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HOT ON THE HEELS OF The List’s Bar Guide comes an updated edition of Rudolph Kenna’s Glasgow Pub Companion. Published by Angel Share (an imprint of Neil Wilson), the160- page guide now features colour photography of most of the ZOO-plus bars and pubs across the city about which Kenna writes. Since the previous edition in 1996, there have been numerous changes and Kenna has caught most. Alas, as he acknowledges in his intro, the scene is in such flux that some the venues that he wrote about for this book are already consigned to history’s bin.

IN AN EFFORT TO ELEVATE the national drink. the Scotch Whisky Association is promoting several whisky

The much-anticipated launch for this new Edinburgh venture from James Sankey and Tony Singh took place just before Christmas. None too soon for fans of Sankey, former general manager and sommelier at Atrium and blue bar café, and Singh, ex-ITV chef of the year and one-time cook at the Balmoral Hotel and Martins Restaurant.

Oloroso occupies a top floor at the intersection of Castle and George Streets, from which lofty heights the custom should find themselves feeling in a rather privileged position.

Designed by Richard Murphy Architects, who have been responsible for the Fruitmarket Gallery and Dundee Contemporary Arts development, the bar and restaurant offers clean, modern design. Simple rather than minimal is Sankey’s take on the look. It has a 70-seat restaurant (smoke-free) and

64-seat lounge/bar, as well as a cocktail recipes such as Bitter

terrace that runs the length of the g 'n' Twisted (whisky. lemon

restaurant along George Street. . juice. bitters. and ginger ale).

From various vantage points, you ‘lt‘s about making Scotch

can see north towards the Forth or High liVinQ. "VG ("Shes at a time accessible. appealing and fun.'

back towards Arthur’s Seat. says Karen Prentice. ‘Scotch Singh, slightly frustrated by various bureaucratic delays which reflect the freshness of ingredients that he desires. served in a pub can

through 2001 (the original opening date was to be pre- Dishes to expect include roast grey mullet with chorizo, sometlmes seem a “me

Festival), says he and his cooks had little choice but to rocket, sautéed new potatoes and red-wine butter; roast forlorn. perhaps we are a tad

‘hit the ground running’ upon opening 21 December. salsify with tomato gnocchi and curry cream; and seared too precious about our

Having been without a kitchen for some time, he was scallops with sweet pea masala. The separate bar menu national drink; The

excited to be back in one - designed no less to his specs. offers ‘snacks’ such as traditional north Indian griddle concoctions were devised by From a huge list of prospective dishes, Singh honed the bread and shitake mushrooms; cumin and tomato masala Mauro penegnnnem of Bar 399

primary restaurant menu to five starters, five mains and pork ribs as well as Vuhrea’s Punjabi meat balls. in the Scotsman Hotel. Visit

five desserts. But the selections are planned to change Oloroso means aromatic in Spanish. It is also the name wwwscotchwhiskyorguk or

frequently, possibly every other day depending on what is given to matured sherries - often those with a higher ca” 0207 529 4384 for more

fresh and in season, he says. The difficulty is balancing alcohol content. Although not yet aged, many expect information.

consistency (which comes from cooking the same Sankey’s and Singh’s restaurant to provide a parallel THE OWNERS OF THE

recipes day after day) against introducing new meals grown-up kick. (Barry Shelby) Royal Mneis off the Wall

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