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Thursday, 31 March 2016

Edinburgh’s ‘East meets West’ restaurant hits UK top 10

Gerry's Kitchen Mumbai Mansion
An Edinburgh restaurant which specialises in Asian dishes using local Scottish produce is celebrating being named one of the top 10% of restaurants in the UK.

Indian restaurant The Mumbai Mansion in Morrison Street near Haymarket station has been awarded an AA Rosette only 10 months after being re-launched.

Gerry's Kitchen Mumbai Mansion

Its principal staff, including Head Chef Pramod Nawani (Pictured) and Manager Merwyn Pereira, were previously among the core team at the two AA Rosette Mithas in Leith’s Dock Place. Mithas won the title of Best Restaurant in the 2014 Catering Scotland Excellence Awards, the first ethnic restaurant ever to achieve this.

Simon Numphud, AA Hotel Services business manager, commented: “The achievement of a one AA Rosette Award recognises high standards, consistency and precision, serving food prepared with care and with evident selection of fresh, seasonal, quality ingredients. Good understanding and use of technical skills are demonstrated in the cooking, with clarity of flavours shining through.”

Gerry's Kitchen Mumbai Mansion

Merwyn Pereira added: “We’re thrilled to have won our first AA Rosette so soon after taking over The Mumbai Mansion. It’s further evidence that our ground-breaking food philosophy is backed up by top class culinary skills.”

According to the AA, only 10% of restaurants across the UK are of a standard worthy of one Rosette and above.

Gerry's Kitchen Mumbai Mansion

The Mumbai Mansion believes it radically alters perceptions of Indian cuisine, enhancing Asian dishes based on locally sourced produce with European-influenced flavours. Food is predominantly grilled, meaning far less fat. It is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Keep up to date with Mumbai Mansion on Facebook and Twitter or if you want to book a table call 0131 229 7173.

 

The Taynuilt Hotel & Restaurant offer £199 package

Rapidly earning a reputation as one of Scotland’s dining destinations, the Taynuilt Hotel and Restaurant (www.taynuilthotel.co.uk) near Oban is offering a night’s dinner, bed and breakfast for two for £199. This includes three courses from its a la carte menu.


The historic AA Rosette coaching inn, 12 miles south of Oban on the A85, achieved its first AA Rosette last year. Shortlisted in the Informal Dining category of the 2016 Scottish Hotel Awards, it is owned by young Chef-Patron John McNulty, formerly at the renowned Kilberry Inn seafood restaurant between Lochgilphead and Tarbert.

The menu could include some of his favourites such as locally sourced Inverawe Trout with Salmon Mousse and Trout Caviar, Boned Leg of Aberdeenshire Lamb served on petit pois a la Francaise (Pictured) and the popular Rhubarb Souffle with Rhubarb Crème Anglaise and choice of homemade Ice Cream.

The hotel’s bar stocks more than 100 whiskies and 50 gins, over half of which are Scottish. It has its own specialist whisky shop.

To make a reservation call 01866-822437 or email enquiries@taynuilthotel.co.uk.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Chef Mark Greenaway Publishes Cookbook To Challenge Perceptions ofScottish Cuisine




Scottish chef, restaurateur, writer and now author, Mark Greenaway, has published his debut cookbook ‘Perceptions, Recipes from Restaurant Mark Greenaway’ describing it as ‘a Scottish cookbook like no other’.

Featuring recipes that defy the often misrepresented reputation of Scottish cuisine, the philosophy behind the book is to challenge the perception of Scottish food forever by championing the world-class array of Scottish produce through fresh eyes, new techniques and beautiful recipes for the discerning cook.

Celebrating the finest ingredients across Scotland from Hebridean Sea Salt to Katy Rodger’s Artisan Dairy in the Ochils, the book includes modern twists on traditional dining stalwarts, to the fun and frivolous with his renowned dessert recipes featuring cherry laces, gels and meringues.


The book features a foreword from Edinburgh city of literature icon, author Ian Rankin, and is now available to pre-order on www.markgreenaway.com and Amazon.

Chef Mark Greenaway said:

“’Perceptions’ is the culmination of over 20 years in the kitchen, setting out my philosophy as a chef, telling the stories of my journey, the food, people and places that inspire and continue to motivate me.

