service, Papagayo will open at 8am daily and keep going until 1am at the weekend. Food should range from a full family breakfast at the weekend to an a la carte char-grill selection at night until about 11pm, with lunch, pre-theatre and tapas (5—9pm) in between. The hope is for a launch around Friday 8 December.

FINALLY, BANN UK, 5 Hunter Square, Edinburgh, will begin Saturday 9 December to keep late, late hours as a Friday and Saturday venue for drinks (beer, wine, fruit juices, coffee and teas) and light bites such as tapas. David Bann and chef Angus Stephens call it Urbann Hang Suite, targeting those who seek a 'mellow end' to their weekend nights out. Based on its success during the Festival, the 33m closing allows the well-reviewed and recently renovated vegetarian restaurant to offer table-service and ambient music by 015 after the dinner hours end at 10.30pm. Occasional drinks promos and events will run throughout the year, while a 'filter’ at the door will ensure the mood remains mild. Throughout the rest of the week, groups can hire (with prior notice) Bann UK until 3am for parties or events.

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d i rectory EDINBURGH

I Barioja , 19 Jeffrey Street 390M 557 3622 m

Mingle With great food, excellent wrne and terrific ambience and of course

Cuba Norte 192 Morrison Street. 221 1430 Bienvenidosl Welcome to the authentic premier palador. Dance, wrne and dine in Cuba Norte Sunshine

Filmhouse F?LMHOUSE 88 Lothian Road. 229 5932.

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

Isabel's Cafe

83 Clerk Street, 662 4014.

i Stone walled smoke-free basement

; oasrs, serving homemade veggie/vegan ; food - fresh, delrcrous and cheap,


Mexican Grill

Mother’s Mexican Grill 107-109

St Leonard’s Street. 662 0772 Delioous, authentic MeXican cooking in a relaxed, rustic envrronment. Student discount. Parties welcome. Tues—Sun, 6—Iate, Tapas Olé . Cu 10 Eyre Place & ‘7" 4A Forest Road. 556 2754/557 5101 30 different tapas 10 of fish, 10 of veggie,10 of meat. Live musrc, parties welcome.


Wok Bar 26-30 Potterou 0131 667 859.1 Freshly cooked, coriibining flavows 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, Wide range of vegetarian dishes Live iazs Sundays afternoons DJs and drinks



50 Hope Street. 248 4466

Best of latin cuisine Half price fajitas and burritos Mon-Sat, 5~7pm

M Cf'B aoae ar

84 Brunswrck Street Merchant City. CAR: * BAR

564 5161. Simple, quick and healthy Far Eastern cuisine. Eating out made easy E

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 Mexico to Scotland Buen provecho

Christmas Menu: £19.00

For bookings or copy of menu call 0131 225 5428 7 Old Fishmarket Close, Edinburgh EH1 1RW

Info llotline - 07000 790 273

angeF eye

, Pris Street Gardens East, Edinburgh 8th December - 31st December

Celestial Camestibles

i Contemporary cuisine 10am till late f plus fully licenced cafe-bar.

Full listings at the back of this magazine

30 Nov—14 Dec 2000 THE U3T117