Side Dishes (10 September 2009)

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● 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,

● 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,

● 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.

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