Side Dishes (2 April 2009)

News to nibble on

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● For over-the-top decor and big show-off budgets, Glasgow’s eat and drink scene has no peer. Now G1 group has taken over the old Hallion on Bath Street. Hummingbird opened last weekend to a mix of cooing and guffaws at the sheer, brazen vision of the drinking, eating and party venue designed by Graven Images, with ‘party pods’ lined in denim and pink fluff, a ‘Posh Room’ with cocktail trolley, and beach bar with hot tub. Hummingbird,186 Bath Street, www.socialanimal.co.uk

● Scottish restaurant Arisaig has relocated from St Vincent Street to 1 Merchant Square, Candleriggs. Running a more casual dining operation on the ground floor, they plan to open something more formal (akin to the old operation) upstairs (www.arisaigrestaurant.co.uk). The phone no. is new: 0141 553 1010.

● Fans of Far-Eastern dining in the capital are getting their noodles in a twist over several recentnew openings. Ju-ichi (11a–13a William Street, 0131 226 3161, Ju-ichi.co.uk) is from the same stable as OKO Express in Glasgow. Jitsu (176 Rose Street) is a very informal Japanese restaurant – the owners also hope to open a venue on Hope Street, Glasgow in the next few months, while Shilla (0131 556 4840) is a classy Korean restaurant from the owners of Kokuryo, Glasgow, at 13b Dundas Street (the old venue of Haldanes and Keepers).

● With The List’s annual Eating & Drinking Guide out later this month (free with The List out on 29 April), this is your last chance to get your favourite Edinburgh or Glasgow restaurant recognised in our Reader Awards. To vote, go to www.list.co.uk and hit ‘Taste of Edinburgh’. You could win a trip for two to London to attend Taste of London in June. Runners up prizes include VIP tickets to Taste of Edinburgh in Inverleith Park in May.

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