This is like no other cookbook from Scotland. ‘Perceptions’ takes a fresh look at what Scottish cuisine is in a modern form, the book will feature some of the many world-class suppliers we have on our doorstep who I have been lucky enough to build a relationship with over several years and the book is a great platform for me to tell their story as well as my own. I have included over 250 modern recipes using the latest techniques and culinary innovations. It’s not just a book for restaurant chefs, but also one that can be picked up by the discerning hobby chef and food lover alike.

Scotland is internationally renowned for its ingredients, but from my experience promoting Scottish food around the world, not always its cuisine. The perception of Scottish food needs to change for it to be recognised as a world leading food destination. This cookbook is my contribution to that journey.”



‘Perceptions, Recipes from Restaurant Mark Greenaway’ is now available to pre-order on Amazon and at www.markgreenaway.com It will be in all major bookstores July 2016.

Photography courtesy of Paul Johnston at Copper Mango.

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Friday, 25 March 2016

Glasgow Restaurant Festival Launch Party





The very first Glasgow Restaurant Festival opened today and over the next four weeks, some of Glasgow's top chefs will be running their restaurants from the impressive Spiegeltent that has been erected on the corner of Wilson Street and Candleriggs.



The format of the festival is as follows;

Secret Dining (25th March – 31st March): The Glasgow Restaurant Festival kicks off with a unique secret dining experience from Glasgow’s favourite guerrilla chefs in a beautiful vintage Spiegeltent on Candleriggs Square in the Merchant City.

Pop-Up Dining (1st April – 17th April): Our Spiegeltent on Candleriggs Square will then become home to a pop-up dining venue, taking diners on a culinary adventure with a different pop-up restaurant every day. You will be able to sample delights from some of Glasgow’s most popular restaurants, including Porter and Rye, TASTY by Tony Singh, Red Onion and Burger Meats Bun, as you enjoy live music and entertainment.

Dining In The City (18th April – 24th April): A week of specially-priced menus and events at over 60 of Glasgow’s best restaurants. Further details of this will be available on the Glasgow Restaurant Festival website.



Last night we had a sneaky peak inside the Spiegeltent when we attended the Glasgow Restaurant launch party. The event beautiful canapés supplied by The Gannet, Porter & Rye, Red Onion, and Section 33. Unfortunately, by the time that myself and Nicola arrived, most of the food had been devoured but we did manage to try some delicious crab bonbons made by John Quigley of Red Onion. The drinks were flowing too thanks to sponsors Belhaven Brewery, Makar Gin and Glengoyne Distillery. The Makar Gin cocktail that we had was delicious although it did pack a mighty punch!



The Glasgow dining scene has seen huge levels of growth over the last few years with lots of new restaurant openings, pop-up restaurants and street food events grabbing the attention of the Glasgow locals and I'm sure that the first Glasgow Restaurant Festival will be a massive success.
If you fancy heading along, check out the website for tickets and more information on who's cooking and when.

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Thursday, 24 March 2016

Michelin Star Restaurant Martin Wishart embraces craft beer with Lerwick Brewery




Restaurant Martin Wishart on the Shore, Leith, recognises the importance of beer and food pairing and as a result has added craft beer ‘Lerwick IPA’ by Lerwick Brewery to their menu this month. The Restaurant was opened by Martin Wishart in 1999 and gained its much coveted Michelin Star in 2001, to which it has kept a tight grasp ever since. It specialises in re-creating exquisite French dishes using the highest quality Scottish produce. Martin Wishart has a close affiliation with Shetland - both his parents hail from the islands - and he used to go on holiday there as a child so having a Shetland brewed beer compliments his changing menus naturally.

Patrick Cooper, Head Sommelier at Restaurant Martin Wishart said “Lerwick IPA is an interesting IPA style with a strong emphasis on the malts as well as the fruity hops. The result is a well-balanced, IPA that isn’t too over-powering and as a result goes nicely with a variety of different dishes we serve”

Isla Mercer of Lerwick Brewery said “We’re delighted that Restaurant Martin Wishart has decided to include our beers and are very honoured to feature in a Michelin Star restaurant. We are big advocates of beer and food pairing, providing in depth pairing notes and recipe ideas on our website and we believe beer can be just as good an accompaniment to food as wine is – if not better!”

Lerwick brewery currently have four bottled beers in their range, with plans to introduce more in 2016. In addition to Lerwick IPA, they also make:
• 60° North Lager, a classic accompaniment to curries and also seafood, in particular, Shetland mussels
• Skipper’s Ticket Pale Ale, pairing well with classic Sunday roasts and other gravy based dishes
• Tushkar Oatmeal Stout whose rich coffee and cocoa notes compliment desserts, in particular chocolate gateaux or tiramisu.



