Thursday, 29 June 2017

Review - The Pompadour by Galvin, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

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Chris and Jeff Galvin have been producing some of the countries finest French infuenced food for over ten years. Their first restaurant Bistrot de Luxe, which opened in 2005 in London's Baker Street was quickly followed by Galvin at Windows (one of our favourite restaurants) and Galvin La Chapelle. Their restaurant empire has slowly grown with each restaurant offering high quality French cuisine in luxurious surroundings. In 2012 the Galvin Brothers launched Pompadour by Galvin which is housed inside one of Scotland's most magnificent dining rooms at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian. The restaurant boasts stunning views of Edinburgh Castle from inside the former Princes Street railway station and diners are treated to a world class culinary experience at Pompadour by Galvin, so when I was invited along recently to try out their new Saturday lunch menu, I jumped at the chance.
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When we arrived in Edinburgh the sun had yet to make an appearance and as we settled down at our table by the window, we were able to enjoy an eerie view of Edinburgh Castle while we looked over the Lunch Menu.
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As you would expect from a fine dining restaurant housed within the grand settings of Waldorf Astoria - The Caledonian, Pompadour at Galvin is a gloriously grand with high ceilings, elaborate chandeliers and plush carpet all going some way to set the tone for our afternoon visit.
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Normally when we visit fine dining restaurants, we would order paired wines to go with our food but as we were guests of the restaurant, we didn't want to take advantage although we did let the sommelier select a wine to match our main courses. Nicola had selected a seafood main course and the paired Chateau Ferran Passac-Léognan was a wonderful match. Pale golden in colour and packed with flavours of apricot and peaches, the wine was easy to drink with a crisp acidity that cut through the rich seafood bisque.
I had chosen the venison main course and loved the full bodied Biondi-Santi Braccale which was rich with morello cherry flavour and a touch of spice which was the perfect foil for my main.
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To get our appetites whetted, we were presented with an amuse bouche of butternut squash whipped cream cheese with toasted pine nuts on a crispy whole grain biscuit. I love these little surprises because they demonstrate the chef's skill at taking simple things and elevating them a higher level. These perfectly seasoned morsels done the job of setting the tone and we couldn't wait for the main event.
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As is often the case, if the menu features crab then Nicola doesn't need to think to much about what to order which meant that she started her lunch with the Lasagne of North Berwick Crab with Beurre Nantais. In fairness, this was. A bit of a gamble for Nicola as she 'doesn't do lasagne' plus we didn't really know what Beurre Nantais was either but in the end, she needn't have worried as her starter was a delightful plate to food.
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For my own starter I had opted for the vichyssoise with whipped crowdie and tarragon. Vichyssoise is a thick soup made from potoato, leeks, onion, cream and chicken stock which is traditionally served cold. The vichyssoise was ceremoniously poured around a perfect quenelle of whipped crowdie which was topped with a couple of sprigs of fresh tarragon. Crowdie is a Scottish cream cheese which is low in fat due to being made with skimmed milk. The cheese had a slight sour taste which was balanced with the well flavoured 'soup'. I'm not the biggest fan of tarragon but the subtle anise flavour seemed to work with the rich creamy starter.
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With our starters behind us, we were both looking forward to our next course and it wasn't long before we were oohing and aahing over the mains.
Nicola had ordered the roast fillet of Peterhead sea bream with saffron braised squid, butter beans, cockles and mussels which was a wonderful example of simple food done well. The thick fishy bisque was full of the flavours of the sea with no shortage of fresh cockles and mussels (not alive, alive, oh)You couldn't accuse chef of scrimping on portion size as there was a ton of tender squid resting on top of the butterbean base and a crispy skin sea bream fillet finished the dish off. This dish was faultless and to date, one of the best seafood dishes that we've eaten.
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As soon as I spotted venison on the menu, my main course was an easy choice. There's not much I can say about the haunch and faggot of venison with wild mushrooms, pommes Anna, red cabbage and calcots except wow! This is hands down, the best plate of food that I have eaten this year.
The Edinglassie Estate venison haunch was cooked perfectly to a medium rare finish with a light musky favour while the faggot had a much gamier taste. The accompanying array of earthy mushrooms and sweet calcot onions were cooked well and complimented the rich meat well. Whilst the venison was clearly the star of the show, the pommes Anna was a perfect supporting act. What's not to like about thinly sliced potatoes layered on top of each other then cooked in butter?
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During a short break we finished our wine and cast our eye over the choice of desserts although Nicola had decided an hour earlier that she would be having the Apple Tarte Tatin with vanilla ice cream, regardless.
This classic dessert takes its name from the time when Stephanie Tatin accidently burnt apples, sugar and butter when making a traditional apple pie so topped the apples with pastry before baking in the oven and turning out the upside down tart. The Pompadour Tarte Tatin was no accident, a perfect balance of flaky buttery pastry and soft apples in a caramel sauce with a wonderful creamy vanilla ice cream on the side.
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For my own dessert, chef had gone all 'Jackson Pollock' with my salted Valhrona dulce chocolate crémeux, prunes and rum ice cream. Sweet and salty, rich and creamy with just enough rum flavour I the ice cream to cut through the other big flavours on the dish, this dessert was a great way to end my lunch. Although if thirty be known, I really wanted the other half of Nicola's Tarte Tatin!
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We dined as guests of Pompadour by Galvin but my review above is an honest account of our lunch experience. We've eaten a lot of Michelin starred food over the last few years plus enjoyed more than our fair share of AA Rosette meals too but I can honestly say that the Saturday lunch at Pompadour by Galvin was one of the best meals that we have eaten.
What's more, at just £29 for three courses, you'll be hard pushed to find a better value lunch in the capital. Keep up to date with news from Pompadour by Galvin on Facebook and Twitter or you can book online here.
We would like to thank the staff and management at Pompadour by Galvin for their hospitality and generosity and wish them every success in the future.

