Side Dishes (30 October 2008)

News to nibble on



● Agua Restaurant has been re-launched with a seafood theme under head chef John-Paul Persighetti. For anyone tracking the oyster index, six west coast bivalves are doing well at £9.50. Prawns, mussels, cockles and crab also feature at the new crustacea bar. Apex City Hotel, 61 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, 0845 365 0002 or

● Now staking a claim as Scotland’s biggest food event, BBC’s Good Food Show Scotland takes place in the SECC, Glasgow, Fri 31 Oct to Sun 2 Nov. Opening hours have been extended to 8pm on Fri-Sat – not quite as impressive as the recent Salone del Gusto in Turin, the world’s largest artisan food fair organised by Slow Food, with dining-friendly opening from 11am to 11pm. Slow Food UK is at the SECC with artisan producers and taste workshops.

● WEST Brewery in Glasgow Green’s Templeton Building is the only UK brewery to produce all its beers in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot, the German Purity Law of 1516, and head chef Ruedi Hein will add an authentic Bavarian edge to the menu with dishes such as ‘sauerbraten’, slow-cooked beef in gingerbread sauce, with bread dumplings and spiced red cabbage.

● Congratulations to Reiko and Iwan Sasaki’s tiny Cessnock deli Cherry & Heather Fine Food, one of only a couple of Scottish food businesses in the finalists of the 2008 BBC Food and Farming Awards. Winners are announced on Wed 26 Nov and broadcast on The Food Programme on Radio 4 a few days later.


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