Take Three: They were once a Pierre Victoire
10 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, 0131 225 1721 www.howies.uk.com
There’s no question the original PV was in a great restaurant spot: right in the heart of town on one of Edinburgh’s most interesting streets. Howies’ casual, populist style clearly takes after its predecessor, but they’ve ploughed their own successful furrow with reliable, good value, kitsch-free Scottish food.
16 Byres Road, Glasgow, 0141 339 2544, www.number16.co.uk
No Sixteen has been around since 1991 and has become a much-valued mainstay in the ever-changing landscape of Byres Road. What they lack in space they make up for in beautifully presented dishes of seasonal Scottish ingredients, often with a Continental or Far Eastern spin.
41 Friars Street, Stirling, 01786 451552
Trad French bistro mutates into traditional Italian trattoria before our very eyes. Unsurprising perhaps as it's another good site: with two floors, the upper level is more subdued and discreet, while the ground floor with its big windows is one of Stirling's better spots for people-watching over a coffee, ice cream or cheap lunch.