Side Dishes (31 July 2008)

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Cail Bruich

Cail Bruich

Brothers Chris and Paul Charalambous of Cail Bruich restaurant in Quarriers Village by Bridge of Weir has opened up a city branch, taking over the premises of the former Parthenon Greek restaurant next door to Oran Mor. Cail Bruich (West) offers upmarket dishes featuring Scottish fish and meat, with a pre-theatre menu available at £14.50 for two courses. 725 Great Western Road, Glasgow 0141 334 6265, www.cailbruich.co.uk

Mother India’s homestyle ‘desi’ food is now to be found in Bearsden, albeit in the unusual format of an Indian deli. Selling fresh and dried herbs, spices, vegetables and marinated meat for cooking from scratch at home, it also offers a rotating array of freshly prepared, ready to reheat starters, main dishes and accompaniments. 7 New Kirk Road, Bearsden, 0141 942 3643. Open Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 11am-8.30pm

In high summer (this is it, folks), Portobello has many attractions. First, it has Edinburgh’s equivalent of Bondi beach, and secondly, very few scheduled Festival performances. Now, there’s also Espy, which is Aussie slang for Esplanade. It’s a bar-diner serving brunches, burgers, snacks and beer with music and seafront views. 62-64 Bath Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, 0131 669 0082 www.the-espy.com

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