Take Three: Antipodean Advances
Tapa Coffee & Bakehouse
21 Whitehill Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow, 0141 554 9981, www.tapabakehouse.co.uk
Kiwi Robert Winters is an evangelist for real bread and good coffee, and spreads the word by baking great loaves and brewing a fine cup of joe. The East End bakehouse is named after the South Pacific tapa cloth, which is ‘hand-made using traditional methods’ – a nice summary of the place, really.
121 Hanover Street, New Town, Edinburgh, 0131 225 6215, www.urban-angel.co.uk
Aussie chef David Spanner is a relatively new addition to the much loved Urban Angel outfit, but he has made a significant impression, boosting the food quality and investing renewed commitment into finding great local sources of food. They’re about to open a second branch off Broughton Street.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen
137 George Street, New Town, Edinburgh, 0131 260 9896, www.gbkinfo.com
Much loved in London, the GBK chain was founded there in 2001 by ex-pat New Zealanders who reckoned they could do the ‘Hamburger’ better than the Americans who made it famous. It arrived in Edinburgh late last year and offers a wide selection of imaginative burgers, both meat and veg .