Side Dishes (23 July 2009)
News to nibble on
Roy brett, chef-director of the Dakota Hotel Group, is to open up his own restaurant, Ondine (the name of a mythological water nymph), within the new Missoni Hotel on George IV Bridge in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Brett previously worked with Rick Stein in Padstow, as well as helping to bring a number of restaurant awards to the Grill at Dakota Forth Bridge. Ondine is due to open in September this year.
A daytime café-restaurant with a strong modern Scottish theme, Cranachan has opened on level 2 of Princes Square in Glasgow. Situated next door to Fifi & Ally, it’s serving breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas featuring Scottish ingredients and some classic recipes, including clootie dumpling, Orkney crab and prawn sandwiches, and Cullen skink served with Tapa’s Struan loaf. It’s licensed, has table service and is open 9am–6pm every day except Thursday, when it closes at 8pm. 0141 248 6257
Leith Lynx Bar and Brasserie on Constitution Street is the latest venture from Brian Donkin, whose back catalogue includes various Oyster Bars around Edinburgh, the Cameo bar and La Camargue. A large, flexible menu and drinks list includes lots of seafood – from baby clams to lobster thermidor, burgers, pasta and a speciality list of Belgian beers. It’s open seven days, from noon. 0131 538 4796, leithlynx.co.uk
Waitrose have confirmed that they are to open a store in Glasgow, taking over the Somerfield site at the top of Byres Road with a November opening planned. While it’s news that’s bound to have the West End’s chattering classes chattering, do remember that it’s still a supermarket, and just one more in a chain of over 200 stores around the UK.