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The doors have reopened to a world of colourful cocktails, delicious dining and luxurious interiors, as the classic George Street boutique hotel Le Monde reopens its bar and restaurant after the biggest refurbishment in its history. The new look Le Monde transports guests to a place of relaxed, global glamour, offering a taste of far off cities with its new food and drink menus. The transformation is led by Le Monde’s spectacular new cocktail menu, which promises a journey of discovery to some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. From Cairo to Casablanca, Reykjavik to Rio, Beijing to Barcelona…Le Monde’s bar team has searched the globe for inspiration, creating their own luscious versions of lesser known drinks from each city: the ones with a great story to tell, loved by locals and served up in favourite nightclubs, hotels and hotspots around town. Le Monde has also unveiling a mouth-watering new small plate dining menu, inspired by favourite world flavours and made with locally sourced Scottish produce.
Browns Edinburgh re-opened its doors last week following a major refurbishment, revealing its beautiful new look to the people of Edinburgh. Nestled among the neo-classical town houses and pretty Georgian squares of New Town, the beautiful new look takes inspiration from 1920s interiors. Echoing art deco styling with high ceilings, black and white tiled floors and opulent gold finishes, the refurbished restaurant and bar provides a simply stunning backdrop to enjoy the refreshed food and drink menu. Open all day, from breakfast through to dinner, visitors to the newly refurbished Browns will be able to enjoy classic British dishes and fresh seasonal delights, as well as a delicious afternoon tea that’s the perfect treat for any day of the week.
Surf & Turf Holyrood
Macdonald Rusacks Head Chef Glenn Roach launched the Surf & Turf restaurant concept to the St Andrews hotel in May 2019 and due to the popularity of the menu, the new concept has been expanded, to the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh. The new menu takes its inspiration from Scotland’s larder – from succulent and mouth-watering Aberdeen Angus Steaks supplied by ScotBeef to world-renown seafood such as hand-dived North Atlantic Scallops wild trout, salmon, oysters and langoustines supplied by George Campbell & Sons.
Damm27 opened on Edinburgh’s Southside in April this year after an extensive refurbishment. The result is a stylish, contemporary bar and bistrot that offers all-day dining, with a menu inspired by classic European dishes. Open seven days a week, the relaxed approach to eating and drinking begins with coffee and European papers every morning, and continues with menus that run all day from brunch to lunch to dinner. On Friday and Saturday nights the resident DJ shakes things up whilst the Bottomless Brunch on Saturday mornings keeps the celebrations going. On Tuesdays, Lobster is the star of the show. It’s a time to rejoice in the simple pleasure that is fresh lobster and crisp white wine. Served with fries, garlic butter and a bottle of excellent French sauvignon blanc it costs £50 for two. Pop the cork on a bottle of Perrier Jouet for an extra £25. As well as exceptional food, Damm27 offers an imaginative cocktail list, a well-edited and affordable wine list, and an impressive selection of exclusive-to-Edinburgh European gins and spirits.
Edinburgh Printmakers recently moved into its new £11m home in Fountainbridge, offering a creative hub in the capital and now artists and locals alike can enjoy the new café, which has opened within the building called, Café Ink.
Café Ink has 56 tables, as well as additional seating in the courtyard space for al fresco days. The menu has been designed to offer healthy, homemade, delicious dishes from breakfast through to early evening. A sustainable focus has been incorporated into the design of the café with old doors found in the building being upcycled into tables and all glassware is made from recycled glass.
Graze By Mark Greenaway
The five-star Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh has announced that celebrated Edinburgh chef, Mark Greenaway, will open his new venture within the hotel in mid-April.
‘Grazing by Mark Greenaway’ will offer its clientele the opportunity to relax, unwind and of course, eat, at a leisurely pace within a space accessible to all. The menu, which reflects the laidback, ‘grazing’ concept, will showcase a mix of traditional, modern and sharing plates, incorporating locally sourced ingredients and unique concept dishes created by Mark.
The restaurant, previously occupied by the Galvin brothers, is located on the ground floor of the hotel and will close for refurbishment on 1st April. Reservations for Grazing by Mark Greenaway will open on in April.
Born in the Borders Bar Waverley Mall
Born in the Borders is a multi-award winning brewery set on the banks of the River Teviot in Jedburgh. The brewery brings together everything that is grown, made, spun, produced, cooked and created in the area. However, you don’t need to travel to the Scottisj Borders to experience Born in the Borders great beer and spirits, head along to their bar in Waverley Mall to enjoy a pint or cocktail – along with lots of other goods and wares produced in the Borders.
New to the Edinburgh dining scene Condita is a very intimate dining experience with just six tables which offers a five or eight course surprise tasting menu.
The restaurant uses produce from a 19th century walled kitchen garden in the Scottish Borders alongside the best meat and fish that is available in Scotland. The kitchen also uses a forager for wild ingredients. Dinner is cooked by Conor Toomey who has previously worked as Head Chef at the five star The Isle of Eriska hotel near Oban.
Guests are served by Conor and his team who talk guests through the dishes. Service is friendly and the ambience very relaxed and convivial. There’s no written menu but guests are given on arrival a hand-drawn bookmark, dated the evening that they dine, which gives tantalising clues as to what the next dish might be.
Dinner at Condita has to be pre-booked and is served Tuesday to Saturday. Five courses £50 or eight courses £80.
The Lookout By Gardeners Cottage
The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage has been one of Edinburgh’s most anticipated restaurant openings, and now it has opened it’s doors to the public to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner surrounded by floor-to-ceiling views of Edinburgh and beyond. Built on a cantilever so the restaurant is partially suspended over Calton Hill’s northwest slope, the restaurant will open 5 days a week, offering an approachable, relaxed dining experience.
The lunch and dinner offerings are centred on a seasonal and inventive a la carte menu, complemented by a prix fixe menu. Breakfast will also be served from 10am. Diners can expect to see dishes like Douglas Fir-cured sea trout with sauerkraut, seaweed and rye bread; Gigha halibut, butternut squash purée, golden sultanas and brioche and clam vinaigrette; lobster smoked over oak with seaweed butter; Tweed Valley mallard roasted on the crown; and spiced pumpkin and chocolate tart, star anise and molasses ice-cream with pear, honey and walnut crumble.
The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage is a partnership with Collective, the organisation that has redeveloped the City Observatory site on Calton Hill into a new home for contemporary art. As well as the purpose-built restaurant, the world-class development incorporates the restored City Observatory and City Dome, along with new purpose-built exhibition space The Hillside.
Borough has open its doors for the first time in the foodie neighbourhood of Leith. A modern European menu of bold, precise flavours is spearheaded by Head Chef Darren Murray, formerly of award-winning restaurant, Norn. Dishes include appetisers, such as charcuterie, and a selection of savoury and sweet plates such as Courgette Tart with Nasturtium and Mackerel Tartare with Green Strawberry and Elderflower. Further highlights include Borders Pigeon with Beetroot and Black Pudding and Monkfish with Cauliflower and Truffle.
The menu will change frequently to showcase a commitment to seasonality and local sourcing. All dishes can be paired and enjoyed with Borough’s extensive selection of fine wines – with over 20 available by the glass.
With a list including a sparkling wine from Burgundy, a New Zealand Pinot Gris and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Tullum, Italy, wine lovers will find something to suit every taste. The cocktail and spirits list boasts an equally international line-up including Brooklyn Gin – which forms the basis of the Borough Brooklyn Negroni; taking inspiration from another of the world’s ‘hotspot’ foodie boroughs.