Side Dishes (18 September 2008)
News to nibble on
Ex-corinthian chef Iain McMaster has opened up Tattie Mac’s on a nice wee site at 61 Otago Street in Glasgow, which in recent years has seen more change than a busker on Byres Road: you may remember it as Otago, the Cheese Bar or, most recently, Pizazz. The bistro is open all day from 11am, serving coffee and cakes, a set ‘Market Menu’ or full à la carte. It offers modern bistro fare by chefs trained in French cooking with the odd dose of local produce, and there’s a deli counter selling fresh bread, casseroles prepared daily, olive oils and chutneys. Call 0141 337 2282 for bookings or go to www.tattiemacs.co.uk
There’s a new bar in Edinburgh called Under the Stairs, which lives up to its billing in many ways – you could walk past it a dozen times without realising there was actually anything there, but then what a great space to discover: full of old furniture and delightful mysteries. It’s at 3a Merchant Street, just off Candlemaker Row (in the former Chai Teahouse) and from noon till nine-ish serves some pretty respectable bar food including snacks, burgers, salads, bagels and share boards. Between the low ceiling and the old stone walls is a bit of chilled out living room chic and some interesting DJs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights after 9pm.
We’re now at the tail end of the official Scottish Food Fortnight but the events are still coming thick and fast. Look out for special markets and menus around East Lothian (www.foodanddrinkeastlothian.com), Peebles (www.peeblesfoodfestival.com), and Glasgow’s Merchant City (www.merchantcityfestival.com)