Side Dishes (10 September 2009)
News to nibble on
● Before heading out to Erskine to run the restaurant at Mar Hall, and with a track record of stints at Rogano, Nairns and One Devonshire Gardens, chef Jim Kerr ran a small venture on Byres Road called The Dining Room. Not too many restaurants experience a second coming, but The Dining Room is being resurrected as a replacement for Manna at 104 Bath Street. Kerr is in partnership with Alan Tomkins (of Gamba and Urban Bar & Brasserie fame), and the style will be upmarket Scottish with Asian influences – two courses from the à la carte are around £24, with cheaper lunch, pre-theatre and fixed price menus available. 0141 332 6678, diningroomglasgow.com
● There’s a bit of Shaker simplicity mixed with New England crab shack at Alfie’s Place Bistro, a new restaurant opened on the Shore in Leith by Tom Haste, a chef who has worked with Rick Stein and Roy Brett. Seafood is the main theme, with dishes such as line-caught sea bass with cockles, clams and mussels, complemented by meat and veggie options such as ratatouille and butterbean casserole with poached egg. 63 The Shore, Leith, 0131 554 2194, leithlinks.co.uk/leithrestaurants/alfies-place/alfies-place-bistro-restaurant-edinburgh-leith.html.
● A Fairly ambitious new market is being launched on Sunday 20 September in Merchant Square in Glasgow. The Merchant City Market hopes to establish itself as a monthly event with 40 stalls in Merchant Square and a further 40 outside in Bell Street, with fresh produce and arts and crafts both represented. The market runs 10am to 5pm. merchantcityglasgow.com