* Our visit was back in February, shortly after the Saturday Lunch menu was launched. There have been a few changes at Pompadour by Galvin including the introduction of  new Head Chef, Daniel Ashmore who comes with a wealth of experience from top end kitchens.

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Monday, 26 June 2017

Hard Rock Cafe Celebrates 4th of July with Freakshakes for One Week Only

Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow is getting set to celebrate its American roots with rockin’ plans this 4th of July. From Saturday 1st July to Sunday 9th July, Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow will be serving up Freakshakes especially for the occasion. These super-sized, utterly epic drinks will come filled to the brim with sweet goodness for one week only. The Cafe will undergo an all-American makeover with American themed decorations to authentically fit the occasion.
In honour of its American heritage, Hard Rock Cafe is giving milkshake lovers across Europe the chance to try the all-new Freakshake. A luscious vanilla flavoured milkshake laced with strawberry syrup and topped with pretzels, sweet popcorn, whipped cream and a wedge of chocolate brownie. A creamy, thick and cakey mash up of delectable joy served in a Hard Rock Mason Jar! Customers will also be treated to a soundtrack of the biggest and best Stateside artists, in a true celebration of the most famous American holiday.
For those going to see Green Day at Bellahouston Park on American Independence Day, celebrate with Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow before the show as DJ Jim Gellatly serves up a set inspired by the Californian punk rockers along with many more party anthems from across the pond.
What: Hard Rock Cafe Celebrates 4th July with Freakshakes
When: Saturday 1st of July to Sunday 9th July, 2017
Where: Hard Rock Cafe

Address: 179 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 2JZ

For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com

 

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Edinburgh’s Maison Bleue launches Street Chic Food Menu

Edinburgh’s Maison Bleue launches Street Chic Food Menu

Stalwart family-run Maison Bleue brings tapas-style dishes back to the menu

Edinburgh-based restaurant Maison Bleue – introduced French tapas style dining which they called ‘les bouchees’ in Edinburgh when they opened in 1998 – and almost 20 years on have reinvented this popular style of dish with their new Street Chic Menu. The new menu is available at their flagship Victoria Street restaurant and Maison Bleue at Home on Queensferry Street from 12pm – 10pm every day, and customers are encouraged to share the dishes as the flavours all compliment each other.

The new street food menu will feature ‘street-chic style’ North African, Creole and Asian dishes including, meatball tagine, king prawn and crab Vietnamese nems, and south eastern Asian Cullen skink. There will be a lunch or early dinner option where guests can enjoy three dishes for £14.50 or three dishes and a cocktail for £20. In addition, a new cocktail menu has been launched with the Street Chic Menu.

