Side Dishes (2 October 2008)
News to nibble on
Leven’s is the latest opening from Thai Lemongrass and Time 4 Thai operator Carole Tong, offering what’s described as ‘Thai Fusion Cuisine’ in a highly designed setting boasting moody purple lighting, sparkly wall paper and sleek wood. The menu is fairly unconventional, incorporating Italian, Scottish and Asian elements: there’s massaman curry served with mashed potato, a chicken curry lasagne and cod in prawn lemongrass sauce. It’s at 30–32 Leven Street, 0131 229 8988.
Brandon Terrace in the Canonmills area of Edinburgh has a bright new coffee shop, Coffee Angels. Independent and locally owned, it has many of the slick elements of a chain with smart decor, striking branding and a classy line up of drinks and snacks. In addition to organic, fair trade coffee they’re making sandwiches daily in the downstairs kitchen and sourcing cakes and teas from small, specialist suppliers. There’s space to sit, free wi-fi and room (and food) for kids. Coffee Angels have also taken over the café in the basement of auction rooms Lyon & Turnbull on Broughton Place. www.coffee-angel.co.uk
A couple of new delis to report in Glasgow. At 25 Hillfoot Street in Dennistoun, Nutmeg is a small, friendly deli-café run by Gillian McGarvey featuring takeaway meals and snacks freshly cooked and prepared on site. At 691 Great Western Road, meanwhile, a block up from Òran Mór, new ‘continental grocer’ La Cucina is also cooking an impressive array of takeaway food on site as well as stocking a large range of specialist Italian, Spanish and Greek deli food.