Restaurant Martin Wishart is paving the way for the future with more and more restaurants expected to include a wider variety of beers in their drinks offering as the popularity of specialty beer continues to grow.


Contact: Isla Mercer
isla.mercer@lerwickbrewery.co.uk
07738948336


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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Spring into action for a cracking Easter break in Glasgow




The countdown to the long weekend is on and to help ensure your Easter is an eggcellent one, People Make Glasgow has provided a handy round-up of things happening throughout the city. They’ve also included a few ideas to keep families busy throughout the spring break. Read on to find out the top picks:



Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Easter is the only time it’s acceptable to munch on chocolate for breakfast, so head down to the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt early! The hunt is packed with clues and puzzles for kids to solve with tasty chocolate prizes from the Easter bunny.
Venue: Pollok House & Holmwood House
Date: 25 – 28 March
Price: Park price, plus £1 per hunt
More info: http://www.nts.org.uk/Events/Theme/Easter-Events/



Pirate Easter Egg Treasure Hunt at the Tall Ship at Riverside
Step aboard the Tall Ship at the Riverside to embark on a treasure hunt with a difference. Follow the treasure map to find all of Captain Scallywag’s Easter Eggs; it’ll be sure to be a tasty outcome.
Venue: Tall Ship at Riverside
Date: 25 – 28 March 12pm-3:15pm
Price: £3 per child
More info: http://thetallship.com/erracal/?e=112&c=0



Unwind in one of Glasgow’s many beautiful parks
On a spring day, take yourself to one of Glasgow’s ‘Dear Green Places’, the perfect location to relax and switch off. Bring a picnic to sit in Victoria Park, take a stroll along the banks of the River Kelvin in Kelvingrove Park or play with the kids at Tollcross Park.
Date: Anytime
Price: Free
More info: https://peoplemakeglasgow.com/things-to-do/parks-gardens

Widen your horizons and train for the circus with Aerial Edge
Have you always wanted to be part of the circus? Then your wishes could come true this Easter as Aerial Edge is offering 3 dynamic and adrenaline-filled intensive courses in Swinging Trapeze, Doubles Swinging Trapeze and Teeterboard. The courses are spread over 4 consecutive days so you can make real progress across some of the most unique circus arts.
Venue: The Briggait
141 Bridgegate
Date: 25 – 28 March
Price: £155-319
More info: http://aerialedge.co.uk/index.php/courses/weekend-holiday-workshops/holiday-workshops

Jump for joy at Ryze Trampoline Park
At Ryze Trampoline Park, the whole family can work off all those Easter eggs by taking part in the wide range of trampoline activities. Bunny-hop your way through dodgeball and slam dunk – see which family member wins!
Venue: 120 Portman Street, Kinning Park
Date: Anytime
Price: 1-hour ages 7+ £10. Ages 2-6 £7 (This age group is only allowed access to the park during the KidJump session: 10-11am every morning)

More info: http://www.ryzeglasgow.com/

Climb your way to the top this Easter at Glasgow Climbing Centre
Are you up for a challenge? Take part in leading, bouldering, or top roping to climb your way towards Easter treats. If you are not a fan of climbing, you can chill out in the café whilst the kids enjoy themselves. The Glasgow Climbing Centre is great fun for all the family!
Venue: The Glasgow Climbing Centre
534 Paisley Road West
Date: Anytime
Price: Ranges from £5-£15
More info: http://www.glasgowclimbingcentre.com/



Fancy some quirky culture? Head to the Brick Flicks exhibition at the St Enoch Centre
Love films, love Lego? Then you’re in for a real treat with the Brick Flicks exhibition at the St Enoch Centre which runs until the 18th of April. Artist and Lego enthusiast Warren Elsmore has recreated famous movie scenes with Lego bricks. You can expect to see scenes from film favourites including Wayne’s World, The Wizard of Oz and The Godfather.
Venue: St Enoch Centre
Date: 12 February to 18 April
Price: Free
More info: http://www.st-enoch.com/stores/brick-flicks/