The family-run restaurant Maison Bleue specialises in French, North African and traditional Scottish cuisine, using cooking influences from each of the regions and local Scottish produce to create their eclectic and exciting dishes. The Maison Bleue brand comprises three restaurants in Edinburgh; the flagship Maison Bleue restaurant on Victoria Street, Maison Bleue Le Bistrot in Morningside and Maison Bleue at Home on Queensferry Street, a collaboration with Social Bite which launched in summer 2016 where 100% of the profits are donated to charity.

Maison Bleue opened on Victoria Street in 1998, offering diners a new way of eating by featuring many small dishes on the menu which were designed for sharing.

Dean Gassabi, owner of Maison Bleue, says: “We are really excited to launch our street food menu – bringing our chic style of street food to Edinburgh with dishes featuring North African, Creole and South Asian spices and flavours infused with French and Scottish ingredients.

“When we launched our Victoria Street restaurant in 1998 we were the first non-tapas restaurant in Edinburgh to offer tapas dishes on the menu and they were a huge hit, so we’re delighted to be bringing this style of dish back with our new street food themed menu.

“It’s perfect for a quick bite to eat whilst in Edinburgh, or for those looking to enjoy a cocktail and flavoursome food for a light lunch or on the way home from a busy day shopping.”

 

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Kokoro Gin Announces UK Deal with Mangrove

Kokoro Gin, a Japanese-inspired London Dry Gin, has agreed an exclusive UK distribution deal with Mangrove, the specialist spirits agency.
The deal will see the gin being marketed to on-trade, off-trade, wholesalers, independents, supermarkets and other retailers through Mangrove’s network.
Kokoro was launched in September 2016, with its first batch selling out in two months. Its core ingredient, sansho berries, are hand-picked and imported to the UK from the Afan Woodland, a sustainable forest in the Nagano region of Japan. Used extensively in Japanese cuisine, sansho berries have a distinctive pepper flavour with a citrus aftertaste. Combined with eight other botanicals, the sansho berries give Kokoro Gin its unique flavour.
James Nicol, managing director at Forest Spirits, which produces Kokoro Gin, said: “Our deal with Mangrove will allow us to take Kokoro Gin to a larger market. We know that Mangrove only works with the highest quality products, so this is a perfect partnership. It is a significant step for us in growing the brand.”
Nick Gillett, managing director of Mangrove, said: “Kokoro Gin expands our gin selection, offering a point of difference for our customers. The addition of sansho berries produces a gin with oriental nuances, adding unique flavours compared to the traditional style of gin.”
Forest Spirits was formed by entrepreneurial duo, James Nicol and Barry Darnell. The brothers-in-law, who are financial consultant and design agency head by day, were inspired by a family connection to the Afan woodland in Japan, where sansho berries grow. James’s uncle, CW Nicol (affectionately known as Uncle Nic), is a lifelong environmentalist and author. He bought the Afan woodland in the 1980s and donated it to the Woodland Trust. It is now home to over 50 endangered species.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Sky Garden Bar, London - the bar to visit this Summer for delicious drinks

Now that summer has finally arrived we thought you might be interested in Sky Garden Bar, London which will be serving the following cocktails, which have been created especially for the summer:

Bloomsbury Cocktail - £13

  • Rhubarb infused BLOOM Gin
  • rhubarb liqueur and lime
  • topped with apricot foam
Opihr Gin Journey - £11.50
  • Opihr London Dry gin infused with cubeb from Indonesia, black pepper from India and Moroccan coriander for a uniquely spicy flavour
  • Garnished with physalis, herbal tonic and smoked grains of paradise on cassia bark
Berkeley Square Martini - Approx. £13
Thomas Dakin G&T - £10.50 plus tonic
  • 50ml Thomas Dakin Gin
  • Tonic of your choice
  • Garnish with orange peel garnish
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Sky Garden, 1 Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF, contact number: 0207 337 2344, is a slick bar with stunning views over London and a great location to celebrate the summer. https://skygarden.london

 

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Galvin Brasserie De Luxe to Launch Oyster Happy Hour

Oyster-lovers will love the new oyster happy hour at Galvin Brasserie de Luxe. Modelled on a classic French bistro, the bustling dining room’s central seafood bar will start offering deliciously fresh oysters for £1 a shuck every weekday between 6 and 7pm.

Take a seat at the bar and relax with a selection of fresh oysters served on ice with accompanying shallot vinegar, lemon and tabasco. Simply divine with a glass of Galvin champagne, selected by Michelin-starred chef patrons Chris and Jeff Galvin. But equally delicious with a cocktail.

