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easy casual dining and dependable food will no doubt ensure it find its place among the bustle. Cosy, spacious booths dominate the large venue, with walls swathed in warm terracotta and earthy colours. It’s mainly Italian standards – pizzas, pastas, risottos – with burgers, steaks and a few Turkish-inspired specials, are reliably prepared without being exceptional, while the city-centre prices mean that the lunch/pre-theatre menu is good value against the à la carte. EATIBOUTIQUIE 231 Berkeley Street, West End, 0141 258 9267, £6 New to Finnieston’s increasingly cultured scene is this small and cosy café run by welcoming friends Rachel Suttle and Emma Paris. There’s only a handful of seats but grab a granny chair and you’ll happily while away the hours
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Glasgow ANATOLIA CHARGRILL 140 St Vincent Street, City Centre, 0141 221 8777, www.anatoliachargrill.co.uk, £6.95 (set lunch) / £16 This large, airy restaurant is a fitting venue for big, hearty plates of Turkish food. The operation is as slick and smart as the decor, with complimentary flat bread and olives greeting diners, and meaty kebabs fired up theatrically on a charcoal grill facing out from the open kitchen. The cooking is good, and there’s a sophistication that goes beyond simple grilling, evident in the wide selection of traditional mezes such as dolma, imam bayildi and tabbouleh. Meat-feasters will be hard pressed to find better offerings in the city centre, and those so inclined can tackle the one-metre kebab. ROMA 46 Bath Street, City Centre, 0141 332 9641, www.romaglasgow.co.uk, £9 (lunch) / £16 (dinner) Perhaps a city groaning with Italian restaurants is not really in need of another, but Roma’s central location,
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with some wholesome and nicely priced fare. The owners have a commendably strict policy of sourcing locally – very locally in the case of their own house-blend coffee, created just yards away – savoury tarts, cupcakes, sandwiches, chunky soups and pasta dishes all made in-house. Vintage clothes in a back room, local crafters wares on display and groceries for sale add extra interest to this community- minded venture. Edinburgh CAFÉ MARLAYNE 13 Antigua Street, Leith Walk, 0131 558 8244, www.cafemarlayne.com, £10 (lunch) / £17 (dinner) If you’re familiar with Café Marlayne’s cosy Thistle Street restaurant, the barn- like proportions of their latest venture on Antigua Street may come as a surprise. With an 80-seat interior it’s more Stockholm warehouse than Parisian hole-in-the-wall, but the departure is deliberate. Having closed their venue off the Royal Mile, owners Islay Fraser and Marcelline Levicky hope to hook more passing trade with a fluid, all-day format. They’re open for breakfast from 9am, sell sandwiches, cakes and coffees from a small café at the front and as for lunch and dinner, c’est le comfort food.
CAFÉ MILK 232 Morrison Street, West End, 0131 629 6022, www.cafemilk.co.uk, £5 (lunch)
A small and neatly attired sandwich bar with a few snug bench seats, Milk is sited to catch passing commuters on their way into town from Haymarket and local office workers sick of the staff canteen. The family-run café makes everything bar the bread in-house, including a fruit-packed morning muffin, various home-baked cakes and stews of chicken, chorizo and pinto beans or Moroccan beef.
Independent write-ups on all the restaurants worth knowing about in Glasgow and Edinburgh are available on our online Eating & Drinking Guide at list.co.uk/food-and-drink Prices shown are for an average two-course meal for one.
FOOD & DRINK EVENTS GLASGOW
■ Partick Retail Outdoor Market FREE Fri 21 & 28 Jan, 10am–2pm. Mansfield Park, 5 Hyndland Street. ■ Mansfield Park Farmers' Market FREE Sat 22 Jan, 10am–2pm. Mansfield Park, 5 Hyndland Street.
■ Scotland's Speciality Food Show FREE Sun 23 & Mon 24 Jan, 9.30am–5pm; Tue 25 Jan, 9.30am–4.30pm. SECC, Finnieston Quay, 0844 395 4000. Over 100 exhibitors showcase their wares at this trade show for fine food and drink. ■ Silverburn Farmers' & Speciality Market FREE Sun 30 Jan, 10am–4pm. Silverburn, Barrhead Road.
■ Heart and Soul Gastronomy: Bread 1 Thu 3 Feb, time tbc. £45. Heart Buchanan, 380 Byres Road, 334 7626. Andrew Wilson of Glasgow organic sourdough bakers differentbreid, leads a hands-on workshop in the basic techniques involved in making your own loaf. EDINBURGH ■ Edinburgh Farmers' Market FREE Sat 22 & 29 Jan, 9am–2pm. Castle Terrace. ■ JCI Burns Supper Sat 22 Jan, 6pm. £60. Roxburghe Hotel, 38 Charlotte Square, 240 5500. Burns supper raising funds for a charity which provides mosquito nets to children in Africa. Includes ceilidh with Whisky Kiss.
■ Supper with Burns Mon 24 Jan–Wed 26 Jan, 7–9pm. £17.50. The Tass, 1 High Street, 556 6338. See Books section. ■ Burns Night Supper Tue 25 Jan, 6pm. £21.95. Whiski, 119 High Street, 556 3095. A traditional Burns supper (with vegetarian haggis available) and music. Next Whiski dinner and tasting is on Thu 3 Feb.
■ Traditional Burns Supper at the Vaults Tue 25 Jan, 7.30–11pm. £75 (members £65). Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, 554 3451. A dram or several to toast the Bard and entertainment provided by the Edinburgh Theatre Arts Group. Dress code: black tie.
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