The Hot 100 2016: Eating & Drinking Guide winners
Looking back at our favourite restaurants, bars and cafés in Edinburgh and Glasgow
This year our 80-strong team of restaurant reviewers were kept particularly busy visiting almost 1000 venues for our Eating and Drinking Guide. After the Year of Food and Drink in 2015, Scotland's two biggest cities turned their focus to the quality and originality of their restaurants, bars and cafés, making the dining scene in Edinburgh and Glasgow a cultural attraction in itself. Here's a recap on the Newcomer of the Year and New Bar of the Year award winners from the 2016 publication.
Eusebi Deli (Newcomer of the Year)
Although the Eusebi family have served Italian food to Glasgow for three generations, their newest West End deli continues bringing fresh ideas and innovative cooking styles to the table.
111 by Nico (Newcomer of the Year)
This is Nico Simeone's third stab at a restaurant in Glasgow, having changed name and direction twice before. But 111 by Nico is here to stay with inventive, affordable fine dining and a training academy for disadvantaged young people.
six°north (New Bar of the Year)
A Belgian beer bar that manages to bring the taste of Belgique to the heart of Partick. Six°north have around 30 taps showcasing their tipples, as well as other Scottish beers.
Edinburgh Food Studio (Newcomer of the Year)
More of an idea and concept than a restaurant, the Edinburgh Food Studio is a social space for cooking, tasting, researching and enjoying the best of Scotland's food and drink.
El Cartel Casera Mexicana (Newcomer of the Year)
Changing the way we think of Mexican dining entirely, El Cartel is all about energy, enthusiasm and sheer good fun; plus it's got some of the tastiest tacos in the city.
Smith & Gertrude (New Bar of the Year)
Wine bars are the thing of Edinburgh this year, popping up in just about every neighbourhood. Stockbridge's Smith & Gertrude offers a carefully curated wine list and sharing boards that perfectly complement what's in the glass.
Malcolm Innes (Special Award)
Founder of The Outsider, Ting Thai Caravan and WildManWood Pizza, Malcolm Innes has introduced a series of innovative restaurants to Edinburgh through forward thinking and incredible attention to detail.