Available Monday-Friday 6-7pm from Monday 3rd July.

Galvin Brasserie de Luxe

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB

www.galvinbrasseriedeluxe.com

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Whyte & Mackay Put Rugby Fans to the Lion Detector Test

Whyte & Mackay are calling for rugby fans to prove they’re smooth enough to support the British & Irish Lions as the squad heads towards their first clash with the All Blacks in New Zealand this weekend.

Normally rival players, the Lions squad put their differences aside for the duration of the tour every four years. As official suppliers to the team, Whyte & Mackay are challenging fans to do the same by passing a Lion Detector test in the world’s smallest travelling rugby stadium that will roar to life this weekend.

A specially converted trailer, fans will step inside the mini rugby stadium to be greeted by a referee. The ref will challenge them to pull on an unusual scrumcap fixed to a lie detector test that will ask them a series of fun questions to prove whether they’re a Lion or Lyin’.

The Lion Detector will visit partner Belhaven bars, The Old School House in Glasgow and The Merlin Roadhouse in Edinburgh over the next three weekends. Everyone that takes part will also have a chance to win an exclusive official signed Lions team jersey as well as receiving a free dram of Whyte & Mackay (terms and conditions apply.)

Former British & Irish Lions and Scotland player Gordon Bulloch (75 caps for Scotland and 2 Lions Tours), who was first to sit the Lion Detector Test today said: “I’m happy to say I passed the Whyte & Mackay Lion Detector Test, so I’m ready to support the lads as they continue their Tour of New Zealand. As a former Lions player myself I know the team can blend together as one; now it's the time of the fans to be put to the test and prove their smooth enough to be a True Lion!'

Award-winning comedians, Link and Lorne will be the first of the ‘Lion Detector referees’ to put people through their paces this weekend. As well as rugby fans at the bar, they’ll also test sporting names including Gemma Gibbons (Olympic Judo Silver medalist) and Michael Jamieson (Olympic Swimming silver medalist.)

The duo shared their excitement, "The best things come in pairs. Link and Lorne. Whyte and Mackay. The British and Irish. Don’t make us yellow card you. Show us you’re our mane man! Mon the Lions!”

Join us for a dram at the Lion Detector at:

The Old School House, 287-315 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG

Thursday 22nd June 6.30pm – 9pm - with Link and Lorne

Friday 23rd June 4pm – 8pm

Saturday 24th June 2pm – 7pm

Thursday 6th July 6pm – 9pm

Friday 7th July 4pm – 8pm

Saturday 8th July 2pm – 7pm - with Link and Lorne

The Merlin Roadhouse, 168 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4PU

Thursday 29th June 6pm – 9pm

Friday 30th June 4pm – 8pm

Saturday 1st July 2pm – 7pm - with Link and Lorne

For more details:

Hashtag: #StaySmooth

Twitter: @whyteandmackay

Facebook: www.facebook.com/whyteandmackay

Website: http://www.whyteandmackay.com/

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Sushi & Japanese Street Food YO! To Open New Glasgow Central Flagship

Commitment to the city and to Scotland reinforced as iconic brand celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017

GLASGOW, June, 2017 – YO!, the UK’s most famed Japanese food operator, is returning to Glasgow city centre with a new flagship 72-cover restaurant launching Thursday 29th June.

Located at 85 West George Street, the wildly popular brand will open the doors to YO! GLASGOW CENTRAL in a historic listed building on one of the city’s most prominent corner sites, positioned on a prime apex of the golden ‘z’ adjacent to Buchanan Street, in what promises to be a hugely welcome return to the heart of Scotland’s largest city.

Culinary pleasure seekers can expect a perfect mix of YO! classics and newly curated dishes at YO! GLASGOW CENTRAL including hot favourites such as Katsu Curry, Ramen & Miso, Yakisoba, Chahan, Teriyaki, Gyoza and Tempura, and delicious hand made cold Nigiri, Temaki, Sashimi, Rolls and Fresh Salads. What’s more, in keeping with Glasgow’s ‘UK’s Most Vegan Friendly City’ status there are an impressive 16 vegan and 33 vegetarian dishes.

To demonstrate its commitment to Scotland, YO! is delighted to be working with Scottish suppliers to source the best quality salmon fresh from the country’s shores. From July 2017 only Scottish salmon will be served in YO!’s 78 restaurants across the UK.