The Beauty Kitchen
For a ‘girls-only’ afternoon that will leave you feeling radiant, book a workshop at the Beauty Kitchen to make your own natural products that you can take home. You can create bath bombs, body scrubs and face masks that are tailored to your skin.
Venue: Beauty Kitchen, 117 Saltmarket Glasgow
Date: Anytime
Price: prices vary
More info: http://www.beautykitchen.co.uk/indulgence-experiences



If you fancy a break from the chocolate then Glasgow’s restaurants will have you feeling inspired this Easter with delicious, seasonal treats on offer.
Glasgow Restaurant Festival
The Glasgow Restaurant Festival is the first ever city-wide foodie event and launches on Friday the 25th of March with a week of secret dining taking place in a beautiful vintage Spiegeltent. From the 1st of April until the 17th, diners can sample a variety of flavours on offer at the festival’s pop-up dining marathon with a packed calendar of chefs cooking up a storm from within the tent at Candleriggs Square. Enjoy good food, entertainment in unique surroundings as Glasgow celebrates its culinary diversity. From the 18th to 24th of April, many restaurants across the city will be running special set menus. To book your tickets and find out more, visit http://glasgowrestaurantfestival.co.uk/
Venue: Candleriggs Square
Date: 25 March – 24 April
Price: Ranges from £5-£14
More info: http://glasgowrestaurantfestival.co.uk/



Bombay Street Food & Beer Pairing
Start Easter Weekend with a Bombay Street Food and Beer Pairing session with Tennent’s Brewery and Babu Bombay Street Kitchen. Together they are hosting this exclusive event; beginning with a one-hour tour of the Brewery and followed by a taste of Babu’s delicious Bombay inspired food with Tennant’s beer. Soak in the atmosphere as you join in the celebration.
Venue: Tennent Caledonian Breweries
Date: 24 March – 28 July
Price: £36
More info: https://peoplemakeglasgow.com/whats-on/days-out/tennent-caledonian-breweries/bombay-street-food-and-beer-pairing



Fancy a trip away? Head to the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond
Just less than an hour away from Glasgow and easily accessible by train, Loch Lomond offers the ultimate Easter adventure with something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for fresh air and great views; an action packed adventure or a relaxing pamper Loch Lomond has it all.
For a full breakdown of everything going on in Loch Lomond across the Easter weekend and beyond, take a look here http://lovelochlomond.com/event/easter-holiday-events-loch-lomond-shores
Venue: Loch Lomond
Date: 25 March – 17 April
Price: prices vary

For more information on events and things to do in Glasgow visit www.peoplemakeglasgow.com


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Friday, 18 March 2016

The Stockbridge Restaurant Gets Ready for Easter

Gerry's Kitchen, Stockbridge Restaurant, Easter Menu
It's not long until Easter Sunday and The Stockbridge Restaurant have put together a fantastic (and great value) lunch menu to help make it that little bit easier to eat out rather than slave over a hot stove.
Gerry's Kitchen, Stockbridge Restaurant, Easter Menu
Gerry's Kitchen, Stockbridge Restaurant, Easter Menu
Gerry's Kitchen, Stockbridge Restaurant, Easter Menu
Spaces will go quickly for this great deal at the 2 AA Rosette restaurant so don't miss out. Bookings can be made by calling 0131 226 6766 or online at http://www.thestockbridgerestaurant.co.uk/

 

The Stage Is Set for the 176th Royal Highland Show

Gerry's Kitchen Royal Highland Show

The 176th Royal Highland Show, one of Scotland's most iconic events, is set to take place at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh from 23-26 June 2016.

Firmly established as one of Europe's most impressive celebrations of farming, food and rural life, the Royal Highland Show - which last year attracted almost 190,000 visitors - showcases top quality livestock, food and drink and rural living at its most vibrant.

The Royal Bank of Scotland, partner since 1981, continues to support the Show and the agricultural industry in Scotland.

Gerry's Kitchen Royal Highland Show

Scotland's Larder

One of the biggest successes of 2015 was Scotland's Larder Live. With over 80 Scottish producers and more from around the UK and further afield, Scotland's largest food and drink event is the ultimate celebration of Scottish produce and Scottish producers.

Visitors will be treated to live cooking experiences from top chefs and given the opportunity to take home some of the hundreds of products on sale, from the finest local meat and sustainable Scottish fish to artisan preserves and botanical gins.

