Side Dishes (3 July 2007)
News to nibble on …
• Predictably, our recent Eating & Drinking Guide [pictured], has been another top seller this year. Alas, almost equally inevitable are a few wee errors of fact amid the torrent of accurate information.
To set the record straight and with sincere apologies:
- In Glasgow, Topolino’s on Sauchiehall Street offers a fixed price lunch for £4.95 and no longer uses laminated menus.
- In Edinburgh, at the Doric Tavern tablecloths are plain light cream and the colour scheme in the dining room is lemon.
• And in our Out of Town/West regional listings, the Angels Bar & Diner in Uddingston also serves evening meals Monday-Thursday with a two-for-one offer and last orders at 9pm.
• Ryan James of Two Fat Ladies restaurants in Glasgow’s West End and City Centre has purchased the Buttery, one of the most venerable premises in the city. The sale came as something of a surprise and previous owner Ian Fleming, who rescued the business a few years back, puts the blame squarely on his insurance company for reneging on a claim after the kitchen was struck by a fire some months back.
• Side dishes predicts that the new venture from Victor and Carina Contini, Zanzero, will be the big dining out hit of the upcoming Festival. Located in the former premises of Circus Café in North West Circus Place on Stockbridge’s fringes, the operation should build on the excellent reputation that the couple have created with their New Town Centotre. More on Zanzero in a fortnight.
• Back in Glasgow, the Persian restaurant Koolba, which vacated the Merchant Square development last year, has been resurrected in Candleriggs at number 109 (where Smith’s bistro had been). Expect plenty of char-grilled Iranian style treats.