YO! is one of the only high street restaurants that freshly prepares its dishes on site, in open kitchens, and YO! GLASGOW CENTRAL will be a striking scene in which to enjoy its carefully curated menu.

With its instantly recognisable bold orange YO! branding – a full circle revert, in this landmark 20th year, to the original design of 1997 which featured the simple one word as the brand’s identity – YO! GLASGOW CENTRAL arrives high on cutting edge aesthetics.

Set within a prominent historic listed building, YO! GLASGOW CENTRAL retains, and indeed showcases, much of the original cast iron frames, both internally and externally. A striking new glass facade will overlook the bustling hub of Nelson Mandela Place along with a further glass impression running the length of the building on the West George Street adjacency, and leading to a bright welcoming main entrance.

Inside, YO!’s legendary Kaiten belt will frame the central theatre kitchen and snake around the entire restaurant, allowing customers to grab the fresh dishes from every seat. Elsewhere, standout design features carrying distinct Japanese references include a stunning Origami-inspired ceiling as well as ‘Shoji’ screen-inspired cladding to the internally illuminated belt.

A new To Go menu will also be available in YO! GLASGOW CENTRAL across both hot and cold dishes.

Commenting on the opening of Glasgow Central, YO! CEO, Robin Rowland OBE said,

“We are thrilled to confirm YO! is returning to Glasgow city centre.“

“More details will be revealed very soon but YO! fans can expect to enjoy exciting new food offerings, as well as all their popular favourites, enjoyed off YO!’s legendary signature conveyor belt, and set against a cutting-edge restaurant interior.

“YO! Glasgow Central will be a fitting statement for a city we have a fantastic history with, and we can’t wait to open our doors to customers on the 29th of June.”

BOILER PLATE INFORMATION

• Founded in 1997, YO! was the first to bring the concept of a Japanese ‘kaiten’ sushi bar that delivered food via a conveyor belt to the UK.

• From July 2017, YO! will reinforce its commitment to Scotland by using only fresh Scottish salmon from reputable suppliers. These suppliers share the same concerns with regards to environmental issues and sustainability of at-risk species through over fishing and the subsequent depletion of certain fish.

• 2017 sees the restaurant group expand further into Glasgow, London, Canterbury, Worcester and New York.

• YO! serves over 6 million UK customers a year.

• YO! dishes are freshly prepared in its restaurants daily.

• YO! is the proud winner of the Best Vegan Curry category for its Tofu Katsu Curry at the PETA Vegan Food Awards 2015.

• YO! is privately owned by Mayfair Equity Partners and the YO! senior UK management team, which is led by Robin Rowland OBE.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Stewart Brewing and Herriot-Watt Students Unite in a Common Cause

A new beer is being launched as part of a collaboration between leading Scottish craft brewer, Stewart Brewing, and Heriot-Watt University. The beer, called ‘Common Ancestor’, has been created by four masters students at the university’s International Centre for Brewing and Distilling.
Common Ancestor will launch at a special event on 29th June in Edinburgh. It was created as part of Natural Selection Brewing, a collaborative project which is now in its seventh year. Natural Selection Brewing brings four MSc Brewing and Distilling students to the Stewart Brewing brewery in Loanhead where they are tasked with trialling beer recipes, brewing 5000 litres of their chosen creation, branding their product and selling it across the UK. The project takes place each academic year and has a personal connection to Stewart Brewing as the company’s co-founder Steve Stewart graduated in Brewing and Distilling Science from Heriot Watt University in 1993.
This year’s beer is a 5.2% ABV California Common. The style originates from California in the 19th Century, and works well in cask and keg format. It will be distributed across Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle and London in both these formats, as well as bottles.
Jo Stewart, Stewart Brewing co-founder, commented: “Natural Selection Brewing is a chance for selected MSc Brewing and Distilling students to employ their creativity and knowledge in brewing their own unique beer and selling it across the UK.
“We’re proud to be part of this collaborative project and offer our facilities for brewers of the future to produce a brand new Scottish craft beer. The results are always delicious so we encourage everyone to come along to the launch event to support the students’ endeavour and taste Common Ancestor for themselves.”
The launch event will take place on 29th June in OX184 on Cowgate, Edinburgh. It will be the first chance for the public to try Common Ancestor and will also feature leading beer writer, Roger Protz, as a guest speaker.
Two types of ticket are available for the event. A £12.50 ticket includes admission from 6pm, a talk by Roger Protz at 6:30pm and an evolution tasting demonstrating the development of this year’s beer. Alternatively a £7.50 ticket provides general admission to the event at 7.30pm. Both tickets include one pint of Common Ancestor, a commemorative glass and bar snacks.
Tickets are available to purchase from the Stewart Brewing website www.stewartbrewing.co.uk

