Side Dishes (4 September 2008)

Food news to nibble on

St Giles Café Bar

St Giles Café Bar

As the flood of Festival tourists on Edinburgh's Royal Mile recedes, a handful of recent changes have shown up along the famous thoroughfare. Café Truva, the Turkish-themed café based on Leith's shore for the last decade, has taken over Plaisir du Chocolat's former site on the Canongate. Meanwhile Café Florentin on St Giles Street is now the St Giles Café Bar, with an upstairs bar section, and up by the Lawnmarket, Kurdish restaurant Hanam's has moved from Tollcross into 3 Johnston Terrace, over the road from the Hub (0131 225 1329).

Scottish Food Fortnight launches on Friday 5 September at the Countryside Festival in Glamis, with two weeks of food festivals, tastings and meals planned. In addition to larger regional events such as the Dundee Flower & Food Festival and Highland Feast 2008, a series of seminars will take place at the Scottish Parliament focusing on issues such as the provision of abattoirs around the country and how to assess food miles. There's also a special farmers' market taking place in the Parliament's Garden Lobby on 17 September. Event listings and details at

At the West End in Edinburgh, amongst the fences and diversion signs of the Tram roadworks, the Rutland Hotel has reopened after a multi-million pound upgrade by the Signature Pub Group, also owners of Element on Rose Street. It incorporates a modern first-floor brasserie run by head chef David Haetzman plus two bars, one of which incorporates one of the first few iBars in the world, where the surface of the bar reacts to objects being placed onto it. The restaurant is open noon to 10pm daily (bookings on 0131 229 3402).


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