Side Dishes (26 May 2009)

News to nibble on


● Happy News all round this fortnight as we hear that former chefs at No 16 on Byres Road in Glasgow are hoping to reopen the restaurant. Across town, the Giovanazzi brothers are set to open their third Paperino’s restaurant in the former site of 78 St Vincent Street. Nearby, Manna introduces it’s new ‘steak heaven’ menus, with even more steaks to choose from, with meat coming direct from Buccleuch.

● In Edinburgh, Cafe Nom de Plume has opened in the LGBT centre on Broughton Street. The brainchild of the folks behind the Regent Bar on Abbeyhill, it offers stovies, chili, nachos and more, alongside specials. The cafe is licensed and boasts an ample selection of good stuff in bottle and on draught.

● IF YOU missed our Eating & Drinking Guide, it is now available in bookshops and newsagents for £5.95. Some corrections: Stockbridge Tap’s range of beers includes St Mungo lager, which is from Glasgow’s WEST brewery. Spoon Café on Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh is now open Friday and Saturday until 10pm. And we omitted the entry for Café JJ at 180 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow ( Along with all the reviews, it is online at


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