 

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Triple Tangerine Dream as Pickled Ginger Turns Two

Triple Tangerine Dream as Pickled Ginger Turns Two with a Tasting Menu, Ginger Cocktails and Ginger Party
Turning Japanese, Turning Japanese, I really think so…
Ginger cocktails and ginger dishes are on the cards this Thursday in the West End as Pickled Ginger restaurant celebrates its second anniversary with a Japanese ten dish tasting menu and masterclasses with Nikka Whisky.

From 6pm until late on Thursday, 22nd June, the restaurant has drawn inspiration from Tokyo to Osaka to craft a menu that celebrates Eastern culture and customer favourites since they opened their doors to Glasgow two years ago.

For £20pp, the tasting menu includes a selection of ten dishes including homemade pork gyoza dumplings, Yaki Sake - marinated Scottish salmon cuts in a Japanese fusion of spices and soy, and the traditional marinated sizzling beef and vegetables, with steamed rice, lettuce wraps, and Korean barbeque sauce.

Sushi lovers can take delight in the head chefs showcase selection which puts the spotlight on their most popular sushi – from their epic and Instagrammable volcano rolls, tasty spicy tuna, delicious smoked salmon and cream cheese. The menu also includes a cocktail made with Japanese whisky, Nikka whisky from the barrel, lemongrass, then finished and topped with the nation’s favourite ginger – Irn Bru. This will complement a refreshing and artful dessert of mango mochi.

Diners can also explore tastings with Nikka Whisky as the Speciality Brands ambassador, will be sharing the Nikka heritage from founder Masataka Taketsuru’ time at Glasgow University to setting up the first whisky distillery in Japan.

The tastings complement the impressive and somewhat rare selection of oriental whiskies available from the Pickled Ginger bar.

Speaking of the event, general manager Ross Smyth said

“Pickled Ginger is a vibrant, relaxed restaurant and bar where you can sample a real flavour of the Orient.

“We’ve been slowly building our Japanese collection of whiskies, spirits and cocktails and we’re going to be unveiling some new sips for our customers to sample.

“The tasting menu has an influence of Korean and Japanese dishes and we wanted to mark our birthday by letting our customers enjoy our bestselling dishes and drinks at a very special rate. It’s brilliant value and a great way for anyone who hasn’t been to Pickled Ginger before to try our delicious food and join in our birthday celebrations!”

To book a table for the evening, contact the restaurant directly on 0141 328 8941. www.pickledgingerfinnieston.co.uk

As part of their birthday celebrations, the restaurant is offering different dishes and cocktails at £6 each, every week throughout June and July.

Dish updates can be found:

Facebook - Facebook.com/pickledgingerfinnieston

Twitter - Twitter.com/glasgowsushi

Instagram - Instagram/glasgowsushi

 

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From the Garden to the Shore: Gardener's Cottage Announces Expansion

Edinburgh restaurant, Gardener’s Cottage, is expanding with the launch of a new premises – Quay Commons – in Leith.
Renowned for a focus on seasonality and experimentation, Gardener’s Cottage is considered one of the capital’s most coveted dining destinations.
Since launching in 2012, the restaurant has secured glowing reviews from revered food critics, Jay Rayner and AA Gill, and awards such as ‘Waitrose Good Food Guide Reader’s Restaurant of the Year’.
Occupying a former bonded warehouse at 92 Commercial Street, Quay Commons is an open plan bakery, with a bar and eating space where patrons can enjoy a daily market menu alongside bread, house-cured charcuterie and carefully selected wines.
Co-Founder and Chef Proprietor, Dale Mailley, comments: “We are humbled to be opening a sister restaurant to our much-loved, Gardener’s Cottage, and that Leith – an iconic part of Edinburgh with such a rich heritage of food – will be our home.
“As we get up and running in our new premises, we extend an invitation to all, to visit us for a coffee, a glass of wine or a slice of freshly baked sourdough.”

 

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