Side Dishes (27 March 2008)
News to nibble on
Manchester’s only Michelin star holder, Paul Kitchings, is leaving Juniper restaurant with plans to relocate to Edinburgh’s New Town within the year to open a boutique hotel with small restaurant attached. Frequently cited as one of Britain’s most innovative chefs, with a history of serving 30-course tasting menus, Kitchings says he’s ‘determined to start afresh and get two stars’.
The Shore Bar and Restaurant in Leith has been taken over by the team behind neighbours Fishers, who hope to revive one of the district’s more venerable eating, drinking and music spots. The same menu will be served in both bar and restaurant, which have been spruced up without any radical changes. It’s already up and running but expect more fanfare around an official launch in early April. Book on 0131 553 5080
Monday 31 March is your last chance to vote for your favourite restaurant in Edinburgh or Glasgow in The List’s online poll of its readers’ top dining spots. All who take part will be in the hat to win a pair of VIP tickets to the Taste of Edinburgh festival, Thu 29 May–Sun 1 June. Go to www.list.co.uk/nominate to cast your vote.
The cook-off for the Scottish Food Scholarship 2008 for chefs under 26 has been won by Jamie Wakeford from De Vere Cameron House Hotel at Loch Lomond. Wakeford’s prize includes the chance to create a Signature Dish for Edinburgh, which will be added to different menus around the city, including Restaurant Martin Wishart’s lunch menu.