A day off with no plans prior to pub time! What to do, what to do? The excellent Emily and Georgia, of Total Food Geeks fame, soon offered a solution to my quandry, offering the prospect of lunch merriment to punctuate 15 mile “training” walk. They suggested E:S:I (Englishman: Scotsman: Irishman), a place I’d spotted …

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Blythe’s VerdictCafé Marlayne has been a Thistle Street staple throughout the 2000s, attracting high praise from many of its customers. Around a year ago, they expanded their operation, opening a second outlet on Antigua Street, in much bigger premises than the intimate Thistle Street surroundings. The first thing I noticed, once I’d taken in the …

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Blythe’s VerdictKaren’s Unicorn easily wins the award for the most amusingly named restaurant we’ve visited, so far. It has built up quite a reputation for offering high-quality Chinese dishes, since it opened in late 2009. With MJ away in Istanbul, spending most of her time hopping between Europe and Asia, I was joined on today’s …

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With the reappearance of the Balmoral Beef Gourmet Burger Van on the forecourt of St James’ Centre, we decided to recommence our occasional series on fast-food burgers, the previous stop on this tour having been at Snax. Since then, a new and exciting development in the world of Edinburgh burgers has emerged, in the form …

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Vittoria is part of a family of restaurants, owned by the Crolla family, that covers the two branches of Vittoria, Taste of Italy, Divino Enoteca, and La Favorita. Although, I’m yet to sample Taste of Italy, despite its relative proximity to my office, I’m extremely familiar with the others. Many happy trips have been made …

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