This year, the Show will also host the Scottish Cheese and Scottish Ice Cream Championships. These competitions have been part of the Show for some time as the ‘Dairy Awards'. However, given the huge public interest for cheeses and ice cream and the rise in artisan producers, the Highland is rebranding and re-launching the awards as the Scottish Championships. The championships are open to any producer from anywhere in Europe, and the crème dé la crème from both industries will be battling it out to impress the talented taste buds of the judges.

Food to go

The 2016 Show will also see the continuation of the Royal Highland Show Food Charter launched in 2014.

Working alongside on-site caterers, the Show has devised a strict food charter that all food-to-go outlets must adhere to. The charter requires that only ingredients that have been locally produced and ethically sourced be served at the Show. This ensures that quality is high and Scottish farmers and growers are supported, wherever possible.

Gerry's Kitchen Royal Highland Show

Outstanding livestock

The Highland's big attraction is without doubt the high quality livestock - with more than 5,000 of the finest cattle, sheep, goats and horses, not to mention poultry, heading for the showground in June.

With generations of careful breeding, years of expert husbandry and months of meticulous preparation, the animals are world class and represent the finest in Stockmen's skills: a win at the Highland has been proven to increase demand and the value of the award-winning stock.

Gerry's Kitchen Royal Highland Show


Hooved heaven

The Royal Highland Show is the largest equestrian show in Scotland with almost 3,000 horses and ponies competing in classes for light and heavy horse and other disciplines, such as private driving and heavy horse turnouts. It is also a focal point for showing the best of the best in Scotland's native breeds such as, Clydesdale horses, Highland, Shetland and Eriskay ponies.

Over 2,200 riders are expected to compete in an impressive array of equine sections and classes from top class international riders to young and emerging talent. There are 34 categories in total, including 39 much sought after Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) qualifiers. The Highland has been given a qualifier for the Ridden Clydesdale class therefore Scotland's famous native breed will be represented at the inaugural British Ridden Heavy Horse Championship at HOYS.

The Highland is the premier show jumping event for Scotland and the North of England with a Grand Prix with £18,000 in prize money, a challenging International Stairway, an Olympic standard all-weather surface jumping ring and a total prize fund of £48,600. There are also a number of Scottish championship finals, including Scottish junior riders, over the four days.

An agricultural shop window

The vast majority of machinery and equipment manufacturers, dealers and specialists are represented at the Highland, giving everyone involved in the sector a unique opportunity to review the latest releases and developments all in one place. All the major players agree the Show is a ‘must attend' from a number of key business objectives. Over 90% of the 2015 agricultural trade stands exhibitors have rebooked for 2016, showing that confidence in the Show is high.

Retail therapy

In 2016 the Royal Highland Show will relaunch its main indoor shopping area as the ‘13th Avenue Arcade'. Attractive and distinctive branding, a fresh look and feel and a new hospitality feature will give visitors a relaxing and tempting experience.

The 13th Avenue Arcade will offer everything from luxury fashions, arts and crafts, to homewares and gardening accessories with the chance to pick up the latest country style or rural life inspired art, soft furnishings or ceramics.

Gerry's Kitchen Royal Highland Show

Grass roots learning

More than 30,000 children are expected to visit the Show this year. The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) will provide free interactive activities for school groups and the public at the RHET Education Centre.

With the help of RHET coordinators, partnership organisations and volunteers, there will be a number of interactive sessions running during each day, and on the menu will be cooking, baking, seafood tasting, science experiments and much more.

The place to do business

The Highland, as well as playing a significant role in supporting the Scottish agricultural industry, has a much wider impact on the Scottish economy generating around £46.2 million each year in additional economic benefits through visitor and exhibitor spending. It is estimated that the Show generates 7,250 bed nights and supports 155 full time equivalent jobs as well as all the direct costs related to putting on the event.

The Show is not only economically important, but also plays a key role as a forum to highlight and discuss some of the crucial issues in politics today. The first day of the 2016 Show falls on the same day as the European Referendum vote. Top political figures will be attending the event to discuss how the outcome will affect agriculture, food and drink and business.

The Royal Highland Show…live!

2015 saw the Royal Highland Show launch its first live streaming service, with over 15,000 people in 47 countries logging on across the world to watch live coverage of the event. This year, ‘RHS Live' will be even bigger. Viewers can log on and catch up on all of the action. There will be everything from livestock judging and show jumping to fashion shows, live cooking demonstrations and behind the scenes action.

The Royal Highland Show, the best of farming, food and rural life the summer's most surprising event - takes place at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh from Thursday 23 June to Sunday 26 June.

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