Side Dishes (21 August 2008)

News to nibble on



As ever, the eating and drinking scene on Byres Road is constantly evolving. Recent arrivals include Otto, an independent bar and grill in the former Rubaiyat pub on the corner of University Place, Atrio, a restaurant linked to Sauchiehall Street’s Topolino’s which has taken over the former Bonham’s wine bar near the entrance to Ashton Lane, and then there’s the imminent arrival of another operation by La Vita, which currently runs Italian restaurants in Bishopbriggs and the city centre, right next door to Tennant’s bar at the University Avenue junction.

Edinburgh’s Calistoga restaurant has opened a second venue, Calistoga Central, in the site of the former Martin’s and Roti restaurants at 70 Rose Street Lane North in the New Town. It will offer the same Californian cuisine as the original, with owner Gordon Minnis maintaining his policy of offering West Coast wines in the restaurants at just £5 mark up above shop prices. The new restaurant has a separate wine lounge and will be open at lunchtimes on weekdays, as well as for dinner Monday to Saturday. Book on 0131 225 1233,

The timetable for Foodies at the Festival, which takes place 23-24 Aug at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh, is now available online ( with lists of the high-profile chefs leading food demos as well as details of various masterclasses led by top-notch local food producers Simple Simon pies, Hot Chocolates and Loch Arthur Cheese. You can also sit down at Lavazza coffee workshops or browse the stalls of food-related businesses, including newcomers Foodieboxes and Cooking Mania cook school.


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