ExteriorI’d noticed Riverlife’s arrival on Dalry Road a couple of years back, but had never had occasion to give it a try. On a rainy and windswept Wednesday that situation changed. I grew up in this neck of the woods, so I remember the place when it was a laundrette. Fortunately, things are now entirely …

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ExteriorI was sad to hear that the Water of Leith Cafe Bistro was closing down, earlier this year, but was reassured by a message from owner Ana to confirm they were simply moving “up river”. I promised to visit in their new premises and made good on that, today. Taking over where reliable little local …

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InteriorNew to Commercial Quay, Cafe Tartine has caused a welcome splash since opening its doors back in late August. On a rainy old evening, I popped in for dinner. Commercial Quay has held mixed fortunes for bars and restaurants, over the years. The Kitchin has obviously flourished; as has Bond No 9. But a number …

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ExteriorPatisserie Maxime has made a stylish little splash with its arrival on Queensferry Street, just next door to Wannaburger. I’d popped in for coffee, a couple of weeks previously, but paid it a visit to sample their food, today. The interior colour scheme blends orange, dark chocolate and cream. It feels quite formal and the …

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ExteriorLa Barantine in Bruntsfield has long been on my list of places to visit, but when I’ve tried to go there it has invariably been completely full, as it’s very popular. It came as no surprise to hear they were opening a new shop on Victoria Street. It’s much more on my routine flight-path so …

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