MJ’s Verdict Today, after a successful book festivalling morning, Blythe and I tottered along George Street until it began chucking it down, then we ducked into a bus stop and awaited the worst of it to pass before continuing our way to Shilla, a Korean restaurant on Dundas Street. When we entered the lower ground …

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Over the past week, I’ve set up semi-permanent residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, not least as I’m doing a little work for The Istanbul Review, following the release of Issue 1, earlier this month.Interior The main hive of eating and drinking activity is in the Guardian Spiegeltent. Festival goers will understand what a …

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I had meetings at opposite ends of the town, today, so took the opportunity to stop for lunch somewhere in between. Whereas I thought that might be Stockbridge, it ended up being Dublin Street, with a trip to The Magnum, a smart pub on the corner of Albany Street.Exterior The pub is of the traditional …

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Blythe’s Verdict There was a time when Lunchquest was dominated by a carefully crafted plan of attack, which often involved restaurant reservations made months in advance. These days, for one reason or another, we’re taking things as they come, a little more. This often leads us to interesting new places, and this was how things …

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Blythe’s Verdict Well, it’s a wee while since we wrote about a venerable Edinburgh institution, with Bar Napoli or Jolly possibly the last victims, but tonight a true gem of Edinburgh Indian royalty found its way under the microscope of our consideration. Kebab Mahal is a lo-fi legend, offering mountainous portions of Indian homestyle cooking. …

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