Side Dishes (5 March 2009)

Food News

Taste of Edinburgh

News to nibble on

The List has teamed up again with Taste of Edinburgh, the high-profile food festival at the end of May, to find out readers’ current favourite places to eat out. Vote online for your favourite restaurant in either Edinburgh or Glasgow and you’ll earn the chance to win a weekend for two in London to attend the Taste of London event (including first class travel courtesy of National Express and two nights accommodation). Runners up prizes include VIP tickets to the Edinburgh event, which this year has a new home in Inverleith Park and takes place from Thursday 28 May to Sunday 31 May. The restaurants topping the poll will be announced in our Eating & Drinking Guide, which comes out on 29 April. To vote, follow the links at

● Edinburgh’s two Suruchi restaurants are currently celebrating the cuisine of the Rajasthan region of India with a special Rajasthani menu devised by chefs who come from the state along with weekend entertainment including traditional Rajasthani puppetry, folk dancing and sitar music. The Maharajas’ Cuisine festival runs until 16 March.

● The foot of Byres Road is undergoing another of its fairly frequent bursts of restaurant turnover. Newly installed are mainstream Italian Tony Macaroni, a branch of the year-old pizzeria in East Kilbride (, at number four in the former Café Français site, and a third branch of Baby Grand’s upmarket burger-and-steak restaurants Ad Lib, on the corner site previously occupied by of North Bondi (


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