Side Dishes (5 October 2009)
The BBC Good Food Show Scotland, now in its third year, will be at the SECC in Glasgow from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November. Alongside the usual array of big-name cooking demos, there’s a strong showing from smaller local producers including regional stands from Perthshire, Lanarkshire and East Lothian as well as special zones for local foods run by Slow Food, Scotland Food and Drink, and Henrietta Green’s Foodlovers Fairs. Advance tickets bought through glasgow.bbcgoodfoodshow.com offer a saving on entry prices.
Edinburgh chef Tom Kitchin is off to London for a few days to work in a pop-up restaurant that looks set to be the capital’s culinary event of the year. Kitchin’s former boss and mentor at the three-Michelin star La Tante Claire restaurant, Pierre Koffmann, is running a restaurant on the roof of the Selfridges building from 8–31 October, and has called in a number of his protégés, including Eric Chavot, Tom Aikens and Kitchin, to lend a hand.
Quite a few new openings to report, with Roy Brett’s upmarket seafood restaurant, Ondine, now open for business on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh’s Old Town, a smart new daytime restaurant opening within the John Hope Gateway centre at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Scottish-Palestine café-restaurant El Daar setting up at 22a Nicolson Street and David Ramsden’s new bar Underdogs opening immediately under (a)more Dogs at 104 Hanover Street. In Glasgow, large-scale Japanese restaurant Sapporo Teppanyaki is setting the stoves alight on the corner of Ingram and High streets, while the lower key noodle bar Wudon can be found at 535 Great Western Road.