Preview 2009 - Food

Paul Kitching

Paul Kitching

A taster of 2009

Donald Reid forecasts the shining stars of 2009 in restaurant land

There’s a general expectation that we’ll be reporting on closures rather than openings in 2009, but don’t be so sure. Judging by the stream of new places in the last few months – far outweighing the number of farewells – doom and gloom clearly isn’t on every menu.

The 2009 Michelin Guide is released in late January. There was disappointment a year ago when no new stars were awarded in Glasgow or Edinburgh, so expect feverish speculation.

It’ll be during the course of 2009 that the hunt for further stars will really heat up. Martin Wishart’s second restaurant at Cameron House by Loch Lomond opened late last year, and promises to make its mark among Glasgow’s fine-dining set. Meanwhile, Manchester’s maverick Michelin-star chef Paul Kitching will open a restaurant and boutique hotel on Royal Terrace, Edinburgh. He’s stated he has his sights on two stars.

Also in Edinburgh, a Hotel du Vin has just opened on Bristo Place. There’s more evidence of small local chains driving forward where others are less confident to tread with Petit Paris opening a third spot (plus basement shop) on Broughton Street.

Edinburgh had a few 2008 comeback kids and this year looks like Glasgow’s turn, with Gordon Yuill (Merrylee Road Bar & Kitchen) and Ferrier Richardson (at Catch 22) back in the picture. Look for changes too in the Beanscene chain, taken over last year by Fiona Hamilton of Fifi & Ally, with possible additional sites in Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth. In other news, February sees the opening of a new cookschool with restaurant at Braehead Foods' headquarters in Kilmarnock.

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